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Travel Advice

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1. INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS INTO TANZANIA
Many Airlines fly regularly into Zanzibar, including Air Tanzania, Gulf Air
and KLM (together with Kenya Airways).

Italy, Spain and Switzerland have charter flights directly to Zanzibar. There are particularly frequent
rapid direct flights from Italy, both from Milan Malpensa and from Rome Fiumicino. Both these airports
are well connected to other cities in Europe by charter and scheduled airlines and may offer a viable
alternative to scheduled flights with stop overs.

Dar es Salaam is also served by Air India, Air Malawi, Air Tanzania, British Airways, Emirates Airlines,
Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways, Oman Air, South African Airways/ATC, Swiss International Airlines
(via Nairobi), and Yemen Air

FROM UK: British Airways is the most direct option from UK

BRITISH AIRWAYS FLIGHT SCHEDULE

OUTBOUND FLIGHTS
Day Flight
Aircraft
Depart At Arrive At Valid From Valid To
Saturday BA047
A340
Sat 19:25 Sun 07:20 28 Mar 2006 31 Oct 2006
Saturday BA047
A340
Sat 19:25 Sun 08:20 01 Nov 2006 26 Mar 2007
INBOUND FLIGHTS
Day Flight
Aircraft
Depart At Arrive At Valid From Valid To
Sunday BA046
A340
Sun 08:55 Sun 16:55 28 Mar 2006 31 Oct 2006
Sunday BA046
A340
Sun 09:35 Sun 16:45 01 Nov 2006 26 Mar 2007
Please note that the above list is subject to confirmation with BA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also worth trying: Cheapflights.co.uk

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2. DOMESTIC FLIGHTS IN TANZANIA AND ZANZIBAR
There are links from mainland Tanzania to Zanzibar by plane and boat. We recommend foreign visitors
to travel to Zanzibar by air, as this is both fast and efficient and more reliable than ferries, which can
be cancelled due to bad weather.
Flights take approximately 20 minutes from Dar es Salaam and cost about USD 55 per person one way.
There are several Aviation companies operating:

COASTAL AVIATION

Download latest Coastal Aviation Flight Schedule with prices

Download Coastal Aviation Route Map

is based in Dar es Salaam, has a fleet of light aircraft which can take you all over Tanzania.
They have a large schedule of flights, some of which connect well with the Adventure Camps properties:
 Zanzibar Dar Zanzibar at least 4 times daily
Dar Selous Dar daily
Zanzibar Dar Selous Ruaha Arusha Daily
Arusha Ruaha Selous Dar Zanzibar Daily

link to Coastal AviationFor more information please contact:
safari@coastal.cc or aviation@coastal.cc
Tel: +255 22 2117959 or 842877
Website: www.coastal.cc
Or click on the Aeroplane link above for help with this.

ZAN AIR operates flight schedules between Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Pemba and Arusha.
Link to Zan Air Timetable 2006-2007
Contact: reservations@zanair.com   Tel: + 255 24 2233670

PRECISION AIR operates flights between Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Tabora, Mwanza and Shinyanga
Contact:
NIC HDQ Building,
Samora Av/Pamba Rd, P.O Box 70770, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, East Africa
Tel: +255-22-2130800/2121718   Fax: +255-22-2113036
Email: pwdar@africaonline.co.tz (Airport Office) pwdia@africaonline.co.tz

Air Excel - telno: +255 2501597

Air Zara International: www.airzara.com   contact: info@airzara.com
       based in Dar es Salaam, has a fleet of Two Embrear 120ER (30 Seats )
       which can take you to many destination in Tanzania.
        Dar Zanzibar Dar ( 2 times daily) Dep 0830, 1630
        Dar Zanzibar Pemba Zanzibar Dar (3 times a week ) Dep 0830
        Dar Arusha Zanzibar Dar daily Dep 1230
        Introducing soon routes to Mombasa, Dodoma, Kilimanjaro, Mbeya & Mtwara

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  3. SEA FERRIES CONNECTING DAR ES SALAAM AND ZANZIBAR:
If you do prefer to travel by sea, these are the present schedules:
( Subject to change and advisable to check with the ferry boat company on 0744 491609 )

Flying Horse (slow boat):
ZNZ-DAR dep 21:30
DAR-ZNZ dep 12:00
RATES: USD 25 pp one way


Sea Bus:
ZNZ-DAR dep 10:00 and 13:00
DAR-ZNZ 14:00 and 16:00
RATES: 1st class USD 40 pp one way, 2nd class USD 35 one way:


Sea Star
ZNZ-DAR dep 07:00
ZNZ-DAR dep 10:30
RATES: 1st class USD 40 pp one way, 2nd class USD 35 one way


Sea Express
ZNZ-DAR dep 15:45
ZNZ-DAR dep 17:30
RATES: 1st class USD 40 pp one way, 2nd class USD 35 one way


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4. TRANSPORT BY ROAD

GETTING AROUND ZANZIBAR

Taxis can be hired anywhere around Stone Town, near the market or the Old Fort for example.
It is also possible to catch a taxi from the Airport or Harbour. 'Dala dalas' (pick-up trucks converted
into buses) can be caught at the market or near Mnazi Mmoja hospital. These unique 'buses' can
take you to the airport and to other areas of urban Zanzibar and are very inexpensive. They carry
14 people at a time and can be very crowded. The cost of travel depends on your destination.
Once you know your destination you look for the dala dala that displays a letter on the front as follows:

A Amani Stadium
B Bububu
J Jang’ombe
M Magomeni
U Airport

Dala dalas are much cheaper than taxis, but are not so comfortable. Another vehicle used is the
'Mbavu za mbwa'
. These are the buses that go to the rural areas of Zanzibar. They are used mainly
by farmers to bring in their produce from different parts of Zanzibar, to the market in town.
The farmers than buy goods from town and take them back to their villages. You can see these
buses at Darajani Central Bus Park, opposite the Market. These buses are numbered
1 to 11 in accordance to the final destination of the route:

1 Nungwi
2 Mangapwani
3 Kizimbani
4 Mchangani
5 Ndagaa
6 Chwaka
7 Fumba
8 Unguja Ukuu
9 Paje
10 Makunduchi
11 Fuoni

DISTANCES OF SOME MAIN TOWNS/AREAS FROM STONE TOWN IN km:

Airport (south of Stone Town)
7
Bwejuu (east coast)
54
Chwaka (east coast)
32
Dunga (centre)
19
Jambiani (east coast)
55
Jozani Forest (south central)
38
Kiwengwa (east coast)
40
Makunduchi (south east coast)
69
Matemwe (north east coast)
50
Mbweni (south of Stone Town)
5
Mkokotoni (north west coast)
37
Mtoni (north of Stone Town)
5 km
Mangapwani (north west coast)
26
Nungwi (north east coast)
59
Paje (south east coast)
51
Pongwe (east coast)
46
Pwani Mchangani (north east coast)
40
Uroa (east coast)
39

CAR HIRE
Several companies hire out cars, motorcycles and bicycles. You will need an International
license to rent a motor vehicle. As a warning, the local Traffic Police make many random checks
all along Zanzibar's roads, so be sure all your documents are in order. One rental company has
an office at the old Post Office in town. Most Tour Operators will also rent you a car.
If you rent a car or Vespa, be sure to have a valid International driver's license because chances are
it will be checked. You are required to stop at police roadblocks (often set up along the road to
Nungwi or the road to Paje but nothing to be concerned about) and sometimes you will be asked to
show your license. If you do not have a Zanzibari driver's license, you are obliged to purchase a
TSh 3,000 police permit to drive, good for one day only. You may not be asked for it, but it's better to
have it than get hassled and/or fined. Be sure to locate the spare tyre , jack, and other essentials
before setting off to Nungwi or Paje where roads can be in poor condition. Let someone know where
you've gone and when you plan on returning.

Zanzibar Car Hire Limited.
P.o.Box 3552, Zanzibar Tanzania
Mobile Tel: +255777414044 Fax +255242235020
Web: www.zanzibarcarhire.com
Email: info@zanzibarcarhire.com

Zanzibar Express Carhire

THE MAINLAND
On the mainland, many companies hire vehicles, usually with drivers. For driving safaris in the
southern circuit we recommend:

CARAVAN SAFARIS
P.O. Box 5331, Dar es Salaam, TANZANIA
email: caravansafaris@coastal.co.tz
web: www.drivingsafaris.co.tz
Tel: +255 741 624884
Safaris Tel: +255 748 272709


MONEY MATTERS

Currency
The unit of currency is the Tanzanian Shilling (TZS). Note denominations are 10,000, 5,000,
1,000, 500, 200 and 100 shillings
and coins of 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5 cents.

Wednesday, October 10th 2007:

1 US Dollar = 1,231.22 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Tanzanian Shilling (TZS) = 0.0008122 US Dollar (USD)

1 British Pound = 2,503.48 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Tanzanian Shilling (TZS) = 0.0003994 British Pound (GBP)

Link to Tanzanian Shilling exchange rate service

Changing money
It is best to carry your hard currency in US Dollars.
You can change hard currency, travellers cheques in plenty of places.
You can not change travellers cheques for USD.
Keep hold of your changing receipts so that you can change your shillings back to hard currency
when you leave.

Almost all hotels, car hire, diving, safari operators, airlines etc. will require you to pay in US Dollars currency.
Travellers cheques are usually changed at around 5% to 10% lower than cash. Credit cards are accepte
in many hotels etc. but a charge of up to 20% may be levied.
Sometimes airport tax is only accepted in USD, which means you must have some with you. In Dar, Zanzibar and Arusha you can get cash against Mastercard and Visa cards, at the Coastal Travels Offices.
The exchange rate isn't great though and there is a TZS 4000 charge. Exchange here is limited to USD 600 per day.
There are no cash machines in Zanzibar. There is no black market of any note. Ignore offers on the street - it's probably a set-up.

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GENERAL TRAVEL ADVICE

Please note that this page is offered as help, not as expert advice; and that especially in the case of
Medical and Health matters you should consult your Doctor.

Language
English is widely spoken but a few Swahili words are always well received.

Tipping
In restaurants a tip for exceptional service - a maximum of 10% - will be appreciated.

Airport tax
For International flights, an Airport tax of Us $ 30 is levied, which  may be included in the price of your
international air ticket.
When leaving on domestic flights from Dar or Zanzibar, an Airport tax of USD 5 is usually charged.
In addition a safety fee of USD 2 has recently been introduced. It is a good idea to carry some small
denomination dollar notes.

Religions in Tanzania
Christian, Indigenous Beliefs, predominantly Muslim in Zanzibar

Currency:  Tanzania Shilling (TZS)

Time: GMT + 3 hours

Opening hours in Tanzania
Government offices: 7.30am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday
Banks: 09:00 - 16:00
Businesses: 8.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 1.00pm Saturday
Shops often close for lunch and sometimes on Friday afternoons for mosque services.
Many are open for part of Saturdays and Sundays.

International Dialling Code: +255

Radio Frequencies
BBC KHz: (daytime) 17885,11940,9770, (evening) 21470,11940,6005

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 VISAS AND EMBASSIES

Zanzibar is part of the United Republic of Tanzania.
Visas are required by almost all nationalities. The cost can be as high as USD 70, depending
upon your nationality.
Tourist visas usually have a one month validity, unless you request a longer period.
Check out: www.visaworld.co.uk/_tanzania.html for advice on who needs a visa to Tanzania
and how much it costs.

Visas can be obtained before travel, from Tanzanian Embassies and High Commissions around
the world.

See list below, or use:
http://www.tanzania.go.tz/tanzaniaembassiesabroad.htm

Tanzanian Embassies & Consulates around the world
Belgium : T 02 640 6500 F 02 646 8026 : 363 Ave Louise, 1050 Brussels

Canada : T 0613 232 1500 F 0613 232 5184 : 50 Range Road, Ottawa, Ontario KIN 8J4

France : T 01 53 70 63 70 F 01 53 70 63 66 : 13 Ave Raymond Poincare 75116 Paris

Germany : T 0228 358051 F 0228 358226 : Teaterplatz 26, 53177 Bonn

Italy : T 06 321 0923 : Rome

Japan : T 03 425 4531 F 03 425 7844 : 21-9, Kamiyoga4, Chome, Setagaya-Ku, Tokyo 158

Kenya : T 02 331056 F 02 218269 : Continental House, Corner of UhuruHighway and
Harambee Ave, Nairobi

Mozambique : T 258 1 490110 : Ujamaa House, PO Box 4515, Maputo

South Africa : T 012 342 4371 F 012 430 4383 : PO Box 56572 Arcadia 0007, Pretoria

Switzerland : T 022 731 8920 F 022 732 8255 : 47 Ave Blanc, CH-1201, Geneva

Uganda : T 256 41 256 292 F 256 41 242890 : 6 Kagera Road, PO Box 5750, Kampala

United Kingdom : T 0207 569 1470 F 0207 491 3710 ; 3 Stratford Place, London W1C 1AS :
http://www.tanzania-online.gov.uk/visa/visa.html

USA : T 1 202 939 6125 F 1 202 797 7408 : 2139 R Street, NW, Washington DC 20008
http://www.tanzaniaembassy-us.org/

Zambia : T 260 1 253320 : Ujamaa House, 5200 United Nations Avenue, Lusaka

Zimbabwe : T 26 3 472 1870 : Harare

If you have been unable, or have not had time to procure a Visa in advance, it is possible
to obtain a tourists'
single entry visa at Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar or Kilimanjaro International Airports, and also
at the Namanga entry point (Tanzanian-Kenya road border point) subject to the fulfilment of all
immigration and health requirements. You will need to carry USD in cash to pay for these.

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DOCUMENTS AND CUSTOMS

Driving Licence
If you intend to drive in Tanzania, international driving licences are required. Failing this you can
use your national licence to get a temporary Tanzanian licence from the traffic police, but this is
much more hassle.

Health Card
Visitors from countries infected with Cholera and Yellow Fever must produce international certificates
of vaccination.

Customs
It is illegal to export shells, coral, ivory and turtle shell. Please don't do it.
There is no limit to the amount of foreign currency you can take into the country, although sums over
$10,000 must be declared. The amount of local currency you can take out of the country is restricted to
2000 TZS. Visitors arriving at Zanzibar pass through local customs, even if arriving from mainland Tanzania.

Baggage

It is a good idea to have smaller cases rather than one large one, if you are planning to take internal
flights around Tanzania.
Some safaris/air charters limit baggage to a 10 - 15 kilo maximum so you may need to split your
luggage and have some of it stored while you go on safari.

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MEDICAL AND HEALTH

General
Don’t drink tap water - bottled water is widely available and should be used at all times.

Malaria
Malaria is endemic to the region, especially on the coast. It is transmitted by infected mosquitoes.
You are advised to take preventative medication.  Ask your doctor about prophylactic pills.
Remember that mosquitoes are most active during the evening and night.

wear light coloured clothing - mosquitoes don't like to be seen
wear long trousers and long sleeved shirts in the evening
use mosquito repellents, preferably with natural ingredients,
as some of the chemicals used in some brands can give unpleasant side-effects
avoid wearing perfumes or aftershaves

If infection is suspected medical advice should be sought immediately. Malaria is detectable with
a simple blood screen, but the sample is best taken during a high cycle of the fever, when the infection
is at its most active.

VACCINATION TABLE

Type Vaccination Duration Comments
Cholera   No longer recommended. Only necessary if travelling from infected countries.
Diptheria & Tetanus 10 year booster For long stay visitors, rural travel
Hepatitis A Up to 10 years Recommended
Hepatitis B   For extended travel or high risk
Polio 10 year booster Recommended
Typhoid Up to 10 years Recommended
Meningitis A & C 3 years Long stay visitors, rural
Rabies   Long stay visitors, rural travel
Yellow Fever Up to 10 years Recommended


Modern Medical services are available in Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Zanzibar and other major centres.
Visitors are advised to bring their own personal medicines with them.

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WHAT TO WEAR

It never gets really cold in Tanzania so lightweight clothing is normal.
On safari avoid brightly coloured clothes, they may alarm the animals. Browns, beiges and khaki are preferred.
Short-sleeved shirts or blouses, and shorts are ideal but do pack a warm sweater, it can be chilly
in the early morning and in the evening, especially in northern Tanzania.
Wear a hat to avoid sunstroke and don't forget sunglasses, sun cream and a swimsuit.
Shoes should be sensible for walking in the bush.
Shorts for women are acceptable - but not too short. Women should carry a wrap to cover their legs
in towns or villages as revealing clothes can cause offence especially in Zanzibar and other Muslim
areas. On the beach, and within the confines of beach hotels, normal swimwear is acceptable but nudity is not.

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