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Frequently Asked Questions - Go Island Tours and Travels: Toursl & Safaris Expert in Tanzania Tourist Destinations

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Passport and Visa Requirement
Guests visiting Tanzania must be in possession of a valid 6 months passport from the date of travel and should have at least 2 blank pages available in their passport. Visas are compulsory for all visitors, and cost from $50. Visas are obtainable at the airport when you arrive, but rather have one before you land, Visas are obtainable from the Tanzanian Embassy or may download Tanzania visa application form here. The same visa will be used in Zanzibar Island.

Is it safe to travel to Tanzania?

The continent of Africa is large continent consisting of fifty-four countries with totally unrelated political systems over 11,700,000 square miles. What happens in one country, even a bordering country does not necessarily affect the other. Think of it this way - if something happened in Greece, would that affect your travel plans to England or Italy? There are certain inherent risks whenever one traveller, but chances of being involved in an incident are very small.

Tanzania is considered to be one of the safest countries to travel to in Africa. It has enjoyed peace and tranquillity since unification in 1964. With country specific risks out of the question in Tanzania, the only safely concerns may be emergencies usually brought forth by health issues (on a case by case basis) that rarely occur. Our emergency air evacuation covered by your travel insurance policy will bring you to safety within hours. We are in constant contact with our offices and continually monitor any situations that might occur. All of our safari vehicles are equipped with emergency telephones. If you have any questions at any time regarding your travel plans, do not hesitate to contact us. Your safety and comfort in traveling to Tanzania and Zanzibar Islands is our foremost concern.

What can be expected while on safari?
A warm and friendly welcome by the local people, no humidity, comfortable temperatures, a high degree of comfort, a variety of delicious food and exhausting but exhilarating days.
An average day begins at dawn with tea and a sunrise safari game drive. Back to the lodge for a wonderful breakfast with fresh baked breads, local coffee, and your choice of entrée. During the heat of the day when the wildlife is at rest you too may wish to relax around the pool. In the afternoon when the wildlife again comes alive go out on an afternoon game drive. In certain areas full day game drives, a bush walk, night safari drive or other activity may be planned.
In the evening, everyone gathers to exchange stories of the bush while enjoying beverages. Retire early, as tomorrow will bring…well we just don't know but we can assure you it will be exciting!

Will there be any inconveniences?
Not many, but there may be a few. Roads can be rough. There are times planes may not run as scheduled. It is not uncommon for a vehicle to break down. In such circumstances, the first safari vehicle to meet you must offer to take you to a safe destination. Go Island Tours &Travels mobile tented safaris keep the flavour of an authentic Tanzania experience, but always have comfortable bedding and private toilets. However, there is no electricity, toilet and shower facilities are efficient but not lodge style. The most important thing is to have a good attitude and understand that Africa is a special safari destination but part of what makes it special is that its atmosphere is not spoiled by tourism. If you are in doubt of a comfort level of a particular trip, call a Go Island Tours &Travels specialist direct. We want to make sure you are selecting a holiday that meets your comfort level.

Are tips included?
While traveling in Tanzania on a Go Island Tours &Travels scheduled departure, all gratuities are handled by us in advance, so that the local employees are eager to serve and you are free to relax and enjoy your trip. However, there is one exception, and that is your tips to your guide/driver, which is at your discretion and highly recommended.

How are the roads?
Roads in wildlife area are bumpy and dusty. Many of our trips feature comfortable flights. This does add to the cost of the safari but it converts wasted time on the road to quality time viewing the wildlife. Flights within Tanzania are included in the package price.

Should I join a group or private Safari?
The advantage of the group safaris in Tanzania is the chance to socialize and meet others with similar interests. A private safari has great advantages for those who are serious photographers, are taking children, or have their own ideas in creating a Tanzania holiday. Private tailor-Made safaris are successful because the participant plays an active role in planning the trip, as their ideas are incorporated with our professional knowledge of the areas.

Can I travel alone?
A Tanzania trip is ideal for the single traveller. You never need to be alone unless you prefer. Both men and women travel as singles and find Africa a safe and friendly destination. Even when traveling as a single, Go Island Tours &Travels always arranges complimentary meeting services at the airports with transport and assistance with check-in at your hotel. Shared rooms can be requested.

What about health precautions?
You will be advised at the time of booking what health precautions are required and recommended for your trip. You must check with your personal doctor before taking any medications. While in Tanzania, Go Island Tours &Travels has a list of highly qualified doctors on call. You can rest assured that top medical care is available in the major cities. Hospitals keep up-to-date on equipment and have a high standard of testing.

A few words about travel agents

Go Island Tours &Travels works closely with the finest travel agents around the world. We recognize travel agents as our partners and feel they offer an invaluable service to the traveller. A qualified agent can assist you in making sure that your trip runs smoothly. Conference calls are encouraged between agents, the traveller and a Go Island Tours &Travels customer service representative.


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The internet
The Internet has a wealth of information on Africa, but buying directly from the internet can be a blind purchase, as it does not council you on reliability and dependability. Use the internet to gather ideas and your preferences, then take this to your agent or a Go Island Tours &Travel customer service representative. Moreover should you book your trip via the internet, first contact the Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) and the Tanzania Association of Tour Operators (TATO), Zanzibar Association of Tours Operator (ZATO) and inquire about the Tanzania tour operator's integrity.

Photography
Please be sensitive when photographing people. Tanzanians are renowned for being friendly; however it is courteous to ask permission before snapping away. Some Government areas and sites (Police station and Post, Army sites, State House) are prohibited to be photographed. We advise you to ask your guide before taking any picture when you pass through these sites.

What to pack
About what to pack and what to wear for your Safari holidays in Tanzania please read what to know before safari, for Zanzibar Island as it being a conservative Muslim society, dress for both men and women should be modest. For women, skirts or shorts to below the knee or loose-fitting long pants and modest tops with some sort of sleeve are recommended. For men, shorts to the knee or long trousers and shirts with sleeves are recommended. When travelling around the Island we suggest that you travel light, dress comfortably. Also imperative are: sunglasses, sunhat, sunscreen, insect repellent, film and camera.

Internet and Email
Most of the offices (including our office) and hotels offer Wi-Fi, internet and emailing services, many internet cafes are also available in Towns where charges is not more than 2$.

Banking and Credit Cards
Banking hours at most commercial banks are operates on: We accept online payment options see more.
Monday-Friday: 0900hrs to 1530hrs
Saturday: 0900hrs - 1200hrs. ATM's are found at most of the Banks. Visa, Master Cards is accepted by most hotels, restaurants and shops.

For more details please contact us, we will help.

 
 
 
 
7/31/2013
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