Tanzania Tourist Traps

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    Ferry workers in Dar es Salaam
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Tanzania Tourist Traps


    ...European price tag...that is it, expect to pay more for items than the locals, haggle and haggle a bit more but there is no harm in being a little generous.I was informed by a local Danish man who has lived in Tanzania for 25 years that still to this day his wife will get a better price when out shopping than he does, purely because she is a...

  • Professional photographers dont charge...

    The trap is simple, most digital cameras dont function at the top of Kili due to the cold weather!! This is where your guide will pull out a camera uve never seen before!! take the picture of u at the top!! And then on your return trip ask for +200 us for the photo!! Try and bring your camera inside your your clothes, keep the battery nice and...

  • Visit to Maasai villages

    The Serenguetti and Ngorongoro areas are Maasai country. While you drive on the dusty tracks, you occasionally stumble across one of their villages and often encounter some of the young warriors undergoing their initiatory adventures in the savannah.A visit to one of the local villages is usually offered by the guide to the tourists exploring the...

  • Zanzibar

    Zanzibar is no longer a remote and exotic place. Many resorts have been built in the last years and there are charter flights from many European cities. It has indeed become a very popular destination with European honeymooners. However, you can still find there the old traditions of the Swahili culture and lovely and pristine beaches with white...

  • Road Side Souvenir Shops

    On our various road trips (Nairobi to Arusha, Arusha to Moshi, Moshi on safari), our drivers stopped at a number of road side souvenir shops. These places offer free (although not necessarily nice or clean) bathrooms and light refreshments (free to the drivers we suspect_. Of course, in order to reach either of those destinations, you are forced to...

  • Beware of Mako Safari Tours in Dar es...

    Don't buy your safari or a Kilimanjaro trip from anyone at the Dar es Salaam airport. My wife and I trusted Mako, Francisco and others from Mako Safari Tours (www.makosafaris.com) we met at the airport to put together a great 10-day safari package. On the first day, we were 2 hrs late leaving for cultural safari then we had moldy tents, broken air...

  • The gateway to Kili!

    Moshi is a bit too touristy! It is better to head straight for Marangu as there seems to be a lot more charm here. You can always get a local taxi which very regularly runs between the two. Explore a little bit, you can find things to do. Head for Marangu.

  • tanga and arusha bus station

    i found them quite intimidating, because there were few dozens o people trying to get you to the bus they want it to, taxi, hotel, offering safari etc.. i was with my ex-woman and i was scared because of her. try to avoid it by stopping in a stop before, give to someone in the bus some money to take you out from there

  • Booking your trip safely...

    Don t be fooled by salesmen in Dar Es Salam trying to sell tour packages to where ever you are going. Don t even give them a chance to explain or give an offer - youýll wont get rid of them before you take the offer.They could be selling a "ghost - trip".... Book your tour at the spot. Say you have already got a trip...

  • Flying

    Buying an airfare way more expensive than necessary. If you´re in Arusha and want to fly out of there, you can actually "bargain" youself to a ticket. However you might need a middleman (fx hotel or tour operator). They´ll offer you the price meant for foreigners, but as you tell them that it´s waaaay to expensive - they can offer you the price...

  • Don't go for Lonely Planet blindly!

    This tip refers to:* Lonely Planet's Tanzania Guide;* Lonely Planet East Africa Guide (Tanzania chapter);I met a lot of backpackers (LP-users) telling me to rush in 3 days through Tanzania because it's too expensive and there's nothing special to do. What a terrible mistake! There's more than Serengeti, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar only. But LP-readers...

  • Overpricing

    I really didn't spend too much time shopping as we weren't near any places to shop. However, we did stop at a gift shop on the way back to Arusha. Items were seriously overpriced, and they didn't bargain down very much. Check what things should cost locally either with your guides if you have them or do some research (through Virtual Tourist...

  • Nagged in Arusha.

    Arusha - in many ways Arusha has been ruined by tourism. The town is crawling with aggressive touts who'll practically insist that you go on this tour or that tour. If you arrive in town via the bus station don't let the touts talk you into immediately taking a bus to another town unless that's what you want to do. They are simply out for money and...

  • You'll soon get to know the...

    You'll soon get to know the familiar site of stalls along the side of the road selling african curios. Take time to 'shop around' and try your luck at bartering...often you can reduce the prices to something more resonable.

  • Unfortunately, no matter where...

    Unfortunately, no matter where you go, when you pay with your credit card they'll charge you a very high 'tax' percentage, which may change depending on the place. It could even reach 15%!! Cash is warmly welcome, especially because the whole island is very safe. Stonetown is the only area where there's sometimes pickpocketing.

  • If you ever stop in the small...

    If you ever stop in the small towns between the national parks, be prepared for tenacious vendors to try to sell you junk. A 'No, thank you' doesn't seem to work, they don't hear it and just keep trying to find your price. Uncomfortable as it might be, I found that they will eventually go away if you tell them 'No, thank you. I don't want to buy...

  • When buying handicrafts in...

    When buying handicrafts in Stone Town try to stick to items made on the island. The wooden chests, copper and spices are good value. Most of the other crafts are brought over from the mainland are much cheaper in places like the Arusha market.

  • The weather!! In December,...

    The weather!! In December, according to L.P., it was supposed to be the dry season … but it was raining!! Local people explained that it was the ”small rain” season. Mud everywhere!!

  • Hey friend, rafiki, I am poor,...

    Hey friend, rafiki, I am poor, give me money. hey rafiki where to, arusha, dar es salaam, good seats, cheap.NOT! if they say friend be carefull because they want to make money, if they give you a price divide it by three(3) and start negotiating. Be harsh and hard! a ticket dar-arusha = not more then 10.000 shs for a normal coach, 15,000 or little...

  • Just a 'cultural' warning:...

    Just a 'cultural' warning: getting into the airport, just after passing the passport control area, you'll be led to the 'Customs Desk' (LOL!), where some clever gentlemen, NOT in uniform, will invite you to open your luggages in order to proceed to their control. The curiosity is that, in the meanwhile, someone out of them will whisper you, showing...

  • Though local people are...

    Though local people are generally nice and friendly, excessive self-acquired familiarity can somehow turn into a problem. I refer to the frequent situation happening when you're on the beach close to a hotel-beach club (like i were), just wanting to be left alone to enjoy the surrounding amazing beauty: in this case, the site really reveals itself...

  • Tours are BIG business in...

    Tours are BIG business in Tanzania and you'll constantly be told that, unless you take a tour, you'll be murdered the minute you step foot outside a major town. While it is certainly true that caution and common sense are the name of the game here, independent forays into a little-visited villages can be extremely rewarding.

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