Before traveling to Tanzania East Africa, here are helpful travel information.

Language 

English is widely spoken in all the regions in Tanzania. But remember not everybody can be able to speak grammatical as you speak. Tanzania has 120 tribes which every tribe has its own language apart from Swahili which is National Language.

Food on Safari

Excellent cuisine, along with interesting local dishes, is served in the top hotels, camps, restaurants and lodges. breakfast usually fruits, eggs, bacon, sausages, juices, cereals, toast, coffer and tea. lunch usually assorted cold meats and salads with breads, butter, perhaps a warm dish. dinner usually are three courses but depend on where do you stay, camps, lodges or hotels. They will start with an appetizer or soup, main entree and vegetables and dessert.

Flights

Check in 2 hours prior to departure for international flights. 1 hour prior to departure for domestic flights.

Health & Dietary

Flying doctors are more important while on safari. Some of the lodges and hotels have their own doctor.

Luggage

Domestic flights need not more than 15 kg

Money

Dollars,  euros, local money, Visa/mastercard

Please note that the information given here are only an orientation. It is essential to check with your doctor, bank and embassies/consulates.

Safari cost

When first time travelers to Africa / Tanzania start looking at safari programs, they often feel that safaris are ” expensive ” . What they soon realize is that most safari programs include all meals and game activities while in the  safari camps and lodges, charter flight transfers, taxes, park fees, road and in some cases, laundry and drinks. I like to compare this to ski vacation  where the accommodation and flights are booked in advance and may seem quite reasonable but after you add up the credit cards bills that follow for the ski lift tickets, rental car, ski rentals and all your meals, you then have a fair comparison with the relative cost of a safari.

The cost of the day is most dependent upon how comfortably you wish to travel ( the level of accommodation ), the remoteness of the safari, types of transportation used, the quality of the guides whether you are on private safaris or on a group tour and the countries involved.

COVID 19 PANDEMIC

There is no doubt that the world has changed as a result of COVID-19.  Its impact has been far-reaching and it is difficult to find anyone who has not been affected in some way.  For Tanzania, the hardest hit area has been tourism.  At Ventures and Bravo, we have taken every possible measure to help support our clients, our staff and their families during this very uncertain time.

Over the last few months, we have stayed in close contact with our existing clients and our accommodation partners.  Our aim is to be as flexible as possible so that booked safaris can still go ahead in the future.

As I’m sure you can appreciate, the situation continues to change rapidly.  We are closely monitoring the disease through the World Health Organization (WHO), Center for Disease Control (CDC) and local Government Agencies.

What happens if I am unable to travel because of COVID-19?

  • The best option at the moment is for you to postpone your safari. Clients can postpone their travel plans without any penalties providing travel is within 24 months of the Safari start date. You will need to inform us of this in writing, via email. Any deposit made may be used for the amended /postponed booking.  The final cost of the amended booking may reflect any changes in rates e.g. accommodation, park permits etc. that are applicable on the new dates. If you are unable to re-book within 24 months, or have any further questions about current or future bookings, please do get in touch with one of our Tour Consultants who will be happy to help you. info@venturesandbravosafaris.com

If I have to cancel my booking, can I get my deposit back?

  • Unfortunately, we are not able to refund your deposit as stated at the time of booking.  The deposit is used to secure accommodation and goes towards ongoing operational costs.  Nearly all accommodations have informed us that they are not able to accept cancellations, only postponements. We sincerely hope that you don’t cancel, but fully understand that postponement may not be an option.  If this is the case and you have insurance, your losses may well be covered. We are happy to provide any information needed by the insurance company.  We are able to keep your deposit as a credit note for future bookings, as detailed above.

How many cases of COVID-19 are there in Tanzania?

  • Just like many other countries in the world, it is difficult to know the exact numbers of COVID-19 in Tanzania.  Testing kits are limited and the infrastructure makes it challenging to provide regular and accurate reporting. Local governments are working to meet the challenges presented by COVID-19.  This includes common hand washing stations, wearing of masks, school closures and banning of public gatherings.

What measures will be in place to ensure our safety if we come to Tanzania? 

The Tanzanian Government is putting the following measures in place.  Ventures and Bravo Safaris will do everything possible to ensure the well-being of all our clients and staff throughout your visit here:

  • All travellers entering or leaving Tanzania will be subjected to enhanced screening for COVID-19.  This will be done by the airlines
  • All international travellers should adhere to Infection Prevention and Control measures such as hand hygiene, wearing masks and keeping physical distancing
  • All international arriving passengers shall dispose of their masks after use during travel at designated waste collection containers upon arrival
  • The Tanzanian Government has introduced Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) which is a guide on how to serve and receive visitors from the time they arrive at the airport and during their entire stay in Tanzania. The priority is to make sure visitors do not become infected with COVID-19.  The following list is not comprehensive but will be updated as more information becomes available
    • The government requires proof that every visitor arriving in the country has been through enhanced screening for COVID-19
    • Airport staff will be tested for COVID-19 so that only those that are virus-free will provide services.  All attendants will have to wear face masks at all times; they will have to wear gloves and use hand sanitizers regularly.  They must ensure they observe the social distance of not less than one metre from all members of staff and guests
    • All other staff members involved in tourism activities will be regularly monitored to ensure they are not infected with COVID-19.  All staff to follow the same guidance, as outlined above
    • All visitor transport vehicles ( airport transfer vehicles and safari vehicles ), accommodations and other facilities used by visitors must be cleaned and sanitized before and after service in an acceptable manner

Our number one priority has always been the safety of our clients and this is even more pertinent now.

When is the earliest I can re-book my safari?

  • It has been announced very recently (May 18th) that the restrictions on international flights both entering and leaving Tanzania have been lifted.  Also, arriving passengers will not have to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Tanzania. Not all airlines will be resuming flights to Tanzania, so it is very important that you check with your carrier.  At the time of writing, some airlines plan on resuming service from 31st May 2020.  We are in the process of checking with our accommodation partners but it seems that most places are accepting bookings from June 1st
  • For many of our clients, you will be rescheduling a safari that had already been booked. We offered to do this free of charge; using the deposit towards your new booking.  It is important to note that whilst every effort will be made to replicate your itinerary and accommodations, it is possible that some places may not have availability on your chosen travel dates, or may not have re-opened after the pandemic.  If this is the case, we will book you accommodation of a similar standard and location.  We will, of course, consult with you every step of the way if there need to be any changes

Please contact your Ventures and Bravo Safaris Tour Consultant for further information info@venturesandbravosafaris.com

The Tanzanian government has updated the entry requirements for international visitors.  This new advice was dated 5th August 2020 and may not be reflected yet on the various foreign government / embassy  / airline websites.  This advice supersedes any advice you may have previously received.  

Do I need a Covid Negative Certificate to enter Tanzania?

  • All travellers, whose countries or airlines require them to get tested for COVID-19 as a condition for travelling, WILL be required to present a COVID-19 negative certificate upon arrival in Tanzania.   
  • If the airline you are traveling with, or the country you are returning to does not require you to prove your COVID negative status, you WILL NOT need a certificate to enter Tanzania.
  • Travellers from other countries with symptoms and signs related to COVID-19 infection will undergo enhanced screening and may be tested for COVID-19 upon entry in Tanzania. 

The Tanzanian government has not yet reconfirmed the necessary period of validity for the certificate.  Previously, it was 72 hours, with some flexibility taking into account travel times, travel delays and time differences.  Whilst we are awaiting clarification, please assume the same advice still applies.

Will I need a Covid Negative Certificate when leaving Tanzania?

Once again, this will only be required if the airline you are travelling with, or the country you are returning to, requires it. We strongly advise contacting the relevant authorities before you travel. It is possible to get a COVID-19 test in Karatu, Arusha and Dar es Salaam.  It takes 72 hours to get your result and the cost ranges between U$D 70 and U$D 100  per person.

If your home country or airline requires you to have a COVID test, please tell your Tour Consultant and s/he will advise you on the best way to plan this into your itinerary.

In addition, all travellers are required to truthfully fill out the Traveller’s Surveillance Form which should be available on board the aircraft or other transport and submitted to the Tanzanian Authorities upon arrival.

We sincerely hope that these new requirements do not affect your decision to come to Tanzania.  Our main objective is to continue to keep all our clients and local community members safe. Thank you for your understanding.

Warmest wishes to you and your family and we look forward to welcoming you to Tanzania soon.

Managing Director.