I'm thinking about visiting tanzania in autumn.
We will be 2 people travelling together.
Could anyone tell me if it is possible to rent a car and to visit the parks by ourselves (we did it in south africa few years ago) : are main roads ok or not, is it possible to visit without a guide (all the reports I read mention a guide and/or a driver).
I also have another question about money : seemingly there are very few cash machines in the country. Do you advice travellers chek, credit card (to get money in banks) or Us dollars in cash ?
Thanks in advance for your help !
Laurence - France
You can hire a car and take a national park ranger at the gate of each park, the problem is for most people hiring a car is much more expensive than actully using a safari operator.
Also if you intend on camping then you need either to come with your own equipment or hire -more costs.
The great advantage of having a well informed safari guide is all the local information and knowledge, just think Serenegeti is 14,760 sq kms it is not always easy to know the favourate places of some animals :-)
There are ATMS in Dar Es Salaam & Arusha.
Please note the old $50's & $100's with the small portrait are no longer accepted in Tanzania, only the bills with the large portrait.
I lived in Tanzania for 3 years some time ago. We traveled a lot, but on longer distances we always tried to be 2 cars together. It's no fun getting a flat or engine breakdown 500 kms away from the nearest town. I have visited Tanzania several times during the past few years, and now that I don't have my own car, I prefer hiring a car with a driver. It is hardly more expencive, and the driver takes full responsibility for the car. I have also been to South Africa several times, and rented a car, but that's more like traveling in Europe.
If you want a cheap and convenient alternative to Serengeti, try Mikumi, which is only 5-6 hours by car from Dar es Salaam. You'll see lots of animals, but the scenery is not as spectacular as in Serengeti and Ngorongoro. I've been there about 5-6 times, and only once I missed the lions.
If you plan to visit Zanzibar, as well, they have got two ATMs there now; one in the middle of Stone Town, in Kenyatta road, and one at Barclays bank some 10 min by taxi north of town. They accept Visa and MasterCard, but not Amex I think.
Hi Bigoudi, am Tanzanian and i live here in Dar es Salaam. Tanznaia is quite developed nowayds . It's quite true what Trondpg as said, ATMs are available in most parts of the country now, plus other bankign systems are opened nationwide such as Western union and moneygram.
It would be a great advantage on your part to carry with you U.S dollars as there dollar is quite strong as compared to our shilling and advantage is it keeps rising by the day. Credit cards and travellers checks are really a burden coz you will get cut surplus charges for nothing.
Hiring a car and ranger would be good but just make sure you choose the right touring agents coz some of them are just tranna make millions in a day. You could pay half the price through certain other travel agents