Tanzania Travel Info

Tanzania Travel Info

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Itinerary from 2023

Tuesday 12 Sept,
-Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport  -Dinner at Moshi - Sleep at Amani Lutheran Hostel-Same
Wednesday 13 Sept.
-Visit Pare Diocese Office -Trip to Kirangare (Lunch at Hedaru) -Reception at Kirangare  -Go to host families/Houses
Thursday 14 Sept.
-Visit Day Care and the  construction project -Meet the people of Idaru Preaching Point -Visit the Vocational Training Center  -Lunch with Catholic Pastor at Idaru
Friday 15 Sept.
-Visit Marindi Preaching Point -Meet some families keeping donkeys
Saturday 16
-Have time with women  -Joint Bible study
Sunday 17
-Sunday Service at Mpare Preaching Point.
Monday 18
Breakfast with Companionship Committee for farewell.Leave Kirangare for Mwanga, then  to ArushaDinner at Africafe ( Opposite to the ELCT house Arusha)Sleep  at  New safari Hotel in Arusha
Tuesday 19
• Safari to  Tarangire National Park  •  Sleep at Karatu ELCT Hostel.
Wednesday 20
Leave  Karatu  for Mbulu ( Visit Simon’s family) Leave Mbulu for Arusha (Night at New Safari Hotel)
Thursday  21
• Visit Maasai Market • Leave Arusha for Airport

Costs from 2023

Car Transportation

Bring US dollars equal to the cost of safari plus a little extra (maybe $20) to exchange before we leave the airport. The exchange rate varies but is roughly $1USD = 2,300Tshs. We will pay for the safari in USD but everything else in Tsh. We will visit ATMs along the way for more Tshs.

The estimates above are from 2023. You may also want to budget money for shopping, perhaps as much as $200, and for offering in worship and other donations.


By the end of July, apply for a Tanzania visa online here: https://visa.immigration.go.tz/.

You will need digital images of yourself and your U.S. passport and a pdf of your airline ticket. (Note the images cannot be too large—900 or fewer pixels wide.) If you traveled to TZ before, you also need the dates of your previous travel and your previous TZ visa number.

It will cost $100 USD, plus a $1.50 convenience fee for credit/debit card payment.

Visa information

  • Nationality is “American.” Place of issue for your passport is “USA.”
  • Visa Type is “Multiple Entry Visa” and Purpose of visit is “Leisure and Holiday.”
  • Destination is “Tanzania Mainland.” Port Type is “Airports”—”Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA)”
  • For Local Host, use the following.
  • Host
    Host Full Name
    Pr. Simon Stephen Fue
    Mobile No
    +255 654 701 590
    ELCT Pare Diocese
    companionship congregation
    P.O. Box 22, Same, Tanzania
  • For Accommodation, select “Private Residence” and use the above address.
  • Yes, you are traveling as part of a group/organization—”Zion Lutheran Church, Davenport, Iowa.”

Travel Insurance

Since medical care is not great in Tanzania, purchasing medical travel insurance is recommended. Make sure “evacuation” is covered—travel costs to get you out of TZ and to a place you can receive high quality healthcare. Last year I used Travel Guard by AIG.

See also:

  • the TZ blog:
  • Swahili
    1. Greetings

    2. Hujambo or jambo (how are you?) – Sijambo (seeJAmbo) (I am fine / no worries)
    3. Shikamoo (a young person to an elder) – marahaba
    4. Hujambo (how are you? – to one person) – Sijambo (I am fine).
    5. Hamjambo (how are you? – to two or more people) – Hatujambo (We are fine).
    6. Habari ya asubuhi – Good morning. Respond with Habari ya asubuhi – Good morning.

      Habari ya mchana – Good afternoon.Respond with Habari ya mchana – Good afternoon.

      Habari ya jioni – Good evening.Respond with Habari ya jioni – Good evening.

      Ya usiku Habari – Good night. Respond with Habari ya usiku – Good night or Lala salama

      Other words

    7. Asante – “Thank you!” You will use this word the most in your conversations.
    8. Sawa – “OK”
    9. Karibu  “Welcome” or Karibuni  Welcome (to more than one person)
    10. Sana – (Very) used as in Asante-sana– Thank you VERY much.
    11. Pole  “I am sorry for your misfortune.” This applies to everything from getting chalk dust on your clothes, to tripping, dropping an item or sneezing.
    12. Pole pole  “Slowly, slowly.” Everything is pole pole in Africa.
    13. Chakula  “FOOD!” If you hear this word, walk towards the place you heard it.
    14. Ndiyo / Hapana  “Yes” and “No” respectively.
    15. Tafadhali  “Please”
    16. Jina lako nani? – “What is your name?”
    17. Jina langu ni John – “My name is John”