1: What is the weather like?
The weather in Tanzania depends on the time of the year and the altitude above sea level. Tanzania lies within the tropics (between 3° and 11° south of the Equator). Hence it has hot and cool seasons. Generally the temperature in Northern Tanzania is cooler than the temperature around the coastal regions. During the hot season (November to March), the temperature in Northern Tanzania is around 27° C and in Zanzibar invariably above 32°C. During the cool season (May to October), the climate in Northern Tanzania can be around 16°C and in Zanzibar around 21°C.
2: What do I wear?
It is recommended that you use flat shoes and light clothing during your staying in East Africa . During the rain seasons and in the Ngorongoro crater visitors can wear a jacket as it becomes cool early in the morning and late evening. There is no need to dress up even when in hotels or lodges. Special dresses, boots and other equipments can be hired at the entrance to the Mountains parks for the climbers. Facilities such as shopping centres for additional traditional clothes are available, and most of the Hotels and Lodges have laundry services at reasonable prices.
3: Is Tanzania safe?
Tanzania is one of the safest East African countries. The people are generally friendly and will not be violent towards you. However, just as in any country on earth, you have to be cautious of your surroundings. A few safety precautions such as going in groups, not walking in isolated areas or dark areas, not accepting food or drinks from strangers should be observed. Avoid temptation, for example, do not wear flashy jewelry or loosely carry purses, mobile phones or cameras. Apart from this CHEMA tour guides assure to take you to safe places including shopping centres, marketing areas and tour places.
4: Do I need a visa?
Yes, many countries require visas for entry to Tanzania. Please contact the Tanzanian Embassy in your country to find out if visa is required. However with your current valid passport you can obtain Tanzanian Visas at the main entry points, such as the airport, sea port and borders.
5: How is the food on a Safari?
During your stay with us CHEMA will take you to nice hotels, restaurants, and lodges with skilled chefs who know how to prepare delicious local and international dishes using fresh food, vegetables and fruits. For the clients who will be interested in camping the company will take a chef (s), tent (s) and adequate fresh nutritious food on Safari according to the demand.
6: Is it safe to drink tape water?
We don't advise you to drink tap water. We provide bottled water for the trips and recommend bottled water anywhere else. Make sure that the seal on the bottle has not been tampered with.
7: Will I sleep in a tent?
Tanzania has five star to standard hotels and lodges in the major towns and wildlife areas. Depending on tour itinerary one can stay in a tent, a luxury hotel, a lodge, or a tented lodge made with traditional materials.
8: Do you offer Medical Insurance?
No! We don't offer medical insurance. Therefore we highly recommend getting Travel Insurance before you leave your home country for the Safari. In Tanzania flying doctors services are available for any emergence and CHEMA will try its utmost to give support should any problem arise. Please see your doctor for advice incase you are planning to attempt a high altitude adventure e.g. mountain climbing or hill walking expedition.
9: Will I get Malaria?
We offer treated mosquito nets during camping and all the hotels and lodges in Tanzania have nets. It's advisable to take Malaria prophylaxis pills before leaving for Tanzania, during your stay and on your return to your home country as recommended by your doctor. Yellow fever vaccination is required by the Tanzania Health Authority.
10: What will I see on Safari?
The company tour guides at their best will make sure that you have completed and enjoyed you safari itinerary. You will see indigenous animals, and birds, mountains, scenic places and panoramic beaches traditional dances, nice people and a lot more.