A passport and visa are required when traveling to Tanzanian and Kenya, please ensure your passport be valid at list six months past your arrival date. Additionally please make sure you have a minimum of two blank pages in your passport.
A tourist visa to Tanzania can be obtained in two ways:
1. Apply through the nearest Tanzania embassy to you
2. Apply for a landing visa when entering Tanzania
Applying for a landing visa upon your arrival is quite feasible, all you need is to present your passport, fill out the landing card and visa application form, and the visa fees should be paid in U.S. dollars cash (payment for one U.S. citizen is $100 USD, Canadian and other countries are $50 USD , Pakistan is $200 USD).
Although there is no high level of physical exertion required while traveling on your safari, an overall good health is essential. Health concerns or dietary restrictions should be made apparent before leaving for safari, as noted above, any safari participants must be in a good health; therefore it is crucial to ask your physician for medical advice or visit a travel clinic before going on your safari. It is likely that you will be prescribed antimalarial drugs, and we strongly encourage this preventative measure, as Malaria is one of the most serious potential health risks in Tanzania.
That being said, regardless of whether or not you are taking antimalarial medicine, protecting yourself from mosquito bites all together with various contractive means are especially important. There are multiple ways to protect yourself against mosquitos including insect repellant, having sufficient wear before dusk and wearing long-sleeved shirts, trousers, ankle-length socks (mosquitoes tend to hover near this areas), and closed toe shoes in the evenings.
Cancellation is effective upon the date of receipt of written notification in our office and signed by the client.in the event of cancellation of a booking of failure to join a tour will result in retention funds by malakisafaris ltd as follow
Written cancellation received up to 95 days before departure will result in 20% of the clients deposit being retained, while the remaining 80% of the deposit will be refunded.
Written cancellation received between after 95 days prior to departure will result in a 50% of the clients deposit being retained, while the remaining 50% of the deposit will be refunded.
Written cancelation received less than 60 days before departure will result in absolutely no refunds. Malaki Safari’s will keep 100% of the deposit.
Your package includes:
-All airport, hotel, and ground transfers
-All meals and accommodations
-Exclusive use and transfer of a particular modified 4×4 Toyota Land Cruiser with a pop-up roof (maximizing wildlife viewing and comfort)
-All national park and reserves entrance fees
-A professional, knowledgeable, and english speaking guide
-Unlimited game drives with no restriction of mileage or fuel
-Unlimited beverages provided in a small refrigerator installed in a safari vehicle (bottled drinking water, soft drinks, French-press coffee, and tea)
-Use of high powered binocular wildlife and birding books while on safari
-Internal airfare from Arusha to Serengeti or Zanzibar if applicable
-Full support from our safari specialist and operator office in Tanzania before and during your safari
-Use of company cell phone for direct and emergency contact with the operational office in Tanzania during your safari
-AMREF Flying Doctors Insurance
Your package does not include:
-International airfare to and from Kilimanjaro Airport
-Laundry and beverages at select tented camps
-Gratitude and items of personal nature
All our guests are automatically enrolled in this program, AMREF flying doctors provide air evacuation services in medical emergencies. This covers emergency transport from your safari to a full-service hospital in Nairobi, Kenya. All our guests are automatically enrolled in program at no extra cost, however, this does not replace the local travel insurance
Extensive travel insurance effective for the entire duration of your trip is strongly advised. This should insure coverage for any foreseen circumstances that may occur such as trip cancellation or postponement, lost or delayed baggage, emergency or accidents, illness, evacuation, or a need for 24 hour medical assistance.
Tanzania electrical sockets are identical to those found in the United Kingdom; the 3 rectangular pin UK adopter is required to use electronically. The electronic voltage applied in Tanzania is 220v, where as the electronic voltage in the United States is 120v. Please make sure your device is capable of operating safely with either 120v or 220v.
All of our vehicles are equipped with charging stations that let you charge your phone, camera, and other electronics. Our accommodations also offer you a place to charge your electronics. However, most properties are solar powered, or running on generators, so consistent electricity is not always guaranteed. If you have a health concern or medical condition that requires you to have access to electricity at all times, please advise us when you are planning your safari, so we can arrange your accommodation accordingly.
Wifi will be available at select properties, though not all. The internet speed and reliability in the bush may also vary.
The currency of Tanzania is Tanzanian Shillings (TSH). US dollars are also generally convenient and an acceptable currency. When using US dollars, please ensure that you bring crisp new vintage bills ( newer than 2006) as older bills may not be as readily accepted at most properties due to counterfeiting problems. Credit cards, visa and master cards are usually accepted in hotels and lodges, but expect possible network instability inside the parks. Lastly, we do not recommend personal checks as they are not easy to use and not generally accepted.
The majority of the costs on your trip are included in our safari packages, you should bring US dollars in both large and small denominations. Most extra expenses on your safari includes drinks ($1-$3 per bottled water, soft drinks, beer, wine, and spirits), laundry is $2-$4 depending on items), souvenirs (usually around $5) and miscellaneous tips (see tips guideline bellow).
We encourage guest to avoid using credit cards to make purchases for security reasons. Even at lodges and gift shops, we advise all our guest to take extra precaution when using credit cards in Tanzania as there may be a higher risk of the credit card number being stolen and used for fraudulent charges.
A safari trip to the African wildness can easily be deemed as one of the most rewarding and unforgettable family vacation experiences. Children actively encounter sights that prompt many opportunities for learning and it is undoubtedly a stimulating environment for curious minds.
Their safety should be given extra regard and care when out in the wilderness, as noted above, several safari lodges and camps are not fenced and have wildlife wandering their grounds, we stress that you should always keep your children in sight, under any circumstance, and do not let them wander alone. Maasai escorts are always present when you are out at night and it is crucial that you are aware of your children’s where abouts at all times.
Please be aware that many tented camps and lodges do not provide electricity 24/7. Most properties are solar powered or running on generators and turn off their generators after dinner until dawn.
Please inquire upon arrival at each accommodation as policies differ widely. If you have a health concern that requires you to charge your medical equipment at all times pleas kindly advise us beforehand and we can plan accordingly.
If you are transiting from a yellow fever-endemic zone such as Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, or Nairobi Kenya, you will be required to present proof of Yellow Fever Vaccination. If you are flying directly from Amsterdam or other non Yellow Fever-endemic countries, you will not be required to have this vaccination. If, for any health reasons, you cannot receive this vaccination, you can ask for an exemption letter written and signed by your doctor from home to show the border officers.
Apart from Malaria and Yellow Fever, there may be other vaccinations and medications to take prior to your trip to Tanzania. Please consult with your doctor and visit a travel clinic in your area to receive a specific medical consultation before your trip. Please note that all shots and medications are recommended to be taken/prescribed at list 3-5 weeks prior to travel,
Please discuss the following vaccination recommendations with your doctor or travel clinic:
-Hepatitis A and B
-Booster doses for tetanus-diphtheria and polio vaccine
-Various antibiotics such as Cipro
Should you have a diabetic condition, you should not be concerned about while traveling on our safari. A great deal of the meals provided on the safari will likely be very similar to what you eat at home, e.g. marinated chicken, beef, salad, fruits, etc. However, be mindful that some packed lunches supplied by lodges and camps may include food high in carbs such as bread, fruits, and juice boxes as well as other food high in protein.
With regard to other essential diabetic medication and supplies, make sure you carry the letter from your doctor stating supplies you will be bringing with you and a copy of the actual prescription is also recommended. In addition, carry hard candy or glucose tablets with you on game drives or other safari activities. Insulin-dependent individuals are encouraged to pack more than one bottle of insulin and extra pump supplies, as they are not available to purchase in Tanzania.
-One pair of comfortable walking shoes (i.e sneakers, hiking shoes)
-One pair of sandals or flip-flops
-Casual, loose-fitting clothing.
-One warm fleece or sweater
-Extra cotton socks and underwear
-Lightweight jacket or wind breaker.
-Passport, plane tickets
-US Dollars (both large and small denomination)
-Contact lens solution, extra contact lens, and spare glasses. If you wear contact glasses, be sure to bring a pair of glasses in case of eye irritation from the dust.
-Sunscreen (SPF 50 or higher)
-Lip balm (SPF 45)
-Insect repellant (DEET 30%)
-Anti-bacterial hand sanitizers
-Camera and extra batteries
-UK plug adapter
-Journal for recording daily observations and encounters
-Yellow Fever vaccination certificate, if applicable
-Small medical personal kit including aspirin, anti-malaria pills, cold and allergies medicine, anti-itch cream (i.e. Benadryl itch relief), stomachache medicine, (i.e. Pepto-Bismol), antibiotic ointment (i.e. Neosporin), prescription antibiotic effective against a broad range of bacteria including travelers’ diarrhea, (i.e. ciprofloxacin or also known as Cipro).
Out tipping guideline is 20-25 USD per client per day to the driver guide, though it is ultimately up to the client’s discretion to decide what amount is appropriate. For instance, for a 7 day safari for 2 guests the average tip that is given to a Malaki Safaris driver guide is between 200usd -350 usd, or even higher, depending on the clients overall satisfaction with their driver guide and their safari experience.
When you have a personal cook for mobile camping, the tipping guideline is between 5-10 USD per person per day which is also up to the client discretion.
The recommended currency for tipping is USD cash, and it is customary for the client to tip at the end of their safari.