Mauritius was made before heaven, and with its white sandy beaches and idyllic tropical atmosphere, it’s an adage that hasn’t changed since.
Mark Twain was the one who famously said that Mauritius was made before heaven, and with its white sandy beaches and idyllic tropical atmosphere, it’s an adage that hasn’t changed since 1896. Mauritius might be renowned for the splendid coral reef that surrounds the island, but it’s so much more than just a snorkeling and diving mecca.
Whether you seek spa bliss, market thrills, or ocean adventures, Mauritius has something for everyone.
Embark on a tailor-made private journey to Mauritius, meticulously crafted to match your desires. Our promise is to deliver an unparalleled African adventure, ensuring you capture the most extraordinary moments while exploring this captivating continent. It’s time to maximize every moment, immerse yourself in remarkable wildlife encounters, and unwind to the fullest extent possible.
It’s a concise yet vivid exploration of Mauritius’ key attractions, cultural diversity, natural beauty, and unique experiences. In a brief glance, you’ll gain insights into the paradise’s essence, allowing you to anticipate the incredible moments that await you on this captivating journey.
Indian Ocean gem with stunning beaches, vibrant culture, and diverse landscapes. Rich history shaped by colonial influences, embracing multicultural traditions and languages. Lush forests, sugarcane fields, and turquoise lagoons form its captivating scenery. Once home to the rare dodo bird, now a thriving ecosystem invites marine activities, botanical garden exploration, and indulgence in its distinct cuisine.
Mauritius experiences a tropical climate with two main seasons: a warm and humid summer from November to April, and a cooler, drier winter from May to October. Cyclones can occur during the wet season. The temperature ranges from around 20°C (68°F) in winter to 30°C (86°F) in summer, with coastal regions being warmer. The best time to visit for pleasant weather and outdoor activities is during the winter months.
Tanzania is a beautiful place to visit. However, there are a few things to know before you take a plane to visit us. Bush 2 City Tanzania is also happy to answer any questions you have before or during your trip.
The Shilling is the official currency in Tanzania. However, USD is also acceptable in most places, and the Euro is gaining popularity. If you need to change money, do so at official Foreign Exchange offices for reliable results.
Please note you are welcome to use credit cards in many locations. Visa is the most widely accepted, followed by Mastercard, then American Express. Using a card may result in a 3% to 5% fee, so make sure to ask.
Bargaining is customary in Tanzania. Please note that tourists are often quoted outrageous prices, and you should initially counter the first offer with a much lower one. If you do not come from a culture where bargaining is common, consider reading up on the practice before your arrival.
Tipping is customary in Tanzania and typically occurs at the end of a trip, stay, or trek. While tipping may be awkward if you come from a culture that is not customary, it’s best to adopt the local practice.
10% of the bill
Driver-guide: $25 US per day / per couple (or per individual, if traveling solo)
Airport Transfer Guide: $20 US per Transfer / per couple (or per individual, if traveling solo)
Mountain Guide: $25 per day / per group
Mountain Chef: $15 per day / per chef / per group
Mountain Porter: $8 per day / per porter / per group
Summit Porter: $15 per day / per summit porter / per group
Transfer Driver: $20 per transfer / per group
Tip Box: $20 per stay / per couple (or per individual if traveling solo)
Tanzania has three international airports: Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR), Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), and Zanzibar Abeid Amani Karume Airport (ZNZ). JRO is the most common entry point for tourists.
Depending on where you are, various airlines serve international airports in Tanzania. KLM provides flights for Europe and America (Delta connection). Emirates and Qatar connect most of Asia and Oceania. Please be aware you may connect through Nairobi, Kenya.
Domestic flights within Tanzania are a boon to any tourist who wants to visit multiple areas. Additionally, most major national parks have their own airstrips for fly-in safaris if you booked one.
You want to bring as little luggage as possible to Tanzania. Typically, domestic airlines restrict passengers to one 6kg (13lb) handbag and one 15kg to 20kg (33lb to 44lb) main bag. Since cargo space is limited, please note that a duffle is your best choice for a main bag.
Check out the in-depth packing lists depending on which Bush 2 City Tanzania adventure you select:
Please note that Tanzania uses 230 to 240 volts of current. Please investigate if you need a voltage converter before arrival. The most common socket type is the three square-pin variety, so you may also need a universal travel adapter.
Wi-Fi is generally available in Tanzania but is less common in wildlife parks and rural areas.
Tanzania banned all plastic bags in 2019, and their use carries a fine. The only exception is the resealable bag required by some airlines for liquids, which must always remain in your possession.
Tanzania is in GMT+3. From popular cities, the time difference is:
Los Angeles: -10 hours
New York: -7 hours
London: -3 hours
Berlin: -2 hours
Hong Kong: +5 hours
Tokyo: +6 hours
Sydney: + 8 hours
Auckland: +10 hours
Visas are required to enter Tanzania, and you can apply for a visa online or upon arrival. Bush 2 City Tanzania recommends applying for a tourist visa online before your arrival, as this speeds up the process. Applying upon arrival means waiting while the visa is processed, which could add hours.
Fees for tourist visas vary depending on your country of origin. Additionally, Tanzania has separate frees for single-entry and multi-entry visas. However, the current prices (2023) are around USD50 for a single-entry and USD100 for a multi-entry.
To travel to Tanzania, you should bring the following:
This page is for informational purposes only. Please consult a licensed medical professional, travel clinic, or your country’s public health authority for medical advice before traveling.
Please note that public health rules do periodically change. You must follow the current regulations to enter Tanzania and enjoy your Bush 2 City Tanzania experience.
The government of Tanzania does not require proof of COVID-19 vaccination or testing to enter the country. However, to maximize the enjoyment of your trip, completing a COVID-19 vaccination course minimizes your risk of severe disease that will interrupt your trip.
Please note that while the government does not require COVID-19 vaccination, your airline carrier, transit countries, or final destination may.
Yellow Fever vaccination certification is required if you are traveling from a country deemed at high risk or spend more than 12 hours in a country deemed high risk. If you cannot be vaccinated, you will need an official letter from your doctor to travel.
Please note that some public health authorities recommend receiving a yellow fever vaccination before traveling to Tanzania, even if you do not come from a region with yellow fever risk.
Malaria is present in Tanzania and does pose a health risk. Please see your doctor as soon as you plan your trip for advice on which anti-malarial treatments suit you and when to start them. You need to start most anti-malarial medications before your trip for the best protection.
Rabid dogs and other animals are common in Tanzania, particularly in rural areas. Bush 2 City Tanzania recommends all individuals, including children, receive a rabies vaccination before coming to Tanzania since the healthcare infrastructure may not be available.
Tsetse flies are present in Tanzania. To minimize the chances of a bite, wear neutral-colored long pants, long-sleeve shirts, and insect repellent. A bite can result in an unpleasant fever, fatigue, swelling to the lymph nodes, headache, fatigue, skin rash, and the parasite that causes sleeping sickness.
Bush 2 City Tanzania recommends bringing your medications to treat diarrhea. Any new destination poses the risk of you getting diarrhea. While drinking only bottled water can minimize your chances of getting diarrhea, nothing is guaranteed.
Please confirm your prescription medications are legal in Tanzania before arrival and discuss options with your medical team if they are not. Plan to bring enough prescription medication to cover your entire trip.
Bush 2 City Tanzania also recommends bringing a letter from your doctor listing your medication, dosing, and its purpose to be on the safe side.
Tanzania offers limited medical facilities in its principal cities, and those facing an emergency may need medical evacuation depending on their location. Medical facilities are listed below:
Dar es Salaam
Tanzania does not require vaccination besides yellow fever vaccinations for people from high-risk areas. However, Bush 2 City Tanzania suggests that all travelers consult their medical teams and receive all age-appropriate vaccinations as the World Health Organization recommends before travel.
Your body is not acclimatized to tap water in Tanzania, and drinking it may cause digestive problems. Bottled water is readily available throughout Tanzania. Bush 2 City Tanzania recommends consuming at least 2 liters of water daily throughout your trip.
Tanzania is a relatively safe destination in East Africa. In fact, many experts deem it one of the safest places to go on an adventure. However, there are still some things you should be aware of before coming to Tanzania.
While this may seem obvious, Tanzania is a different country and culture from your home. You do not blend in as you would at home and must take a few reasonable precautions while visiting.
First, do not wander around with large amounts of cash or valuables. Doing so can make you a tempting target, so use the hotel safe if you bring these items. Remember, whether hiking Kilimanjaro or relaxing on a beach, you do not need anything fancy.
ATMs require a little caution to use in Tanzania. Please check around the ATM before using it and have a friend keep watch if possible. Cash is tough for police to trace and can be a tempting target.
Whether in a city or enjoying the bush, wandering after dark is not advisable. Darkness limits your situational awareness and can place you in personal danger. Instead, consider resting up to enjoy more of Tanzania in daylight.
Like all tourist destinations, crowded areas tend to have pickpocketing, and you may not notice them at work. Avoiding crowded places, particularly around destinations, limits the chances a pickpocket can steal from you.
Bush 2 City Tanzania has guided people through safe and adventurous vacations for decades. Our primary goal as Tanzanians is to see you enjoy our beautiful country as we do.
Toward that end, please listen and follow all guide instructions. Additionally, the staff members on your vacation are happy to provide guidance on where to go, what to look for, how to stay healthy, and anything else that could enhance your experience.
Bush 2 City offers a broad array of experiences in Tanzania. Please listen to your guide for the rules for each adventure segment.
Tanzania is beautiful, and we need your help to keep it beautiful for generations to come. Please plan to pack all evidence of your presence out, and do not collect souvenirs from nature. Instead, take only memories and photos.
Bush 2 City Tanzania guides will also brief you about the regulations surrounding your chosen adventures. For example, designated game roads and camping spots are part of outdoor adventures in Tanzania, and going “off-road” is a finable offense.
Most regulations are self-explanatory and easy to follow. However, Tanzania takes protecting the natural environment seriously, which may be stricter than what you’re used to in your home country.
Tanzania is generally a welcoming and friendly place to visit. However, Tanzanian society may have different norms than you are used to, and it’s best to familiarize yourself with the local customs before you arrive.
Tanzania has 126 languages spoken by varying numbers of speakers. English and Swahili are both official languages in Tanzania. Both are commonly spoken throughout the country, so you should be able to communicate easily.
Typically, Bush 2 City Tanzania recommends always remaining with your guides. However, should you desire to travel without them, stick to well-established public transportation, taxis with meters, and avoid any vehicle that looks sketchy.
Bargaining is a cultural norm in Tanzania. Some vendors will add extra charges to anything a suspected tourist wants to purchase, so be wary and canny when you purchase items.
Plastic bags are illegal in Tanzania, and using one can result in a fine. Bush 2 City Tanzania recommends purchasing a reusable bag in Tanzania, as they make great souvenirs. The only exception is resealable plastic bags some airlines require to transport liquids.
Tanzania uses 230 to 240 volts of current. You will need a voltage converter if you come from a location that uses 110 to 120 volts of current. Additionally, plug types D and G are common in Tanzania.
Tanzania has strict drug laws, and the use of illegal drugs can result in strong prison sentences. Please confirm that any prescription and over-the-counter drugs you intend to bring are legal in Tanzania before departure.
Tanzania also has strict cybercrime laws, and any violation may result in the seizure of your devices without a warrant. Depending on the offense, violations may carry fines or prison time. Violations can include consensual personal images as well as pornography.
While photography is encouraged around the wildlife and natural wonders that make Tanzania unique, you should photograph people only with permission. Please also note that it is illegal to photograph uniformed personnel, including members of the police and military.
All same-sex activity is banned under the law in Tanzania, and couples have received jail sentences of up to three decades. If you visit Tanzania, recognize that you must be discreet and keep your gender/sexual orientation private.
Tanzania is a conservative country, and modest dress is the norm throughout the country for women. Typically, clothing should cover the shoulders and go to the knees or longer for women, no matter the temperature.
Please note that Zanzibar is more conservative than the rest of Tanzania and plan accordingly.
Generally, men are only shirtless on the beach in Tanzania. Otherwise, they also cover their shoulders and wear pants that come to at least the knee. Tank tops, muscle shirts, and shorter shorts are not accepted.
Please note that Zanzibar is more conservative than the rest of Tanzania and plan accordingly.
In Tanzania, public displays of affection are not typical. It is best to refrain from touching someone of a different sex in public, even if they are your spouse. Your Bush 2 City Tanzania guide will advise you on any local customs.
Bush 2 City Tanzania recommends all travelers purchase travel insurance when booking their trip. Travel insurance covers you in case of injury, illness, travel cancellation, lost luggage, and more.
Bush 2 City recommends you read your travel insurance policy carefully before purchasing. Some policies do not cover activities like high-altitude trekking, such as what happens on Mount Kilimanjaro. You may also want medical evacuation/airlift coverage since Tanzania does not have the same healthcare infrastructure as other parts of the world.
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