Tanzania, a captivating East African destination, is known for its diverse landscapes, rich wildlife, and vibrant culture. For those traveling to Tanzania, understanding key aspects of arrival, travel essentials, and activities in popular destinations like Arusha is crucial. This article aims to provide an overview to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience.
Arrival in Tanzania
Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
Kilimanjaro International Airport, located near the iconic Mount Kilimanjaro, is a major gateway to Tanzania. It serves as the primary international airport for those visiting the northern circuit. This includes Arusha, Moshi, Kilimanjaro, and the Serengeti. The airport is well-equipped with facilities. It has currency exchange, car rental services, and restaurants.
Arusha Airport (ARK)
For travelers heading directly to Arusha or planning a safari in the northern circuit, Arusha Airport is a convenient option. Domestic flights from Kilimanjaro International Airport or Dar es Salaam connect to Arusha Airport, facilitating easy access to the city and nearby attractions.
Travel Documents and Visas
Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your intended departure date from Tanzania. Check your passport well in advance and renew it if necessary.
Most travelers require a visa to enter Tanzania. Visas can be obtained in advance from Tanzanian embassies or consulates or upon arrival at major entry points, including Kilimanjaro International Airport. It is advisable to check the latest visa requirements and fees before traveling.
Visas can be obtained before departure from the USA (recommended due to long wait times at JRO) or at your point of entry into Tanzania. The visa cost for US citizens is $100. More information can be found here: https://www.us.tzembassy.go.tz/services/category/visa-information
Obtaining a Visa at JRO airport for citizens of most countries is a relatively simple process. When you arrive at JRO, there will be two lines. The line on the right is for people purchasing a visa. The line straight ahead is for people who have a visa.
To get your visa you fill out the required form and get in line for the first window. Give them the form and show them your passport. Go to the line for window two. Pay for the visa and get your photo taken. Go to the line for the third window and receive your visa.
Vaccinations are a crucial aspect of travel to Tanzania. Ensure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines and consider additional vaccinations such as yellow fever, typhoid, and malaria prevention. Consult with a travel health professional well before your departure to determine the most suitable vaccinations for your trip.
U.S. citizens are not required to have any vaccinations before arriving in Tanzania.
Tipping is customary in Tanzania, especially in the service industry. It is customary to tip hotel staff, safari guides, and restaurant servers. While tipping amounts may vary, a general guideline is to leave about 10% of the bill in restaurants and tip guides and drivers based on the level of service provided. For example: $1 is a good tip for porters carrying your bags.
Transportation in Arusha
Taxis are a popular mode of transportation in Arusha. Negotiate fares before starting your journey. Alternatively, many hotels can arrange reliable transportation for guests.
For those seeking a more personalized and flexible travel experience, private transportation options are also available in Arusha. Car rental services are accessible. Rental cars allow visitors to navigate the region at their own pace. This option is particularly advantageous for travelers planning to venture beyond the city limits and explore the stunning landscapes and wildlife reserves independently. However, we do not recommend renting a vehicle driving in Tanzanian cities is downright scary.
Additionally, we offer private transportation services, providing a dedicated vehicle and guide for a more tailored and intimate exploration of Tanzania’s wonders.
Whether opting for taxis or private transportation, both choices offer unique advantages, allowing travelers to customize their journey based on preferences and schedules.
Things to Do in Arusha
Arusha, often referred to as the “Safari Capital of Tanzania,” offers a range of activities and attractions:
Arusha National Park
Explore the diverse landscapes, including the Momela Lakes, Ngurdoto Crater, and Mount Meru. The Park even offers safari canoe experiences, ask us about booking one: https://kilimanjarosunrise.com/canoe-safari-adventure-in-arusha-national-park/
Cultural Heritage Centre
Immerse yourself in Tanzanian culture through traditional art, artifacts, and local crafts.
Ask at the concierge desk about booking a massage.
Shop for souvenirs and traditional Maasai handicrafts at this vibrant market.
Before arriving in Tanzania, arrange a safari to renowned destinations like Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, and Tarangire National Park
In conclusion, traveling to Tanzania promises an unforgettable experience with its natural wonders and cultural richness. Proper planning and understanding of local customs and attractions will contribute to a seamless and enjoyable journey. So, pack your bags, embark on an African adventure, and make memories that will last a lifetime. Karibu Tanzania! (Welcome to Tanzania!)