The national language of Tanzania is Swahili. Most people (guides & Cookers) with whom you will interact with during the Safaris in Tanzania will speak to you in English, but many local people whom you may interact with do not know English. See below for some basic Swahili words.
Water – Maji
Cold – Baridi
Excuse me! – Samahani!
Food – Chakula
Friend – Rafiki
Good – Nzuri
Goodbye – Kwaheri!
Help me, please- Nisaidie, tafadhali!
Sorry – Samahani!
Thank you very much- Asante sana!
Welcome – Karibu!
Habari/Jambo! – (Hello!/Hi!)
Nzuri! – (Good!/Fine!)
Ninaitwa Mathew. Wewe unaitwaje? – (My name is Mathew. What’s your name?)
Ninaitwa Tara. Nimefurahi kukujua. – (My name is Tara . I’m pleased to know you.)
Unazungumza Kiswahili? – (Do you speak Swahili?)
Ndio! Ninazungumza Kiswahili. – (Yes! I speak Swahili.)
Tafadhali nionyeshe msalani- Please, show me the bathroom
Ninatokea Canada. Wewe unatokea wapi?- (I’m from Canada. Where are you from?)
Nipo hapa kwa matembezi. – ( I’m visiting here.)
Where are you going to? – Unakwenda wapi?
Ninakwenda Serengeti- I am going to Serengeti
Even if you try a few words, many local people will greatly appreciate it and warmly welcome you! There are several small, inexpensive Swahili phrasebooks available.
Dream 2 Realities Travel and Safaris assumes prospective clients to be physically fit and healthy for particular safaris activities especially the more demanding trips like mountaineering and walking safaris.
We recommend all out clients to have the following shot before they arrive in Africa
Vaccinations against tetanus, cholera, typhoid, yellow fever and hepatitis A & B are required. Off course, it is mandatory for Tanzania visitors to be vaccinated for Yellow fever, and you have to prove this so bring your inoculation card because it will be checked at the airport.
Basic First-Aid Medical Kit
Anti-malaria precautions. Please consult your local pharmacist or travel clinic in this regard.
Plaster, antiseptic cream, & aspirin
Sunburn- Depending on the season sometime is very hot. We recommend you bring sun block and a hat to prevent direct sunlight.
Water is especially important so drink plenty of water while you’re on safari.
Be sure to review any allergies with your physician. If you have any that may be severe, a bracelet or necklace indicating these allergies is strongly recommended.
Is the water drinkable in Tanzania?
The water is drinkable in most part of the country. We recommend using bottled water.
We strongly advised all clients to carry travel insurance for protection. Before you join Dream 2 realities Travel & safaris you MUST be covered by insurance that includes adequate coverage against accident, medical expenses, baggage loss and damage, inconvenience arising from delayed departure or arrival, aircraft connection, lost, stolen or misplaced luggage ect.
Do I need a passport to go to Tanzania?
A valid passport is mandatory to enter Tanzania. It should be valid at least the during the following 6-7 months from the entry date to Tanzania
Entry requirements and VISA
Visas are required by most clients to Tanzania. Visas are available at your local Tanzanian Embassy. The VISA Valid for six months and its cost is $ 100 or its equivalent in Euro/Sterling.
There are four major entrances
Namanga Entry Point (Tanzania-Kenya boarder)
Kilimanjaro International airport
klmKLM Airlines, Ethiopian, Kenya Airways, UT Air, Condor.
Dar es Salaam International airport
KLM Airlines, Ethiopian, Emirates, Continental Airlines, Delta, American Airlines, Air France, Swiss Air, SAA, Egypt Air, Qatar Airways.
Zanzibar International airport:
Ethiopian airlines, KLM, Precision Air, Kenya Airways, Condor, Euro fly, Kitty Hawk.
The Tanzanian Shilling is the local currency, but travelers checks and cash in US$ are recommended. It is possible to change foreign currency at any Bureau de Chance, which generally gives better rates than hotels and most banks.
Electrical supply is generally 230 volts AC, 50 Hz. We recommend you to bring your own international standard adapter (a plug adapter, or a plug adapter with a voltage converter) for your electrical uses.
Credit & ATM Cards
These are all widely accepted by all major lodges and airline companies. Barclays has the largest network followed by Standard Chartered Bank. The limit for ATM withdrawal is usually 300,000-400,000 Tzs (Tanzania schillings; approximately $300) per day. Most ATM’s serve a majority of the international credit cards like Visa, Mastercard, etc. The machines occasionally run out of money or Electricity. Please do not rely on credit cards as a source of cash while in Tanzania. Overall, we recommend bringing a mix of cash to exchange, as well as having an ATM card available.