Time to visit Tanzania for vacation

The best time to visit for a self-drive trip or chauffeur vacation depends entirely on what you want to see and experience. The entire country has a pleasant tropical climate. However, there are large regional climatic variations, mostly influenced by elevation. The hottest and most humid part of the country is the coast, with high temperatures and a little drop in the evenings. Low lying areas like Lake Eyasi and Moshi are also hot, but less humid. Read more information about the best time to visit Tanzania for vacation from here

Tips for self-drive trip in Tanzania

The self-drive trip is now the most enquired package, that the tourist only requires to hire a car and do the rest on their own without being guided. In Tanzania, self-drive is allowed and guaranteed throughout the year in all national parks. Self-drive is superb for the tourist who really needs the real adventure in the safari because no one will be there to guide you on where you should be or what to do.  Many things can be done in a self-drive safari rather than in a guided safari tour. In national parks and other conservation areas, self-drive is allowed and the tourist has to prepare and know what to carry. To avoid some misfortunes and keep your trip pleasant and memorable safari/trip ever read the guidelines for the self-drive trips in Tanzania

Rent a car with a guide

Mili Adventure Africa knows how important it is to travel with a well-trained guide who is as passionate about travelling, the big 5 and nature as you are! Mili Adventure Africa, therefore, makes every effort to only use trained guides and drivers.  Looking for a German, Spanish or French speaking driver-guide for your vacation in Tanzania? Our guides are fluent in speaking English German, Spanish or French. Let us know, and we will be happy to assist. Hiring a guide will cost you $ 50 per day. This cost covers allowance, meals and accommodation. For a camping trip, we will provide camping equipment. 

Budget self drive trip in Tanzania

No one is the same so why should we all take the same journey? Every trip to us can be completely adapted to your wishes! Because Mili Adventure Africa is a small travel agency we always get personal service, during the trip and Khalid Halifa is always available via Whatsapp for questions, information, and tips.

However, when you embark on a self-drive trip in Tanzania, you are in the driver’s seat. Enjoy driving through Tanzania premium game parks while you decide how long to spend watching wildlife.  There are no agent fees, no commissions, or unnecessary costs for the booking. Saving you money! As we don’t know what your preferences are, all activities including park fees are optional.  Using your credit card all payments can be done at the gate entry. Furthermore, the trips are designed for people like you, energetic, like-minded travellers who want to make their dollars go as far as possible and opt to rent a car with a rooftop tent and camping equipment. For more details read here  

Places to visit for self-drive & game viewing in Tanzania

Tanzania is a country known for its vast wilderness areas and parks. Most of them are seasonal in terms of self-drive and game viewing.  They include the plains of Serengeti National Park, a safari mecca populated by the “big five” game (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino), and Kilimanjaro National Park, home to Africa’s highest mountain. Offshore lie the tropical islands of Zanzibar, with Arabic influences, and Mafia, with a marine park home to whale sharks and coral reefs. Read more about |List of the National Parks | in Tanzania which you can visit on a self-drive safari.

As part of Tanzania’s wildlife conservation strategy, certain areas of land or sea have been declared as protected areas by the President of Tanzania after consultation with the relevant authorities. These areas are specifically protected for maintenance of biological diversity, natural or associated cultural resources, and managed through legal or other effective means. Special rules and regulations apply for these areas, e.g. related to settlement, tourism, hunting, and other activities. Depending on their status, the areas are divided into four categories. | Read more about game reserves | in Tanzania.

Visa Requirements

Foreigners seeking to enter the United Republic of Tanzania should be in the possession of valid passports or any other travel document. The passport or any other travel document is to be presented to the Immigration Control Officer at any entry point, such as the Border station, Airport, or Harbour. The travel document must be presented along with one of the following

Entry Requirements

Foreigners seeking to enter the United Republic of Tanzania should be in the possession of valid passports or any other travel document. The passport or any other travel document is to be presented to the Immigration Control Officer at any entry point, such as the Border station, Airport, or Harbour. The travel document must be presented along with one of the following

Valid Visa
  • A residence permit or
  • A pass

NOTE: A visitor must also present an onward or return ticket together with proof that he/she has sufficient funds to support himself or herself while in Tanzania. Read more about | Tanzania Visa and Travel Insurance |

Rental Terms 

Please take the time to read the Terms & Conditions of car rental with Mili Adventure Africa. Confirming a rental or booking with Mili Adventure Africa assumes that you have read, fully understand and accept the terms and conditions described below.

Rental Agreement.

The “Owner” means “Mili Adventure Africa”, “You” or the “Hirer” means the person(s) who have signed the car rental agreement, The “Rental Agreement” means the rental agreement made between You and the Owner, “Vehicle” means the vehicle which is rented by you, as described in your online reservation form.

The Hirer shall return the Vehicle on the agreed date and time, as specified in your online reservation form unless the Owner has specifically agreed otherwise.  No refunds shall be given for early returns.  The Hirer shall have a valid driver’s license (of the country of residence and/or an International Driver’s License). It is the driver’s responsibility to ensure that he/she carries the driver’s license with him/her whilst driving. The Vehicle is to be operated only by the Hirer who has signed the rental agreement and his authorized travel companions.

Any loss or damages arising from the use of the vehicle by an unauthorized driver shall be borne by the Hirer. Any losses or serious damages to the camping gear shall be charged to the Hire at replacement value. Any fine or penalty from the traffic police shall be settled by the Hirer.

The Vehicle is rented with a full tank of fuel and shall be returned to the Owner with a full tank in order to prevent refuelling charges. The Hirer is required to fill up on fuel only at larger gas stations. In some of the smaller gas stations, fuel can be mixed with other liquids or additives, which may seriously damage the Vehicle’s engine.

Maintenance

All Vehicles are checked and serviced before being rented out and you will receive the vehicle in a safe and roadworthy condition. The Hirer shall return the vehicle in the same condition as it was provided at the start of the rental. You are responsible for the Vehicle during the rental period and you will use the Vehicle in accordance with good driving practices and in compliance with all country laws. Your maintenance of the vehicle includes checking engine oil and other lubricants, coolant water, and tire pressure.

We recommend doing so every time you are topping up fuel. The costs of the Vehicle’s maintenance during the rental period shall be covered by the Hirer. Failure to maintain appropriate fluid levels may result in engine damage, for which damage the Hirer shall be liable. If any dashboard warning lights illuminate, the Hirer should consult the car symbol checklist and, in case of doubt, contact the Mili Adventure Africa office.

Mechanical Breakdowns and Repairs

In case of a mechanical breakdown of the vehicle which cannot be repaired within 24 hours and which is not the result of your negligence, fault, or that of an approved driver, a replacement vehicle will be provided and paid for by the Owner on the shortest term possible.  Kindly note that replacement vehicles will have to come from the Arusha Mili Adventure Africa’s head office. In case the vehicle needs to be repaired during the rental period, the Hirer ensures that;

  • Mili Adventure Africa is contacted for authorization prior to any repairs to the vehicle.
  •  A receipt is issued and given to Mili Adventure Africa upon return of the Vehicle
  • When taking the vehicle to any garage, valuables items should not be left in the vehicle as it is not uncommon for items to be stolen at the garage.

Accidents

In case of an accident, whether it is your fault or those of the third party, the Hirer shall always immediately notify Mili Adventure Africa and take pictures of the damaged vehicle and the other vehicle(s) involved in the accident. In case of an incident involving one or more vehicle(s), details of these vehicle(s) and their driver(s) should be identified and reported, such as the driver’s ID, telephone number, number plate, and insurance registration number. After an accident, the Hirer should not leave the vehicle unattended, as it is not uncommon for unattended vehicles to be vandalized.

Damages, Waiver, and Insurance

Subject to this clause, the Hirer is liable;

  • For all third-party property damage or contributed to by the Hirer or approved driver which arises from the use of the vehicle by the Hirer or an approved driver
  • For all third-party bodily injury, caused or contributed to by the Hirer or an approved driver which arises from the use of the vehicle by the Hirer or an approved driver.
  • Hirers are required to replace items lost or stolen from the vehicle (including spare tires, jacks, and other tools which come with the vehicle).

In the event of an unintended collision between the vehicle and any other object (including another vehicle) during the rental period that results in damage to the vehicle or to the property of any third party, Mili Adventure Africa waives your liability provided;

  • Mili Adventure Africa agrees that you and/or the approved driver were not at fault.

In the event of theft of the vehicle during the rental period, Mili Adventure Africa waives your liability provided;

  • The car was parked at a secured, private compound and there are clear signs of a break-in such as a damaged garage door.
  • You have processed and cleared a police report
  • You have provided Mili Adventure Africa with any details of the incident that Mili Adventure Africa requests.

Mili Adventure Africa Insurance will not waive your liability damages arising if any of the following events has occurred:

  • Driving in excess of speed limits. The maximum speed limit inside Serengeti and Ngorongoro is 25 km/hour and 50km/hour for other parks.
  • Single vehicle incidents or rollover.
  • Damage to the vehicle is caused by careless, willful, or reckless driving.
  • Damage to the vehicle is caused by a lack of proper care/maintenance of the vehicle.
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Driving on restricted roads/areas.
  • Water submersion or saltwater damage is caused
  • Wrong fuel use.

The following damages do not fall under the waiver subject to this paragraph and are NOT covered by the Mili Adventure Africa Insurance:

  • Personal bodily injury and/or belongings of the Hirer or the approved driver. The Hirer is advised to obtain travel and medical insurance.

Liability

Mili Adventure Africa shall, to the maximum extent permitted by law, not be liable for any loss, damage, or injury of any nature of the Hirer or the approved driver. Mili Adventure Africa cannot accept liability or pay compensation for unforeseen circumstances beyond its control or its staff, including flight delays/cancellations or acts of government or other authorities, road closures, extreme weather conditions, fire, technical and/or mechanical problems to transport and all similar events beyond Mili Adventure Africa control.

Booking Process

The booking is concluded after acceptance by the traveller (this can be done by telephone or by email) of the offer proposed by us. After you have agreed to book the trip with us, you will receive an online lease agreement form. You must sign this form. After we have received the signed lease form, you will receive an online confirmation. If you have signed the lease agreement form, you are committed to the booking. You are not obliged to send a copy of your passport. You have the right to only provide us with the necessary information. 

Payment of the trip

Payments for car rental can be made by bank transfer to our account or cash on arrival.  25% of the total sum + 4.5% bank charges must be paid in advance when booking. The remaining amount should be transferred no later than seven days before departure. If you have booked a trip with different conditions, it is possible that you must pay the full travel sum immediately. Your travel documents will be sent approximately 7 days before the start of the trip.

Amendments

For changes after booking, we will charge you  $ 20 administration costs  + any additional costs arising from the change.

Cancellation policy

The following cancellation conditions apply for any bookings. If you have booked a trip with Mili Adventure Africa, the following amounts are due in the event of cancellation by the traveller:

  • Cancel up to 40 days before the day of departure: 25% of the total travel sum
  • Cancellation from 30 days to  20 days before the day of departure: 50% of the total travel sum
  • Cancellation from 19 days to 13 days before the day of departure: 75% of the total travel sum.
  • Cancellation from 13 days to 7 days before the day of departure: 90% of the total travel sum
  • Cancellation from 6 days before departure: 100% of the travel sum

If travel and/or cancellation conditions deviate from the standard conditions mentioned above, this will be stated with the relevant trip.