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Enjoy an exhilarating hot air balloon flight over the Serengeti
See the “African Big 5:” the lion, elephant, leopard, rhino, and cape buffalo
Experience the ultimate combination of relaxation and exploration
BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT:
March through early June is a rainy season, and visibility is low, though the crowds are gone. The rainy season entails taller vegetation which tends to obstruct views of animals and wildlife. Our personal favorite time to visit is mid-May through early August, because the rainy season has just ended and there is more vegetation and biodiversity, and less dust in the air. The temperatures in late June through early August are cooler.
ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES:
This trip begins and ends in the Siha District of Tanzania, in East Africa. You will fly into and out of Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).
There are many flight options from global airports to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). International airfares are not included in program pricing. The best route to fly is through Amsterdam. KLM flies once daily from Amsterdam to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), where your WWTrek Professional Guide will meet you for your adventure. WWTrek has an expert travel agent that can help you with all of your travel arrangements. We utilize Danny Genung at Harr Travel to book all of our flights. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 909.266.0117. The benefit of using a travel agent is in the event of itinerary changes, the travel agent will find the best flight connections, and land arrangements, for you. Though third-party travel websites are convenient, they are not recommended, due to instability in the itineraries.
We recommend that you protect your flight with travel insurance and a refundable ticket.
CUSTOMS, VISA, AND IMMIGRATION:
You will need a passport valid for more than six months after your trip. Make two copies of your passport. Leave one at home and bring the other with you to Tanzania in case of an emergency. Ensure you provide a color copy of your passport to WWTrek, 90-days prior to your departure date. Carry two extra passport photos when you travel.
When clearing customs in Tanzania, you will be required to purchase a 12-month multiple-entry tourist visa. Please have $100 cash. Exact change is required. You will need a brand-new, one-hundred dollar bill that is less than ten years old. Please have your landing card (received in flight) and a pen handy for customs. You can complete a visa application (contact your country’s embassy for requirements) prior to your arrival, or fill one out at the airport. After you purchase your visa and clear customs, a World Wide Trekking representative will meet you and transfer you to the lodge in Arusha. We will have a Welcome Reception, meet some of our team, enjoy some hors d’oeuvres, and then turn in for the night.
EARLY ARRIVALS/LATE DEPARTURES:
Many guests prefer to arrive before, or leave after, the scheduled itinerary. We can help you make arrangements. Additional charges for early arrival, transportation, lodging, meals, and activities will apply.
As in many parts of the world, gratuities are a symbol of a job well done. In addition to recognizing service people such as taxi drivers, restaurant, and hotel personnel, we also acknowledge our staff with a gratuity. You should plan to tip any service person that helps you, 10% for taxi drivers and restaurant staff is the norm. Check to see that a gratuity is not already included in the bill. Remember, if tipping in US dollars, when calculating the exchange rate, be careful not to tip too much. As you know, tipping is your option, and a reflection of the quality of service you receive.
Trekking Staff: At the trails-end you will have the opportunity to contribute to a group tipping pool that will be presented as we say our goodbyes.
Local trekking staff tip pool: $200 -$250/per person total
WWTrek Lead Professional Western Guide: $200-$250/per guest
WWTrek Professional Guide(s): $200 – $250 per guest/per guide
Safari Driver: $50 per person
We recommend exchanging money at the airport as soon as you clear customs. We will offer additional exchange opportunities, but typically you will receive the best rates at the airport. Exchanging $100 should suit your needs for the trek and safari. We always recommend bringing $500 cash with you on your trip for incidentals.
Tanzania is the perfect destination for travelers looking for quintessential Africa. Located in East Africa and having an area roughly twice the size of California, Tanzania is one of the world’s oldest inhabited regions. For three million years man has roamed its regions, savanna to mountains, carving out an existence from the African countryside. Explorers, drawn to exotic Africa, have tried to tame her wildness to no avail. The story of Tanganyika, Tanzania, is one of unaltered wilds and progressive politics. “Kilimanjaro,” according to the President of Mozambique, Chissano, “carried the torch that liberated Africa.”
East Africa Time Zone – UTC+03:00
Tribes of Tanzania
Sukuma: Making up 13% of the population, the largest tribe in Tanzania, with three million Tanzanians, is the Sukuma. Living in the northwestern area of Tanzania, they speak Bantu and are traditionally cattle herders and farmers of subsistence crops such as cassava.
Nywamwezi: The “people of the moon,” or Nywamwezi, are the second largest tribe in Tanzania. Similar to the Sukuma, they are also historically cattle herders, farmers, and Bantu speakers. Living in the northwest of Tanzania, near Lake Victoria, the tribe has about 1.5 million members.
Chaga: Living on the south and eastern slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru and Moshi, the third largest tribe of Tanzania is the Chaga. They speak Kichagga, a Niger-Congo language. The Chaga were one of the first tribes to convert to Christianity. Among the richest and most powerful people in Tanzania, they have a strong sense of identity. They are known for their advanced farming techniques and for their trade and politics. They are a highly successful tribe.
Shirazi: The Shirazi are descended from Persia, and make up the majority of the people of Zanzibar island. They speak Swahili and practice Sunni and Shia Islam.
CULTURE & RELIGION:
Tanzanians have a surprisingly strong national association, or ujamaa (family-hood). Rarely will a Tanzanian identify himself by tribe from the start. This collective attitude comes from the days of Julius Nyerere and his push to unify over 120 tribes in a socialistic type society. Such a national mindset has allowed Tanzania a relatively peaceful existence with tribes coexisting and Christians and Muslims living side by side with minimal friction. Tribes in Tanzania range from as few as 100 members to as many as a few thousand members.
The official currency in Tanzania is the Tanzanian shilling. The Tanzanian shilling replaced the East Africa shilling in 1966 and is abbreviated TZS. The shilling is subdivided into 100 senti and written as x/y where x is the amount over one shilling and y is the senti. Due to the fluctuating exchange rates, we recommend searching online to find out the current rate.