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Tanzania Destination Guide

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For more information, please call our Travel Consultants on:01244 897 111

Your guide from the Luxury Travel Experts


Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Tanzania, created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

If you require further information, not featured on this page, please call one of our Travel Consultants.

Overview+

Capital Dar Es Salaam
Language Tanzanian
Time Difference 3 hours
Currency Tanzanian Shilling
Voltage 230V

If you're looking to experience all that Tanzania has to offer in one incredible holiday, we recommend spending time on safari in the Serengeti, a few nights exploring the beautiful Ngorongoro Crater conservation area and ending your trip relaxing on a beach in Zanzibar where you can also snorkel to your heart’s content.

Highlights+

Wildlife
Tanzania is a land of abundant wildlife. Take the Serengeti National Park, world-famous for ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’, when some two-million wildebeest and half-a-million zebras take part in their annual migration to find prime grazing land. This incredible display is determined by the rains, and the mass movement of animals attracts hordes of hungry predators. The colossal Ngorongoro Crater is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, showcasing a rich eco-system of grasslands, swamps, lakes, rivers, woodlands and forest, all teeming with wildlife - including rhino, big cats, elephant, wildebeest, Golden and Black-backed jackal, buffalo, zebra, Thomson’s gazelle, hyena, ostrich and flamingos!

Mount Kilimanjaro
The planet’s tallest, freestanding volcano and Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro arises from Tanzania’s northern plains and dominates the landscape for miles around. Climbers flock here to test their stamina on its rocky trails and muddy slopes, keen to reach its stunning, snow-capped summit and soak up the jaw-dropping views across Kilimanjaro’s ice fields. If you happen to catch sunrise, expect to be blown away by the magical show of nature from this legendary African landmark.

Culture
Tanzanian people are known for their delightful cultures, their distinctive warmth and good manners, making every visit truly memorable. If you get the chance, meet the Chagga tribe of Kilimanjaro and the charming, semi-nomadic Maasai warriors, adorned with colourful, beaded jewellery and vibrant red cloaks. Enjoy their hospitality, tour local villages and watch the wonderful rhythms of tribal dance. Meeting local people promises a fascinating insight into this magnificent land.

Travel Gems+

Travel Planning
Our Travel Consultants can offer advice, arrange and pre-book many things to enhance your holiday. This includes everything from spa and dinner reservations, to a range of special experiences available in our featured resorts, that you may not yet know about.

Local Life
A visit to the Discovery Centre at Four Seasons Safari Lodge, Serengeti offers a fascinating look at African culture and history. Meet the Maasai people and learn about programmes designed to help local schools and wildlife.

Climate+

Discover Tanzania’s truly breathtaking scenery, unique cultures, striking coastline and, of course, spectacular wildlife, on a luxury African escape with Elegant Resorts. Wake up as the sun begins to rise and begin an unforgettable day amid the famed Serengeti National Park - spotting lions, giraffes, elephants, rhino, hippos and much, much more!

Marvel at the rich eco-systems of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ngorongoro Crater, before meeting the charming people of the country’s native tribes, experiencing a true taste of traditional Tanzania. Perhaps the greatest attraction of all, the world’s largest volcano, the iconic Mount Kilamanjaro, stands tall on Tanzania’s northern plains. Tackle the climb for an inimitable view across the ice fields, or appreciate this marvellous feat of nature from the ground, as it is illuminated by a spectacular African sunset.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Tanzania.

  Temp °C Rain mm
January3270
February3349
March32120
April31229
May30153
June2940
July2926
August2923
September3025
October3149
November31106
December32114

Getting There+

Flight Information
Via Dubai with Emirates from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow.

Flight Time
From London Heathrow to Dar Es Salaam: 12 hours, 45 minutes.

Travel Documentation+

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Visas are required prior to arrival and can be obtained from the Tanzanian High Commission at www.immigration.go.tz for approximately USD$50 per person. NB: Five passport photos are required for the application.

Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.

For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk

Health+

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/

In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.

Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice. Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net, www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.

Please be advised that a Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate will be required for travel (in any direction) between South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia. Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide. You should take health advice about your specific needs as early as possible. Sources of information include: www.fco.gov.uk www

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