Basic Information to Tourists
Tanzania lies just south of the equator so there is little seasonal variation in temperature, but it is slightly cooler in June/ July and warmer in January and February. There is much more variation between the coastal and low lying regions and the high plains and mountainous regions
There are two rainy seasons- the long rains during April and May and the short rains in November. The rest months are categorised as dry season. In practice the rainfall pattern is neither regular nor predictable
For a matter of convenience we would advice you to contact us to book for the accommodation in a hotel you would like to stay before and after your programme/safari/climbing etc. There are several hotels in Tanzania ranging from high class, moderate and low class and the prices differ accordingly
Flying doctor service
Tourists booking safari in Tanzania are covered by the flying doctors emergency evacuation service to Nairobi on purchase of U.S.$ 30 voucher before the start of safari. We usually assist in this but medical bills have to be settled directly by the tourist. Re-confirmation of onward flight
With Mpenda you are sure of free re-confirmation of your onward flight reservations on production of the appropriate air ticket to our office on arrival.
The official language of Tanzania is Kiswahili, which is spoken by the majority of the population who also speak tribal languages (about 120). English is also spoken and understood by many especially in towns.
Customs & Tax Info
Binoculars, cameras and films may be imported temporarily free of duty. However, a custom bond may be demanded from visitors bringing-in video filming equipment, radio, tape recorders and musical instruments to ensure the goods are re-exported. Firearms require special permits
The local unit of currency in Tanzania is Tanzanian Shilling (TSh) which is convertible freely for the U.S.$ and other currencies within Tanzania. There are several places in Tanzania you can exchange your money/traveller’s cheques but it is advisable that you exchange your money only in hotels, banks, bureau de change and your tour operator to avoid inconveniences and being coned.
It is illegal to export more than a small amount of Tanzanian Shilling. Many items or services are priced and paid for in U.S.$, so do not convert more funds into the local currency than you may need for incidental expenses. Credit cards
are growingly accepted and its possible to obtain cash from some banks on a credit card but it is recommended that visitors carry sufficient funds in the form of travellers’ cheques for convenience. Electricity
The power supply is at the UK/European standard voltage of 220/240, and most of power sockets are the U.K. square pin type. If you want to use U.S. appliances you will need a voltage converter as well as a plug converter. Power supply is also subject to cuts and voltage fluctuation. On safari most lodge’s power supplies are from generators and these are often turned off during parts of the day and night to reduce noise and fuel consumption Drinks
It is highly recommended to drink only bottled water to avoid stomach ache or other stomach diseases. Drinks available in many supermarkets/shops/hotels. Soft and Hard drinks are available everywhere except in remote villages.