Preparations for Safari
TANZANIA SAFARI all visitors are required to carry a passport that is valid for six months beyond the intended length of stay. Nationals of certain countries do not require visas – this depends on the country you are visiting. It is advisable to check with the Consulate of the country you intend visiting for the latest visa and entry requirements.
Please make sure to lock all of your bags when travelling and to obtain travel insurance prior to departure. It is recommended that you travel with a set of clothes and essential items in your carry-on bags in case of luggage being lost – security measure at airport check in are the same as international airports – Do not carry lighters, pen knives, nail scissors in carry on luggage as it will be removed and destroyed. Leken Adventure offers secure storage rooms / safes where luggage & valuables can be left for a certain part of a safari if returning to Arusha (ie, If climbing Kilimanjaro or heading to the beach climbing/beach gear can be left whilst on safari and delivered to the lodge/hotel prior to your return).
Soft sports type bag(s) are handy when on safari (suitcases are large and do not pack well in the vehicles.) On most small aircraft there is a luggage allowance of 15 kg and again big suitcases do not always fit in the luggage compartment under the plane – please request full details if unsure.
- Travelers cheques can take a long time to get your cash with long queue’s and processing, passport, receipts need to be produced and most have a limit of $200 a day which will be given in local currency.
- Lodges accept all major currencies (USD, GBP, and Euro). If using USD, please make sure to bring new notes as most countries in East Africa do not accept old notes (with smaller heads and prior to the year 1996 to be sure try to get notes of the year 2000 onward with no damage).
- If you need $ U.S Dollars you will need to buy them back at a poor rate using TZ currency.
- ATM is easy and readable available in Arusha, Moshi and Dar-es-Salaam – limits per day ranging from $300 – $800 per 24hr period given in local currency depending on the restrictions you have emplaced on your credit cards. Beware though, this is Africa so phone-lines or power might be down and ATM’s do not always work.
- Bring in large dollar bills – $100 -$50 for changing into local currency at “bureau de change” and small bills for tipping at lodges – smaller bills will return a lower rate of exchange at bureau’s ).
- Tipping is a sensitive issue for most European countries but common in East Africa in the tourist industry please see our special page with guidelines for tipping
- Donations, sponsorship and support – Depending on your itinerary you may be visiting one of the Bush 2 Beach community projects that is supported under The African Roots Foundation – in the past clients have requested a list as to what to bring or how they can help. Please contact for further details if wanting to bring with you learning materials: IE: English learning/reading materials, writing books, pens, pencils, colors, ect etc: if wanting to sponsor and assist in further education of an individual then please discuss this with the office staff.
Visa requirements are an important consideration especially if you are going on safari in multiple African countries as some of them have different visa terms. Your travel agent or safari operator should be able to help you with this so make sure you check with them.
- Passport and correct visas.
- Emergency phone numbers.
- Insurance policy.
- Your itinerary.
- Addresses and mobile numbers.
- Any vaccinations certificates.