Questions about Flights
What is the best way to get to Tanzania?
If you are coming from North America or Europe, we recommend flying KLM to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). If you are coming from Australasia, Emirates has the best deals and fly into Nairobi and Dar es Salaam daily. Kilimanjaro Airport is a one hour drive from Arusha while Dar es Salaam and Nairobi are a one hour flight or several hour bus ride from Arusha. If planning a visit to Zanzibar or Pemba during your Tanzanian holiday, consider flying into Dar es Salaam and then flying to Kilimanjaro for your safari and climb.
Can you book my flights?
Africa’s Pathways books East Africa internal travel, including flights, bus rides and shuttles. Your tickets will be kept in the office for you or mailed to you, depending on your first destination. For international flights, please contact MW and we will provide you with contact information for our travel agent in South Africa and Australia – who will look after you.
Are there any airport taxes to pay in Tanzania?
All airport taxes are now included with most flights, both domestically and internationally.
What is the best way to get from Serengeti/Kilimajaro/Arusha to Zanzibar?
Charter companies like Regional Air, Flightlink, Coastal Aviation and commercial airlines like Precision Air are the best way to get to Zanzibar. There are many daily flights departing from mid-morning to early evening and MW can help you book any of those to fit in with your itinerary.
Travel Information and Seasons
Reading Material - Guides, Books & Maps
Kenya is a popular subject for writers! However compared to the wealth of information available on some other Africa countries, only a limited number of books have been written about the wider aspects of life and travel in Tanzania. Here is a small selection of recommended titles on both countries to provide background information or to get you in the mood before you leave. For more choice visit a good book shop.
What are the best months to go on safari?
For the best wildlife viewing, visit Tanzania during the dry seasons of November/December to February, and July to September. To avoid the crowds, visit in May, June or November.
When is the best time to climb Kilimanjaro?
The driest month to climb Kilimanjaro is September. However, it is also one of the coldest and busiest. Because Kilimanjaro is such a large mountain, it has its own weather pattern and it often rains on Kilimanjaro when it is not raining elsewhere. You should prepare for rain and have your rain gear with you at all times while on the mountain.
What are the seasons like in Tanzania?
Late March through late May represents the period of long rains in Tanzania. This is usually not an ideal time to plan a safari because of the potential for sudden downpours. Directly after the long rains, however, is a wonderful time to visit Tanzania’s national parks due to the abundance of wildflowers and vegetation. It is also a wonderful time to go on safari because the level of dust and the number of tourists is minimal. July through October is Tanzania’s dry season and also the high season for tourism. This is the best time to view wildlife as grasses are virtually nonexistent. It is usually very dusty and can be cold at higher elevations such as Ngorongoro Crater. Tanzania’s short rains occur from late October through mid December. This is a low season for tourism in Tanzania. December through March is Tanzania’s “summer” and many tourists visit during late December and January for optimal game viewing.
What immunizations do I need before visiting Tanzania?
Reservations & Cancellations
Can I pay with a credit card?
We do offer deposit payments via Paypal, using credit cards online. We just need an email address to send an online invoice to, and you would receive a link to follow to make the payment. We can also accept some balance payments via credit cards – but Paypal will charge a service fee of 3.4% for that. However, we recommend bank transfers directly to our account for payments so that all treks and safaris are paid for six weeks advance as per booking terms. This reduces any risk you may have by travelling large amounts of cash.
Can Africa Pathways Expeditions help me with my Zanzibar hotel reservations?
Yes, we can arrange flights and hotels for Zanzibar. We can also arrange airport transfers directly with most hotels. We have a great selection for you and liaise directly with the owners who will look after you like we do!
Will I be able to use ATM/credit cards in Tanzania?
You can withdraw Tanzanian shillings using a Visa/MasterCard in Arusha, Moshi, Karatu, Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam. Most restaurants/hotels do not accept credit cards, and the ones that do usually charge a commission of at least 3-5%. Please call your credit card company before you leave for Tanzania to notify them of your travel plans. Some companies will put a block on your card if you try to use it at a Tanzanian ATM. There is a withdrawal limit of 400,000/- per transaction (approx US$280) at ATMs but you can withdraw several times according to your personal limit with your own bank. Plan ahead if you have something in particular that you need to pay for.
Should I change money to Tanzanian Shillings or can I pay in foreign currency?
We recommend changing some money to shillings to pay for small items during your trip. Local stores and restaurants charge in shillings, and if you pay in dollars you will pay a higher rate. At souvenir stores in Arusha. US$100 and US$50 dollar noted attract a better exchange rate than US$20, US$10, US$5 and US$1 – however these smaller notes are handy sometimes for buying souvenirs enroute during safari.
Should I bring travelers cheques?
We do not recommend bringing travelers cheques to Tanzania as banks require you to have the receipt of purchase as well as the cheque. We recommend bringing USD cash and using an ATM machine to withdraw shillings.
Are old USD notes accepted?
What about purchasing souvenirs?
While on Safari: Lodging and Food
How does Africa Pathways Expeditions choose lodges and tented camps in Arusha and on safari?
APE matches the type of experience you desire with the most appropriate lodge arrangements. Available lodging ranges from private luxury tented lodges to adventure camping. There are both mid and high-end private lodges so we can accommodate any budget.
How rugged is a camping safari?
On a camping safari, guests and staff sleep in private tents in designated campsites in or near the national parks. Africa Pathways Expeditions staff setup the camp and prepare all meals while you relax, read and eat snacks. APE camps consist of tents set up around tables and chairs. Whenever possible, Africa Pathways Expeditions uses more remote campsites to make your camping experience more private.
Are all types of diets catered for?
Of course; just let us know in advance so we can make necessary arrangements.
Do I need to bring a water filter?
What is a typical menu on a camping safari or Kilimanjaro climb?
What is Tanzanian food like and will I get to try some?
What precautions should I take to avoid stomach problems?
Driving On Safari
What are Africa Pathways Expeditions vehicles like?
APE uses 4WD Land Cruisers, Land Rovers and 4WD Hiaces on all safaris and all vehicles are owned and maintained by us. We have made our vehicles safari ready by including comfortable seats and an open roof that allows for better animal viewing. Each passenger is guaranteed a window seat.
What are the road conditions in Tanzania?
Photography on Safari
Is it possible to recharge a digital camera on safari?
APE’s cars are outfitted with inverters that allow you to charge your camera batteries or laptop right in the car.
Should I bring extra batteries for my camera or will they be available in Tanzania?
Will I be able to charge rechargeable batteries while in the bush?
I'm planning to use a film camera. How much film should I bring?
What sort of film should I use?
What lenses should I bring?
Wildlife and Other Information
Who travels with us during safari?
During your safari, you’ll be accompanied by a trained wildlife guide. All of our guides have at least five years of experience on safari and have taken several language and wildlife courses. If you choose an adventure camping safari, youll also travel with a APE chef, who will prepare all of your delicious meals while in the bush. As with any MW-arranged trip, we will only combine tourist groups at the clients request. You can expect a private vehicle with your very own Africa Pathways Expeditions wildlife guide.
What are the Big Five?
What is the wildebeest migration?
When is the famous wildebeest migration in Tanzania?
What is a bush walk?