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TRAVEL INFORMATION

Participants may fly into Dar Es-Salaam International Airport, Tanzania. Taxis are available at the airport for travel to hotels in Dar Es-Salaam, or to the Bus Station. From Dar es Salaam it is an 7-8 hours drive by bus and a bit less in a rented car to Iringa. The drive pass through Mikumi National Park. Alternatively, it will be possible to go with with regular flight to Ruaha (Coastal Aviation). Coastal Aviation traffic Ruaha daily at a cost of 300$, please make booking directly to Coastal Aviation. There will also be a chartered bus from Dar es Salaam to Iringa leaving at 10:00 A.M. on 9th July and from Iringa to Dar es Salaam on 13th July (40USD). There is also a few seats available on a chartered plane from Dar es Salaam to Iringa on 8th July leaving at 14:00 (appr. 250USD)

Due to limited flight availability, participants who wish to fly into Iringa or use the chartered bus should contact the local organisers (duveskog@cs.joensuu.fi). It should be noted that the taxi flight can be fairly expensive, dependent of number of passengers per flight.

Visa Information:

Visas for Tanzania are required by all nationals except the following (who are issued with a visitor's pass on arrival): Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, Brunei, Cyprus, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malaysia, Malawi, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Namibia, Nauru, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, São Tomé e Príncipe, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Swaziland, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Nationals who do not require visas for stays of up to three months may still need entry permit clearance, except nationals of Kenya and Uganda. All other nationals must obtain visas in advance except nationals coming from a country where there is no Tanzania Embassy, High Commission or Consulate to issue a visa. In this case, these nationals may obtain a visa on arrival at one of the following four main entry points, provided all immigration and health requirement are met: Dar es Salaam International Airport Kilimanjaro International Airport, Namanga Entry Point (Tanzania-Kenya border crossing) and Zanzibar International Airport.

A passport valid for at least six months is required by all. Visa applications can be made at a Tanzanian Consulate or Consular section at High Commission or Embassy.

Visa Application Requirements:
  • Completed application form.
  • Two recent passport-size photos.
  • Valid passport.
  • Fee, payable in cash or by postal order, made payable to the Tanzania High Commission (nationals must pay by postal order only for postal applications)
  • Pre-paid self-addressed, stamped envelope for postal applications
  • For business visitors, a letter indicating the nature of the trip and the business contact in.
Health & Immunization:
Yellow fever: Required of all travelers over one year of age (for travel to Tanzania)
Cholera: No longer required for entry into Tanzania. However, cholera is a risk throughout the country and precautions are essential
Hepatitis A: Recommended for all travelers
Typhoid: Recommended for all travelers
Polio: One-time booster recommended for any adult traveler who completed the childhood series but never had polio vaccine as an adult
Hepatitis B: For travelers who may have intimate contact with local residents, especially if visiting for more than 6 months
Rabies: For travelers who may have direct contact with animals and may not have access to medical care.
Malaria: We highly recommend all travellers to take malaria medication such as Malarone.

For more detailed information, please consult http://www.mdtravelhealth.com/

Climate:

July in Tanzania is during the dry season. Tanzania lies so close to the equator that seasonal variations in temperature are not extreme. However, Iringa being in the highlands, the temperature occasionally drops below 15 degree celcius at night during July. During daytime, the temperature in the highlands will be pleasantly 25-30 degrees celcius and dry. In Ruaha, which is down in the valley, the temperature may be considerable higher, 30-40 degrees celcius during daytime. In Dar Es-Salaam, humidity may be higher.

Accommodations:

Rooms are reserved at Huruma Baptist Conference Center in Iringa (20US$ for a single room, cheaper rooms available for sharing), at MR hotel a fairly nice hotel in the busy city centre (25$-55$) and some bandas are reserved at Riverside Campsite 14 km outside of Iringa (20USD per person, perfect for families or couples). Rooms are reserved for the second night of the conference at Ruaha River Lodge and at Tandala Tented Camp, there is also a low-budget option staying at governmental bandas at a cost of 20$ per person not including breakfast. For accommodation in Iringa and Ruaha please do your booking through (duveskog@cs.joensuu.fi) well in advance to assure your accommodation.
For travellers arriving at Dar-Es Salaam, there are a number of high quality hotels such as Mövenpick Royal Palm, Sea Cliff, and New Africa Hotel recommendable (expect to pay 100-150 US$ per night). These hotels are high standard, which may be preferable for some international travellers. Lots of cheaper hotels (10-50 US$) are also available in Dar Es-Salaam. In general, international travellers should expect lower hotel quality than in e.g. Europe and USA, but friendly staff.

Registration:

Early registration is highly encouraged since accommodation is limited. Especially for participation on second half of the conference at Ruaha River Lodge and Tandala Tented Camp, early registration is mandatory. Please send registration requests to the local organisers (duveskog@cs.joensuu.fi).

Tourism in Tanzania:

Take the opportunity to travel a bit as Tanzania holds tourist attractions such as the paradise island Zanzibar, the world's best known safari park Serengeti and the world's highest free-standing mountain Kilimanjaro. For more information about tourism in Tanzania, please check out following web sites:

http://www.tanzania.go.tz/tourism.html
http://safari.go2africa.com/tanzania/tanzania-safari.asp
http://www.tanserve.com/tourism/
http://www.wildthingsafaris.com/
http://zanzibar.net/zanzibar/
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