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Taxi Taxis don't have meters, so negotiate price before getting into one. Most hotels will be happy to arrange for a transfer, but it will most likely be pricier than getting a taxi. If you're going to popular tourist destinations, I would personally prefer to arrange transfer to avoid the hawks. Bus If you're traveling by bus, choose the right bus ...


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For Mount Kilimanjaro you have to book your trip through a Kilimanjaro trekking agency/climb operator that has been approved by the Kilimanjaro park authorities. You can book with a travel company that is licensed to run tours but these will often be a little more expensive. For a cheaper option when you get there ask around. You can find many local guides ...


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I just got back from climbing Kilimanjaro, and we went through Focus in Africa The guy who organized our trek, Nelson, was very accomodating, and helped us arrange hotels and a safari after our climb as well. We did the 7 day Machame route, and it cost $1550 a person for a group climb. If you want to do it privately it's $200 extra. You can do Machame in 6 ...


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When I was travelling in Tanzania, some local people recommended Pangani Beach as an alternative to Zanzibar. It's located in the Tanga Region, and it is supposed to be much quieter and less touristy. I didn't go there myself - we opted to do Zanzibar instead. If you do decide to go to Zanzibar, Nungwi is definitely the most touristy spot. Kendwa is a few ...


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Not Tanzania, but nearby Kenya has Lamu, another island along the cost. It's smaller than Zanzibar, but was settled by the same people, so has most of the same style of tiny cramped streets. You may be able to find some beach side hotels there, but since it's so less touristy, selection might be limited. I know it's hard to get beer on Lamu. I can't say I ...


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I have recently done a lot of research in to guides for doing Mt. Kilimanjaro here are some points I found that were important. There are three types of tour groups low end, middle and high end. The price for low end is roughly 1800 - 2100USD middle is 2100 - 3000USD and high end is anywhere from 3000 - 5000USD. You'll find that the high end groups ...


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Update: I did the trip (August 2012) in the opposite direction. See below for details. It seems it can be done, but it ain't no picknick. I'm yet undecided as to whether I'll do the trip, but the below seem to be the options. Note that the Scandinavia group (though still running a website) hasn't operated at least since 2009. Kampala to Lusaka by bus and ...


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Your options are by air or by bus. A taxi from Nairobi to the border, and a new taxi from the border to Arusha is of course also an option, but it will not come cheap. As mentioned in the answer from @Carl you will have several options for bus companies at around $20. The pick-up for some companies are at the different hotels. The bus will take you to the ...


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Don't forget the very decent TAZARA, the train linking up Dar with Kapiri Mposhi in Zambia. Also, local Tanzanian trains can be a decent enough alternative to travel by bus:


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It is sad that most companies claim 98%, because there is really no truth behind those fact. If you ask them for the actual numbers most will not release them. We decided to climb with E-Trip Africa as they do put up statistics that seem a little more realistic. They claim 88-89% overall, and when I asked for actual numbers of people it calculated ...


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There is an ATM at the airport in Kilimanjaro; I can't remember exactly if it gave me USD or local currency. i actually think it was USD as I had to pay for my visa in USD only on arrival. It as $100 at the time and did not have enough USD to cover it. The best thing to do is to contact the Tanzania Tourist Board or the Airport Authorities in Tanzania.


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While I can't (yet) find a central list of success rates, numerous operators boast theirs on their websites. However, as some sites point out: Even though outfitters and tour operators flaunt high success rates, official statistics indicate that a very high percentage of trekkers turn back before summiting Uhuru Peak. It is quite "an ...


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I have never come over any ATMs with dollars in Tanzania. I have lived in Arusha for a year (2004/2006) and have been there off and on since. I seriously doubt you will find any such ATMs. The country is however flooded with ATMs, though the one at Kilimanjaro airport was in disrepair around two months ago, last time I passed through that airport. ATMs with ...


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At Busbud.com we sell tickets to travelers for Dar Express and some of the other local bus companies from around USD$19. The trip is around 5 hours. A couple days advanced booking is required for online purchase. Traveling in Kenya and Tanzania is generally very safe. Unfortunately there is some heightened risked compared to wealthier countries in regards ...


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I did this by bus, and it was very scenic and enjoyable. Long-distance buses are comfortable and have storage for luggage. You can buy tickets in advance. Safety and duration were what you would expect for a bus in the third world traveling that distance. The only part where I had problems was at the border crossing, where I had some hassles because I was ...


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I haven't been to Arusha like @Kerwin, but I have been to quite a few places in Tanzania and have yet to find an ATM in the country that gives out USD. So, don't count on it, though there might be one or two tucked away somewhere.


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This is a non-definitive answer with some guides as to where to learn more. From what I have found "on web" it sounds like there is probably not a direct passenger ferry service, there may be a long duration 2 leg service via Kampala and the trip by bus or other road vehicle is liable to be a viable alternative. I have a friend who visits the greater ...


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There are no scheduled ferries between countries bordering lake Victoria. The only scheduled ferry runs between Mwanza and Bukoba, both in Tanzania. Occasionally, boats to travel from one country to the next and you can hitch a ride, if you speak to the right people and offer the right amount.


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I climbed Kilimanjaro a couple of weeks ago, and booked it with Gap Adventures. It costs €1139 per person. Gap Adventures uses the local operator Zara Tours for this trek, and it was a great experience. At first I was a little worried since the 5-day Marangu route supposedly has a high failure rate due to the quick ascent, but in a group of 13 people ...


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You are right to be suspicious of an estimated 80 km/h speed on a dirt road in a convoy of loaded 4x4s. However, looking at the satellite view, the road is fairly straight, wide, and flat. I budget closer to ten hours for the trip (plus stops). Of course this depends on driver skill and fatigue as well.


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As far as I know the only way is via Arusha or by private car. For the route via Arusha you can book tickets on Busbud (full disclosure: I work on this project). There you can catch a local bus onward, though these run infrequently, maybe not even daily. I'm not sure what your intentions once reaching the park are, since there aren't likely to be ...


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The website would seem to imply it's one bag with a maximum weight of 23 kg. You can apparently take two bags but you would then be charged $200 extra.


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It should be obvious from yhe other answers to this question, but for the sake of clarity, there is no alternative to Zanzibar in Tanzania that is even remotely comparable to Zanzibar. You probably have two options only: the beach south of the bay from Dar and Bagamoyo, some 60 kilometers north of Dar. Everything else is so remote, they might be interesting ...



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