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We provide airport transfer services from and to Kilimanjaro International Airport and Arusha Airport. If the flights are cheaper and you choose to arrive into Dar es salaam or Nairobi, arrangements can be made for you. If you arrive in Dar es Salaam, your best option will be staying a night at one of our host families. The advantage of this is that you will be meet and greeted from arrival point and taken directly to our hostel. Email us your planned pick up or destination and a taxi/minibus will be made available to you.
Bed and Breakfast
In addition to arranging free volunteering experiences in Tanzania, we can also provide bed and breakfast for travelers. We have rooms dedicated for business and leisure travelers, families, groups and students. We prepare tasteful meals, some Tanzanian classic dishes for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. One of the objectives of Maskani Pride is to provide locals woman and youth with employment opportunity and thus improving the wellbeing of the families in the area. We also support the local economy by purchasing all fresh fruits and vegetables directly in the area. Your visit and stay with us, helps meet this objective. Our bed and breakfast services includes;
• Lunch and dinner on request
• Car parking on site
• Linen and towels provided
• Luggage storage
• Laundry services available
• Common room with TV/DVD
• Hot water
• Airport transfers on request
• Tourist information
Since many of our guests are first time travelers to Africa, below is some important information to be aware of…
The visa system in Tanzania can be a bit complicated. Here we try and explain some of the steps you must go through.
To enter Tanzania you will need to purchase a tourist visa at a cost of USD$50 (USD$100 for American passport holders). A full list of countries which require a tourist visa can be found here: http://www.immigration.go.tz/module1.php?id=24 Please check carefully to see if your country is listed. If you are buying your visa at the airport you will need to have USD$ cash to pay as other currencies will not be accepted.
Class C Residency Permit:
Once inside Tanzania you will need to apply for a Class C Residency Permit in order to volunteer. These cost $200 and are valid for 3 months. Please make sure that you have $200 in cash in order to apply for this permit. You will also need a copy of your education certificate (high school or university), an up to date CV/Resume and 4 passport photographs. Once you are in Tanzania our staff will help you to apply for this.
Vaccinations and Medication:
Before you enter Tanzania you should book an appointment with your doctor to discuss your medical needs. Your doctor can tell you which vaccinations you need. In the past it was a pre-requisite to be vaccinated against Yellow Fever; however if entering directly from a developed country you are no longer required to have this. You will however still be asked to produce a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate at the airport, and therefore we recommend that you have the vaccination. It is also strongly recommended that you take anti-malaria tablets during your stay. Please be aware of the side effects of your medication as some brands of malarial prophylaxis may make you more sensitive to the sun. If you are planning to ascend to high altitude you may also want to discuss altitude sickness with your doctor before you travel. We are also able to provide more information regarding high altitude if you have any concerns.
The closest international airport to both Arusha and Moshi is Kilimanjaro International airport (KIA/JRO). The most common airlines flying into KIA are Ethiopian, Turkish Airlines, Kenya Airways and KLM (flying direct from Amsterdam). Pre-booked pick-ups are provided from Kilimanjaro airport for USD$50. Alternatively you can arrive into Nairobi Jomo Kenyata International Airport (JKIA) or Dar es Salaam Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) and catch an 8 hour bus to Arusha or Moshi. We can help you arrange your pick up and drop off at these points.
Internet & Mobile Phones:
Botha Arusha and Moshi has many internet cafes. If you bring your laptop, you can purchase an internet stick which will give personal internet access whilst at your homestay or our hostel. SIM cards are available for Ipads and the equivalent. Local mobile phone SIM cards are also easily available, which is cheaper than using your home mobile number. It is best to use a cheap, basic phone around town. If you are bringing one from home please ensure it is unlocked. Alternatively it is easy to buy a phone when you arrive in Tanzania.
The cheapest way to get to and around Arusha and Moshi is to take the dala dala (a small mini bus with 15 seats). One of our staff will always ride with you until you are comfortable taking it alone. Dala dalas pass every 3-5 minutes.
Some volunteers who are planning on climbing Kilimanjaro or Meru sometimes walk to and from town which takes around 1 hour.
Taxis can be taken around town and be hired/flagged down. They cost around 5,000 – 10,000 shillings. From the night clubs back to the hostels/host families costs 8,000 - 15,000 shillings.
Language and Culture:
Swahili is the official language of Tanzania. English is widely spoken in Arusha and Moshi as there is a large tourist industry for Safari and Trekking companies. You may want to learn a few Swahili phrases before you arrive, but you will find that you pick up on the most useful phrases very quickly.
People tend to dress very conservatively in Tanzania. It is a sign of respect if you dress the same. Women should try not to dress in what the local people might interpret as provocative which includes short skirts and shorts or revealing tops. Tanzanian women very rarely show their knees.
Tanzania does not have any formal customs for greetings but are typically very friendly and will likely greet you on the street or in the dala dala. Shaking hands is a common practice when meeting a new person. Many Tanzanians will hold hands as they walk down the street regardless of gender. It is advisable to take the time to learn basic phrases in Swahili such as “Hello,” “How are you,” and “How is your day.”Do not worry too much about offending people as you will learn the basics from other volunteers or your host family very quickly.
The Tanzanian shilling generally cannot be bought and sold outside of the country, although you may be able to find it in neighboring countries, such as Kenya or Uganda.
Credit and debit cards are not generally accepted in shops. Previous volunteers have found the easiest way to access money while in Arusha and Moshi is to use the ATM terminals. You will need an ATM card that has VISA access (although there are a couple of ATMs with MasterCard and Cirrus access). There are a number of ATM’s in Arusha and Moshi that display a VISA logo, and nine times out of ten these will work. Past volunteers have had luck with their debit cards at the ATM at the Standard Chartered Bank, Barclays Bank, the Exim Bank and NBC. There are, of course, fees associated with this, approximately $5 US per transaction. You should check with your bank for the exact amount before you depart. Alternatively you can bring US Dollars or Euros or Great Britain Pounds and exchange these in one of the bureaus. Please ensure that any USD's are post 2003 and in good condition as they may not be accepted in Tanzania otherwise.
It is also advisable to notify your bank of foreign travel so they do not suspend your card for unusual activity.
Tanzania is relatively safe and the locals are as concerned about your safety and security as you are and in many cases will warn you about people they perceive as being a threat to you. However, it is better to be safe than sorry. Keep your eyes open; do not display wallets or purses full of cash. Carry bags across your body, preferably with the container itself in front of your body rather than on your back and it is not advisable for anyone to walk alone after dark.
There are many clinics, hospitals and pharmacy around Arusha and Moshi that you can visit for any medical emergency. Many products you are used to from home may not be available therefore it is a good idea to bring some products from home.
The climate in Arusha is very mild. Arusha is in a mountainous area and thus the temperatures are much cooler than stereotypical Africa. It is typically hot from 12 pm to 6 pm when the sun is out, but can get rather chilly in the mornings and evenings when the sun is down. The temperatures range from about 10-15˚C at night to 27˚C during the day. Rainy season can be very rainy, so bringing a rain coat and umbrella is recommended. Most rainfall (rainy season) is seen in March, April, November and December.
Moshi has a tropical wet and dry climate. The area has noticeably warmer daytime temperatures from October through March, when average high temperatures exceed 30 degrees Celsius, and noticeably cooler daytime temperatures from May through August, when average high temperatures are 25 to 26 degrees Celsius.
Power sockets are of the British 3-pin square pronged variety, so volunteers and travellers from other countries should bring converters to use their own electric devices. Outlets here normally accept 2 types of plugs:
It is recommended for you to purchase travel insurance prior to your departure so that you are protected. This will cover lost luggage, medical costs and emergencies. Please provide us or your host family with the insurance information and an emergency contact name and number in case we need to reach a family member back home or notify the insurance company of a medical emergency.
Suggested items to pack
Here is a list of a few things that we suggest the Maskani Pride travellers and volunteers to bring;
• Mobile phone
• Sleeping bag
• Insect repellents with at least 30% DEET
• Flash light with spare batteries
• Electricity adapter/converter
• Footwear (for work and travel)
• Seasonal clothes
• Nice clothes for going out at night
• Hand disinfectant and cleansing wipes
• First-aid kit,
• General medicine (headache, dehydration, vomiting, diarrhoea)
• Rain coat if coming in rain season
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