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Get reliable health and vaccination advice
All visitors to East Africa are required to produce health records. It’s therefore very important for you to get health advice before you depart. Malaria is endemic to certain areas of Tanzania, notably by the coastal region and western Tanzania. However, visitors to Arusha and the higher altitudes should also be taking prophylactic treatment. Treatment should start one week before entering the country and continue throughout the duration of the visit and for six weeks thereafter. Anti malaria tablets and any over the counter drugs can be purchased in chemists and pharmacies in major centers. Other medication should include panadol (or any other effective pain reliever as headaches can be caused by the glare of the sun and tiredness). Anti-diarrhea medication such as Imodium (loperamide), throat lozenges, band-aid, insect repellent and antibiotic cream for cuts and scratches. The appropriate tanning or sun-blocking lotion is also essential. Main towns have good hospital care and Nairobi has excellent medical facilities.

Before you leave
Double-check your airline reservation; make sure there have been no changes.
Get vaccinations six weeks in advance if possible, a Yellow Fever certificate is necessary when visiting Zanzibar (you don't need the actual shot) - be sure to ask for one at the travel clinic.

Some clinics prescribe malaria prophylactic pills (e.g., Lariam, Malarone) will have less risk of side effects if you simply wear long sleeve shirts and pants at dusk - and use an insect repellent containing DEET (e.g., Off, Deep Woods).
Fill personal prescriptions if necessary.
Buy trip insurance (for int’l medical/dental) from an independent trip insurance agency; be sure to get trip cancellation and medical evacuation coverage.
Make sure you have flight insurance coverage (for lost luggage, delay, or cancellation) many credit card companies offer flight insurance if you purchase your ticket with the card.
Personal effects (clothes, camera, etc) are normally covered on your renter's or home insurance - they will not be covered by trip or flight insurance - be sure to verify that you have coverage.
Get entry Visas at least one month in advance, ensure passport is updated and will not expire while you are overseas. US/UK/EU/Canadian citizens can purchase visas at the border or airport of most African countries, other nationalities should make sure they have their visas in advance.
Make 2 copies of passports, visas, tickets & immunization records (hide one copy in suitcase somewhere and leave other copy with friend or relative to hold in case of emergency).
Take about one or two hundred dollars in cash ($20 bills or smaller) for driver, guide, and porter tips, visa fees, airport tax, and mad money.
You may want to rent a powerful zoom lens for safari photos – 300-500mm lens is standard when taking game viewing photographs (1000mm and tripod needed for good bird pictures), also a good pair of binoculars and/or good zoom digital video camera if you wish.

Tipping guidelines
It is a common courtesy to tip your driver, guide, and porter when on safari. The following list is a guide - as always you should tip based on your satisfaction with service. All amounts per person, per day (per event).

When climbing Kilimanjaro there is at least one senior guide, a cook/junior guide, and an average of two porters per client. In a group of 8 it will be typical to have one senior guide, one cook, and 16 porters. Therefore, on a six-day ascent expect to pay $110 in tips per person - or more if you feel a particular person went above and beyond the call of duty.

Packing: carryon bag
At least one major credit card (ATM cards will work in most cities - but it's easier if connect your VISA/MC to your bank account for use in the automatic teller machine.
Money belt, or travel pouch (make sure the pouch hangs/clips inside your pants or shirt), do NOT use a fanny pack
Tickets, itinerary, Immunization records (International Travel Immunization Record – required for some countries)
Passports/visas, plus copies of everything, List of emergency contact numbers, Sun Hat or cap, sunglasses, clip-ons for regular glasses, extra set of eyeglasses or contacts, pick up many rolls of film before even getting to the airport, the price of film increases dramatically at the airports and overseas.
Bird or mammal field guides, Africa travel book

Packing: medicines
Basic stuff (band aids, gauze, tape, first-aid cream, Betadine, pick up a kit from EMS, LLBean, or wherever)
Swiss army knife (do not take in carryon, it will be confiscated at airport security
Antibacterial hand gel (very useful when water is scarce)
Personal prescription medications (whatever you need)
Pepto-bismol tablets, chewable (important)
Imodium A-D or other diarrhoea medicine
If you wear contact lenses, bring eye medicine (Neosporin eye drops)
Tylenol, aspirin, Advil or other painkiller
Benadryl pills or other antihistamine
Cold/flu medicine (important)
Mosquito repellent (DEET 35% concentration – DeetPlus, Repel or Deep Woods, to spray on skin)
Sunscreen, aloe vera gel

Mount Climbing:
Glucose tablets (critical for the final summit push on Kilimanjaro) and recommended prescribed medicines: dysentery antibiotic pills (Cipro),
Packing: toiletry bag
Manual shaver & extra blades
Toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss
Bar soap with soap bag/container
Chapstick for dry lips
Disposable contact lenses
For camping and mount climbing - Toilet paper and quick-drying camping towe

Packing: clothes
Clothing is a matter of taste), Days are warm and nights are cool so dress accordingly. If you wish to purchase some special "safari" clothes, here is a recommended list:
Wear tan, beige or light sage green clothing (these colours hide dust, don't look dirty).
Women will want to have at least one long casual skirt (cotton/canvas/khaki or whatever is easy-care in hot weather) to wear during day-tour trips, out of respect for local culture.
Teva sandals are all around great footwear, or tennis shoes are okay for beach and bush, however you just don’t want them to be brand new white.
Use packing plastic smush bags to store sweaters/fleece, bulky clothing (these seal out the extra air and make sweaters more compact).
3 pairs of pants (2 for the field, 1 for evening) pants can be the kind that zipper off into shorts (such as Expeditio), or blue jeans.
3 shirts (stone/light moss/sage-colored, not white colored) (2 for the field, 1 for evening)
2 under T-shirts, 7 pairs underwear, 7 pairs khaki-color cotton socks (enough for about 1-3 weeks in the field, can wash these out).
Fleece jacket for early morning/sunset

Packing: mountain climbing
Warm hat, gloves, for freezing temperature
Rainproof shell (top and bottom) - wear over fleece jacket at top of mountain for extra warmth
Long underwear, sock liners (4 pair)
Sub-zero weather sleeping bag, camp pillow
Flashlight (or head lamp)
Energy bars

Remove your watch and jewellery in big cities to avoid being a target. Never wear an external money pouch or use a wallet in your pocket or have a loose backpack. Keep things inside your clothing and out of sight. Dar Es Salam is like any major city in the world be it New York, London or Paris. Take care of your valuables concealing jewellery and watches and hold handbags tightly when walking on streets. Gold neck chains can be snatched with ease and it’s not advisable to wear them. Keep valuables in the hotels safe. Do not leave money, passport, jewellery or watches in the rooms or tent; you carry them with you at all times. Be careful late at night in town or whilst on a lonely beach. Africa is a wonderful place, but as in any poor economy, there are those hungry enough to steal for their dinner.
Currency and banking
The amount of money in any currency brought into the country is not limited. Only change your money at the hotels, in official banks and bureau de change. Travelers’ checks, US Dollars, and major credit cards are widely acceptable. However, you should change some small amount into local currency to use for tipping and buying curios. The currency in Tanzania is the Tanzania shillings.
Arusha, Moshi and other principal towns have banks with a bureau de change. Banking hours are 0900am to 3.00p.m, Monday to Friday and 9.00a.m to 11.00am on the first and last Saturday of the month. Banks at the international airports are open 24hours

Food and water
Standards of hygiene in hotels and lodges are high. Salads are safe at international hotels and lodges; Fruits you can peel are the safest to eat. Tap water in Nairobi is safe to drink, as it has been purified and filtered. Ice too is safe in the Hotels. However, outside purchase mineral water or use filtered water found in carriers in most hotels and lodges. The local Tanzania beer is an ideal thirst quencher too.

Shopping and bargaining.
Shop hours are from 8.30am to 12.30pm and from 2.00pm to 5.00pm Mondays to Fridays and 8.30am to 12.30pm on Saturdays. Tourist shops usually remain open beyond these hours and through lunch hour. Bargaining is particularly used in markets and curio shops. Requesting for the final best price is almost expected and starts off knowing you are being charged tourist prices and end up paying what you think the item is worth to you. Do not purchase game skins, trophies or elephant hair bracelets.

Ask for permission before photographing local people. Your driver/guide will assist you in this and will possibly help you agree on modeling fee. Do not take photographs of any official buildings such as airports; military installations, border posts or roadblocks. Wildlife can easily be photographed you just ask the driver to stop and ask any questions you may have about the animals, terrain, people and their culture. It is advisable to carry your cameras in dust-proof bags on safaris, especially in the dry season. Films are available in hotels and lodges but it is advisable to stock up in Arusha or Moshi as there is variety and are cheap.


Reservations and Payments:
A non refundable deposit of 15% of the total tour price is required at the time of tour booking. The remainder of the total quoted tour price is due at the tourdeparture date. Accepted methods of payment include wire transfer, bankers cheques, money order.

Cancellations and Refunds:
Cancellations received more than 30 days prior to departure will be subject to the loss of deposit.
Less than 1 day, 100% of tour cost.

No refunds are given for: lost travel time or substitution of facilities and/or accommodations; itineraries amended after departure; not appearing for any accommodation, tour, game viewing or other booked activities; and/or cutting short the booked itinerary for any reason.

All quoted tour prices include accommodations based on double occupancy. There is a supplemental fee for single occupancy accommodations. In some lodges, children of certain age are not permitted unless where advised accordingly.

Meals are included in the tour price as stated in the itinerary, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner.

You may take along two normal size pieces of luggage, not exceeding a total of 44 lbs. per person. On charter flights in Africa the baggage allowance may be less. Arrangements have been made for safe storage while on tour. However, all baggage is at the tour member's risk whilst on tour. We highly recommend baggage insurance.

Gratuities, Taxes and Entrances Fees:
Charges for hotel taxes are included, as well as game park entrance fees and to all wildlife reserves included in the itinerary. In Africa, tips to driver-guides and escorts are not included and are at your discretion, though

Not Included in Quoted Tour Prices:
The following items are not included in quoted tour prices: costs of obtaining passports or visas; personal expenses such as beverages, laundry and room service; gratuities to your safari escort, camp staff, driver-guides; excess baggage fees; communication charges; airport departure taxes; meals not specified in your itinerary; any airfares unless where specifically mentioned otherwise in the itinerary.

We strongly recommend you protect yourself with a short-term traveler's insurance policy to cover baggage loss, accident, medical emergencies, and trip cancellation.

Limitations of Liability:
Climbing Expeditions, its Owners, Outfitters, Agents and Employees give notice that they act only as agent for the owners, contractors and suppliers providing means of transportation and/or all related travel services and assumes no responsibility whatsoever for injury, personal illness, loss or damage to person or property in connection with any service resulting directly from: act of God; detention; annoyance; delays; expenses arising from quarantine; strikes; thefts; pilferage; force majeure; failure of any means of conveyance to arrive or depart as scheduled; civil disturbances; terrorism; government restrictions or regulations; and discrepancies or changes in hotel services in which it has no control.

Climbing Expeditions draws your attention to the fact that there are certain inherent dangers involved with adventure travel, and the client accepts them at his/her own risk. It is however advisable to take travel insurance and a separate baggage loss before arrival to East Africa.

For more information contact us:

Climbing Kilimanjaro up to 1295,- US$, Safaris up to 195,- US$, Airport-Transfer, Village-Tour, Acommodation | info@uhurutreks.com

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