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Travel tips to Tanzania

Once You Arrive

Malaria. If you land in Tanzania after dusk, apply mosquito repellent even before disembarking from the plane. This is the perfect time for transmission of malaria. Wear long sleeves and long pants at night and sleep under mosquito nets. Symptoms of malaria include flu-like symptoms, fatigue, loss of appetite, chills, fever, headache, diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting. Test kits and treatment medication are available at many pharmacies in Tanzania.

Food and water: Don’t drink tap water anywhere, ever. Don’t even brush your teeth with it. Do, however, drink plenty of bottled water. Staying hydrated is important. Most travellers’ discomforts, like fatigue, headache, and even stomach issues, are the result of dehydration. And you may be at higher altitudes than you’re used to. Be careful of fruits and vegetables that cannot be peeled as they may have been washed with dirty water. Bananas, papayas, and mangoes are great and yummy options. Stay away from salad unless you are dining in a place that you know is vigilant with hygiene.

Valuables: Do not leave money, cameras, computers, iPods, etc. in your hotel room. Always carry your passport and money on you in a waist or back pack. Many hotels and lodges have in-room or hotel safes you can use for more bulky items.

Getting along with Tanzanians

Language: Most Tanzanians will quickly guess that you’re a visitor and will likely welcome you most as such. Tanzanians are some of the friendliest people on the planet. And while many people speak English (secondary school in Tanzania is taught in English), you can show your respect by trying to speak a bit of Swahili. The effort is always appreciated. In Tanzania, as it is everywhere, “please,” “thank you,” and a little respect go a long way!

Photography: Be polite. If you want to take a photograph of a person, ask permission first. Many people might not like or want to have their pictures taken.

Tipping: Tipping is a big deal. Be ready. Carry lots of small bills. US dollar is appreciated as exchange rates vary. Be ready to tip your porters, waiters, drivers, cleaning crew and hotel staff, translators, hosts, etc. If you’re travelling with a safari outfitter, they will likely have guidelines for you to follow. If you run out of cash, there are ATM points in many of the towns that work great with most debit cards.

Pack appropriately: This means dress respectfully. No short shorts or halter or sleeveless tops, for girls, boys, men, and women. Lightweight slacks, knee-length skirts, clean tee- or collared shirts are best and include a few long-sleeved tops for evenings. Pack closed-toe shoes. The streets are dusty and dirty and your feet are a perfect entry spot for parasites, bugs and disease.

Pack light: Laundry services are available most everywhere, but keep in mind that drying time depends on the sun. Be respectful and hand wash your own under-garments in your sink and hang to dry overnight. Whether your bag is light or weighs a ton, there will most likely be porters ready to assist with your luggage. Let them, but do not forget to tip!

Culled from www.africa.com

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Travel tips to Tanzania

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