Traveling to Tanzania
What is the best way of getting there?The easiest way to reach Moshi or Arusha is to fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) where you will be met by one of our team members and taken to your designated hotel. Alternative ways of getting to either town are buses from Nairobi or Dar Es Salaam taking anywhere from 7-9 hours.
Do I need a Visa and how much does it cost?In order to enter Tanzania most nationalities will need a passport and visa. The passport must be valid for 6 months after the intended length of stay. Visas can be obtained at the airport upon arrival or at the Tanzanian Embassy in your respective country prior to departure. The price for a visa varies depending on Citizenship, with the cost for US Passports being $100, and most European Passports $50. Detailed visa and passport requirements pertaining to individual countries can be found on the Tanzanian Embassy Website designated for the particular country.
Which Vaccinations should I get?The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) recommends the following vaccinations: Malaria, Yellow Fever, Typhoid, Hepatis A, Hepatitis B and Rabies. Yellow Fever vaccination is required by the Tanzanian Government when entering the country from an infected area and you may be asked to show your vaccination record. Consult with your doctor about any additional vaccinations or medications concerning your personal circumstances.
How do I book a trip?To book trips please contact us via email or phone and give us a brief description as to your desired trip dates and trip type i.e. group climb, private climb, safari etc.
Once we have established your itinerary we will send you a booking form with the details describing your journey. Please note that receiving a booking form for a specific trip does not reserve or confirm the climb for you. Climbs are not confirmed until we receive the completed form along with the deposit.
A 20% deposit, paid by credit card, check or wire is due at the time of booking. The trip balance payment is due 60 days prior to trip departure.
Once we receive the completed forms and deposit, we begin to organize your climb, safari and lodging. This usually takes between 2-3 business days. When we have arranged all of your bookings we will officially confirm your trip. After we have notified you that your booking has been confirmed your deposit is not refundable.
What forms of payments do you accept?We accept:
Check - US banks only (please allow 2 weeks to clear)
What are your refund and cancellation policies?A 20% deposit, paid by credit card, check or wire is due at the time of booking. The balance payment is due 60 days prior to trip departure. Once your trip has been confirmed the deposit is non-refundable.
If cancellation is made more than 31 days prior to trip departure, 50% of the total trip price will be refunded.
If cancellation is made 31 days or less prior to trip departure, there are no refunds.
Trip cancellations must be made in writing and acknowledged in writing by Local Moshi Tours.
What is included and what is excluded in your trips?Our Kilimanjaro climbs include:
Pre-departure personal assistance, Transfers from/to Kilimanjaro Airport,Transfers to/from Park entrance gates, One day acclimatization hike in Materuni, Hotel lodging in Moshi before and after your climb, Camping while on the mountain, Breakfast and dinner at lodges, all meals while on the mountain, All park fees, Professional, experienced local guides, Hard working support staff, Quality, waterproof, four-season mountain tents, Roomy dining tents with table and chairs, Clean, purified drinking water, Private toilet tents (except Marangu), Fair and ethical treatment of porters, Environmentally responsible trekking
Excluded from the climbs:
Personal gear, Tips to the guides, cook and porters, All other expenses resulting from early descend before the completion of the climb such as transfer, extra nights etc., Oxygen Cylinder, Any personal items and anything not mentioned under "included in the price"
Why do prices between companies differ?Local Moshi is a mid-range company providing a high standard of service for a reasonable price. In addition we pay higher than average salaries to our guides and porters. While budget operators charge lower prices often by under paying their guides and porters, as well as skimping on necessary equipment, luxury operators charge much higher prices for items not needed on the mountain. Trip cancellations must be made in writing and acknowledged in writing by Local Moshi Tours.
What are the accommodations like before and after the climb, or on the safari?The accommodations we have selected are small, clean, quiet and comfortable lodges offering a relaxing atmosphere before and after your climb or during your safari.
How does the tipping process work?Tipping for good service after the climb is customary. Below find a table with our tipping recommendations to assist you in determining a proper tip amount for your guide and porters. These are only guidelines and it is perfectly acceptable to give less or more than these figures.
In order to ensure all crew member receive their fair share, it is suggested to collect the tip from all climbers and then have one climber say a word of thanks and distribute the tips to each crew member individually.
More information about tipping can be found here!
|Tipping Guidelines (per climber)|
|Group Size||5 Day Route||6 Day Route||7 Day Route||1 Person||$200-$220||$240-$260||$290-$300|
|4 plus Persons||$100-$125||$145-$180||$170-$195|
TIPPING ON SAFARI
The general guideline for tipping during the safari is between $5-$10 per person/per day for your driver. It is suggested that 1 person on a 5 day safari would tip at the high end of the range at $10 per day, while 4 plus people tip at the low range of $5 person/per day, ensuring a minimum of $50 for a 5 day safari.