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ACCOMMODATION, SAFARIS & VOLUNTEERING

VISA

A visa is required for entry into Tanzania. Visas can be easily obtained at

Kilimanjaro airport, Dar Es Salaam airport or at the border crossing between

Kenya and Tanzania upon payment of the required tourist visa fee. The

tourist visa fee depends on your citizenship. Please check

www.tanzania.go.tz/visa.html  for the appropriate tourist visa fee which

applies to you. A tourist visa is valid for up to 90 days from your date of

arrival. Please ensure that your passport is valid for a minimum of six months

from your date of arrival. If you are intending to volunteer in Tanzania you

have to apply for a volunteers visa (CTA working permit) also valid for 90

days and cost $250. If you are planing to volunteer longer than 90 days, just

ask us how to extend your visa. On your entry card, if you have obtained a

residence or work permit, you should put Kadogoo Hostel address as your place of residence:

Kadogoo Hostel, P.O. Box: 16245, Arusha, Tanzania  If you are entering Tanzania from another

African country or will be traveling between African countries, you may be required to show your

yellow fever vaccination certificate. You may be denied entry or required to pay for and receive the

vaccination at the point of entry into Tanzania if you do not have a yellow fever vaccination

certificate on you. If you are entering Tanzania directly from Europe, North America or Australia or

other countries where yellow fever is not endemic, you will not be required to show a yellow fever

certificate. 

COMMUNICATION

Mobile phones are widely used in Arusha, and you should have no difficulty in getting an

appropriate SIM card for you unlocked phone while you are here. This is a much cheaper option

than international roaming. If for some reason your phone does not work, buying a local cell

phone costs less than 50,000Tsh. A Tanzanian SIM card costs 500-2000 shillings. Text messages

are between $0.05-0.20USD, incoming calls are free, and outgoing local calls are around

$0.60USD per minute. Volunteers who have used the local cellular network can be called

internationally by their family and friends (expensive, but easy), but it cannot be guaranteed that

text messages will work internationally.

DISEASE PREVENTION 

It is also recommended for you to visit a travel clinic at least four weeks before you depart to

Tanzania. Frequent vaccinations travelers receive at home before coming to Tanzania are for

yellow fever, typhoid, and hepatitis A & B. It is not common to contract these diseases here but it

is better to be safe than sorry. Also, as mentioned above when traveling through Africa you may

be required to show your vaccination certificate at the border.  Anti-malarial tablets are not 100%

effective, therefore prevention of mosquito bites is the best way to ensure you remain malaria-

free. At the hostel, you will be provided with a mosquito net to sleep under. It is highly

recommended you bring mosquito repellent containing at least 30% DEET. Mosquito repellent at

the Shoprite in Arusha is about 15,000 shillings and often contains little or no DEET. Covering up

as much as possible at night is also helpful.  While in Africa, you should not drink tap water unless

it has been boiled or treated. Bottled water is widely available everywhere but you must make

sure that the cap is sealed if you buy it in rural areas.  It is recommended for you to purchase

medical insurance prior to your departure so that you are protected. Please provide the Kadogoo

Hostel director with the insurance information and an emergency contact name and number in

case we need to reach a family member back home or notify the insurance company of a medical

emergency.  Also bring medicine for headaches, colds, diarrhea and any other regular medication.

Most medications are available in Duka la Dawa (pharmacy) in Arusha. Sanitary items for women

are available at the Shoprite but expensive so you should consider bringing enough for your

whole stay. 

ELECTRICITY

Power sockets are of the British 3-pin square pronged variety, so travelers from other countries

should bring converters to use their own electric devices. The voltage is 240, so keep that in mind

when deciding which electronics to bring with you. Outlets here normally accept 2 types of plugs: 

Three round pins arranged in a triangle  

Two parallel flat pins with ground pin 

LANGUAGE AND CULTURE 

Swahili is the official language of Tanzania. English is widely spoken in

Arusha as there is a large tourist industry for Safari and Trekking

companies. You may want to learn a few Swahili phrases before you arrive,

but you will find that you pick up on the  most useful phrases very quickly.

People tend to dress very conservatively in Tanzania. It is a sign of respect

if you dress the same. Women should try not to dress in what the local

people might interpret as provocative which includes short  skirts and shorts

or revealing tops. Tanzanian women very rarely show their knees. You will

find local men rarely wear shorts or sleeveless shirts.  

GETTING TO KNOW THE PLACE 

When you arrive at the airport or bus station, you will be greeted by the Kadogoo hostel director,

who will take you back to the Hostel where you will have your room and a warm meal prepared for

you. In the next few days upon your arrival, the Kadogoo Hostel diretor will accompany you to

Arusha town tour. He will  point out the banks, post office, Shoprite (supermarket), internet cafes,

where to purchase SIM cards for your  cell phone, and any other place you may need to go during

your stay. He will answer any questions you may have and  help you feel comfortable.  

GETTING AROUND

In kadogoo hostel we provide breakfast and dinner, which is included on the price. Shikoo is an

excellent cook who makes a variety of traditional Tanzanian dishes like chapatti, chips-mayai,

pilau or ugali. She can also easily accommodate vegetarians. Other food items such as fresh

fruits and vegetables, bread, coffee, sugar, flour, and water can be purchased  locally in small

shops. There is also a market in Arusha where you may bargain for fruits and vegetables. We will 

tell you the price you should pay for each product, in order to not have an “abroad people price”.

Nakumat is a Western grocery store with fixed prices and some foods you may miss from home.

Here you will find fruits like  strawberries and apples and also snack foods as well as toiletries and

just about anything else you could possibly need. Sundays is our cook day off, so guests are

welcome to cook anything they want. In Kadogoo Hostel we also provide full time running water

and electricity, but you have to consider the environmental you are in, and if one day the electricity

or the water is cutted by the goverment (not very often, but sometimes happens) just be pattient

and we will help you with other possibilities.The cheapest way to get to and around Arusha is to

take the dala dala (a small mini bus with 15 seats that actually  fits upwards of 25 people) and

costs 400 shillings (25 cents USD). You can also pay someone a small fee to take you on a

pikipiki (motorbike) but they can be dangerous on the unpaved roads. Dala dalas pass every 2-3

minutes and piki-pikis are always available. Taxis can be taken around town and be hired/flagged

down. They cost around 5,000 – 10,000 shillings. From the  night clubs back to the hostel costs

10,000 - 20,000 shillings. If you are sick, a private taxi can be called in from  town to the hostel

and will cost about 20,000 for the whole trip.  

MONEY

The Tanzanian shilling generally cannot be bought and sold outside of the country, although you

may be able to find  it in neighboring countries, such as Kenya or Uganda. In Arusha, at present

(December 2013), the Tanzanian shilling is worth around 1550 - 1600/= to the US dollar. Credit

and debit cards are not generally accepted in shops although the European Visa (with pin) is

accepted at  the Shoprite. Previous guests have found the easiest way to access money while in

Arusha is to use the ATM  terminals. You will need an ATM card that has VISA access (although

there are a couple of ATMs with MasterCard and Cirrus access). There are a number of ATM‟s in

Arusha that display a VISA logo, and nine times  out of ten these will work. Past guests have had

luck with their debit cards at the ATM at the Standard Chartered Bank, the Tembo Card Machine,

Twiga Bank, Barclays, and NBC. There are, of course, fees associated  with this, approximately

$5 US per transaction. You should check with your bank for the exact amount before you  depart.  

It is also advisable to notify your bank of foreign travel so they do not suspend your card for

unusual  activity. 

WEATHER IN ARUSHA The climate is very mild. Arusha is in a mountainous area and thus the temperatures are much cooler than stereotypical Africa. It is typically hot from 12 pm to 6 pm when the sun is out, but can get rather chilly in the mornings and evenings when the sun is down. The temperatures range from about 10-15C at night to 27C during the day. Typically volunteers wear long pants and long shirts during morning/evening and t-shirts, shorts, capris during the day. Rainy season can be very rainy, so bringing a rain coat, rain boots and umbrella is recommended if you are here from November to May. Most of the roads are unpaved so after a heavy downpour you can find yourself standing in a lot of mud. The sun can be quite strong as Arusha is near the equator. Sunscreen is very expensive in town, so if you are sensitive to the sun (or are taking Doxycycline as your anti-malarial medicine), you may want to bring your own sunscreen.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES TO DO ON FREE TIME:

You can join one of the popular safaris, mount climbing or day trips,... But in your free time we

also suggest you to learn some swahili with one of our local teachers, join Arusha hiking on

Saturdays and/or Sundays where you will hike some of the hills around Arusha and have amazing

views of the town, visit one of the local church where you will experience the african religious way

of life or visit one of the swimming pools in town to fight against the african heat.

SUGGESTED ITEMS TO PACK 

- First-aid kit and General medicine (headache, dehydration, vomiting, diarrhea, malaria pills) 

- Camera  

- Unlocked mobile phone  

- Sleeping bag and day pack

 - Insect repellents with at least 30% DEET  

- Flash light with spare batteries  

- Electricity adapter/converter  

- Footwear (for work and travel): flip-flops, sneakers/trainers, hiking boots 

- Long pants and skirts, sweater, track pants and a “nice” out-fit for going out 

- Hand disinfectant and cleansing wipes  

- Towel, bathing suit,  

- Hat, sunscreen and sunglasses 

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