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Get a Tanzanian Visa to Watch Wildlife in Luxury

July 3rd, 2011

If you’ve always wanted to go on safari but were a little bit put off by the idea of “roughing it” in the wilds of Africa, you’ll be pleased to note that a new, luxury camp has opened in the Serengeti. (via Gadling.) Lamai Serengeti Camp, run by Nomad Tanzania, is situated in an isolated part of the park, close to the Mara River. It’s the perfect place to view the creatures of the African savanna without having to give up your own creature comforts.

The camp’s location also gives you front-row seats to the Great Migration- specifically, that “Trials of Life” moment when the wildebeest cross the river.

The camp is subdivided into two smaller camps, each with its own facilities, including a bar, a swimming hole, a dining hall and a library. The tents have indoor plumbing and flushable toilets.

Plus, if the camp’s blog is to be believed, the camp itself is beautiful. The tents, built on wooden platforms, are light and airy. The bathrooms are huge. And the whole camp, when viewed from a distance, seems to disappear into the surrounding landscape.

Of course, all this luxury comes at a price: $4,200 per week or more, to be exact. That includes drinks, food, laundry and activities, but of course it doesn’t include getting there. You’re on your own for that.

One additional item you’ll need to procure is a Tanzanian visa. US citizens can apply for one for upon arrival at the airport. However, if you get yours before you leave the US you’ll be able to leave the airport much more quickly. Whatever you decide, you’ll need the following documents to apply for the visa:

  • 1 Tanzanian visa application form
  • 2 recent passport photos
  • A copy of a recent bank statement
  • An international certificate of vaccination for yellow fever
  • A travel itinerary. If you’re making it up as you go along, you can instead provide a bank statement showing a minimum balance of $2,000.
  • If you’re going on an organized tour, you will need a letter from the tour operator showing you are paid in full.
  • Your passport. Check the expiration date, as it must be more than 6 months in the future. If it expires before then, no visa for you!

RushMyTravelVisa makes negotiating the Tanzanian visa application process easy and quick. We assist you with the paperwork to help you avoid common errors that could delay your application. Then, we expedite your application for the fastest possible processing.

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Places to Go With Your Tanzanian Visa: Tarangire National Park

April 30th, 2011

The Serengeti gets all the glory, but if you’re visiting Tanzania, make sure you carve some time out for Tarangire National Park as well. Frommer’s, who recently named Tarangire one of the best parks in Tanzania, says that “While the focus for most travelers to Tanzania is nearby Serengeti, many come away claiming lesser-known Tarangire as the real highlight of their trip.”

What makes Tarangire so special? At only 2,850 square kilometers, it may not be the largest park in Africa, but it has one of the densest wildlife populations – proof that sometimes good things do come in small packages. Here, you’ll see elephants, zebra, wildebeest and scores of antelope, including the fabled oryx, often thought to have inspired the legend of the unicorn.

Look up in the ancient baobab trees, and you might be surprised to see climbing pythons or even regal lions draping themselves across the branches. The Tarangire River, which runs through the park, is one of the regions most important and reliable sources of water during the dry season, so there’s little chance that you’ll leave disappointed.

To see Tarangire National Park, you’ll need a Tanzanian visa. US citizens are eligible to apply for their visas when they arrive at the airport, but if you apply in advance you’ll be able to escape from the airport much more quickly. Whatever you decide, you’ll need the following documents to apply for the visa:

  • 1 Tanzanian visa application form
  • 2 recent passport photos
  • A copy of a recent bank statement
  • An international certificate of vaccination for yellow fever
  • A travel itinerary. If you’re making it up as you go along, you can instead provide a bank statement showing a minimum balance of $2,000.
  • If you’re going on an organized tour, you will need a letter from the tour operator showing you are paid in full.
  • Your US passport, which must be valid for at least 6 more months after you plan to travel.

RushMyTravelVisa makes negotiating the Tanzanian visa application process easy and quick. We assist you with the paperwork to help you avoid common errors that could delay your application. Then, we expedite your application for the fastest possible processing.

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Travel Visas for the Tour d’Afrique

February 9th, 2011

The Tour de France? That’s nothing! Try riding across the entire African continent on a bicycle! Since 2003, a hardy bunch of cyclists has been doing just that, as part of the Tour d’Afrique. The Tour d’Afrique crosses the entire African continent, from Egypt to South Africa, approximately 7,500 miles. While some participants are there to race, many others are just there for the experience and travel at their own pace, so people of all ages are welcome as long as you are in good shape and like to ride.

The Tour d’Afrique takes a good four months to complete, and like most epic-level travel experiences, it’s not cheap. The full tour will set you back €8,900, not including your bike, supplies for your bike, food on rest days, flights or visas. Fortunately, you can also sign on to just do a specific part of the tour.

As far as travel visas are concerned, the requirements vary depending on which country you’re looking at. Here’s a breakdown:

  • Egypt: If you’re flying in, you can get a 30-day tourist visa when you arrive at the airport, or apply in advance if you’d like. If you’re entering by land, you’ll need one in advance.
  • Sudan: US citizens should apply for a visa in advance at a Sudanese embassy or consulate.
  • Ethiopia: If you’re riding in, you’ll definitely need to apply for your visa in advance. Theoretically, if you’re flying in, you can get a visa on arrival, but the US Department of State recommends against it as airport officials sometimes refuse to issue them. So, be a good Boy/Girl Scout and “be prepared!” See Ethiopian Visa Requirements for Tourists for more details.
  • Kenya: US citizens need to apply in advance to enter by land. If flying in, you should be able to get a visa on arrival but be prepared to wait for the privilege. See Kenyan Visa Requirements for Tourists for details.

Tanzania Visa Requirements to Visit the Serengeti National Park

February 6th, 2011

You’ve probably seen this week’s featured UNESCO World Heritage Site in numerous nature shows. The Serengeti National Park is one of the most famous national parks not only in Tanzania, but in all of Africa. You know all of those “Trials of Life” type specials that show wildebeests, antelopes and zebras as they migrate in search of water? Yup, that happens here.

The “Great Migration” happens twice a year, in October and then again in April. More than 2 million animals participate, and herds of wildebeests, eland, gazelles and zebra literally fill the horizon. Naturally, lions and other predators fallow the herds, looking for stragglers. It’s an amazing, unforgettable event.

Of course, even if you aren’t there for the Great Migration, there’s still plenty of wildlife to see in the Serengeti National Park. The park is home to around 3,000 lions, a population which is believed to the largest in all of Africa. There are also about 1,000 leopards, a small but recovering population of African elephant and many African buffalo. Plus, the park is home to a precious few black rhinos, survivors of decades of poaching. And of course, there are countless antelopes, zebras, wildebeest, hyenas and other animals.

The Serengeti National Park became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1981. Even at 5,700 square miles, the park only encompasses a small fragment of the Serengeti ecosystem. For a more complete experience, you could also visit Ngorongoro Conservation Unit, also in Tanzania, and Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya.

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Get a Tanzanian Visa To Visit the Country’s Newest National Park

January 4th, 2011

To help lure tourists in 2011, Tanzania is designating a new national park on tiny Saa-Nane Island. The island, located in Lake Victoria near the town of Mwanza, is already a wildlife sanctuary and will soon become Tanzania’s 16th National Park. According to AllAfrica.com, the park will also include two neighboring islands in order to prevent illegal fishing, poaching and other illegal activities.

Mr. Donatus Bayona, the acting conservator of the proposed park, told AllAfrica.com that while the island is small, it is beautiful and home to lots of different wildlife:

“The proposed National park is home to mammals like the Impala, Rock Hyrax, Velvet Monkeys, Wild Cats, Clawless Otters and De-brazzas Monkeys, the aquatic part of the park will offer all types of fish, crocodiles, water snakes and Monitor lizards, other reptiles include tortoises, grass snakes, pythons and agama lizards.”

Also according to the article, scientists studying the island have determined that the island can support a population of zebras, gazelles and dik-diks, and there are plans to introduce them soon.

To visit Tanzania’s newest national park, you’ll need a Tanzanian visa. Visas can be obtained at the airport on arrival, but if you apply ahead of time you won’t regret it as you’ll be able to get out of the airport and to your hotel much more quickly. Either way, here’s what you need for the visa:

  • 1 Tanzanian visa application form
  • 2 recent passport photos
  • A copy of a recent bank statement
  • A yellow fever vaccination certificate
  • A travel itinerary. If you’re traveling without an itinerary, you can instead show a bank statement showing a minimum balance of $2,000.
  • If you’re going on an organized tour, you will need a letter from the tour operator showing you are paid in full.
  • Your US passport, which must be valid for at least 6 more months after you plan to travel.

RushMyTravelVisa can help you apply for your Tanzanian visa. We’ll walk you through the application process step-by-step, assist you with the paperwork and expedite your visa with the Tanzanian embassy for the fastest possible processing.

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