Planning Your Safari
Planning your safari is very exciting and whatever it is that you have a particular interest in, we will do our best to accommodate. For instance, if you are primarily interested in seeing the birds, we know the places to go. If your target is to see the 'big five', then we'll do our best to make that possible. Since we generally run private tours (except when you request that others join the group so as to reduce costs), we are able to pursue your particular area of interest. So feel free to ask us questions and we'll recommend the best tour for you and do our best to live up to your hopes for your safari.
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.
International & Domestic Airlines in and out of Kilimanjaro Airport
International - KLM, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways, Condor, UT Air, Rwandair Express
Domestic - Regional Air, Coastal Air, Precision Air, Zan Air, Air Excel, Fly 540
There are others as well - you can find these via your own searches should you choose to look further. A couple of sites to check out are Vayama and Expedia for the International flights. For the domestic flights, you might want to check the website of Alternative Airlines. We can help you with finding appropriate flights, but not actually booking them.
Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your scheduled departure date from Tanzania. Most visitors will need a visa and it's advisable to obtain this before your arrival as some airlines insist on them prior to departure - you can apply for a visa at your Tanzanian embassy/consulate. However, you can obtain your visa upon arrival at the major International airports.
Personal effects, including cameras and binoculars, may be brought in free of duty. However, a custom's bond may be demanded from those bring in video, camcorders, radios, tape recorders, and musical instruments to ensure the goods are re-exported. Visitors buying local handicrafts must keep their sales receipts for presentation to customs officials upon departure.
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.
The official languages of Tanzania are Kiswahili and English. You will find most people can speak English well in the towns and cities. Our guides are fluent in English, German, French, Spanish, and Italian.
Health and Immunisation
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.
You will need to arrange sufficient travel insurance to cover your medical, property, and other personal risks for the duration of your stay. Make sure that your insurance covers you climbing the mountains if that is to be a part of your visit.
Tanzania is one of the safest countries in East Africa. However, just as in any other country, you should be aware of your surroundings and take necessary precautions. Avoid wearing expensive jewellery and walking in the dark. Keep an eye on your purses, wallets, handbags and cameras and never accept food or drink from strangers.
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.
Driver/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.
Food and Drink
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.
It's never really cold in Tanzania, but they do have 'colder' months in June/July. For a safari, short-sleeved tops and shorts are ideal and you may need a light jacket/sweater in the evenings and mornings. Sensible walking shoes, a sun hat with a large rim, and sunglasses are essential too. For more information on clothing suggestions, visit our pages on What to Pack.
It is best to ask people if you can take their picture before snapping away as they may be offended. You can ask your driver to ask for you. In the case of the Masai tribes, they may expect you to give them a tip for taking their pictures so be prepared. If you can, bring with you two cameras with necessary accessories. Bring plenty of batteries and a suitable bag to protect the camera from the dust. See our Photography page for more information as it especially relates to climbing the mountains.