Frequently Asked Questions
ANS: Tanzania national parks is not licensed to do a tour operation business, our mandate is conservation of areas designated as national parks and nature based tourism development in the parks. Tour packages are prepared and managed by private owned companies licensed to do tour operation/ travel agency business. These may be obtained from various sources such as websites for Tanzania tourism board, Ministry of natural resources and tourism, Tanzania association of tour operators and many more.
2. When is the best time to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro
ANS: Mount Kilimanjaro can be climbed all year round, however June to December is preferred by many because heavy rainfall is unlikely during this period.
3. Can I hike Mount Kilimanjaro without a tour company?
ASN: No, you need a tour company when hiking Mt Kilimanjaro, this is because minimum days to hike Mt Kilimanjaro is 5 days. During this time you need food, water, someone to guide you and carry some of your needs ( items/materials). All these services are provided by a tour company. The regulation was established to guide this activity and therefore TANAPA deals with Tanzania registered tour company when doing all climbing arrangements and not natural individuals.
4. What is the best safari tour company in Tanzania?
ASN: Registered tour companies offer various services, their service standards differs from one company to the other and according to clients requirements. We advise you to obtain the list of tour companies from the Tourism board (www.tanzaniatourism.go.tz) or Ministry's website (www.mnrt.go.tz) and contact more than one company so that you can compare based on your requirements.
5. Can I get the fees to enter Ngorongoro?
ANS: Ngorongoro is managed by a different government authority namely Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA). To get their details including fees kindly visit their website www.ngorongorocrater.go.tz
6. What do I do if I want to visit your parks?
ANS: First you need to decide which parks you want to visit after going through a number of literatures. To visit some of our parks ( Climbing Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro) you must have a tour company. The company is responsible with all logistics required for you to climb the mountains, also as an authority we only deal with registered tour company on Mountain climbing issues.
The rest of the parks may be visited without a tour company, however we do strongly recommend that you go through a tour company for a smooth organization of your safari experience.
Things you need to know and prepare before visiting our parks includes:
ØHow many days/ nights will you spend in a particular park
ØHow will you get there ( by air, road, water or train)
ØHow much does it cost for park fees, accommodation and meals during these days
ØDistance from a nearest town to the park
ØPark rules and regulations
ØPark hours 0630hrs to 1800hrs
ØSpecific park entry points/gates