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Tanzania has a wealth of natural attractions. Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak, is situated in the northeast, near the tourist hub of Arusha. The nearby game parks of Serengeti, Ngorongoro, and Tarangire receive most of the visitor volume. Other notable game parks are Selous Game Reserve and Mikumi National Park in the south, and Gombe National Park in the west. Further to the west are the Great Lakes, Lake Victoria (Africa's largest lake) and Lake Tanganyika (theworld's deepest lake). The capital city of Dar Es Salaam is located on the eastern shore, but the main attraction is the exotic island of Zanzibar lying just offshore, with its Swahili architecture, spice plantations and white sand beaches.

Arusha is a city of northern Tanzania surrounded by some of Africa's most famous landscapes and national parks. Beautifully situated below Mount Meru on the eastern edge of the eastern branch of the Great Rift Valley, it has a pleasant climate and is close to Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Olduvai Gorge, Tarangire National Park, and Mount Kilimanjaro, as well as having its own Arusha National Park on Mount Meru. International flights arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport, and regional flights use Arusha airport.

Kilimanjaro, by any name, is a metaphor for the compelling beauty of East Africa. When you see it, you understand why. Not only is this the highest peak on the African continent; it is also the tallest freestanding mountain in the world, rising in breathtaking isolation from the surrounding coastal scrubland – elevation around 900 metres – to an imperious 5,895 metres (19,336 feet).  Kilimanjaro is one of the world's most accessible high summits, a beacon for visitors from around the world. Most climbers reach the crater rim with little more than a walking stick, proper clothing and determination. And those who reach Uhuru Point, the actual summit, or Gillman's Point on the lip of the crater, will have earned their climbing certificates. And their memories!

"The Ngorongoro Crater is often called ‘Africa’s Eden’ and the ‘8th Natural Wonder of the World’. A massive extinct volcano, the sheet walls drop thousands of feet to a "Noah's Ark" of animals on the verdant floor below. Large herds of zebra, buffalo, antelope and wildebeest graze nearby while sleeping lions laze in the sun. At dawn, the endangered black rhino returns to the thick cover of the crater forests after grazing on dewladen grass in the morning mist.

Tanzania's oldest and most popular national park, the Serengeti is massive in size, 14,763 sq km (5,700 sq miles). Famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson's gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers the most diverse game viewing in Africa.

 

Special thanks to all my friends at Kensington Tours. The fantastic staff both here in the US and in Africa made our journey a trip to remember. They have been voted one of the top tour operators in Africa for years and there is a very good reason for this....they meet and exceed all expectations.

Travel Tips

VISA/PASSPORT

Passport valid for at least six months, visa and evidence of yellow fever immunization are required for both US and Canadian citizens. Visa may be purchased on arrival at the airport. Single entry visa is $50 per person ($100pp for US citizens), payable in cash (no credit cards). Visas may also be obtained in advance through a visa service. Processing generally takes 5 working days and costs approximately $75.

The visa requirements change often and therefore it is best that we assist you by checking with the embassy of Tanzania for the most up to date visa information.

CURRENCY

Only newly printed USD currency and local currency will be accepted in East Africa, any USD currency printed without the new security measures will not be accepted.

HEALTH

Health insurance is essential. Guests of Kensington Tours are covered by East African Flying Doctor Services which is included in the tour price. This coverage guarantees that any member injured or ill while on safari
will be airlifted back to Nairobi to the international hospital.


We recommend that you see a healthcare provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or healthcare
provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website:


http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/tanzania.aspx


A yellow fever shot is NOT required for visitors from US/Canada/UK/EU direct, however if you are travelling
through Kenya into Tanzania, you will need the vaccine.

COUNTRY INFO

Language: Swahili and English are the official languages. Several indigenous languages are also spoken.

Currency: Tanzanian shilling (TZS). Most tourism prices are in US Dollars.ATMs are available in major cities
only. Major lodges, some hotels accept credit cards.

Time: GMT +3.

Electricity: 230 volts AC, 50Hz. Rectangular or round threepin plugs are used.

Communications: The international country dialing code for Tanzania, as well as Zanzibar, is +255.

 

If you are planning a trip of a lifetime to Africa contact one of our Adventure Travel Specialist

Kevin Geiser

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KGeiser@TravelLeaders.com

Janice Eagle

269 925-0777

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Mary Lou Guy

269 823-3499

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