Many luxury lodges and high-end hotels around the country accept Visa and MasterCard. Some gift shops also accept credit card payments.
Yes, in larger towns and popular tourist areas such as Moshi, Arusha, Karatu there are sufficient ATM’s. Be sure that you inform your bank that you are travelling otherwise they may block the transaction as suspicious behavior. Also, be careful because the daily withdraw limits imposed may make it difficult if you want to make withdraw for a large payment.
There are numerous FOREX facilities in towns. You will receive a much better rate than compared to a bank. Kilimanjaro Airport also has a FOREX on the premises. U.S. currency is the easiest to exchange and you will receive the best rates on $100 & $50 bills compared to smaller notes. US bills should not be older than 2006. Travelers check-ques or another type of check not accepted at all.
US bills should not be older than 2006)
The food is very fresh with many vegetables available. Chicken, fish, and goat are popular meats. Most items are served with rice, potatoes, cooking bananas, or the local favorite ugali (a stiff porridge). The food tends to be not spiced heavily and many find it a bit bland. In towns such as Dar es Salaam, Moshi or Arusha, there is a variety of western favorites such as pizza and hamburgers. Indian restaurants are also easily found in towns. For vegetarians, in towns, there is not too much of a problem. For vegans, it may be more of a challenge outside of larger towns. Of course, with prior notice, on safaris and mountain climbs Bush 2 City will adjust the diet to your desires.
Local attire is conservative but becoming increasingly more liberal. In tourist areas, most attire is tolerated but you will seldom see local women with skirts above knee length or with much cleavage showing. Local women do not wear shorts. In heavily Muslim areas such as Zanzibar, unless at your resorts, it is best to dress conservatively. In night clubs, there are almost no restrictions and nearly anything is acceptable.
If your phone has a removable SIM card, it probably will work. Most phones from Europe and the U.K. work inside of the country. Cell phone coverage is excellent in most all the country. If you-you do not have a phone with a removable SIM card (like most U.S. phones), you can buy a cell phone very inexpensively – around $2 and up. At the end of your trip, if you no longer have use of the phone, we know of organizations that you could donate the phone to or you can give it as a tip to one of the crew. Prepaid phone vouchers are available everywhere.
Wireless internet signals are virtually non-existent. You can get the internet through your phone or buy a USB modem for your computer. Internet cafes are found most everywhere.