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From The Serengeti To Zanzibar

We discover some of the most famous national parks on earth, including the Serengeti and Ngorogoro Crater. And on a series of walks we will explore the dramatic landscapes of the Usambara Mountains. We complete our adventure by relaxing on the beautiful white sandy beaches of Zanzibar.

From£4,099

  • Tanzania

  • 17 nights
  • Experiential

    Pioneer

    Wildlife

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Moderate

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Tour codes: 48400

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Our holiday walking grades

Moderate

Grade 4

Full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain.

Most of these holidays have an element of sightseeing as well.

Half day walks will probably involve about 3 hours of walking, with full day walks having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to 600m.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Explore the Serengeti plains and Ngorongoro Crater in search of the Big Five!
  • Unwind on the beautiful Zanzibar archipelago. Visit a spice farm, the former sultan's palace, and walk the narrow streets and bazaars.
  • Experience four of Tanzania’s most diverse national parks.
  • Local guide throughout plus specialist national park rangers for expert knowledge on Africa's most prolific wildlife.
  • Admire the rugged landscape of the Usambara Mountains.

The Serengeti is lion country. As the setting sun lights up the plains, roars reverberate in the distance as local disputes are settled and precedence in the pride reconfirmed. This is the animal kingdom in its most raw and pure form.

The Serengeti is probably the most iconic national park on earth, but it is not the only jewel in Tanzania’s crown. Our journey begins with a walk in Moshi at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro. We then travel west to Lake Manyara National Park, famous for water birds, flocks of brightly coloured flamingos, hippos and baboons. Next up, we stretch our legs with a walk in the Southern Ngorongoro Conservation area to the elephant’s cave and see a spectacular waterfall. 

Two nights in Serengeti National Park sets the bar extremely high. The volume of wildlife is overwhelming; lion, cheetah, giraffe, gnu, zebra, antelope are all here and we have enough time to see them all! This experience is matched only by Ngorongoro Crater, a veritable Garden of Eden. We enjoy a safari on the crater floor amidst the densest collection of mammals on earth; bring your binoculars!

In the Tarangire National Park, we focus on the enormous Baobab trees and huge elephant herds, which can be found scratching the riverbed for underground streams. The core of our walking takes place in the Usambara Mountains and surrounding area. We walk through villages, admire spectacular viewpoints, explore Montane forest and hopefully see a variety of different wildlife along the way.

How could we top all of this? By flying to the exotic spice island of Zanzibar and spending three nights. We stroll through narrow streets and bazaars, visit the former sultan's palace, and enjoy a guided visit to a spice farm. Think golden sand beaches, palm trees, swimming and snorkelling in turquoise waters.

This holiday is the perfect blend of walking, safaris and relaxation, your ultimate bucket list experience and one of our most popular African tours.

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Kilimanjaro via Amsterdam returning Dar es Salaam to Heathrow via Amsterdam (KLM Airlines). Internal flight Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam
  • Airport transfers
  • Half board en suite accommodation
  • Twelve lunches included
  • All excursions, game drives and entrance fees as included in the programme
  • English speaking local guide and rangers for expert knowledge
  • All local transport costs.
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

In flight / Moshi

Meals

In-Flight

Accommodation

Depart London Heathrow and fly with KLM to Kilimanjaro via Amsterdam. On arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, we will continue directly to our hotel in Moshi for our overnight accommodation.

Transfer Time = 1h

Day 2

Moshi

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

In the morning we have the opportunity to visit the New Generation Children Centre in Moshi to meet the children who are supported by the centre. After lunch, we'll take a local walk in Moshi at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Day 3

Karatu

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

We travel to Lake Manyara (about 210km/125miles), and stop en route for a packed lunch. On arrival at Manyara National Park we begin the first of our game drives. The park is famous for its enormous wealth of water birds including flocks of flamingos. There are large herds of hippos, monkeys, tree-climbing lions, giraffes and elephants. Later we continue to our hotel at Karatu (about 65km/40miles).

Day 4

Karatu

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Today we take a walk in the Southern Ngorongoro Conservation area to the elephant’s cave and a waterfall. The walks will be very leisurely as we take our time to observe the points of interest along the way. Then we return by road to Karatu.

Day 5

Ngorongoro Wildcamp

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

We drive towards the Ngorongoro Crater (50km/31miles approx) on our approach the views from the edge of the rim are glorious, we drive down to the base of the crater to begin our thrilling game drive. We will have the opportunity to see some of the big 5, including black rhino and lions in both a unique and scenic setting. After we return to our camp for the evening, which also enjoys a scenic setting with views of the Lake Eyasi.

Day 6

Serengeti Wildcamp

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

We drive towards the world renowned Serengeti National Park, for the first of our game drives. Recently proclaimed by UNESCO as the 7th worldwide wonder, the park is absolutely teaming with Africa’s most exciting wildlife. Later we return to our camp for the evening.

Day 7

Serengeti Wildcamp

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

A further game drive in the Serengeti National Park. And later we return to our camp for the evening.

Day 8

Karatu

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Today we continue on Safari in Ngorongoro and Serengeti Conservation area. And later travel to Karatu for our overnight accommodation.

Day 9

Moshi

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

We travel to Tarangire National park (approximately 170km/105miles). Here we explore a landscape noted for its enormous Baobab trees, birds and wild animals. Later we travel to Moshi for our overnight accommodation.

Day 10

Usambara

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Travel from Moshi to Usambara Mountains. We anticipate the journey taking around 4-5 hours, (285km/176miles) we will take frequent stops, including a picnic lunch en route, and enjoy the passing views of the plantations and towns. During the afternoon we take a short walk in the Usambara Mountains from our hotel and we may visit a nearby waterfall if time allows. Return to our lodge for the evening.

Day 11

Usambara

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    180m

Today we travel to Lushoto Town to visit the colourful street market. During the afternoon we will walk to Irente viewpoint which provides a breathtaking view of the seemingly endless Maasai savannah. We do not anticipate the walk taking longer than 4 hours and will take a lunch stop during the day. Return to our lodge for the evening.

Day 12

Usambara

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    10 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    250m

Today we walk to Kivuga Peak (around 4-5 hours) We walk through montane forest where we may be lucky enough to see some colourful birdlife, reptiles, butterflies, colobus monkeys and a beautiful array of mountain flowers. Return to our lodge for the evening.

Day 13

Stone Town Zanzibar

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Today we will drive to Tanga Airport (approx 4 hrs) for our flight to Zanzibar. On arrival we travel to Stone Town, where we will have our dinner and overnight.

Day 14

Kiwengwa (Zanzibar Island)

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We take a city tour of Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and cultural centre of the island's capital. We stroll through the narrow streets and bazaars, and visit the former sultans’ palace. We then continue on to our island paradise, Kiwengwa, on the north east coast (about 1.5 hours).

Day 15

Kiwengwa (Zanzibar Island)

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Free time at leisure to relax, snorkel and swim from Zanzibar's white sandy beaches.

Day 16

Kiwengwa (Zanzibar Island)

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We enjoy a guided visit to a spice farm, where we can sample and or purchase local spices such as cinnamon, cardamom and cloves. The remaining time is left to relax, snorkel and swim.

Day 17

Departure

Meals

Breakfast

This morning we are free at leisure. During the afternoon we travel back to Zanzibar Airport for a flight to Dar es Salaam Airport to catch our international flight back to the UK.

Day 18

In flight

A morning arrival back into London Heathrow

From (GBP)£4,099

Departure dates for your selected tour

6th Aug 2020 - 23rd Aug 2020 (17 Nights)

5th Nov 2020 - 22nd Nov 2020 (17 Nights)

17th Jan 2021 - 3rd Feb 2021 (17 Nights)

11th Jul 2021 - 28th Jul 2021 (17 Nights)

15th Aug 2021 - 1st Sep 2021 (17 Nights)

24th Oct 2021 - 10th Nov 2021 (17 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Kilimanjaro via Amsterdam returning Dar es Salaam to Heathrow via Amsterdam (KLM Airlines). Internal flight Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam
  • Arrival transfer by air and road c.1hr
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • We can offer regional flight options and often there will be up to two transfer vehicles (which may include coaches, minibuses or taxis) from the airport to the hotel and vice versa which will minimise any waiting time at the overseas airport.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • Visa is required

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Accommodation in Moshi

The Springlands Hotel is located on the southern slopes of Kilimanjaro, the 80 cosy, simple guest rooms are set around a pleasant tropical garden. The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool, TV room, gym, sauna and both in and outdoor bar areas. All rooms have ensuite facilities with a shower, windows fitted with mosquito netting and fans.

Accommodation in Karatu

The Highview Hotei s located at high elevation above the town of Karatu. The hotel has spacious and comfortable ensuite rooms with a spectacular view over the surrounding hills. The hotels facilities include lounge area with bar, a spa and swimming pool. The hotel is within easy access to Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater.

Accommodation in Serengeti

The Serengeti Wildcamp is located in the central part of the Serengeti National Park, the Seronera area. It features 25 spacious, self contained private tents with ensuite facilities. The toilets are of the chemical variety and the shower is a bucket shower, sufficient warm water will be delivered to your tent each day.  

Accommodation In Ngorongoro

Ngorongoro Wild Camp is located in the South of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, approximately 50 kmsouth west of Karatu Town. The permanent camp is composed of 20 comfortable luxury tents and 6 cottages, as well as large dining and reception area. Each tent contains a bed frame and mattress, with double, single or twin beds, a full length mirror and a dressing table, a separate area for the bathroom where the wardrobe is situated. There is a proper toilet and a shower which is divided by a wall.

Accommodation in Usambara

Irente View Cliff Lodge is situated in the heart of the Usambara Mountains, close to the famous  “Irente view point” The Lodge is approximately a 15 minutes drive, or 1 hour walking distance from Lushoto town.  The accommodation consists of 2 Suites, each with mini-bar and private balcony facing the rock scenery. Other 23 rooms includes superior and standard  rooms with single and double beds. all rooms have a private balcony with panoramic views. Each room is tastefully decorated with modern bathrooms and fitted with satellite TV.

Accommodation in Stone Town

The Tembo House Hotel & Apartments has on array of antique furniture and ornaments from all over the World. The rooms are decorated with wood carved furniture with a traditional Swahili four-poster bed. Each room features a seating area with TV, air conditioning and a bathroom with shower and traditional hammam bath. Most of the rooms feature a balcony with sea or pool views.

Accommodation in Zanzibar Island

Located on the east coast of the island, the Sultan Sands Island Resort sits on the wide, sparkling beaches of Kiwengwa. A blend of Swahili and Arab architecture and décor creates a relaxed ambience, while first-class amenities and facilities ensure complete comfort.

Sultan Sands is great place to relax. It enjoys an idyllic beach position, a relaxing pool and a wonderful choice of leisure and dining options. We can also use the facilities at the neighbouring Sultan Sands sister hotel, the Bluebay Beach Resort, including the famous Oasis Spa and the One Ocean Dive Centre. Internet is available and complimentary to guests.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This is a grade 4 walking and sightseeing holiday where you can expect full and half days of walking in spectacular scenery. Full days will be up to 5 hours of walking whereas half days will be up to 3 hours.  The paths we take are generally good wide paths and dirt tracks and occasionally we will venture through vegetation. Most of the walks will be in the Usambara Mountains where you will see spectacular views from the cliffs to the plain below.  We will also climb the ridge near Mount Kingwengwei. This is the highest point reached on the holiday at 1893m. Ascents and descents will be up to 600m. You’ll get to experience the natural beauty of the countryside, visit waterfalls and hopefully have some fantastic once in a life time wildlife opportunities. This is an adventurous holiday where the itinerary takes you off the beaten track. You’ll explore lesser known destinations, therefore local conditions, facilities and transport may be more basic. The itinerary may require modifications at short notice, meaning the potential for more travelling and possibly on poor roads. However, the experience and stories to tell will be worth it!

Walks & Excursions

This holiday is operated at our grade 4 walking category and entails some reasonably energetic days, although the daily walking time will be less than five hours. Some days will be spent leisurely walking around areas of special or historical interest, other days will include game drives and game walks within National Parks. We shall walk on fixed trails, some of which are undulating and uneven under foot. The walking on this tour can be fairly demanding depending on the season. This holiday is for the traveller with a sense of adventure and a passion for wildlife.

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Optional Excursions

A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

All organised excursions mentioned in the itinerary are included in the holiday cost. 

There is very little additional cost to be paid locally in regards to the noted itinerary, however if you wish to take any optional excursions, or visit sites not mentioned, these will be at your own expense. It can be difficult to estimate an allowance for spending money as individuals will spend different amounts.

However about £200-£250 for the trip should be sufficient for lunches, drinks, any optional excursions. Please also see our section on tipping which will be in addition to this. Hotel drinks, particularly imported spirits can be more expensive, but local spirits, beers, ciders and African wines are very good value for money. You will need to allow extra for souvenirs and gifts. Major purchases can often be charged to a credit card account.

Currency in Tanzania

US Dollars  are also widely accepted. A small amount of Tanzanian Shilling (Tsh) may be useful for local markets. However, Tanzanian Shilling can only be exchanged in the country.  

Tipping

Ramblers Walking Holidays will make a small tip contribution on your behalf to the hotels, drivers and local guides. However should you wish to contribute further, you may like to consider an allowance of $10 per day.  Tipping in Tanzania is at your discretion; however tips have become heavily relied upon and have become a major part of the locals’ daily income. There will be a driver and guide accompanying you throughout the tour and other junior members of staff or locals along the way may wish to assist you at times and will be expecting a tip for doing so. If you are willing to give them a small sum for their assistance, this will certainly smooth the way during your journey through Tanzania and such gestures will be very welcome. 

A small tip is usually required for the use of porters, and for any drinks and meals you purchase yourself.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.

Your Travel Details

Flights are from London Heathrow to Kilimanjaro Airport and return from Dar es Salaam Airport via Amsterdam both ways with KLM.

For our international flight with KLM the baggage allowance is one bag each weighing 23kgs. But please note that the baggage allowance is usually a combined weight 20 kg on the internal flights. This is usually a combined weight to cover your hand luggage and checked in baggage. Please use soft bags  as they are easier to stack in the vehicles than hard cases.

If you are joining and leaving abroad, it is assumed, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will meet the party at the hotel in Moshi and depart in Dar es Salaam. If this is not your intention, please let us know in writing at least 5 weeks before departure.

On this holiday we will be travelling in 7 seat 4x4 Landcruisers or 9 seat mini vans with pop-up roof for the game drive proportion of the holiday. We will travel in a 25 seat Toyota Coaster or similar for the rest of the holiday. 

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?

If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.

Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details. 

Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.

Regional Transfers

Regional Flights (R3). We offer regional flight options on this holiday and there will be one or two transfer vehicles between the airport and hotel to minimise any waiting time at the overseas airport on the outward or return journeys.

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.

Personal Details Check

To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passports and Visas

General Passport Advice

It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.

Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.

General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel and at www.gov.uk/travelaware.

Passport Information for Tanzania

All British passport holders need a tourist visa to enter Tanzania. Tanzania has introduced an ‘e-visas’ system through which applications can be submitted and approved online in advance of travel. It is no longer possible to get a visa from the Tanzanian High Commission in London.

It is also possible to get a tourist visa for a single entry on arrival at main ports of entry to Tanzania, subject to the fulfilment of all immigration requirements. You may be asked to provide proof of your return journey. You will not be able to get a multiple entry visa on arrival.

For further information about eVisa's, please read the following guidelines:  https://eservices.immigration.go.tz/visa/guidelines

You will require an "Ordinary (single entry) Visa"

An online application for an Ordinary Visa should be accompanied with the following;

  • Copy of the applicant’s valid passport (biographic data page); - which you must upload a copy of at the final stage of the online application. 
  • Return ticket of the flight (not mandatory); If you can proceed with your application without a copy of your return ticket, then great, but if you cannot proceed without uploading a copy then please contact RWH Travel to request a PDF copy of your flight eticket. 
  • Dully filled in declaration form - please click here to download a copy of our help sheet:  https://www.ramblersholidays.co.uk/uploadDocuments/Tanzania%20Visa%20help%20form%202019-2020.pdf 
  • 50 USD visa fee, will be payable on the final stage of the application.

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of your visa application. 

Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous state within Tanzania, you will therefore not need a separate visa to enter, you will only need to show your passport on arrival. 

The above information is provided by the Tanzania High Commission and was current on the date that this document was published: please therefore refer to the high commission website to get the most up to date information. We have tried to include all of the relevant information to enable you to obtain your visa, however if there is any further information that you require please check the official website or contact the high commission directly.

Passport, visa and health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP, or can be obtained from the Medical Advisory Services for Travellers Abroad (MASTA). In addition, general travel advice is available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel.

Meals

This holiday is mostly on a half board basis; with ten lunches also included. Breakfasts and dinners will be taken at the lodges and camps, and lunches will usually be a picnic.

Accommodation

Hotel Changes

The hotel(s) listed within this document are examples of standard only. Whilst we strive to deliver the hotel(s) listed within this Holiday Information Sheet, there will be times throughout the year when they change. If this occurs, we will advise you as such. From time to time hotels will change near to departure and you will not be advised until after arriving into the destination. We always aim to provide a replacement of similar standard and location, although we cannot guarantee similar facilities such as pool or bar.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks. 

Footwear As Hand Luggage

We recommend that you either wear your walking boots or shoes or pack them and some waterproofs in your hand luggage as in the unlikely event that your hold luggage is delayed, you will still be able to participate in the holiday programme.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Safari Clothing Advice

For the game drive/walk section of the holiday we recommend you bring clothing that is in keeping with the natural environment; natural, earthy tones work best such as browns, khaki and beige. Bright colours can scare off game, as these are colours that are not ones that they are generally familiar with. For the evening and early morning game drives a fleece or jacket and long trousers are recommended as it can become chilly during these periods and the vehicle's that we travel in can be open to the elements.

Please refer to the details given about malaria precautions and the advice given on wearing long sleeve tops and long trousers and closed shoes.

We recommend that you bring a torch with you, which will be useful when staying at the tented camps, where light is usually solar powered and poor or no lighting will be available in the evenings.

Binoculars will also be useful for wildlife spotting whilst on the game drives.

Tanzania Plastic Bags

Effective from the 1st June 2019, the government of Tanzania has prohibited plastic carrier bags from being imported, exported, manufactured, sold, stored, supplied or used in Mainland Tanzania.  However plastic or plastic packaging for medical services, industrial products, construction industry, agricultural, foodstuff, sanitary and waste management are not prohibited.  

Visitors to Tanzania are advised to avoid carrying plastic carrier bags or packing plastic bags or storing items in a plastic bag in your suitcase. A special desk will be designated at all entry points for surrender of plastic carrier bags that visitors may be bringing into Tanzania. Plastic carrier items known as “Ziploc Bags” that are specifically used to carry toiletries will be permitted as they are expected to remain in permanent possession of visitors and they are not expected to be disposed of in the country.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Tanzania

In Tanzania the electricity is supplied at 220-240V A/C. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need the standard British square pin variety. More information can be found at  https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

“The “Bradt” guide provides very well-researched and interesting background reading for both Tanzania and Zanzibar. Ramblers Worldwide Holidays have especially negotiated a 25% discount on all Bradt guides for you as a thank you for your custom  – so please go to the Bradt Guide website www.bradtguides.com and enter the code RWH25 when ordering to claim your discount.”

Tanzania National Tourist Board Website:
www.tanzaniatouristboard.com


The Map Shop

Maps and guidebooks relating to the areas you will be walking in may be bought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

Diarrhoea & Boiled Water

Don’t forget to exercise caution with what you eat to avoid upset stomachs and stay away from unpeeled fruit and vegetables, salad and do not have ice in your drinks. Hot, fresh cooked food, where possible, is best. 

Hand washing facilities may be poor or unavailable when travelling, we therefore strongly advise you to carry antibacterial sanitizing gel and / or hand wipes at all times and use to them regularly.

Drinking or cleaning teeth in un-boiled water is not recommended.  Bottled pure water is inexpensive and widely available in shops, at hotels, and on the coach. Make sure you only buy sealed bottles.

Further Travel Advice

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You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

You must be adequately insured to join our holidays. We do not insist that you insure with us but we require that you are adequately insured for the nature of your holiday. You will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.

Please ensure that as a minimum your travel insurance policy covers you for travel to your holiday destinations (country and geographical region) and for medical expenses, mountain rescue (including helicopter rescue) and emergency repatriation to your home country in the event of illness or injury. Your policy should also provide adequate cover for the activities, included and optional, you are likely to participate in during your holiday.

See our brochure or website for further advice regarding holiday insurance.

Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.

Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.

Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

New Generation Children Centre

Heart & Sole is proud to support the New Generation Children Centre in Tanzania. During our stay in Moshi, our groups have the opportunity to visit the children's centre. This unique centre allows children (aged 3-9 years) to visit for free. It has been set up to support those children who live in extreme poverty, are orphans and or vulnerable. This  also helps children whose parents cannot afford the school fees for public education.

While our leader will have funds provided by RWH, if you wish to use any spare room in your suitcases then there are items the centre may need such as learning materials (exercise books, pencils, erasers, drawing books), teaching materials (plain paper, chalk, files for office, paper fastener),  cooking materials (oil, mais, sugar 15kg, rice, beans, firewood, vegetables, seeds) and other general items. If you have room in your suitcase and would like to take a few items with you, they will be much appreciated.

By travelling with us to Tanzania, in addition to experiencing the joy of visiting new places, you can help make a difference. For more information, please see our Heart & Sole page on our website at: www.ramblersholidays.co.uk/page/ramblersworldwideholidays_heart_and_sole.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.

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Tanzania

  • Capital

    Dar es Salaam; Dodoma

  • Currency

    Tanzanian Schilling

  • Language

    Swahili

  • Time Difference

    UTC +03:00

  • Flight duration

    9hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 133mm

  • February

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 127mm

  • March

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 167mm

  • April

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 191mm

  • May

    22°C

    Avg. Rain: 94mm

  • June

    21°C

    Avg. Rain: 22mm

  • July

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 14mm

  • August

    21°C

    Avg. Rain: 15mm

  • September

    22°C

    Avg. Rain: 22mm

  • October

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 41mm

  • November

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 103mm

  • December

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 143mm

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