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Local Flights  and Travel Tips - TANZANIA

Tanzania is a huge  country and her natural attractions are  distributed  right across the country. It will be a frustrating effort for a visitor with limited time to try and visit the least of the most popular  attractions by road.   It is therefore inevitable to fly from one part of the country to another to get the best of your visit.  Nyika is working with several local Air companies to facilitate this need.  We will book your  flights to and from any of the destinations in Tanzania and other neighboring countries.                                                                                           Nyika will take  care of all of your internal flights including private charter flights and scenic flights too..               'enjoy your lunch in front of the migrating wildebeest in Serengeti and take your candle lit dinner in the Old Stone town in Zanzibar'

SCHEDULED FLIGHTS:-MAIN CITIES AND TOWNS; NATIONAL PARKS  AND GAME RESERVE  IN TANZANIA.                      Precision Air PW;  COASTAL AVIATION:     

  Precision Air: PW 

From

 To

Days

Flight

Dep.

Arrival

Stop

Connects
Kilimanjaro Zanzibar

Daily

PW 420

11:00 am

 12:10 pm

Direct

 
Kilimanjaro Dar es salaam

 Daily

PW/KQ 741

09:15 am

 10:30 am

Direct

 
Kilimanjaro Nairobi

Daily

PW/KQ 723

11:00 am

01:00 am

Direct

 
Kilimanjaro Mombasa

Monday, Tuesday, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sunday

PW 488

02:40 pm

 03:35 pm

Direct

 
ZanzibarArusha

Daily

PW 430

02:10 pm

 03:10 pm

Direct

 
ArushaZanzibar

Daily

PW 420

11:00 am

 12:10 pm

Direct

 
ZanzibarNairobi

Daily

PW/KQ 4491

07:30 am 

 09:15 am

Direct

 

Dar

Kilimanjaro

Daily

PW/KQ 725

06:00 pm

07:20 pm

Direct

 

Dar

Kigoma

Monday, Tuesday, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sunday

PW 730

11:00 am  

 02:20 pm

Tabora

 

Kigoma

Dar

Monday, Tuesday, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sunday

PW 724

05:10 pm

 07:50 pm

Direct

 

Dar

Zanzibar

Daily

PW 488

06:50 am  

 07:10 pm

Direct

 

Dar

Zanzibar

Daily

PW 484

01:20 pm  

 01:40 pm

Direct

 

Dar

Mwanza

Daily

PW 410

06:00 am  

 08:10 pm

Direct

 

Mwanza

Dar

Daily

PW 411

08:35 am  

 10:45 am

Direct

 

Mwanza

Dar

Daily

PW 407

04:50 pm  

 07:05 pm

Direct

 
Kilimanjaro

Entebbe

Daily

PW 760

09:10 am  

 11:50 am

Mwanza

 

Entebbe

Kilimanjaro

Daily

PW 761

12:20 pm  

 03:05 pm

Mwanza

 
     

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  COSTAL AVIATION                                                                                         

From

 To

Days

Flight

Dep.

Arrival

Stop

Connects
Arusha Seronera

Daily

 

12:30 pm

 01:50 pm

 Direct

 
 SeroneraArusha

Daily

 

11:05 am

 12:15 pm

 Direct

 
 ArushaZanzibar

Daily

 

12:15 pm

 01:45 pm

 

Tanga and Pemba

 ZanzibarSelous

Daily

 

02:00 pm

 03:15 pm

 Dar

 
 SelousZanzibar

Daily

 

09:45 am

 10:50 am

 Dar

 
DarMafia

Daily

 

10:30 am

 11:00 am

 

 
MafiaDar

Daily

 

12:30 pm

 01:00 pm  
ZanzibarDar

Daily

 

08:30 am

 08:20 am  
DarZanzibar

Daily

 

09:30 am

 09:20 am  
SelousRuaha

Daily

 

09:30 am

 11:00 am  
RuahaZanzibar

Daily

 

11:45 am

 03:20 pm  
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  Travel tips: Tanzania 

Language: Kiswahili-official language and is spoken throughout Tanzania.  You will also find that many people in towns speak  English.  120 Tribal languages are also spoken around the country.
Local Time:  GMT + 3                                                                                                                                                          Daylight:  Sunrise around 6:30am and sunset at 6:45pm.  12 hours of daylight year round.                                                       Electricity: 230 volts Ac, 50 hz.
Airports: 3 International airports, Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar.
Regional and domestic services to major national parks and game reserves.
                                                              International Flights into Tanzania  include; KLM; BRITISH AIRWAYS; EGYPT AIR; GULF AIR; EMIRATES; ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES; SAA and others.
Currency: Tanzanian shilling. It is advisable to carry American dollars  cash or euro and travelers cheques.  Money changers also accept the major convertible currencies. Travelers cheques are exchangeable in larger towns but at a lower rate in relation to cash.  Major credit cards are accepted in the larger hotels but otherwise use is extremely limited. Cash US dollars more popular and easy to trade.

Visas: Visas are required for all, except citizens of the Commonwealth, Scandinavian countries and the Republic of Ireland. You can obtain a visa at your port of entry. Tourist visas are valid for six months. No visas issued for more than double entries.             Cost  US $ 50  single.

Health: Immunizations  not required  if you are travelling directly from Europe or the USTravelling from and or through other countries, you will be required to have a Yellow fever vaccination and will most likely be asked to show an international immunization certificate as proof.  Visitors are advised to contact your doctor or local travel clinic several weeks before departure as you may need to get other vaccinations that can take several weeks to become effective.  You should ask about malaria prophylaxis and start taking the medication two weeks before you depart and for several weeks after returning home.  Personal insurance is recommended with comprehensive travel insurance - a policy that will fly you home in an emergency. 
Climate and when to come: The climate is tropical on the coast, the islands and in Selous.  It's temperate in the other parks and can be quite cool at night and during the rainy season. October to mid-march is the hottest period and from June to September, the coolest. There is light rainfall in November and the rainy season is from mid March to June.  Ocean temperature is between 24 and 28 c.  You can visit Tanzania at any time of the year.
Clothing: For safaris in the north, during the day, light clothing, sturdy shoes and a jacket are recommended as well as sun hats.  At night, casual wear with a light cardigan or pull over (for altitudes between 1500 m in Arusha and 2400 m in Ngorongoro)On the coast summer wear.  For Kilimanjaro or other treks, read trekking pages here or check with a mountain specialist before departure.  Bring: sunscreen, lotions, sunglasses, mosquito cream, personal water bottle and binoculars.
Safety: Theft and muggings do happen in Tanzania, especially at bus stations and busy markets where pickpockets congregate.  It's best to leave valuables  at home, carry your spending money in your front pocket and the bulk of your cash in a hidden money belt.  Do not flash large amounts of money or wear a "fanny pack".  Do not walk at night, even in a group -  take a cab for good insurance.  Do not change money with people on the street, they are con men and will not give you a better rate than the bureau of change, no matter what they say.  Exercise common sense and a little extra caution and you should have no troubles. Don't accept gifts from strangers no matter how friendly they may be to you. If marijuana and  drugs are legal in your country, they are  illegal in Tanzania. Guys will sell joints to you and same guys will send cops after you. You may guess what will happen then.
Danger: from wild animals is minimal on safari as most creatures avoid direct contact with humans unless threatened.  Respect the advice of your guide who is experienced with the environment and has your best interests and safety at heart.  Believe it or not, the most dangerous animal you are likely to encounter in Tanzania is the mosquito!
Cuisine: There is a variety of food.  You'll find international cuisine in the hotels, restaurants and lodges. On camping safari you'll be served afroeuro meals. An interesting mix from the chefs pride.                                                                                       On the coast, fish and lobsters with local dishes. Ask for biryanis served with meat or fish curries. chapati, ugali, nyama choma, pilau, ubwabwa, kuku wa kupaka..,  Specialties: spiced tea or coffee and "Halua", a sweet desert with almonds.  Drink only boiled or bottled water.
Behavior: The protection of nature is everyone's concern. On safari, do not collect or buy bones, skins, horns, teeth, feathers or shells. And on the coast do not bring back home coral, shells or starfish which play and important role in the fragile ecosystem. Do not litter.  The protection of culture is also everyone's concern.  Keep this in mind when visiting remote cultures.  The guides know the local habits and customs. It is always advisable to ask someone's permission before taking his/her photograph.
Shopping: Locally made products are available at good prices.  Negotiation is expected.  On the mainland, you can find batiks, tinga tinga paintings, objects in ebony, cutlery, jewelry, sculptures, furniture, basket ware, beaded Maasai necklaces, precious gems (gold, diamonds, tanzanites, tourmalines, sapphires, garnets and other stones). Nyika will help you  shop for gemstones of your choice and if you participate in our gemstones safari you will surely mine your own.   In Zanzibar, you can find textiles (wrap-around - kikoi for men and khanga for women), carved chests, perfumes, natural lotions, natural  equivalent of viagra and spices.
Public Transportation:  Busses and taxis are available in most larger towns. No night buses services, Luxury buses are now available between Dar and Arusha cities. Bus fares are low and taxi fares are most of the time negotiable. Trains are cheap, slow and subject to delay.  Do not rely on timetables, book in advance.  1st, 2nd and 3rd class compartments are available;  1st differs from 2nd only in the number of beds per compartment, 2 instead of 6.  Third Class is said to be uncomfortable and risky.  There is ferry service between Zanzibar and the mainland.                                                                                                            The legendary MV Liemba steamship run weekly trips between Kigoma and Southern Lake Tanganyika ports. It's an adventure of its own kind to take this trip as part of your African discovery. Nyika will book tickets for you and send  more details and photos of this romantic yet adventurous cruise.  Liemba is said to be more than 80 years old. Older than the majority of you folks out there.  Her first name was Graf von Götzen.                       

Car Hire:  Available in larger towns, offering a range of vehicles from small, two door to 4 wheel drive.  Most charge a daily rate plus mileage, insurance and petrol.  You can also hire a driver.  Payment is usually in foreign currency. If you're interested to take a self-drive safari jeep for your own expeditions in Tanzania and Kenya, Nyika hire to you comfortable, yet very strong jeep/s at competitive prices. We have a good range of SUVs  4wd and saloon vehicles for hire.

Business Hours:  Government offices are open 8:00am to 3:00pm M-F and 8:00am to 12:30 on Saturday.  Shops are open, in general,  8:30am to 5:00pm M-S with a lunch break from 12:30-2:00pm every day.  They are usually closed on Sunday, with some exceptions, especially in tourist areas.  Banking hours are 8:00am to 3:00pm M-F and 8:00am to 11:30 on Saturday.  Businesses are closed on Public Holidays.

Holidays: Good Friday, Easter Monday, Idd-ul-Fitr, Islamic New Year and the Prophet's (peace be upon him) birthday are all public holidays and are celebrated on different days each year.  Other holidays include:

1 January - New Year's Day
12 January - Zanzibar Revolution Day
26 April - Union Day
1 May - International Labour Day
7 July - Public Holiday
8 August - Peasant's Day
9 December - Independence Day
25 December - Christmas Day

Tipping:  If you want to tip someone who has been especially helpful, 10% is generous.  Remember that too small a tip is an insult, while an overly generous tip makes it awkward for those who come after you.  Be sure to tip your guide, trek potters, and safari/trek cooks. How much? That very much depends on the quality of the service offered, on the size of your heart as well as on the size of your pocket. From $ 12 and above, per day per helper, per group/car is common.
Medical Services:  Medical services are good in the cities. It is however advisable to carry medical evacuation insurance and check with your insurance company before you leave home.                                                                               Chemists/Pharmacies: Medical supplies are good in the cities. You may bring all medicines you will need with you.  An exception to this is malaria medication which is widely available and most likely cheaper than you will find it in the Western world.
Communications: The post is well organized but phone calls are expensive and lines are limited. Bring your mobile phone with you.  E-mail services and internet access are available in larger towns. Wi-Fi connection in big hotels is available.

Enjoy your stay!!! Tanzanians are a very welcoming people, warm and genuine at heart.

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