Frequently Asked Questions
Below is a list of some of the more common questions we get for a safari, but if your question is not listed, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have about your climb or safari to Tanzania.
Are there luggage limits?
Baggage is restricted to 15kg/30lbs per person on domestic flights within East Africa and this also applies to climbing the mountains. Soft-sided luggage or duffels are preferable to hard luggage for storage in safari vehicles as well as for carrying up mountains. For International flights, please check the airlines with whom you will be travelling for their weight restrictions.
Note: Your baggage and personal effects are at your own risk throughout the tour and we strongly recommend baggage insurance.
Do you offer a luggage storage facility?
Yes. If you need to leave some luggage behind while you climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, or for any other reason, we can store your luggage in secure facilities at your hotel. However, we do recommend that anything of value, you keep with you at all times.
What health precautions do I need to take?
Modern medical services are available in the big cities and towns. However, we do recommend that you bring your own medicines with you. If you are from a country (or passing through a country) infected with cholera and yellow fever, you must produce International vaccination certificates. Anti-malaria medicine is strongly recommended and should be taken a few days prior to your arrival and continued a few days after your arrival home.
Please take a look at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website (www.fco.gov.uk) to see what passport, visa, and health requirements are necessary for travel to Tanzania at the time of your booking.
Is it ok to drink the water?
We recommend drinking bottled water. These will be provided for you free on the safari and are readily available to purachase at all lodges.
What is the food like?
In general, the more expensive the hotel or restaurant, the better and safer the food will be. However, you can be confident that the food prepared at the lodges, hotels and camp sites we have recommended will be of good quality. Most of the time, meals are served buffet style with western palates in mind, although some local dishes are included.
Do you accommodate special diets?
Yes. Please let us know in advance of any special diets so we can make necessary preparations to accommodate your needs.
Are there a lot of bugs?
There are actually more bugs in the USA than in Tanzania. However, the same kinds of repellants used in Europe and the USA will work well if you do encounter mosquitos or other small insects.
What about bathroom facilities while on safari?
There are two options when on safari.
1. On a private safari with no other vehicles around, the safest, easiest, and most private spot would be behind the vehicle. Alternatively, you may use a bush away from the vehicle if the guide has deemed it to be safe. Every vehicle comes with toilet paper, but we recommend taking your own miniature travel type rolls if you can. We also ask that you keep the environment in mind and use small bags to carry out any used tissue paper.
2. Alternatively, if you prefer the use of a 'regular' bathroom, you can plan your day with your guide to make sure you pass bathrooms at regular intervals. You may want to bring your own soap as some places do not always provide soap.
Regardless of your personal preferences, please rest assured that our guides will be sympathetic, courteous and professional in accommodating your needs.
What's the weather like?
The climate is hot and sometimes humid. From December to March, when the north-east monsoon blows, it is hot and humid. In April and May, heavy rains occur, while June to October are the coolest and driest periods. The lesser rains fall in November. Temperatures sway between 15 degrees Celsius (60*f) and 35 degrees Celsius (95*f) and annual rainfall is about 20mm.
Do we need travel insurance?
We do not provide travel insurance but we do require you to get insurance that covers you and your personal property for any potential risks. These include medical expenses, injury, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment, and any sports or activities that you'll be undertaking whilst on holiday. Make sure that your insurance policy does not exclude the activities you'll be participating in during your visit.
What are the 'rules' on tipping?
Please see our page on 'tipping' for more information...
What type of electricity can I expect?
Tanzania uses the UK/European standard power supply of 220/240 volts. If you want to use US appliances, you will need a voltage converter as well as plug adapter. We recommend bringing battery operated appliances if possible.
Should I bring cash, cards, or travellers cheques?
The currency used in Tanzania is the Tanzanian shilling, which is available in notes and coins. There is no restriction on the amount of foreign currency that may be brought into Tanzania and no currency declaration is required. Foreign currency in cash or traveler's cheques may be exchanged at banks, authorised dealers and at the bureau de change at the International airports, major towns and border posts.
Although Tanzania has its own currency, they also accept US dollars and, in the case of tourism (safaris and mountain climbing, etc.), you'll be expected to pay in dollars. We recommend bringing US dollars with you and changing that to Tanzanian shillings if necessary.
Is there somewhere I can get laundry done?
Most lodges and campsites will provide a service for doing laundry. Please check with your guide to confirm which locations will have laundry facilities.
Is there a suggested packing list?
Yes. Please check this page on 'packing' for details.
When is the best time to exchange currency for a trip?
We recommend a little money on several different occasions to offset any fluctuations in exchange rate in the market. This is especially useful when you are taking an extended trip and more money is involved. Banks charge a surcharge for the exchange and there can be other hidden fees as well. Using credit cards can also incur additional expenses as they usually use their own exchange rates which results in profits for them. They also charge a surcharge on purchases made outside of the country so we do not recommend using credit card while in Tanzania. Taking out a certain amount of money a few different times means that any inflations and poor exchange rates can be offset by better ones and averaged out at a good rate, thereby saving money and reducing stress.
Are park fees included in the price of the safari?
Yes, the price we quote you includes all the necessary fees. It will only be if you decide to add something to your tour at the last minute that extra charges will be applied.
What is the great migration?
The migration is a year round phenomenon where herds of animals move around the Serengeti in search of food and water. The rains are the main driving force for this to happen which means it can be hard to predict. Even if you miss the migration, though, you will still see plenty of awe-inspiring moments and an abundance of wildlife.
Will I have a chance to interact with the local people of Tanzania?
Many of our trips will provide opportunities to visit the local villages and artisans and interact with the people there. However, even if your tour does not include these visits, you will still gain valuable interaction with our guides who are from the area and will be glad to help you gain insight about the Tanzanian culture.
Will I have time to go shopping for souvenires and gifts?
Depending on your itinerary, you should have time to stop off and do some shopping. Drivers/Guides will only stop at the shops/curios stall, which are recommended by Cheeky Monkey Safaris. We provide escort at no extra cost to accompany guests on shopping trips so as to help with recommendations and saving money.
Can I have a custom-made itinerary?
Absolutely! If none of our standard safari tours are exactly what you are looking for, then please do not hesitate to contact us to put together the 'perfect' package for you.
Can I bring my children with me?
Absoultely! Your children will love the opportunity to see the animals up close just like you. However, we do recommend your child be at least 6 years old in order to make the most of the trip. They should also be well controlled - not likely to throw a tantrum in the middle of a game viewing and scare the animals or walk off by themselves as this could be dangerous. However, a child that is able to follow the few basic, but important rules would be a welcome addition to the tour.
How soon should I book my safari?
We recommend booking as soon as you are able since we cannot guarantee availability of drivers the closer the time gets to the planned trip. Having said that, if you are looking for a last-minute safari, please do not hesitate to contact us to see if we can acommodate your needs.
How do I pay for the safari?
All prices are quoted in US dollars. We prefer payments by wire transfers through the bank, which are subject to bank charges at the current rate. Local currency can be accepted at the current dollar-buying rate. Cash can only be accepted if it is a last minute booking and is done within the office.
If a group booking has been made, please arrange with all those in the group to pool the money and provide one payment to cover the costs of the tours for each individual. Failure to do so will incur additional costs for processing.
For more information, please see our 'terms and conditions' page
Are there any additional costs to the safari for which I should budget?
Our prices include: Park fees, crater service fees, packed lunch, 1 ltr of water, 4WD jeep transportation, and guide.
Additional costs may include: Visas, travel insurance, specialty health requirements, gratuities, drinks (aside from the 1 ltr of water), all items of a personal nature (ie. phone calls and souvenirs), and any service not specified (such as laundry services). Transfer From/To airport unless specified. Accommodation in Arusha unless specified. Domestic flights, cultural visits & excursions would also be added onto the costs according to clients need.