The closest airport to the Congress is Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). However, a short flight to Kilimanjaro Airport can easily be taken from Dar es Salaam International Airport and Nairobi International Airport. For the more adventerous, a local bus can also be taken.
Transport and Flights
All delegates need to arrange their own international transport to and from Tanzania. WRC will arrange transport to Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge for delegates landing at Kilimanjaro International Airport or arriving with bus to Arusha town. We are able to arrange flights or bus for delegates arriving at other airports in East Africa. An estimate of the associated cost is displayed below:
Dar es Salaam – Arusha from US$ 221
Nairobi – Kilimanjaro from US$ 222
Shuttle or Bus
Dar es Salaam – Arusha from US$ 25
Nairobi – Arusha from US$ 30
We recommend that you confirm your international flights and transfers with us so we can arrange pickups upon arrival in Arusha.
Credit cards are only accepted by the major airline companies and by most of the bigger hotels and lodges. Do not rely on credit cards as a source of cash while in Tanzania. In some cases, a surcharge will be added to credit card payments. We suggest that you take sufficient cash and use the credit card as a back-up only.
The coast, the islands and Selous have tropical climate year round, the other areas are temperate. Expect short rains in November, while the rainy season starts from mid March to the end of May. During rainy season, it can get chilly in the northern mainland, especially in higher altitudes like the Ngorongoro. The hottest months are from December to the end of March when humidity is high and decreases only by night.
The Tanzanian Shilling is the local currency, but cash in US$ are recommended. The current exchange rate is approximately Tsh 1600 = US$ 1. It is possible to change foreign currency at any Bureaux de Chance, which generally gives better rates than hotels and most banks. Tanzania does not accept notes of US$ bills that were printed before 2006.
A valid yellow fever vaccination certificate is compulsory and must be produced at the airport upon arrival. Malaria occurs below 1800 meters and you should use the recommended prophylactics. Tanzania is home to the chloroquine-resistant strain of malaria as well as several others. Make sure your doctor or travel clinic knows you are traveling to Tanzania (don't just say Africa) so s/he can prescribe the right anti-malarial medication.The best way to prevent contracting Malaria is to try and avoid mosquito bites by using an effect insect repellent, by sleeping under mosquito nets and wearing proper clothing after sunset.
As a sensible precaution we recommend that you consider getting at least some of the following recommended immunisations:
Hepatitis A & B, Typhoid, Cholera, Tetanus (lockjaw). Please check with your local travel clinic for the latest recommendations.
Immigration & customs
An onward ticket and sufficient funds are required when entering Tanzania. Tanzanian people are friendly and will always offer a helping hand.
It is advised to take out travel insurance which should cover baggage as well as personal accident and medical insurance.
The official languages are Ki-Swahili and English. There are more than 120 tribal vernaculars.
Mainly Muslim, Christian and Traditional beliefs. Please keep in mind that you are entering a different country with strong religious customs.
Tanzanians are in general very friendly and welcoming. However, as with any other town, walking alone at night is not advisable, and it is preferable to use taxis which are available at most hotels. Do not leave cash or valuables in your hotel room and use a safe deposit box.Make use of a safe deposit box to keep your belongings safe, and do not leave anything of value lying around in your hotel room.
Visa and entry requirements
Visas are required by most visitors to Tanzania. Application details and forms can be found on Tanzanian Embassy web sites, please consult your local Tanzanian embassy or high commission for up to date information. For most countries a single entry tourist visa is us$50, for US and Irish citizens it is us$100, and can be obtained upon entry. Visas are valid for 3 months. It is possible, however, to obtain a tourist's visa for a single entry at any ONE of the FOUR MAIN ENTRIES into Tanzania - subject to the fulfilment of all immigration (passport valid for at least 6 months) and health requirements (yellow fever) -, for those who could NOT apply for visa from Tanzania Mission abroad. These are:
Payment, at all these points, is in US Dollars or its equivalent in Sterling. For all other entry points in Tanzania, visitors must hold valid visa prior to approaching those entry points in Tanzania. However, in order to avoid unnecessary delays, those who proceed to Tanzania from a country where there IS a Tanzania Diplomatic Mission or Consular Office are strongly advised to obtain their entry visa prior to departure to Tanzania.
Tanzania Diplomatic Missions
Thanks to TUSK, and other supporters, the PAMS Foundation has been able to implement a anti-poaching team consisting of community scouts in the North-Eastern Serengeti Ecosystem