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Kenya Safari and Zanzibar Beach

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Kenya Safari and Zanzibar Beach

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Kenya Safari and Zanzibar Beach

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Holiday Title: Kenya Safari and Zanzibar Beach

Holiday Destination: Holiday to Kenya and Tanzania for 13 nights

Passengers: 2 Adults

Example Cost for 2 Adults: * per person sharing.

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Summary Of The Itinerary

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Holiday Title: Kenya Safari and Zanzibar Beach

Passengers: 2 Adults

Day 1

Arrive into Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta Airport.

You will be met once you disembark from the plane and assisted through Immigration (including help if required with visa application and processing), luggage collection and Customs (luggage screening).

You will then be accompanied to meet up with your driver/Customer Services representative and transferred to your Nairobi hotel.

House of Waine was originally built in the 1970s as a private home. It was acquired by a local family and carefully refurbished over 2 years resulting in a unique boutique property that still retains the charm of a family home. This 11 bedroomed property blends the elegance of gracious living with the spirit of modern living in an exclusive and serene setting within 2.5 acres of grounds. Upon entering the gates you are immediately transported to another place - one with a gentler, quieter pace compared with the outside world.

This afternoon, you will be collected for your half-day sight-seeing tour. You will visit the Giraffe Centre, where you get to meet giraffe very close up and personal, and the original homestead that was used in the famous 'Out of Africa' film - the Karen Blixen Museum.

At 17:00, you will be taken to the Elephant Sanctuary, which is a surrogate home to orphaned elephant calves and rhinos from all over Kenya before they are re-introduced back into the wild again. We will adopt a baby elephant for you on your behalf - the money which goes to supporting his/her welfare over the next 12 months - and you will get to meet your foster elephant at the Sanctuary.


Day 2

After breakfast, you will be met by your driver-guide who will show you to your vehicle - a 4x4 which will be for your sole use. The vehicle has sliding windows, a roof hatch and high ground clearance to optimise all round visibility for game viewing and photography.

You will then be driven down to the Amboseli National Park - a drive of about 250 km so it will take about 4 hours - and you will arrive in time for lunch at your camp. With a spectacular backdrop of the snowy peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, the Amboseli National Park is most famous for its elephant population, where herds of up to 100 can be found drinking at one of the swampy springs that filter up through the rock from an endless underground water supply directly from Kili's ice cap. Some of the bull elephants found here also have incredibly long and impressive tusks. Satao Elerai Camp is located in a quiet, unspoilt, unique setting on a 5,000 acre private conservation area 12 km south east of Amboseli National Park, with perfect views of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Amboseli National Park

2 nights at Satao Elerai Camp

After lunch, depart on an afternoon game drive with your driver-guide in the Elerai conservation area, offering grass plains and acacia woodland forest which are home to the large elephant bulls, as well as many giraffe, eland and a host of amazing bird life.


Day 3

After breakfast, depart for a full day game drive in the Amboseli National Park, stopping midway through the day for a picnic lunch. On today's game drive, as well as elephants, you can hopefully also encounter buffalo, wildebeest, giraffe, zebra, impala and warthog. Not surprisingly, never far away from these herds of grazers are lion, leopard, cheetah, jackal and hyena. The birdlife is also extremely good with over 400 bird species recorded, including over 40 birds of prey.

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Day 4

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airstrip where you will board your flight back to Nairobi.

Safarilink 12 (Light Aircraft): Fly from Amboseli Airstrip departing at 09:05 to Wilson Airport (WIL), arriving at 09:50

You will be assisted to change light aircraft for your next flight down to the Masai Mara National Reserve.

Safarilink 01 (Light Aircraft): Fly from Wilson Airport (WIL) departing at 10:00 to Ol Kiombo Airstrip, arriving at 11:00

You will be met at the airstrip and transferred to your tented safari camp, arriving in time for lunch. In a spectacular location in the heart of the Masai Mara where the Talek River meets the Mara River and overlooking a hippo pool, you will find the intimate and luxurious Mara Ngenche Camp. The incredible surroundings of the Masai Mara make this a spectacular safari experience. Game drives are always thrilling and are guided by qualified local Masai guides in open-sided 4WDs, with a maximum of just 6 guests per vehicle.

After lunch, depart on a game drive with a Mara Ngenche guide (and other guests). The Masai Mara National Reserve is one of the most popular and most visited African game reserves. A true 'Out of Africa' safari destination, the reserve is mostly made up of open plains baked golden by the African sun.


Day 5

Depart today on 2 game drives - one in the morning; one in the afternoon - offering the unforgettable opportunity to enjoy the diversity of animals and birds living permanently in the Masai Mara, as well as many migratory bird species which are here from November through to April. Guests can also learn more about the Masai people, many of whom still retain their traditional nomadic lifestyle.


Day 6

Depart today on 2 more game drives - one in the morning; one in the afternoon. Also, during the months of August through to October, you may be able to witness the 'Great Migration', where literally thousands upon thousands of wildebeest, zebra and gazelles gather to graze on the central Mara plains, tired and exhausted after their long and arduous trek from the Serengeti plains in neighbouring Tanzania.


Day 7

After breakfast, you will be transferred back to the airstrip.

Safarilink 02 (Light Aircraft): Fly from Ol Kiombo Airstrip departing at 11:00 to Wilson Airport (WIL), arriving at 12:15

You will be assisted when you arrive back into Wilson for the connection onto your flight to Zanzibar.

Safarilink 57 (Economy Class): Fly from Nairobi Wilson (WIL) departing at 14:00 to Zanzibar (ZNZ), arriving at 15:45

Once you have collected your luggage, make your way out of the Arrivals Hall, where you will be met outside by your driver holding a sign with your name - there is normally a mass of drivers waiting so be prepared to search for the right sign board. You will then be transferred to your beach hotel.

Set on the northwestern coast of Zanzibar, Gold Zanzibar is situated overlooking a beautiful white powder sand beach lapped by the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. The elegant rooms, suites and villas all boast their own veranda with either ocean or garden views.


Day 14

You will need to check out of your room this morning but you can remain at the hotel and use all the facilities until you are collected for your transfer back to the airport. Alternatively, if you have an evening flight, the hotel may be able to arrange a late check out for you (additional cost and payable directly to the hotel) subject to the availability of the room.

 
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House of Waine

Nairobi: 1 Night

Nairobi is the capital of Kenya, and is the country's largest city, and is the arrival point for many visitors into the country. The main airport is Jomo Kenyatta International, located 15 km out of the centre of town, but many itineraries will also include flights into and out of Wilson Airport, located 11 km outside of the city centre, as this is the domestic hub for both scheduled and chartered domestic air traffic.

The capital city is not wholly separated from the great African wilderness that most people come to Kenya to enjoy. Just outside the city is the Nairobi National Park, 113 square km of plains, cliffs and forest. The Park is home to large herds of zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, giraffe, rhino, cheetah and a large number of lions - all living wild within 20 minutes of the busy city.

Other wildlife attractions of the city include the Elephant Orphanage, where visitors have the unique opportunity to experience the feeding of baby orphaned elephants and rhinos up close, or the Giraffe Centre where visitors can feed the resident giraffes.

You can also visit the Karen Blixen Museum, Karen Blixen's former home and which was donated by the Danish government to Kenya. Karen Blixen, also known by her pseudonym Isak Dinesen, is famous for her memoir, Out of Africa. The trained and knowledgeable guides at the museum are on hand to answer any questions on the history of the museum and on Karen Blixen's life.

House of Waine is a small boutique hotel situated in Karen, a leafy and quiet suburb of Nairobi at the foot of the Ngong Hills. Just 10 km south-west of the bustling city centre a stay here is ideal for day trips to the Nairobi National Park and visits to the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, the Giraffe Centre and the Karen Blixen Museum. It is also very near to Wilson Airport - just a 20 minute drive.

The property was originally built in the 1970s as a private home, and was acquired by a local family and carefully refurbished without losing the charm of a family home, and blends the elegance of gracious living with the spirit of modern living. Set in 2.5 acres of serene and peaceful gardens, the spacious communal areas include a heated swimming pool, a relaxing lounge area, a bar and a dining room.

The 10 rooms and one suite are all themed and decorated differently, and boast spacious bathrooms. There is also a separate 2 bedroomed cottage situated in the gardens - an ideal option for families.

Example Details For House of Waine

Nights: 1 Night
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Standard Room
Includes: Full Board Package: Breakfast; lunch; and dinner are included.

Location

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Satao Elerai Camp

Amboseli National Park: 2 Nights

Satao Elerai Camp is located in a quiet, unspoilt, unique setting on a 5,000 acre private conservation area 12 km south east of Amboseli National Park at the foot of Africa's largest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro.

The camp looks down onto the Amboseli National Park in one direction and up to Mount Kilimanjaro in the other direction, giving clients what is arguably the best location of any camp in Amboseli.

One of the biggest advantages of Satao Elerai Camp is that being located on its own private conservation area guests have the chance to view wildlife in private surroundings. The Elerai conservation area offers grass plains and acacia woodland forest which are home to large elephant bulls, many giraffe and eland and a host of amazing bird life. Guests can enjoy spectacular bush sundowners with Kilimanjaro as your backdrop, night game drives and game walks on the conservancy - activities that are not available to the lodges located within the Park itself.  A trip to the Elerai Masai community also allows guests to see the Masai as they live traditionally.

You also have the option to enjoy game drives in the Amboseli National Park itself. Amboseli National Park offers the amazing Amboseli swamps with the large herds of elephants and buffalos and the unique aquatic bird species.

The camp has 12 luxury mountain-facing tents and 5 large luxurious lodge style suites. Both the tents and the suites are en-suite with the suites also having luxurious baths. Large sliding doors open out onto your own private verandah overlooking the plains below and Amboseli National Park.

Dinners at Satao Elerai Camp are served a la carte. On a clear night tables are set out on the terrace where guests can enjoy a meal under the stars. Regularly Mount Kilimanjaro will be clear early evening and can be seen lit up by the moon from your dinner table.

Example Details For Satao Elerai Camp

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Safari Tent
Includes: Full Board Package: All meals and Conservancy fees are included. Daily game drives into the Amboseli National Park will be taken with your driver-guide - the Amboseli National Park fees are also included.

Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.

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Mara Ngenche Safari Camp

Masai Mara: 3 Nights

The Masai Mara National Reserve is one of the most popular and most visited African game reserves. A true 'Out of Africa' safari destination, the reserve is mostly made up of open plains, baked golden by the African sun.

Big cats, elephants, giraffe, wild dog, buffalo, rhino, hyena, wildebeest, gazelles and impala are just a few of the many animal species that may be spotted on your daily game drives (no night drives are allowed in the actual reserve itself), and hundreds of bird species have also been recorded.

The sheer density of game and birdlife makes this an exciting and rewarding safari destination, for first-time safari goers or for returning safari enthusiasts.

As well as game drives, you can also enjoy a sunrise safari hot-air balloon ride. Watch the sun cast a golden light over the swaying grasses of the Mara as it rises high over the vast plains. After the exhilarating ride you will land for a champagne bush breakfast in the wilderness, before being transferred back to your camp.

Hidden in beautiful greenery on the banks of 2 rivers, the famous Mara and Talek Rivers, in the very heart of the Masai Mara Game Reserve, Mara Ngenche Safari Camp lives up to its reputation as an intimate bush camp with a relaxed atmosphere, and being an ideal camp for experiencing the full adventure of the African bush.  Not to mention, it also has spectacular views.

The dining and lounge areas reflects the ambience of a tented camp, but provides the comfort and protection of a permanent building. The open design affords a magical view over the rivers and a hippo pool, and crocodiles can also be seen lazing on the river banks. Al fresco dining is also an option.

Game drives are always thrilling and are guided by qualified expert local Masai guides in open-sided 4WD vehicles, with a maximum of 6 guests per vehicle.

The 10 spacious guest tents are decorated with an amazing fusion of modern African decor. Each tent boasts views onto either the Talek or the Mara River, and is set in its own 'boma' enclosure with a private plunge pool, ensuring ample privacy. The en-suite bathrooms boast a claw-foot bath as well as an outside shower.

Wind down your day with a glass of wine around the camp fire as you listen to the night sounds of all kinds of wild animals.

Example Details For Mara Ngenche Safari Camp

Nights: 3 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Safari Tent
Includes: Game Package: Mara Reserve fees; all meals; return local airstrip transfers; shared twice daily game drives with a Mara Ngenche Safari Camp guide; bush sundowner; and selected drinks are included.

Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.

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Gold Zanzibar

Zanzibar: 7 Nights

The 4* Gold Zanzibar is a luxury resort located on the fine white sandy beach of Kendwa, on the north-west coast. The beach is not affected by the tides nor seaweeds, giving calm and clear waters all day. 

Kilimanjaro, the main restaurant, sits over 200 guests below the typical Makuti roof style. It offers a lavish buffet for breakfast and lunch, while at dinner the service is a la carte. Gold Restaurant is an evening venue and it boasts a friendly yet elegant character, with an amazing sea view. You can order from the menu a delicious and creative selection of plates based on fresh fish and local Zanzibar spices.

Sultan Bar is the best point to sip on a cocktail and witness a spectacular sunset, or the Ocean Dhow Bar is ideal for those who really can’t leave the beach. Snacks and light meals can be served directly under the parasol, whilst an assorted array of tantalizing tropical drinks awaits you to quench your thirst.

There is also a refreshing swimming-pool which is filled with crystal clear sea water, so very little chlorine is used, a small health club, a spa, and an excursion desk with an exciting tour list of Zanzibar.

The hotel has 5 types of tastefully designed room types, all providing ample space and a relaxing atmosphere.

The Deluxe Garden and Ocean View Rooms are located on the ground or first floor and they overlook either the gardens or the ocean. The larger Beach Suites have a prime location with easy access to the pool and the beach. An opulent touch for the Beach Suites with Pavilions are the private gazebo per suite, the perfect place to read, to relax, to enjoy a rich breakfast or a romantic candle light dinner.

There are also 3 individually styled Beach Villas, which are located directly on the beach with an uninterrupted ocean view. Each villa features 2 bedrooms, a large living room, a wide veranda and a jacuzzi. 

Finally, the Jungle Villa also has 2 bedrooms, an open-air living room and a private pool, and is set in a private area in the middle of a tropical garden.

Example Details For Gold Zanzibar

Nights: 7 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Deluxe Garden Room (Stay 7 / Pay 6 night offer included - subject to confirmation)
Includes: Half Board basis. All Inclusive rates are available on request. PLEASE NOTE: The rate excludes the US$1 per person per night Infrastructure Levy - this is payable directly to the hotel upon check out.

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Important Travel Information For Kenya

Passport, Visa and Entry Requirements

Additional requirements and restrictions may apply for travel during the Covid-19 pandemic. Travel Butlers aim to highlight these requirements to affected clients, however the onus remains with the traveller to ensure they are aware of any requirements and restrictions that will apply to their own trip.

For up-to-date travel information from the UK government, please check:

UK Government Advice: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/kenya

It is expected that these rules will be lifted and that the entry requirements will revert to normal as soon as the government of Kenya deems it safe to do so.

All foreign citizens wishing to travel to Kenya will need an eVisa, except citizens from countries who are exempt. A full list of the exempt countries can be found here: evisa.go.ke/eligibility.html.  You can no longer obtain a visa on arrival.

You can apply for your eVisa online via the eVisa portal https://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html. Please ensure that you apply at least 3-4 weeks prior to your travel dates as approval for the eVisa takes up to 7 working days to process. Once the eVisa is issued, it is valid for 3 months. You must print a copy of your visa to present to the Immigration Officer at your point of entry. You may not be notified when the visa is issued so it is the traveller's responsibility to sign into their account at the eVisa portal to check - the visa will be available to download from your account once issued.

The following eVisa types are available (please note there are no visa fees for children under the age of 16) - all costs subject to change:

Single Entry - Allows you to enter into Kenya once - current cost USD 51.

Transit - Allows a short stop over (up to 3 days/72 hours) in Kenya - current cost USD 21. This is ideal if you want to leave the secure area of the airport, for example for an overnight stay inbetween flights, or for a period not exceeding 72 hours. No visa is required for a direct transit (not leaving the secure area of the airport, aka staying ‘airside’, within the airport terminal) between 2 flights.

Children under 16 years of age do not need an eVisa to travel to Kenya, as long as they are accompanied by one or both parents (but they do need to posess a valid passport). One parent when applying for their eVisa will need to add the children's details (name, date of birth, etc) to their application.

It is also possible to get an East Africa Tourist Visa which is valid for 90 days and allows holders to travel to and within Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda - current cost USD 101 per person (subject to change) - you can apply for this online too.

Your passport should also be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Kenya. Make sure you have 2 blank pages in your passport on arrival.

IMPORTANT:  Plastic bags are banned in Kenya. Arriving visitors are requested to avoid bring plastic bags into the country and being in possession of a plastic bag is an offence and offenders could be penalised.

Visitors are advised to avoid packing any plastic bags in their suitcases or in carry-on hand luggage before flying to Kenya. Items purchased at the airport before boarding the aircraft should be removed from plastic bags.

Travellers coming into Kenya with plastic duty-free shop bags will also be required to leave them at the airport. Please check hand luggage before disembarking and any plastic bags (including the transparent ziplock plastic bags that some airlines require passengers to use for keeping liquids, cosmetics, toiletries etc) should be left in the plane. This does not apply to people in transit.

All single use plastics, such as plastic water bottles and straws, are banned in all National Parks, forests, beaches and conservation areas.

PLEASE NOTE: Countries can change their entry requirements at any time. Travel Butlers try to ensure that the information displayed here is correct, but the onus remains with the traveller to verify the information with the relevant High Commission or Embassy and ensure that they can comply with the applicable entry requirements.

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Important Travel Information For Kenya

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Medical

You are advised to contact your doctor or clinic around 4-8 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations and to get their professional medical advice regarding travel to Kenya.

To help prevent diarrhoea, avoid tap water – drink only bottled water and use bottled water for tooth brushing, and avoid ice made with tap water – and only eat fruit or vegetables that are cooked or can be peeled.

To help avoid heatstroke, drink plenty of bottled water/fluids, and keep out of the midday sun.

There is a risk of malaria in all areas of Kenya, except Nairobi and the highlands - check with your doctor about suitable antimalarial tablets. Dengue fever can also be transmitted via mosquito bites. Try to avoid mosquito bites wherever possible - wear loose long-sleeved clothing and trousers, and use a repellent on clothing and exposed skin.

Kenya falls into the yellow fever region in Africa. There is only a low potential for exposure to yellow fever in Nairobi, Mombasa, Lamu, Malindi and Shimba Hills National Park, but in the rest of the country there is a higher risk. It is therefore advisable for all travellers aged 9 months and older to obtain a yellow fever vaccination no less than 10 days prior to travel, but depending on the rest of your travel plans and country of origin, it is not compulsory:

Travellers from the UK who are only travelling directly to and from Kenya are currently not required to produce a vaccination certificate upon their return to the UK but this can change with no notice so do please check with your doctor and take their advice

If you are arriving into Kenya from a country which has a risk of yellow fever transmission, you will be required to provide a certificate of your vaccination upon entry into Kenya. These countries include Angola, Argentina, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Peru, Rwanda, Uganda and Venezula but it is up to the traveller to check the full list here https://www.who.int/health-topics/yellow-fever

Certain countries including South Africa and Tanzania will deny entry if you are arriving from Kenya without the vaccination. Please ensure you check the full list here https://www.who.int/health-topics/yellow-fever to see which countries impose this rule.

If your doctor advises that it is not safe for you to have the vaccination then you should obtain a medical waiver and travel with this instead.

Languages And Culture

English is the common commercial language, therefore it is spoken in the major towns and at all lodges and hotels. There are 52 tribes in Kenya, each with their own tribal language. The national language in Kenya is Swahili.

We would ask that all travellers are respectful of the local culture as follows:

Showing anger is not acceptable – Kenyan people pride themselves on their emotional control and expect the same in others. Try to remain patient, polite and friendly, even if the situation is very frustrating. Pointing with your finger at someone is considered very rude and is deemed to be an obscene gesture.

The coastal areas are predominantly Muslim so it is important to dress conservatively out of respect for the Muslim culture. On the beaches and within the confines of hotels, normal swimwear is acceptable but nudity/topless sunbathing is not. Away from beach resorts (especially in Mombasa, during the holy month of Ramadan or if you visit religious areas), women should avoid walking around in public areas displaying their legs and upper arms/shoulders - ‘short’ shorts, mini skirts, vests and tank tops may be frowned upon and viewed as a sign of disrespect. Long, loose hair is also seen as very provocative, so to avoid unwanted attention ladies may wish to tie their hair back or wear a headscarf.

Homosexuality is illegal in Kenya. Whilst everyone is of course entitled to their own sexual preferences and gender identity, we would advise all clients of the LGBT+ community to refrain from public displays of affection (including kissing and holding hands) and to be as discrete as possible about their relationship.

You should always ask permission before taking anyone’s photograph. Taking photographs of official buildings, including Embassies, can lead to detention. If in any doubt, don’t photograph or film around them. Photography is also prohibited at airports.

Smoking in all public places (except in designated areas) is prohibited. Offenders can face a fine or imprisonment.

You must carry a form of ID with you at all times. A copy of your passport is normally acceptable, but recently some police officers have been insisting on the original document.

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Important Travel Information For Tanzania

Passport, Visa and Entry Requirements

Additional requirements and restrictions may apply for travel during the Covid-19 pandemic. Travel Butlers aim to highlight these requirements to affected clients, however the onus remains with the traveller to ensure they are aware of any requirements and restrictions that will apply to their own trip.

For up-to-date travel information from the UK government, please check:

UK Government Advice: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/tanzania

It is expected that these rules will be lifted and that the entry requirements will revert to normal as soon as the government of Tanzania deems it safe to do so.

Normally, holders of the following passports require a visa to enter Tanzania when travelling as a tourist:

United Kingdom; United States of America*; Canada; Australia; New Zealand; Belgium; Netherlands; Italy; France; Germany; Spain; Ireland.

If you are a passport holder from another country, please contact your local Tanzania High Commission or Embassy for up-to-date visa requirements or check this website which lists countries whose nationals are NOT required to apply for a visa to enter Tanzania: http://immigration.go.tz/index.php/countries-which-are-not-required-to-apply-for-visa - so if your nationality is not listed, you will be required to obtain a visa.

Visas are issued online via the Tanzania Immigration website https://eservices.immigration.go.tz/visa/ or single entry visas can be obtained on arrival. You cannot get a multiple entry visa on arrival.

* American nationals applying online MUST select Multiple Entry Visa type.

Please note that getting a single entry visa on arrival can take a substantial amount of time and if possible, we would advise getting your visa online prior to travel IF YOU ARE ARRIVING INTO TANZANIA via the following international airports/border posts  – Kilimanjaro (JRO), Julius Nyerere/Dar es Salaam (DAR), Zanzibar (ZNZ), Namanga Border Post (road border between Tanzania and Kenya) and Tunduma (road border between Tanzania and Zambia). NOTE: Zanzibar Airport is referred to as Abeid Amani Karume International Airport on the online visa application.

Other entry ports/border posts are not currently equipped to validate online visas, so if you are entering Tanzania via any other border post (such as Tarime – between the Mara and Serengeti) then obtaining the visa ON ARRIVAL is still recommended.

Zanzibar is part of the United Republic of Tanzania, so the same single entry visa can be used upon arrival at Zanzibar.

Single entry visas obtained at port of entry currently cost USD 50 per person (but USD 100 per person for US nationals) - costs all subject to change - and the cost is payable in USD cash only. We recommend small denominations of dollars as officials are not in the position to give change. You must also bring 2 recent passport size photographs of yourself if getting the visa on arrival.

Online visa applications for minors under 18 years travelling alone or with only one parent/legal guardian must also be accompanied by a consent letter, jointly signed by both parents or legal guardians approving the travel.

Please note that if you are applying online, you need to allow 2-3 weeks to receive your visa.

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Tanzania and have sufficient blank pages for entry/exit stamps (AT LEAST 4 consecutive pages).

IMPORTANT: Plastic bags are banned in Zanzibar and mainland Tanzania. Arriving visitors are requested to avoid bring plastic bags into the country - this includes in suitcases and carry-on hand luggage. Please check hand luggage before disembarking and any plastic bags (including plastic duty-free shopping bags and the transparent plastic bags that some airlines require passengers to use for keeping liquids, cosmetics, etc) should be left in the plane. Ziploc bags that are specifically used to carry toiletries will be permitted as they are expected to remain in the permanent possession of visitors and are not expected to be disposed in the country.

PLEASE NOTE: Countries can change their entry requirements at any time. Travel Butlers try to ensure that the information displayed here is correct, but the onus remains with the traveller to verify the information with the relevant High Commission or Embassy and ensure that they can comply with the applicable entry requirements.

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Surrey KT13 8JG, United Kingdom
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Medical

You are advised to contact your doctor or clinic around 4-8 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations and to get their professional medical advice regarding travel to Tanzania.

To help prevent diarrhoea, avoid tap water – drink only bottled water and use bottled water for tooth brushing, and avoid ice made with tap water – and only eat fruit or vegetables that are cooked or can be peeled. To help avoid heatstroke, drink plenty of bottled water/fluids, and keep out of the midday sun.

There is a risk of malaria in all areas of Tanzania and Zanzibar - check with your doctor about suitable antimalarial tablets. Dengue fever can also be transmitted via mosquito bites. Try to avoid mosquito bites wherever possible - wear loose long-sleeved clothing and trousers, and use a repellent on clothing and exposed skin.

Tsetse flies are found throughout most of Tanzania's Northern and Southern Parks, especially in wooded areas. There have been some cases of sleeping sickness occurring after a tsetse fly bite, although these are mainly amongst farmers/locals who have repeated exposure to bites. However, the fly can still deliver a painful bite, so it is advisable to take necessary precautions - don't wear dark colours, especially black and blue (including denim), wear long-sleeved clothing/trousers, and don't walk through bushes during the hottest part of the day.

Tanzania is not listed as a yellow fever endemic country, however, in accordance with International Health Regulations, Tanzania requires all travellers over one year of age to present a yellow fever vaccination certificate on arrival if:

They are arriving from a yellow fever risk country*

They have been in transit longer than 12 hours at the airport of a yellow fever risk country*

They have left the airport whilst on transit in a yellow fever risk country*

*Yellow fever risk countries include Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda but it is up to the traveller to check the full list via this website http://www.who.int/ith/2015-ith-annex1.pdf?ua=1

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Surrey KT13 8JG, United Kingdom
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Languages And Culture

Kiswahili is the official language of Tanzania. However, English, as the second official language, is the spoken commercial language and is widely understood.

We would ask that all travellers are respectful of the local culture as follows:

Loud and aggressive behaviour, drunkenness, foul language and disrespect, especially towards the older generation, is likely to cause offence. Kissing in public or display of affection is not customary to Zanzibar. Drinking alcohol in public places (outside of clubs/restaurants) may offend the residents.

As over a third of the population in Tanzania is Muslim, it is important to dress modestly out of respect for the Muslim culture.

On the beaches and within the confines of hotels/beach resorts, normal swimwear is acceptable but nudity/topless sunbathing is not.

Away from beach resorts, women should avoid walking around in public areas (especially in Stone Town) displaying their legs, midriff and shoulders - ‘short’ shorts, miniskirts, vests and tank tops are viewed as a sign of disrespect.

A dress code in public places (such as the airport, Stone Town, markets and shopping centres) has now been introduced and ALL tourists must now cover their bodies from shoulders to knees in public areas. The authorities will penalise visitors for inappropriate appearance and penalties and fines will be given out - depending on the severity of the offence, the fine could be up to $700 or more.

Homosexuality is illegal on mainland Tanzania and on the island of Zanzibar. Many of the local communities are also very traditional and conservative, and whilst everyone is of course entitled to their own sexual preferences and gender identity, we would advise all clients (and this includes members of the LGBT+ community as well as members of the heterosexual community) to refrain from overtly public displays of affection which may cause offence to some local citizens and in some cases public displays of homosexuality such as kissing in public or holding hands could even lead to an arrest and imprisonment.

You should always ask permission before taking anyone’s photograph. Military and security sensitive areas cannot be photographed.

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41 Thames Street, Weybridge
Surrey KT13 8JG, United Kingdom
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Book With Confidence

Travel Butlers have nearly 20 years of experience booking travel to Africa and the Indian Ocean for our clients from all around the world.  In this time we have supported clients through disruptions caused by numerous unexpected events including natural disasters, localised disease outbreaks and airline cancellations. Nobody can be certain exactly what will happen in the future with the current Covid-19 pandemic, however Travel Butlers can offer you peace of mind and flexibility to ensure that you feel confident booking a holiday with us.

Flexibility and peace of mind before you travel

Our team are specialists in travel to Africa and the Indian Ocean, and we are constantly monitoring the changing situation regarding travel to the region. If your trip cannot go ahead due to specific travel restrictions related to Covid-19 then we will get in touch to offer you the choice of the following:

The specific Covid-19 travel restrictions are defined as follows:

We would not normally be able to confirm that your trip cannot proceed due to travel restrictions until a couple of weeks before the start of your trip, however should you want to look at postponing or altering your trip before then we would aim to be as flexible as possible in accommodating this.

If we confirm that your trip is unable to proceed due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, then we will not charge you an amendment fee if you choose to postpone your trip or move it to another destination. We may need to adjust the cost of your trip to reflect the new dates, particularly if those coincide with a more expensive season of travel or higher grade of accommodation. Equally, if the cost of your postponed trip is less, we will reduce the cost accordingly.

You should still take out travel insurance that includes Covid-19  to cover you in the event that your trip can go ahead but you are unable to travel due to illness or a change in your personal circumstances. If there are no travel restrictions in place that mean your trip could not go ahead but you need to cancel due to illness or a change in your personal circumstances then our normal terms and conditions would apply. You should ensure that your travel insurance provides adequate cover for cancelling due to illness, including Covid-19, and you may be able to make a claim against your travel insurance depending on the cover offered by your policy.

Support whilst you are away

We offer 24/7 telephone assistance to all our clients whilst they are away, and also have partners in each country that are able to assist with any PCR tests or other issues that might arise during your trip.

If you fall ill whilst you are away, or if your trip is disrupted due to Covid-19 whilst you are travelling, then our experienced team will be on hand to assist you in whatever way you need.  You would need to pay any additional costs incurred due to illness or travel disruption whilst you are away, however you may be able reclaim these expenses on your travel insurance depending on the cover offered by your policy.  Travel Butlers will be able to assist by providing supporting documentation for your claim.

Financial protection for your Travel Butlers holiday

All of the holidays we sell are 100% financially protected through our ATOL and ABTOT bonding so your money is in safe hands when you book a Travel Butlers holiday. Furthermore, our business is well positioned to navigate through the challenges which the travel industry is currently facing.

Please read our Terms and Conditions for more information.

Finding suitable travel insurance that covers Covid-19

You can now get insurance that offers cover for disruption related to Covid-19, and these policies could include cover for:

Not all policies offer this kind of cover, not necessarily even all policies from the same provider, so you should ensure you check the policy details carefully before buying your insurance. 

You can read more about choosing suitable travel insurance in the FCDO guide to travel insurance.