Health information

The ascent of Kilimanjaro is a strenuous adventure and should not be undertaken if you have any health conditions which may put you at risk. You are strongly advised to consult your physician for a thorough medical check-up and clearance before attempting the mountain.

If you are over 50 years old, talk to your doctor about doing a stress EKG. Should you require any medication
whatsoever, you must provide your own and be able to administer it yourself. Medical supplies in Tanzania are not reliable or guaranteed.

Talk to your doctor about the following:

Vaccinations

—Hepatitis A

—Hepatitis B

—Typhoid

—Yellow Fever

—Tetanus

—Polio

—MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)

Malaria pills

Altitude sickness (diamox pills)

Prescriptions you are currently taking

EKG testing

In addition, many people will experience the effects of high altitude. Prepare yourself by reading more about altitude sickness.

It is strongly recommended to have a travel insurance and to additionally consider a membership with the AMREF Flying Doctors.

Visa

You can apply for the tourist visa at the Tanzanian embassies and consulates in your country of residency. Some embassies offer the application form online, but the application process still takes time.

You need a passport valid for at least 6 months from the date when entering the country. If you are planning to enter the country on more than one occasion on this trip, then you may be able to get a multiple entry visa.

US passport holders pay 100 US$ for standard single, double and multiple entry visa. Canadian passport holders pay 75 US$. EU citizens and most other nationals pay 50 US$ or 50 €.

You can obtain the following visas in Tanzania: Burundi, Congo (Zaire), Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Websites of Tanzanian embassies:

USA: http://www.tanzaniaembassy-us.org

Canada: http://www.tzrepottawa.ca

UK: http://www.tanzania-online.gov.uk

Germany: http://www.tanzania-gov.de

View a list of Tanzanian embassies in other countries:

http://www.advance-africa.com/Tanzania-Embassy-Addresses.html

General information

General Information

Location and Size

The two Islands are located in the Indian Ocean about 35km off the coast of mainland Tanzania at longitude 39 degrees East and latitude 6 degrees South of Equator. Pemba is about 40 miles long and 14 miles wide. It has a surface area of 608 square miles (2,332 square kilometers). It is located about 36 miles from the continent and 29 miles north-east of Unguja Island. Unguja Island is 50 miles long and 24 miles wide. It has a surface area of 995 square miles. It is separated from the continent by a 21 mile cor­ridor at its narrowest point. Its highest point is 390 feet above sea level.

Climate

Zanzibar experiences warm tropical climate, with high temperatures and humidity all the year. The average temperature is 27 ºC. This mainly caused by ocean breezes during daytime and the continental wind in the night, it makes the condition more comfortable. February is the warmest while August is the coolest. There are two rainfall seasons, the heaviest in March to June and lesser rains is in September to November. Tourists are advised to note heavy rain season to avoid inconveniences.

Population

In 2012 Zanzibar had a population of 1,303,569 in which the male population is accounted to 630,677 while female have a lion share of 672,892 with an increasing rate of 3 per cent per annum.

Religion

The majority of Zanzibar residents practice the Islamic faith which reflect also their life style and culture. Mosques are sa­cred places and usually no entry by non Muslims. During the holy month of Ramadhan Muslims are fasting from dawn to sun set and you may find difficult to find food during the day hours. However some specified restaurants are allowed to serve the tourists. There are also Christian churches and Hindu temples which offer regular services on Sunday and on special occasions.

Hospitality & Culture

Zanzibar cultures became more diverse in its range, more unique in its expression. Zanzibar is the birthplace of Swahili, a lingua franca forged from global dialects, upon which legends were car­ried, trade routes opened and a Sultan’s empire prospered. It is here that the Africa Culture blended with other cultures mainly Persian, Arabic and Indian to forms Swahili Culture. Today the romance, the splendor and legends of the past are still vibrantly alive, traditional sailing dhows, carved wooden and doors, chests, the scent of the clove and the smile of the hospitable people wel­comes you to Zanzibar.

Shopping

As you stroll through Stone Town , you will find several shops selling wood carvings, Zanzibari chests, clothes, spices, jewel­lery, paintings and antiques. Most of the gift shops are situated along Kenyatta Road in Shangani, and Gizenga Street behind the Old Fort. Tourists are advised not to buy any products related to protected species on the islands, such as sea shells and turtles. A holiday to Zanzibar would be incomplete without visiting these souvenir shops.

Travel insurance

Make sure that you have a travel health care insurance.

It should at least cover:

Costs for doctors, hospital and medicines

Emergency medical transportation (minimum of $25,000)

If you wish, you can also purchase a more comprehensive travel insurance. You have made a significant investment in your travel plans and while in most cases everything will run smoothly, situations may arise on or before your trip that are outside of our control as your travel agent and for which we cannot be held responsible. A travel insurance may help to make your trip more worry-free by protecting your investment and yourself.

Travel insurances can cover expenses resulting from situations such as:

Trip Cancellation and Interruption due to sickness/death of you, a family member, or a travel companion

Emergency Medical Transportation

Trip and Baggage Delay

Lost or Stolen Baggage

Doctor and Hospital Payments

Travel Accidents

Weather delays

We can recommend the travel insurance offered by Travelguard.