Experience the real wilderness About DaMona Booking Terms & Conditions DaMona Charity FAQ Frequently Asked Questions How can my safari become a great experience? For a good safari, you need several ingredients. A really good guide, a reliable vehicle, good accommodation and a well planned itinerary are the probably the most important elements.A good guide is the most crucial person on your safari. Our guides have no less than ten years of experience, they speak fluent English and they know the national parks and roads like their own shirt pocket. Your guide will make sure you travel safely. He will also make your experience more profound by sharing his knowledge about the wildlife and culture.Our vehicles are comfortable and well maintained. Good suspension, all the necessary equipment – these cars will get you through muddy patches and over rough roads. Why is a good itinerary so important? If you want to travel to several different national parks and see different places and areas, you need to have a good itinerary which helps you to get the timing right. It is not fun to be on the road without break, rushing from one park to the next, never really stopping anywhere long enough. Instead, you need an itinerary that allows for enough time to be able appreciate every park you visit, and which helps to plan your travel logistics in such a way that you are not constantly, non-stop on the road, but have enough time to admire and relax. How can DaMona help to put a safari together We will take the time to get to know you and design a tailor made itinerary for you. We try to make sure that you get exactly the safari you want, and we take the time to answer your questions. Rather than imposing our ideas, we work together with you.You may already have a rough idea of the places in Tanzania that you really want to see. Or perhaps you are not entirely sure yet. Just send us an email and let us know your initial starting ideas. Depending on your needs, we will then start by suggesting destinations that you could visit, or if you have already chosen destinations, we may advise you on how to best combine them.We try to pay attention to the price range you choose and we try to build an itinerary around your preferences and interests. An individual itinerary is certainly preferable to being tied in with a group schedule, and it also allows for a certain amount of spontaneity and flexibility. How safe is it to travel in Tanzania? Tanzania is a safe country to travel in. Tanzanians are warm-hearted and generous people and are eager to help and assist visitors. As in all countries, a little common sense goes a long way and reasonable precautions should still be taken, such as locking valuables in the hotel safe, do not carry a lot of camera equipment especially in the major cities, do not wear too much jewellery, do not carry large amounts of cash.Guides will monitor your safety in cities and in the game areas. From time to time generalized travel statements are issued concerning travel conditions in the area. How safe is the water and food in Tanzania? It is best to drink bottled water when travelling through Tanzania – numerous brands are widely available and served in all restaurants and lodges. What is the Tanzania currency? The official unit of currency is the Tanzanian shilling (TZS), divided into 100 cents. Notes are issued as TSh10,000; 5,000; 2,000 and 1,000. Coins are issued as TSh500; 200; 100 and 50. The tourism industry prices everything in US Dollars and they are the preferred unit of currency. ATMs are available in all cities. Major lodges, some hotels and travel agents in urban areas accept credit cards, but these should not be relied on and can incur a 10% surcharge. Tanzania Culture and Customs What are the languages spoken in Tanzania? Kiswahili and English are the official languages and spoken by most people living in Tanzania As well as this, there are many ethnic groups, speaking localised languages and dialects. What are the religions that can be encountered in Tanzania? The predominant religions in Tanzania are Christianity and Islam with about 40 – 45 % of the population practicing Christianity and 35 – 40 % practicing Islam. The rest of the population has stuck to traditional beliefs that are based on ancestor worship and nature-based animism. The beliefs of Tanzanians are indicative of the history of the country with Christianity being brought in by missionaries and colonialists while Islam came to the country via the Arabs during the east coast trading heyday. Generally the coast is predominantly Muslim and the interior is more Christian. Will I be able to experience some of the culture of Tanzania? The people of Tanzania are very friendly towards visitors and there will be opportunities to interact with the locals. Probably the most famous African culture today is that of the Maasai – with the red-robed figures featuring in most east African safari photo albums. Please remember to ask before taking a photo of a local person as it is deemed very rude not to. For more modern cultural experiences the music and food of the Tanzania of today can be experienced in the nightclubs in most cities. Tanzania Accomodation What kind of accommodation is available in Tanzania? In Tanzania you can choose from a wide variety of accommodation. The tourism industry in Tanzania country has become well-structured over the years, allowing for all types of accommodation. In the cities and towns are a variety of hotels, resorts and guest houses while the National Parks and reserves provide accommodation in camp sites, bungalows, tented camps of varying luxury and up-market lodges. What about electrical current and plugs? 240 volts is the voltage in Tanzania and you will need a UK plug. You can buy a converter plug that will make your appliance fit locally. Will it be hot or cold? Please bring some warm clothes! It gets really cold in some places because of the high altitude, especially in June, July and August. Of course it can also get very hot! It is probably best if you dress in layers, that way you won’t be chilly in the morning, and as the day gets hotter, you can just take off your layers and stay cool in the lighter clothes you’re wearing beneath. Will I be able to experience some of the culture of Tanzania? The people of Tanzania are very friendly towards visitors and there will be opportunities to interact with the locals. Probably the most famous African culture today is that of the Maasai – with the red-robed figures featuring in most east African safari photo albums. Please remember to ask before taking a photo of a local person as it is deemed very rude not to. For more modern cultural experiences the music and food of the Tanzania of today can be experienced in the nightclubs in most cities. Traveling in Tanzania What is the location of Tanzania Border Posts? Tanzania is bordered by Uganda and Kenya to the north, Rwanda and Burundi in the west and Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique to the south – with all being borders serviced by border posts. What is the location of Tanzania Airports? International flights arrive from various destinations from around the world into Kilimanjaro International Airport and Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar Es Salaam.Domestic air services operate between the following airports:• Dar es Salaam (DAR)• Kilimanjaro (JRO)• Zanzibar (ZNZ)• Mwanza• Dodoma• Arusha Tanzania Wildlife Photography What wildlife will I see on a Tanzania Safari? Tanzania has a number of great National Parks and Game Reserves supporting a wide variety of wildlife including Elephant, Buffalo, Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Cheetah, Wild Dog, Hippo, Zebra and Giraffe. Chimpanzees can be found on the shores of Lake Tanganyika.During the annual Wildebeest Migration, when approximately 3 million animals cross the Serengeti in Tanzania to the Maasai Mara in Kenya, you can watch the Lion and Leopard in action trying to catch a meal.