When to Travel to Tanzania:
It is easiest to talk about when not to go to Tanzania. The major rainy season is from early April to late May, and the short rains are in November. These months have the fewest visitors. Rain or snow can be expected every day, but not the entire day. July and August are the busiest months.
The best time to see the migration in Tanzania is often January-March and June-August. In the Kenya, it is often best September-October. You will see an abundance of wildlife all year round.
Kilimanjaro is climbable all year round. The best months to climb are December-March, and September-October, which are the warmest and driest months. The next best are July and August, but they are colder. Rain and snow may be encountered any time of the year!
Temperatures range from 25 to 30 degrees Celsius at the foot of the mountain and -15 to -20 degrees Celsius on top plus wind chill. Lower down, it can be wet and humid, but higher up, there can be snow. The mountain is most picturesque right after the main rainy season with the snow still visible.
It is usually clear in the mornings and in the evenings, but clouds move in late morning sometimes bringing rain or snow in the afternoon. Views of the summit can be seen earlier in the morning and also at sunset. At nighttime, you will see the lights of Moshi and Arusha below you, and, of course, the spectacular Southern Cross constellation in the sky. Mt. Meru can be seen in the distance.
At the equator, the time of sunrise and sunset do not vary significantly from one season to another. Sunrise will be around 6:30am and sunset will be around 6:30pm.
Who Need a Visa?
The “visa” is just a big stamp in your passport. Everyone needs a visa for Tanzania except, Nationals of the following countries do not require visas when intended stay does not exceed three months: Namibia, Romania, Rwanda, Hong Kong And Commonwealth Member States Except United Kingdom, Canada, Nigeria, India And South Africa.
It is possible to get your visa at the border going into Tanzania or at the Kilimanjaro or Dar es Salaam airports when you arrive. Allow extra time for this process. You will need US$100 cash if you are a U.S. citizen or US$50 cash for all other nationals. Alternatively, you can get your visa ahead of time.
If you are going through Kenya, you will need a separate Kenya visa. You can get your Kenya visa at the Nairobi Airport or at the border crossing from Tanzania.
A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travelers over 1 year of age arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travelers having transited more than 12 hours through the airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. If you are traveling through Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, or Ethiopia en route to Tanzania, you will need a Yellow Fever Card upon arrival in Tanzania.
We highly recommend travel insurance! You have made a significant investment in your travel plans and, while in most cases everything will run smoothly, situations may arise on or before your trip that are outside of our control as your travel agent and for which we cannot be held responsible. Travel insurance may help make your trip more worry free by protecting your investment and yourself.
Travel insurance should cover such losses as:
- Trip Cancellation and Interruption (due to sickness/death of you, family member, or travel companion)
- Emergency Medical Transportation (minimum of $100,000)
- Trip and Baggage Delay (including missed connections)
- Lost or Stolen Baggage
- Doctor and Hospital Payments
- Travel Accident Insurance
- Weather delays
Travel Insurance Tips:
- To cover pre-existing conditions, you will need to buy travel insurance 7-21 days from your first trip deposit depending on the insurance company.
- Cover the full time of your trip — door to door.
- For a medical emergency or evacuation, contact insurance company before getting service if at all possible. They have preferred suppliers and may not cover non-preferred.
- Travel insurance does not cover some activities without a surcharge — scuba diving, rock climbing, hot air ballooning.
- Some companies offer boutique products like “cancel for work reasons,” “adventure activities”, or “cancel for any reason”.
- Most policies are primary coverage and have no deductible. You will save receipts and then submit when you return.
- Most U.S. medical policies do not cover travelers internationally, so double-check if you are relying on that.
- Credit cards may cover some travel emergency expenses. Check coverage and exclusions, and if they are primary or secondary.
- If you want specific coverage (pre-existing conditions, scuba), call the insurance company to confirm coverage and try to get it in writing.
- Give someone at home a copy of your policy in case you need help contacting the insurance company.
- If something is stolen, get a police report, and keep documentation for any medical services. These items will speed up any claims.
- Pregnancy is not covered by most travel insurance companies.
All cancellations must be advised in writing. Cancellation of a booking or failure to join a tour will result the following:
- 14+ days 100% refund out of expenses incurred in advance,
- 7-14 days 50% refund out of expenses incurred in advance,
- 1-7 days 25% refund out of expenses incurred in advance,
- 24 hours 00% refund, (No refund),
Tipping depends on service received.
- Full Day Group Tour: $5-10/person
- Full Day Private Tour: $10-15/person
- Safari Guide: $10/person/day
- Transfers: $5/car
- Luggage Porter: $1/bag
- Restaurants: 10% of bill