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The climate is tropical on the coast, on the islands and in Selous. It is temperate in the other parks. October to mid-March is the hottest period and from June to September, the coolest. However, the range of temperature is fairly limited and it is alway hot (between 25 and 30 degrees Centigrade on the coast and between 22 and 27 degrees Centigrade in the North). There is light rainfall in November and the rainy season is from mid-March to the end of May. Ocean temperature is between 24 and 28 degrees Centigrade.
Visas are required for all, except citizens of the Commonwealth, Scandinavian countries and the Republic of Ireland. They are obtainable at all Tanzanian embassies and high commisions. You can also get your visa at our major entry points such as: Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro, and Zanzibar International Airports, Namanga, Tunduma, Holili, Taveta, Sirari and Horohoro.
Yellow fever vaccination: recommended on the main land and compulsory in Zanzibar. Visitors are advised to take anti-malaria tablets for beach holidays. Contact your doctor before departure. Personal insurance is advised. "Flying doctors" facilities are also available.
OFFICIAL LANGUAGES Kiswahili and English.
LOCAL TIME GMT+3.
ELECTRICITY 230 Volts
Three international airports: Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar. 'Several international airlines connect to Tanzania with the rest of the world'.
Tanzanian shilling. It is advisable to carry American dollars. Moneychangers also accept the major convertible currencies including the yen. Travelers' cheques are exchangeable in some places. Major credit cards are accepted in the larger hotels but it is advisable to carry some cash.
For safaris in the north, light clothing is recommended for the day time. Sturdy shoes and a canvas hats are advisable. Casual wear, including a sweater, is apropriate for the evening. On the coast, summer wear is recommended. For Kilimanjaro and other treks, check with a mountain specialist before departure. For all safaris, bring: sunscreen, lotions, sunglasses, mosquito cream and binoculars.
There is a variety of food. You'll find international cuisine in the hotels restaurants and lodges. On the coast, fish and lobsters with local dishes such as biryanis and meat or fish curries. Specialties: spiced tea or coffee and "halua", a sweet desert with almonds.
The protection of nature is everyone's concern. On safari, do not collect or buy bones, skins, horns, teeth, feathers or shells. On the coast do not bring back any coral, shells or starfish which play an important role in the fragile ecosystem. Do not litter where others are expected to visit.
The protection of cultures is also everyone's concern. The guides know the local habits and custom. It is always advisable to ask someone's permission before taking his/her photograph. Scanty dressing is repugnant to the local people.
Locally made products are available at good prices. On the mainland, you can find batiks, the Tingatinga paintings, objects in ebony (cutlery, bracelets, sculptures, furniture), basket ware (baskets, hats, rugs), beaded Maasai necklaces, precious jewels (gold, diamonds, tanzanite's and other stones). In Zanzibar, you can find textiles (wrap-around - kikoi for men and khanga for women), carved chests, perfumes, natural lotions and spices.
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