We will take you on a tour to see popular places such as internet cafes, coffee shops, grocery stores, and banks. The tourist areas and hotels sell a wide range of souvenirs, jewelry, and trinkets as well. Don’t be afraid to haggle at roadside stalls (your driver/guide will show you where to shop and advise you on the best prices). The most sought after souvenirs are wood carvings curios and the famous love stone which is a well known “Tanzanite” gem stone available widely at souvenirs shops.
Major foreign currencies – particularly US dollars and the Euro- and travelers cheques are accepted and are convertible at banks and bureau de change in the main town and tourist areas. Euros are now widely used and generally have good exchange rates. Credit cards are not widely accepted and carry poor exchange rates. Some banks offer ATM facilities such as NBC bank and Barclays Banks in the centre parts of town. At most of the banks, only VISA is accepted in order to withdraw cash. Make sure to notify you bank before you travel overseas to prevent any security issues.
Tanzania has a few options for day-to-day transport. The most common is using the local bus, which is known as the “daladala.” You will typically pay between 300-500 Tanzanian shillings for your ventures. There are also small motorcycles available for travel over short distances. They are relatively safe to use in town and you should expect to pay somewhere between 1,000-3,000 Tanzanian shillings. At night, it is best to take a taxi to get around. Depending on your destination, you can expect to pay anywhere between 10,000-20,000 Tanzanian shillings.
If you are planning a high altitude climb you are well advised to consult your doctor to ensure you are fully informed of the inherent risks of high altitude climbing.
It is advisable to take anti malaria precautions and yellow fever vaccination before departure and, if possible, bring antibiotics with you as a precaution. Remember a change of food and altitude may cause diarrhea or headache or loss of appetite so consult your doctor or travel clinic before you plan your journey to East Africa.