FAQ

After booking, we send you a comprehensive travel book. Here are some frequently asked questions:

Although it is truly not an exaggeration to say that wildlife viewing in Tanzania is great year-round, if it is The Great Migration you want, then we suggest going in June or July. And if you wish to witness the birthing of the wildebeest, then late January to March are your best bets.

Dancing Zebra focuses its safaris on Tanzania because Tanzania offers the best and most consistent wildlife viewing opportunities year-round. The dry season (June to October) is generally considered the best time overall for game viewing. However, even the wet season in Tanzania (November to May) has an amazing amount to offer in terms of wildlife viewing. April and May are probably the least optimal months to go since many camps close during the long rains. However, there are still enough places open for us to put together a magnificent itinerary for you if those months are your only option. And, since it is the low season, you will enjoy the benefits of a less crowded and less expensive journey!!

Climate
Tanzania has a tropical climate. In the northern and coastal areas (which include Arusha, Kilimanjaro, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire, Manyara and the Serengeti, Dar es Salaam and the islands), rainfall tends to occur in two seasons: the short rains between late October – December and the long rains between March – May. These areas experience a cool, dry winter between June – August when temperatures can fall to 50°F (10°C) at night (or much lower if you’re up on Mt. Meru or Kilimanjaro). During the hottest months of November – February, temperatures can climb to around 88°F  (31°C). In the southern, south-west, central and western parts (Katavi, Mahale, Ruaha & Selous), the rainy season occurs between December and April, when temperatures are also at their warmest, reaching around 90°F (32°C) and often accompanied by high humidity.

Time

Tanzania is UTC/GMT +3 hours. That means it is either 10 or 11 hours ahead of California Time (PST) depending on Daylight Saving Time or standard time. Since Tanzania is very close to the equator, there is not a great variance in hours of daylight during the year.

Currency & Cards

The local currency is the Tanzania Shilling (TZS). In hotels, bills can normally be paid in USD, but in local shops, restaurants and markets, you will need TZS which is available at most banks and bureaus in major towns. ATMs are available in Dar es Salaam and Arusha, and most major towns, but once you are out on safari (in the bush), you will not have access to either banks or ATMs, so exchange sufficient funds beforehand. Credit cards are normally accepted in the bigger hotels and restaurants, but in the smaller lodges or hotels, there is often no access.

Yes. Check with your airline regarding whether you need to obtain your visa prior to departure, but usually, you can simply purchase your visa in the customs area of the airport upon arrival to Tanzania. The cost for US Citizens is $100 USD for multiple entry for one year. It’s best to have the exact amount in USD available for the number of members of your party.

Check the CDC’s website for updated health information for traveller’s to Tanzania. http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/tanzania

Yes. As part of your booking with Dancing Zebra Safari Co., you will receive limited emergency insurance which solely covers evacuation to a hospital should you suffer either severe injury or illness. This does not cover the cost of treatment once in the hospital and in no way replaces your normal travel insurance. There are certain medical exclusions. Please advise us of existing conditions in advance in order to arrange coverage, subject to our insurer’s approval. Please contact us for further details.

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