Travel & General Faqs
Q: Can I use my mobile phone in Tanzania?
Yes. but this may cost unnecessarily compare to yours. Always you may speak to your network provider first but in most cases; buying a local sim card to fit an unlocked phone will serve you better.
Q: Can I use my credit card / debit card in Tanzania?
Yes. However, charges apply to most debit card withdrawals. It is also not common for shops to have debit card machines if you are used to this in your home country. Main banks in Tanzania, within major towns such as Moshi and Arusha are Standard Chartered, Barclays, Exim Bank. Cards are more widely accepted in the hotels / lodges and the National Parks.
Q: How safe is Tanzania?
Tanzania has enjoyed political stability since Independence in 1961. The U.S. Embassy bombing in Dar es Salaam was a terrorist attack directed against U.S. policy in the Middle East. Take precautions for your own safety if you’re walking alone in the city.
Q: Is there malaria and sleeping sickness in Tanzania?
Unfortunately, yes for both. See your doctor for advice and the latest medicines.
Sleeping sickness, or Trypanosomiasis, is uncommon. Although most national parks have tsetse flies, it is very rare for anyone to contract sleeping sickness. The National Parks have introduced tsetse fly traps along the main roads. The traps have no ill-effects on birds or other wildlife that may prey on insects killed by the traps.
Q: Should I tip?
This is important in Tanzania and for us, as a local tour company. We strive to pay decent salaries because we have direct experience of exploitation and very few employment laws in the country to protect worker rights. As with anywhere, if you feel you have been treated well and received a good service then it is particularly well received if you ‘tip’. There are instances when climbing mountains that a lead guide will not distribute tips amongst the rest of the team, including porters. This is not acceptable so please travel with a level of awareness. Your tips will be highly appreciated and will go towards a continued personalised, excellent service!
The following are a guide as to the daily rates the group as a whole tip each crew member per day ($USD).
- Head guides $20-30 per day per guide
- Safari guides $20-30 per day per guide (1 guide per 1 car)
- Head cook $15-20 per day per cook (1 cook for up to 10 climbers)
- Assistant guide $15-20 per day per assistant guide
- Camping crew $13 per day per crew
- General porters $10 per day per porter
Q: How much do things cost in Tanzania?
We can give you an approximation of the general costs of some items but mostly you will find your money does stretch. For example, a glass of wine will be just over $2 in more local places, rising to $3 in hotel bars. You can expect to pay $2.50 for a local beer but again, more in hotels. The average cost of dinner in a restaurant – whether Chinese / Indian / Italian is approximately $15 – $20 for a main meal. However, the cost does rise within the lodges / tented camps during Safari.