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FAQ's

 
Flights

Travel Information & Seasons

Health & Immunizations

Reservations & Cancellations

Money

Lodges & Food on Safari

Driving On Safari

Photography On Safari

Souvenir Shopping

Wildlife & Other Information

Travel documents and visas
When travelling to Tanzania you must have a passport, valid for up to six months from the date of arrival. You will also need to obtain a visa upon arrival in Arusha. This will cost US $ 50, - and be valid for a maximum of 3 months.

Vaccinations
When travelling to Tanzania several vaccinations and precautions are recommended. We advise you to contact your GP or local health authority.


Flights
Q. What is the best way to get to Tanzania?
A. If you are coming from North America or Europe, we recommend flying KLM to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). If you are coming from Australasia, Emirates has the best deals and fly into Nairobi and Dar es Salaam daily.  Kilimanjaro Airport is a one hour drive from Arusha while Dar es Salaam and Nairobi are a one hour flight or several hour bus ride from Arusha. If planning a visit to Zanzibar or Pemba during your Tanzanian holiday, consider flying into Dar es Salaam and then flying to Kilimanjaro for your safari and climb.

Q. Can Global Connection Safaris book my flights?
A.  Global Connection Safaris books East Africa internal travel, including flights, bus rides and shuttles. Your tickets will be kept in the office for you or mailed  to you, depending on your first destination.

Q. Are there any airport taxes to pay in  Tanzania?
A. Airport taxes are not included in the price of internal Tanzania flights. Be sure to bring extra US dollars with you to pay airport taxes which range from US $5 to US $15 per flight.

Q. What is the best way to get from Kilimajaro to Zanzibar?
A. Precision Air or Air Tanzania are the best way to get to Zanzibar. There are several daily flights departing Kilimanjaro from 8am to 3:30pm. A one way flight is approximately US $140pp  and travel time is about 1.5 hours.


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Travel Information and Seasons
Q. I am traveling alone. Is it possible to join a group?
A. Yes, Global Connection Safaris can work with you to find a group to join.  Group rates are applied to individuals who join open safaris.

Q. What are the best months to go on safari?
A. For the best wildlife viewing, visit Tanzania during the dry seasons of November/December until February, and July until September. To avoid the crowds, visit in May, June or November.

Q. When is the best time to climb Kilimanjaro?
A. The driest month to climb Kilimanjaro is September. However, it is also one of the coldest and busiest. Because Kilimanjaro is such a large mountain, it has its own weather pattern and it often rains on Kilimanjaro when it is not raining elsewhere. You should prepare for rain and have your rain gear with you at all times while on the mountain.

Q. What are the seasons like in Tanzania?
A. Late March through late May represents the period of long rains in Tanzania. This is usually not an ideal time to plan a safari because of the potential for sudden downpours. Directly after the long rains, however, is a wonderful time to visit Tanzania's national parks due to the abundance of wildflowers and vegetation. It is also a wonderful time to go on safari because the level of dust and the number of tourists is minimal. July through October is Tanzania's dry season and also the high season for tourism. This is the best time to view wildlife as grasses are virtually nonexistent. It is usually very dusty and can be cold at higher elevations such as Ngorongoro Crater. Tanzania's short rains occur from late October through mid December. This is a low season for tourism in Tanzania. December through March is Tanzania's "summer" and many tourists visit during late December and January for optimal game viewing.

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Health and Immunizations
Q. Does Global Connection Safaris provide health insurance?
A. Health insurance is not included in tour quotes. However, for an additional US $15 to $50 per person, we provide emergency medical evacuation through The Flying Doctors (AAR).

Q. What immunizations do I need before visiting Tanzania?
A. For current immunization recommendations and requirements for travel to Tanzania, please check the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) site.


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Reservations and Cancellations
Q. Can I pay with a credit card?
A. At present we cannot accept credit cards for payments. This is a work in process and we hope to have this system up an running soon.  We recommend bank transfers directly to our account for payments so that all treks and safaris are paid for in advance.  This reduces any risk you may have by travelling with traveller’s cheques and large amounts of cash.

Q. Can Global Connection Safaris help me with my Zanzibar hotel reservations?
A. Yes, we can arrange flights and hotels for Zanzibar. We can also arrange airport transfers directly with most hotels. We have a great selection for you and liaise directly with the owners who will look after you like we do!

Q. What is Global Connection Safaris cancellation policy?
A. Please read our Terms and Conditions page for details on our cancellation policy.


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Money Issues
Q. Will I be able to use ATM/credit cards in Tanzania?
A. You can withdraw Tanzanian shillings using a Visa/MasterCard in Arusha, Moshi, Zanzibar or Dar es Salaam. Most restaurants/hotels do not accept credit cards, and the ones that do usually charge a commission of at least 10%. Please call your credit card company before you leave for Tanzania to notify them of your travel plans. Some companies will put a block on your card if you try to use it at a Tanzanian ATM.  There is a withdrawal limit of 800,000/- (approx US$600) Tanzanian shillings per day at ATMs so plan ahead if you have something in particular that you need to pay for.

Q. Should I change money to Tanzanian Shillings or can I pay in foreign currency?
A. We recommend changing some money to shillings to pay for small items during your trip. Local stores and restaurants charge in shillings, and if you pay in dollars you will pay a higher rate. At souvenir stores in Arusha.  US$100 and US$50 dollar noted attract a better exchange rate than US$20, US$10, US$5 and US$1 – however these smaller notes are handy sometimes for buying souvenirs enroute during safari.

Q. Should I bring travelers checks?
A. We do not recommend bringing travelers checks to Tanzania as banks require you to have the receipt of purchase as well as the check. We recommend bringing USD cash and using an ATM machine to withdraw shillings.

Q. Are old USD notes accepted?
A. NO, your USD notes will need to be the recent notes that have the large faces on the bills.


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While on Safari: Lodging and Food
Q. How does Global Connection Safaris choose lodges and tented camps in Arusha and on safari?
A. Global Connection Safaris matches the type of experience you desire with the most appropriate lodge arrangements. Available lodging ranges from private luxury tented lodges to adventure camping. There are both mid and high-end private lodges so we can accommodate any budget.

Q. How rugged is a camping safari?
A. On a camping safari, guests and staff sleep in private tents in designated campsites in or near the national parks. Global Connection Safaris staff setup the camp and prepare all meals while you relax, read and eat snacks. Global Connection Safaris camps consist of tents set up around tables and chairs. Whenever possible, Global Connection Safaris uses more remote campsites to make your camping experience more private. There are toilet and shower facilities at almost all the campsites although the level of cleanliness varies. Maasai Wanderings heats water for your shower at more remote sites.

Q. On camping safaris, what equipment does Global Connection Safaris provide?
A. Global Connection Safaris provides camping equipment including tents, sleeping mattresses, tables and chairs. safaris. We also provide all cooking equipment for safari. Please see our Personal Equipment Guide for items you should bring with you to Tanzania. If you need to rent equipment such as sleeping bags or other gear, let us know.

Q. Are all types of diets catered for?
A. Of course; just let us know in advance so we can make necessary arrangements.

Q. Do I need to bring a water filter?
A. On safari we provide bottled water. On Kilimanjaro trips, we boil all drinking water. To double treat your drinking water, we recommend bringing water purification tablets (iodine based) or your own water filter.

Q. What is a typical menu on a camping safari or Kilimanjaro climb?
A. During a camping safari, Global Connection Safaris provides three meals a day as well as afternoon snacks. We also provide all of your bottled drinking water. After your game drive, a snack with tea or coffee will be waiting for you at the campsite. You will have a choice of fresh popcorn, peanuts, cake or sliced fruits.

Q. What is Tanzanian food like and will I get to try some?
A. Staple foods found throughout Tanzania include ugali (maizemeal), chapati (thick naan-like bread), kachumbari (tomato, cucumber, bell pepper salad), nyama choma (barbecued meat- goat, chicken, beef) and mchicha (green vegetable stew). Dishes specific to Northern Tanzania include ndizi nyama (banana beef stew) and mahindi maharage (maize and bean stew). If you would like to try Tanzanian food, let us know prior to your climb or camping safari and we'll include some local dishes on your menu.

Q. What precautions should I take to avoid stomach problems?
A. Be sure to wash your hands often with soap and avoid eating raw vegetables and fruits. Before meals, wash and dry your hands before touching your food. Do not eat food sold by street vendors. Wipe the mouth of soda and alcohol bottles before drinking and ensure that water bottles are sealed properly before purchasing. Also, eat fruit that can be peeled, such as bananas, unless it is fruit prepared by Global Connection Safaris. If you are unsure of any food, ask our cooks and guides.


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Driving on Safari
Q. What are Global Connection Safari's vehicles like?
A. Global Connection Safaris uses 4WD Land Cruisers and Nissan. We have made our vehicles safari ready by including comfortable seats and an open roof that allows for better animal viewing. Each passenger is guaranteed a window seat.

Q. What are the road conditions in Tanzania?
A. Although the roads between cities and the national parks are generally well-maintained, the roads inside the national parks are rough and dusty, and hence, often muddy. During game drives, we drive slowly for a more comfortable drive.During the dry season you will get very dusty, so bring some moist cleansing cloths to clean up before meal times. The road from Arusha to Ngorongoro is now tarmac so the driving time to the park is approximately one hour and a half.


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Photography on Safari
Q. Is it possible to recharge a digital camera on safari?
A. Global Connection Safaris cars are outfitted with inverters that allow you to charge your camera batteries or laptop right in the car.

Q. Should I bring extra batteries for my camera or will they be available in Tanzania?
A. You can find AAA-D batteries in Arusha including Energizer and Duracell brands in an emergency but batteries are probably cheaper in your home country, so you may want to bring them with you. It is difficult to find high quality batteries outside major cities.

Q. What extra camera equipment should I bring to Tanzania?
A. 1. Small sand bag on which to rest your camera. The safari vehicles shake quite a bit and sometimes you may miss a great shot if you wait for the car to be turned off. 2. Lightweight tripod or monopod. 3. Small can of compressed air to clean the camera. Be sure to clean your camera every night as it is usually very dusty while on safari.

Q. Will I be able to charge rechargeable batteries while in the bush?
A. Most lodges have outlets so you will be able to recharge batteries. However, because the lodges are run on generators, the electrical current is not as strong as traditional electrical currents. Some lodges turn off their generators at midnight. Keep in mind Tanzania uses 240v electricity and you will need to bring necessary converters and plug adaptors. Try to take as few electrical powered tools as possible.

Q. I'm planning to use a film camera. How much film should I bring?
A. It really depends on the passion you have for photography. As a general guideline, plan on shooting three to four rolls with 24 exposures per day; this is adequate for most people. Remember also that animals often move just when you want to shoot and don't pose for you so you may waste some pictures.

Q. What sort of film should I use?
A. Much of the time you will be in bright sunlight so ISO100 speed will give you the best quality. However, some of the best times to see animals is in the late afternoon or early morning and the light may be low. In this case, ISO 200 or ISO 400 would be better.

Q. What lenses should I bring?
A. This will depend on the type of photography you do. If you are interested in vegetation, you may want a macro lens. For animals, because you will be photographing from a distance, you will definitely want a long lens, at minimum 300 mm and up to 500 mm if possible. A zoom lens will provide you with the best flexibility.


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Souvenir Shopping
Q. What about purchasing souvenirs?
A. You will have many opportunities to purchase souvenirs in Arusha and while on safari. The souvenir market with the best prices is located in the center of Arusha town approximately 500 meters southwest of the central post office/clock tower on Sinoni Road. You will have to bargain at this market;you should pay about 50% of the asking price. There will also be many opportunities to purchase souvenirs while on safari. Most hotels have souvenir shops, and there are a couple of large souvenir shops along the way: Oldonyo Orok and Cultural Heritage (expensive). If you are interested in buying Tanzanite, please let us know so we can deliver you to certified gemologists who mine and wholesale Tanzanite (among other precious stones) – this will ensure good value and good quality.  You will also be issued with a certificate.


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Wildlife and Other Information
Q. Who travels with us during safari?
A. During your safari, youll be accompanied by a trained wildlife guide. All of our guides have at least five years of experience on safari and have taken several language and wildlife courses. If you choose an adventure camping safari, you'll also travel with a Global Connection chef, who will prepare all of your delicious meals while in the bush. As with any GC-arranged trip, we will only combine tourist groups at the clients request. You can expect a private vehicle with your very own Global Connection wildlife guide.

Q. What are the Big Five?
A. The Big Five were originally the animals most sought after by hunters. They were the fiercest animals, the animals that hunted the hunters. They include rhino, elephant, lion, leopard and cape buffalo and today are the animals that tourists most want to see when visiting Tanzania's national parks. You can see all five of these animals during a visit to Northern Tanzania.

Q. What is the wildebeest migration?
A. The wildebeest migration is the annual movement of 1.2 million wildebeest and zebra from Tanzania's Serengeti National Park to Kenya's Maasai Mara National Park. The migration offers excellent opportunities to view animal behaviour and lucky Although the migration is usually in the Serengeti from December through September, the rains in recent years have kept the wildebeest in the Serengeti longer than normal.

Q. When is the famous wildebeest migration in Tanzania?
A. The wildebeest migration is usually in the Serengeti from December through September. During the dry months of December, January and February, it is common to see the migration as a mass of several hundred thousand animals. During the long rains in March, April and May, the migration often splits up into several sub-groups and roams in different areas of the Serengeti following the fresh grasses. The migration remains in these smaller groups throughout much of the remaining season until it returns to the Kenya in October. Having said that – the global seasons are consistently changing, so contact us in advance to find out the latest updates.

Q. What is a bush walk?
A. A bush walk is a nature walk or walking safari inside or near a national park. We can tailor a bush walk to your interests. If you are a bird lover, we'll take you on a bird walk. If you want to be near big game on foot, we'll arrange a bush walk in a national park. (These walks require an armed guard.) If you're interested in Tanzanian culture, we'll arrange a cultural tour. A bush walk can be a leisurely stroll or strenuous hike and ranges in length from thirty minutes to six hours.



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