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I live in Brazil and used this kind of shower for a good amount of my life. On the summer we actually remove the gas shower and install this eletric shower, cause it is cheaper. So, with that said, I'm pretty confident that it depends more on the capability of who made the instalation than the shower itself. I've been showering this way for twenty years ...


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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 picnic. 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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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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These are common in rural areas of Ecuador and Peru. I have used them for years and only got some mild shocks a few times. More than 95% of the time, it runs fine and without risk. Get it depends on the installation and maintenance of these as the ones that shocked me were in very remote areas. Those in hotels that use them, were pretty much always safe.


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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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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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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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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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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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Define necessary. No one is going to report you to the authorities if you don't take meds; no one at customs is going to deny you entry if you don't carry them in. But failing to take prophylaxis seems unnecessarily risky, considering the potential consequences. There has been enormous progress eliminating Plasmodium falciparum from Zanzibar, through the ...


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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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I was shocked by one of these one time, in Costa Rica. It was just a quick jolt, nothing too painful and nothing lasting. Different brands and models are certainly different though, so always worth it to be careful. I wouldn't stress out about it and I certainly wouldn't avoid staying in a place or visiting a country that is known to use them.


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If all you want to do is see Kilimanjaro in the distance you can just drive out along the A23 a bit. Easily doable in the time you have. That's as close as I got so I'll let someone else add a more detailed answer. The closest point of the A23 to Kilimanjaro is about 80km from downtown Arusha, and the road is a decent one. My memory is hazy, and we weren't ...


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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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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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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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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 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 two-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 different vantage points to view Mount Kilimanjaro. If you are arriving at Kilimanjaro International Airport during the daytime hours, you can see the mountain out of the plane window. Otherwise, as you leave the airport onto the main highway (A23), you will see the mountain on a clear day. Other vantage points are on the Machame road near Moshi ...


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According to my searches, Ethiopian Airlines flies that route, but with a connection in Addis Ababa. It looks like Antananarivo has direct flights to Johannesburg, Addis Ababa, and Nairobi as well as some island airports in the area, as well as Guangzhou, China and Paris. So... it appears like a connection in Addis Ababa will be your best bet.


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You will find something very similar, not in the shower head, but on the wall of your shower, in many bathrooms in Germany. Usually 10-20 kilo watt, an electronic fuse that shuts down the power within a microsecond if any electrical current is misdirected, and it produces water at the exact temperature that you want immediately. https://www.siemens-home....


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The general (worldwide) trend is probably to extend VOA but since visa rules are in a constant state of flux buying a visa from a Consulate should provide some reassurance that you won’t be declined boarding due to the withdrawal of a VOA facility. VOAs can be cheaper than visas via Consulates which are easy money, so not promoted as heavily (eg by visa ...


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It seems that regular visas and visa-on-arrival are more-or-less equivalent in Tanzania. The main difference is that citizens from a handful of (African) countries are not eligible for the visa-on-arrival and that such visas are only available at a limited number of designated port of entries (not at smaller airports or road borders). But for a German ...


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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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It is better to make booking online and pay in advance since this will save time and make you assure of the tour. There are companies which are very competent and trusted in organizing tours,those companies are registered by Tanzania Tourism Board under the ministry of tourism. Find one company and make your booking. Best of luck for more help am available ...


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He should apply at the consulate for his place of residence, regardless of citizenship. There are exceptions for this in hardship cases, but not wanting to wait is not an acceptable exception.


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Kilimanjaro Review offers a number of suggestions on where to pick up gear, and several have Sunday hours: Ezzy Spot Gents' Quality Garments AS Osman Outfitters The biggest and best shopping mall is the TFA Centre, often referred to as the Shoprite Centre, where several safari outfitters are located. It is open Mon - Sat 0900 - 1900, Sun 0900 – 1600. Gear ...


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