Planning and Info

Once your Safari is booked, Heritage Safaris sends out all the information required to ensure our client’s safari will be hassle-free and without incident. We will also collect all the information and documents required for hunting licenses, firearm permits as well as food / drink preferences and any special requests.

Below you will find some key information to be aware of prior to your travel.


Visa & Passport Regulations

An entry visa is required for entry into Tanzania for most nationals. US, Canadian, European and Mexicans all require a visa which is obtainable either one of two ways:

(1) in advance of entering the country.

Visas can be obtained online prior to travel to Tanzania. Visit and click “e-services”, select “online visa applications” and fill in the visa application form. Then submit your relevant scanned document attachments online; after which you will receive an email containing your User Identification Number which you can use to track your visa application. Thereafter you will be required to make payment by either Visa, MasterCard, or bank transfer. Finally you will receive a “Visa Grant Notification” via email once your visa has been approved. You are ready to travel to Tanzania.

(2) upon entering the country.

Visas can be obtained upon arrival into Dar es Salaam with $100 USD in cash for US citizens and $50 USD in cash for non-US citizens along with a completed landing form, which is provided on the counter located by passport control. The fee, the completed landing form and passport must be submitted at the passport control. A visa will be entered into the client’s passport and the client will be allowed to exit to baggage claim.

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Importing Firearms

Firearm import permits are organized by Heritage Safaris on behalf of every client. Once your safari is booked we will collect the necessary information from you to submit the application for your temporary import license. 1 of our staff members works very closely with the issuing office to ensure smooth and prompt service. The application should be submitted no less than 2 weeks prior to import of the firearm(s).


Dipping, Packing and Export and Trophies

All trophies are prepared and handled very delicately and with precision by our very experienced skinners in the camp to ensure perfect condition. Heritage Safaris along with our Partner Luke Samaras Safaris organize the dipping & packing and export of trophies out of the country to the desired taxidermy of the client’s choice. We are very experienced in ensuring the proper export documents are in place for hassle free export.


Health and Safety

We organize Flying doctor medical insurance for every visitor into the Selous whether hunter or observer. This covers the client with prompt emergency medical air rescue in case of emergency.

We are also equipped with extensive professional medical supplies in the camp as well as a trauma first aid kits on every vehicle to tend to minor and major medical emergencies.

Malaria is present in virtually the entire country and appropriate malaria medication should be taken by anyone visiting Tanzania.

In advance of any international travel we suggest that you consult with your doctor to determine if there are any precautions you should take in advance of departure.



The currency in Tanzania is Tanzanian shilling. USD is also widely accepted in Tanzania, sometimes even preferred over local currency. However, US banknotes which were issued before 2006 are not accepted. Euros are acceptable but not preferred over USD.

Paying with dollars is possible in all better establishments in Tanzania. For local shopping and smaller expenses, like shopping on markets and local restaurants, bus tickets Tanzanian shillings are a must to have in your wallet.



At the conclusion of the safari gratuities for staff can be left with the PH in charge. Please ask for our Gratuities Advisory Sheet for guidance.


Special notice from the Government of Tanzania

The government of Tanzania has announced a nationwide ban on the use of plastic bags starting from June 1, 2019. Please avoid traveling into Tanzania with any single-use plastic bags as they will be confiscated and a fine will be issued. Ziplock bags are still permitted so it is recommended to make use of them should you require them for packing of your toiletries or other items.



Since Tanzania is close to the equator, it has a tropical climate with small variations in temperature between summer and winter. Tanzania experiences periods of wet weather during November to January and again from March to May.



Selous - Temperature

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May June
Average high - °CF 32/90 32/90 32/90 31/87 30/86 29/84
Average low - °CF 23/64 23/63 22/59 22/43 20/43 18/37
  July Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average high - °CF 29/84 29/84 31/87 32/90 33/92 32/90
Average low - °CF 17/37 17/41 19/46 20/54 22/57 23/61


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