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2019 African Photo Safari -  Attendee Page

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Important note: You have reserved your space on our safari. However this trip will require Minimum of 6 guests to go. So please do NOT make any flight reservations to Africa until you get the official email from us that all is a go. Our small group will max out at 15 guests. 

ARRIVAL DAY
You should plan to arrive on March 8th, 2019. Many people coming from the USA may have to depart on March 7th to get here on this day. Your hotel room on this night is included in your expedition fee. We will  meet informally with other trip mates on this day at the lounge or restaurant in the hotel. Dinner and drinks are on your own on March 8th. All other meals on this trip (except beverages at some locations) will be included.

ORIENTATION
We will meet the evening of March 8th for meet and greet and orientation in the restaurant lounge area. We will pack up and check out the following morning for our great adventure!

Should you wish to arrive a day or two early, please use our Africa group Facebook page to connect with other participants. The cost for each additional night’s room is $190 single occupancy. I have paid this for you on the night of the 8th. But if you’d like to cut costs and share a room with a travel companon or another participant when you arrive a day or two early, you will pay $125 each based on double occupancy.

End of trip: Check out of our Safari Camp is the morning of March 16th, 2019. We will take a short flight to Arusha, arriving about noon. Then our guides will transfer us to Kilamanjaro Airport about one hour away. You should allow 2 hours at the airport. So please do not schedule departing flight earlier than 3 pm on March 16th.

You must schedule a PM flight on February 4 or otherwise overnight in Arusha on your own (apx $160 for a room single occupancy. Same hotel as our arrival.)

FLIGHT

This trip will require Minimum of 6 guests to go. So do not make any flight reservations to Africa until you get the official email from us that all is a go. Our small group will max out at 15 guests. 

Call a local travel agent in your area and tell them you need to be in Tanzania JRO Airport by evening of March 8th, 2019. Safari vans leave the following morning from our Arusha hotel.

Trip ends on March 16th after we get back to Arusha. Our vans will transfer you to JRO in the afternoon. Your hotel on March 8th in Arusha is included in your program fee.

If you prefer to do your own online searches for the best airfare, I’d suggest trying Kayak.com, which

searches over 100 websites simultaneously to find the best prices. You can also include alternate airports near your departure and/or destination airports in your search but you may need to get a taxi to our Arusha Hotel on your own.

The airport code for Kilimanjaro International Airport is JRO.

AS SOON AS YOU'RE TICKETED

Check your airline tickets and make sure everything is in order --double check correct spelling of your name, correct dates, and correct departure city. If there is an error, call your travel agent immediately. Then email us a copy of your flight information to westwindoutdoors@aol.com.


INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL
PASSPORT: If you’re a U.S. citizen, you need a current passport that’s valid at least 30 days
after the date you plan to return, so make sure to check the expiration date on your passport.

See this site for more details: http://travel.state.gov/passport/renew/renew_833.html


VACCINATIONS
As with all overseas travel, it's recommended that you're up to date on all routine vaccinations. These include: measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.

It's likely you're already up-to-date on these but if you haven't had your yearly flu shot, you might consider getting it at least a week before you leave. Airplanes are notorious for spreading the flu. 

The CDC also recommends Hep A, Typhoid, and Rabies in Tanzania .

You can read more, here: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/tanzania

And more about rabies, here: http://www.vaccines.gov/diseases/rabies/

Malaria medication is also encouraged in Africa as is a good strong DEET mosquito repellant.
There are lots of different kinds of malaria medications. Some are taken before your trip, s
ome during, and some before, during, and after. I requested Malarone the last time I was in Cape Town and that worked well for me.

As always, check with your health care provider to see which vaccinations and medications are right for you.

NOTE: Your health insurance might cover the routine vaccinations and both Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B if you don't mention it is for travel and instead say it's simply to stay current.


VISAS
All tourists need to purchase a travel visa to enter into Tanzania. You can apply for your visa by
mailing your passport to the Tanzanian Embassy in D.C. (details below for Americans) or you can get a tourist visa when you arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).

Either way, the cost is $100 for American passports and $50 for nearly every other non-African country passport.

Applying ahead saves you time when you arrive as it could take up to 30 minutes to get through the visa line at the airport. But getting one when you arrive is ok, too. The offices are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They never close.


You can find more information about applying for your visa prior to departure here:
http://tanzaniaembassy-us.org/

If you plan to apply for your visa upon arrival, you must bring with you:
This visa fee ($50 or $100 depending on your nationality)
**Your flight itinerary
**2 recent passport-size photos (no selfies on this, go to Walgreens or similar and have them do it for you correctly)
**itinerary visa application filled out and signed (they’ll give you this on the airplane or when you arrive)
**And your passport must be valid for 6 months with at least 2 blank pages

When paying for your visa with US dollars at Kilimanjaro International Airport, the USD currency must be dated 2004 or newer. Tanzania visa officials and many banks will not accept any USD bills that are dated prior to 2004.

Here’s more information about adding pages and/or renewing your passport, here: http://travel.state.gov/passport/correcting/add/add_850.html

And more information about travel visas is on the Tanzanian government website, here: http://www.tanzaniaconsul.com/


MONEY
Please bring USD bills with you – many Tanzania locals prefer US dollars over Tanzanian Shillings. Don’t worry about exchanging them for shillings when you arrive. Just use the dollars.

Tipping is not generally required in taxis and restaurants. If service is good, and you want to leave something, you may consider rounding the bill to a convenient amount.

The locals dining in restaurants will not tip. And if someone offers to help you shop or purchase bus tickets, they will most certainly be compensated by the shop so a tip is not required.

All this said, we’re using top-end guides and staying in first-class accommodations on this trip. Tipping your guides and room attendants is expected at this level of service. Please bring enough money with you to tip your guides US$15 per day. And $2/day for hotel room attendants is reasonable.

You can also bring some extra money to use at local markets while out and about to buy souvenirs though many gift shops will also take credit or debit cards.


WHAT TO BRING:
TRAVEL TIPS AND HELPFUL PACKING LIST (will be emailed to you to help you plan)


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