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Most visitors require visas with the exception of certain countries of the Commonwealth (British, Canadian and South African nationals require visas).
It is advisable to obtain a visa in advance of travel as certain airlines insist on them prior to departure. Depending on nationality and country of origin, a visa may be obtained on arrival at Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro airports and at Namanga Gate on the Tanzania/Kenya border. Zanzibar remains independent although it is a part of the union of Tanzania. Passports and a Tanzanian visa are required even on a day's visit. Requirements may change so you are advised to contact your nearest Tanzanian Consulate before finalising your travel arrangements.
WHAT TO PACK
Generally, casual comfortable clothing is suitable throughout the year. The most practical items to pack are:
· Khaki, brown, white and beige colours
· Light cotton tops and cotton trousers/shorts in summer
· Long sleeved blouses/shirts for game drives, they will protect you from the sun and from mosquitoes
· Safari trousers for evenings and cooler days
· Fleece or sweater and a warm jacket for game drives (and at Ngorongoro Crater)
· Swimwear is a must for the beach and at Kleins and Grumeti which have a pool
· A hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
· Comfortable walking shoes
· For climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and Meru, thermal underwear, light layers, sweater, warm jacket, good socks and sturdy boots
When visiting Zanzibar, it is important for women to dress modestly out of respect for Muslim cultural beliefs, men should not wear shorts on the main island and women should wear dresses that cover their shoulders and knees. This does not apply on Mnemba Island.