English is widely spoken but a few words of Swahili will always be appreciated. Most people in the tourism industry speak English plus one other foreign language. You can get a head start with some basic Swahili words and phrases by click here
If you are planning a high altitude climb, you are well advised to consult your Doctor to ensure that you are fully informed of the inherent risks of high altitude climbing. Note that while your ability to withstand high altitudes during long treks is not directly related to your level of physical fitness, certainly a good level of fitness will assist in your general stamina.
It is advisable to take anti malarial precautions and have a Yellow fever Vaccination before departure. It is also a good idea to bring some antibiotics with you as a precaution.
Remember, changing of food and altitude may course diarrhea or headache or loss of appetite, so consult your Doctor or Travel clinic before you plan your journey to East Africa.
Baggage on safari is limited to one soft-sided bag, plus one small piece of hand luggage per person (excluding a camera bag). Ideally, the total weight should not exceed 15 to 20kilos. You are welcome to store any excess suitcases and other heavier items in the city hotels while on safari. Of course if the number of people traveling together with you is minimal, you can choose to keep your luggage with you. In case you lost your bag (s) on arrival please leave this number to the Airline +255754463115, This will help them to send your bag to us and we will keep it or bring to you while your on safaris (if necessary)
Photography: Very important:
Bring plenty of film and camera batteries with you . While on safari, you are strongly advised to keep your camera free from dust and all your equipment and film cool. It is courteous, and appreciated, to ask permission before photographing local people. If you intend to take some pictures of people ,it is a good idea to bring an instant camera, so that you can leave a copy with the subject of your photograph. If necessary, you can recharge your camera at a hotel, or in the car, if you have the necessary accessories.
Tipping is not obligatory, but a customary tip of $20-$50 per day for your support team is always highly appreciated. Calabash neither limits nor obliges its guests in regard to tips. Needless to say, the services and friendship you receive will influence your decision at the end.
Local time :
GMT + 3hrs.
230v.Power failures, surges and troughs are common, so a torch (flashlight) or headlamp may prove to be your most useful travel accessory.
Check current requirements with the nearest Tanzanian High Commission, Embassy or Consulate in your country. A visa can be acquired on arrival in Tanzania. Currently the cost is $50. Make sure you have legal Passport.
Tanzania is generally a safe, stable and friendly country but don`t invite temptation. Keep your eye on your belongings. Don`t walk in the towns or cities at night - take a taxi. Don`t carry cameras or large amounts of cash, and beware of pickpockets and hawkers especially at the Namanga Border crossing or at the bus stations. Use the hotel safety deposit box to safeguard valuables and obtain a receipt. Leave valuable jewelry at home.
The Tourist areas and hotels sell a wide range of souvenirs, jewelry and trinkets. Don`t be afraid to haggle at roadside stalls (your driver/guide will suggest where to shop and advise you about the best prices). The most sought after souvenirs are wood carvings, curios, and "Tanzanite", A gemstone available widely at souvenirs shops.