Do you want to start your trip hiking Kilimanjaro or wilderness Safaris?
D2R recommend his clients to start with hiking Kilimanjaro, after a several days of hiking it will be relaxing to finish with Safari and later go to Zanzibar for beach holiday.
Who are my African guides?
Your African guides are native Tanzanian. They are professional guides who have worked with us for years. Considered experts, they have each climbed the mountain over 60 times.
How much weight will I carry?
You will only carry your backpack with water, lunch, extra layers, camera; our strong Porters carry the rest of your luggage.
How much gear can I give the porters?
Porters can carry up to 28-30 pounds of your extra baggage.
What are your cancellation policies?
Our complete trip polices are available via email and on the web..
Which is the best route?
The most popular route is Machame and it is an incredible way to access Kilimanjaro. This particular route is in fantastic shape which make the climb easier. Rongai is the Second routes, it’s a bit rougher trail with less people. Lemosho is the third, the most gradual and considered the easiest route.
How much should I tip?
We recommend minimum of $10- $20 per person per day (P/p) for your mountain Guides, and minimum of $10 for porters per person per day. We emphasize that such tips are not expected and are entirely optional.What will we eat?
All our meals are healthy. The breakfast and dinner are served hot in our dining tents, while most lunches are cold. We provide plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables also for clients who have special diet restrictions. Please specify when booking your trip so that we may best service you.
What about the tents?
We utilize a 3 person expedition tent made by North Face for every 2 travelers, so there is plenty of room.
What if I would like to travel as a solo?
Solo guests will have their own room in hotels and their own tent. We do not charge extra for singles.
Do you have private toilets?
Yes. We provide this private ammenity for our guests which assists with sanitation.
How should I prepare for the climb?
We recommend training by running, biking, and swimming. The more you exercise the better chance of overcoming the challenges more easily.
How hard is the climb?
We want to assure all our clients that Kilimanjaro is not hard to climb yet challenging because of the distance and altitude. Maintain your pace slowly and use your walking poles for good balance, communicate with your guide about your pace, and after many pole, pole, pole steps, you will experience the roof of Africa on the peak of Kilimanjaro with the world's best 360 degree view.
Can I rent any equipment?
Yes, Sleeping bag hiking poles, down jacket, duffle bags and packs are available for rent.
What about children?
People under 18 are more likely to have altitude issues.
When is the best time to climb?
You can climb the mountain year round. With climate change there is a less defined wet and dry season, and the temperatures are pretty constant. June through August is the busiest time on the mountain.
How many people will be on my trip?
No more than 7 people and often only 4 to 6. We believe in eco-tourism, also the group size is one of the most important factors determining the kind of experience our guests will have.
What if I already have a group?
Groups of 4 or more receive a 5% discount. Groups of 6 or more will be treated as a private trip and no one outside the group will be added to the trip. These groups can also choose any dates that work for them and are not limited in size.
The national language of Tanzania is Swahili. Most people (guides & Cookers) with whom you will interact with during the Safaris in Tanzania will speak to you in English, but many local people whom you may interact with do not know English. See below for some basic Swahili words.
Water - Maji
Cold - Baridi
Excuse me! - Samahani!
Food - Chakula
Friend - Rafiki
Good - Nzuri
Goodbye - Kwaheri!
Help me, please- Nisaidie, tafadhali!
Sorry - Samahani!
Thank you very much- Asante sana!
Welcome - Karibu!
Habari/Jambo! - (Hello!/Hi!)
Nzuri! - (Good!/Fine!)
Ninaitwa Mathew. Wewe unaitwaje? - (My name is Mathew. What's your name?)
Ninaitwa Tara. Nimefurahi kukujua. - (My name is Tara . I'm pleased to know you.)
Unazungumza Kiswahili? - (Do you speak Swahili?)
Ndio! Ninazungumza Kiswahili. - (Yes! I speak Swahili.)
Tafadhali nionyeshe msalani- Please, show me the bathroom
Ninatokea Canada. Wewe unatokea wapi?- (I'm from Canada. Where are you from?)
Nipo hapa kwa matembezi. - ( I'm visiting here.)
Where are you going to? - Unakwenda wapi?
Ninakwenda Serengeti- I am going to Serengeti
Even if you try a few words, many local people will greatly appreciate it and warmly welcome you! There are several small, inexpensive Swahili phrasebooks available.
Dream 2 Realities Travel and Safaris assumes prospective clients to be physically fit and healthy for particular safaris activities especially the more demanding trips like mountaineering and walking safaris.
We recommend all out clients to have the following shot before they arrive in Africa
Vaccinations against tetanus, cholera, typhoid, yellow fever and hepatitis A & B are required. Off course, it is mandatory for Tanzania visitors to be vaccinated for Yellow fever, and you have to prove this so bring your inoculation card because it will be checked at the airport.
For information about health care and disease prevention in eastern Tanzania, see: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinationTanzania.aspx
Basic First-Aid Medical Kit
Anti-malaria precautions. Please consult your local pharmacist or travel clinic in this regard.
Plaster, antiseptic cream, & aspirin
Sunburn- Depending on the season sometime is very hot. We recommend you bring sun block and a hat to prevent direct sunlight.
Water is especially important so drink plenty of water while you’re on safari.
Be sure to review any allergies with your physician. If you have any that may be severe, a bracelet or necklace indicating these allergies is strongly recommended.
Is the water drinkable in Tanzania?
The water is drinkable in most part of the country. We recommend using bottled water.
We strongly advised all clients to carry travel insurance for protection. Before you join Dream 2 realities Travel & safaris you MUST be covered by insurance that includes adequate coverage against accident, medical expenses, baggage loss and damage, inconvenience arising from delayed departure or arrival, aircraft connection, lost, stolen or misplaced luggage ect.
Do I need a passport to go to Tanzania?
A valid passport is mandatory to enter Tanzania. It should be valid at least the during the following 6-7 months from the entry date to Tanzania
Entry requirements and VISA
Visas are required by most clients to Tanzania. Visas are available at your local Tanzanian Embassy. The VISA Valid for six months and its cost is $ 100 or its equivalent in Euro/Sterling.
There are four major entrances
Namanga Entry Point (Tanzania-Kenya boarder)
Kilimanjaro International airport
KLM Airlines, Ethiopian, Kenya Airways, UT Air, Condor.
Dar es Salaam International airport
KLM Airlines, Ethiopian, Emirates, Continental Airlines, Delta, American Airlines, Air France, Swiss Air, SAA, Egypt Air, Qatar Airways.
Zanzibar International airport:Ethiopian airlines, KLM, Precision Air, Kenya Airways, Condor, Euro fly, Kitty Hawk.
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The Tanzanian Shilling is the local currency, but travelers checks and cash in US$ are recommended. It is possible to change foreign currency at any Bureau de Chance, which generally gives better rates than hotels and most banks.
Electrical supply is generally 230 volts AC, 50 Hz. We recommend you to bring your own international standard adapter (a plug adapter, or a plug adapter with a voltage converter) for your electrical uses.
Credit & ATM Cards
These are all widely accepted by all major lodges and airline companies. Barclays has the largest network followed by Standard Chartered Bank. The limit for ATM withdrawal is usually 300,000-400,000 Tzs (Tanzania schillings; approximately $300) per day. Most ATM’s serve a majority of the international credit cards like Visa, Mastercard, etc. The machines occasionally run out of money or Electricity. Please do not rely on credit cards as a source of cash while in Tanzania. Overall, we recommend bringing a mix of cash to exchange, as well as having an ATM card available.
Safari Adventure FAQ
When is the best time for Safaris?
Safaris are available all year round. If you prefer wildebeest and zebra viewing, migration takes place from December to April in the Serengeti.
How do I check availability and pricing of a Safaris?
Can I bring my children on safari in Tanzania?
Yes, if they are not less than 12 years it’s ok in most safaris. We do not recommend children under 18 to try Kilimanjaro because of altitude sickness.
What is the normal luggage restriction on flights in Tanzania?
Most scheduled flights have a luggage restriction of 20lb, (9.1kg), but various charter flights differ in the amount of luggage you can take from (5.5lb-9.1Lb), (12kg -20kg) per person.
Do you have any discounts?
Yes, Groups, students, and families are subject to discounts.
How much should I tip a Safaris Drives?
Your safari adventure drivers should get a total of $20 per couple per day. We also emphasize that such tips are not expected and are entirely depends on the services.
What type of vehicle do you use in Safaris?Our safari vehicle long base comprises of 4x4 Toyota Land Cruisers, min bus and Land Rovers.
Do you have linguist guides?
Yes, our guides speak English, French, German, Italian and Spanish
What about safety in Tanzania?
Travelling to any county in the world does involve a certain amount of risk, but Tanzania is a very safe destination. People of Tanzania are generally very friendly. Clients generally feel safe here, and find most Tanzanians warmly welcoming of tourist. As any other big cities, one should be careful in certain areas especially at night. We recommend all our clients to have a guide/local person.
Why should I choose a safari in Eastern Africa?
Our excellent customer service
Diverse number of flora and fauna
The roof of Africa “Kilimanjaro” the only free standing mountain
Unique cultural experience, People are friendly
Walking safaris with professional guide’s
Wild game viewing are conducted by comfortable 4x4 Pop up safari vehicles
Remarkable nature, Serengeti Park, Ngorongoro, Gombe Nature reserve
The only existing place for millions of millions of wildebeest migrations
What about self-driving in Tanzania? Do I need a license? What are the roads like?
D2R provided services for self drive; driving is on the left side of the road. The national speed limit on high way (free way) roads is 80 km/hr 50 M/hr. In all national parks the speed is 40- 50km/hr. Also be aware of wild animals on the roads and unpredictable driving habits of the local drivers.
The road conditions in Tanzanian Protected area (National parks) are extremely rough and dusty. Four-wheel drive vehicles are essential, as are good driving skills to negotiate these roads in the wild. Yes, your normal driving license is accepted in Tanzania.
Are your tours families’ friendly?
Almost all of the safaris and tours conducted by D2R are suitable for families who wish to experience one of the world’s most extraordinary regions on a hiking tour or safari.
Be safe in Safaris.
Most of Tanzania wilderness/parks animals may not seem to be concerned by your presence, they are wild animals, and they are very dangerous. The greatest dangers are out in the wild and tourist should adhere to the rules when visiting parks. You should never get out of your vehicle unless your guide says so. Also, you do not walk outside the limits of your campsites/lodges/hotels without your guide
SUMMER: December – March
WINTER: July – August
New customer referrals
We valued your time to referral us to other clients, soon as you referral us, D2R will issue you with a voucher for $250 which may be applied to any future D2R tour, (I.e Safaris, hike Kilimanjaro) that departs within one year after the issue date.
What To Bring
Good quality sunglasses
Sunscreen and Moisturizing Lotion
Rain proof /wind proof jacket
East Africa Birds Book (if you are a birder)
Bring a pair of binocular (Recommended 10 x 40)
Clothes- neutral colored and light
Underwear and socks
Personal Medication and Toiletries
Bring Camera and films, extra batteries, and Camera dust cover
Optional, Small tape recorder for night sounds
Flashlight (head lamps are excellent)
Note: Do not take photos of army, army facilities, policemen, prisons and prisoners. You should ask you guide before you take photos of local communities.