. The best months to visit Tanzania are June through September and late December through February...Because Tanzania is located on the equator, and much of the country above 3,000 feet (915m) in elevation, there are no extremes in temperature and the only humidity exists along the coast...Most of your time in Tanzania will be spent at elevations of 4,500 feet (1,370m) or more above sea level where the nights can be cool, ranging from 45 to 60F (7-15C) and days, warm, ranging from 65 to 90F (18-32C)...The long rains typically occur between April and May and the short rains, late October to December...The coolest months are June and July; the warmest months are January and February.

Typical monthly rainfall
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dev
in.: 2.7 3.1 5.3 13.4 5.3 .7 .5 .5 .5 .9 4.5 4.5
cm: 6.8 7.8 13.5 34.0 13.5 1.8 1.3 1.3 1.3 2.3 11.4 11.4

Typical daily temperatures
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dev
F: 82 82 80 77 75 71 71 73 77 80 80 80
C: 28 28 27 25 24 22 22 23 25 27 27 27

.There are no direct flights from the United States so a connection is necessary in Europe when flying to East Africa...The most convenient airport is Kilimanjaro International (JRO) which is served by Ethiopian Airlines, Condor Airlines and KLM (Royal Dutch Airlines)...Ethiopian Airlines connects through Addis Ababa while Condor and KLM fly direct from Europe...Of the three KLM may be the easiest to arrange since they codeshare with Northwest Airlines.

.A cheaper alternative would be to fly to Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International (NBO) instead of Kilimanjaro, than fly Precision Air to Kilimanjaro International...There are many airlines serving Nairobi, including British Airways, Kenya Airways, SN Brussels Airlines, Air France and Emirates Airlines from Europe...Precision Air (www.precisionairtz.com) is currently the only regional airline providing service between NBO and JRO...You will need to allow one and a half days for travel to East Africa and one day for your return flight home if traveling from the USA.

.The cheapest way would be to fly to Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International (NBO) than take a shuttle bus (www.riverside-shuttle.com) to Arusha...There are two shuttles per day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon taking four hours and costing $35 each way.


.Whether or not you purchase travel insurance is strictly up to you, but we have provided a couple sites that provide information; Travel Guard (www.sevenseastravel.com) and Travel Insurance Services (www.travelinsure.com).

.We suggest that you check your health insurance policy to make sure you are covered in cases of illness or accident in a foreign country.


.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov/travel/eafrica) has great information on recommended vaccines and further health-related advice for travel in East Africa.


.A visa is required for entering Tanzania...You can obtain information on visa requirements (including the current cost) and an application from the Tanzanian embassy located at:

Embassy of the United Republic of Tanzania
2139 R Street, NW, Washington DC 20008
Telephone: (202) 939-6125
Fax: (202) 797-7408

If you have Acrobat Reader you can download a visa application by right-clicking here and saving the file (Save Target As..)...If you do not have Acrobat Reader, you may download it free by clicking the icon.

When you submit your visa application, include the following items.
  • original, signed passport at least 6 months before expiration
  • 2"x 2" photograph (passport type) stapled to space provided
  • Copy of flight itinerary
  • (print clearly and use day/month/year format for all dates)

1) What are the payment requirements?

.We need a 20% deposit to start booking your arrangements and final payment 60 days prior to departure...Payments are made by wiring funds to our account at the Standard Chartered Bank in Tanzania.

2) How long does it take to get a Visa?

.You can actually get one upon your arrival but the recommendation is to get it ahead of time...It typically takes about two to three weeks to get one which includes mail delivery time.

3) What is the best way to get local currency and are there ATMs available?

.There are numerous banks and bureau de change in towns, and most lodges and hotels will exchange currency or travellers cheques...Larger denominations get a better exchange rate and some bills will be refused if they are old enough (i.e. printed before 2000)...There are ATMs available in Arusha at all the major banks.

4) What if someone cancels at the last minute due to illness or unavoidable circumstances?

.By that time hotel/lodge deposits have been paid so we cannot offer a full refund but can offer credit towards a future trip...We would recommend trip insurance, please refer above for a couple links.

5) Describe your vehicle safari's.

.We have Toyota Landcruisers which have three roof hatchs for excellent game viewing...All of our vehicles are equipped with two-way radios to ensure maximum safety and are serviced before and after every safari in our in-house workshop to ensure a minimal chance of a breakdown...Our driver/guides are qualified in tour and guide operations with diplomas from colleges.

6) What if we are interested "moderate priced, but comfortable" accommodations?

.There are many accomodation choices in and around the national parks that fit nearly everyone's budget and these include both lodges and permanent tented camps...The range of choices allows us to be flexible in our pricing, just let us know your target budget.

.We can also provide accomodations while in Arusha at our company headquarters which we call BaseKamp...Located on the outskirts of town, it's a quiet place to relax but only a few minutes from shops and restaurants.

7) Do you have a place and procedure for leaving personal gear that is not needed during the climb?

.Your gear is locked up at our office headquarters during the climb, and brought to the lodge where you will be going after leaving the mountain.

8) We might be interested in a walking safari for one of our days...What would you propose in that regard?

.The best place for a walking safari is Arusha Park where you can get up close to Giraffe, Dik-Dik and if you desire, Cape Buffalo.