– company introduction

Uisso Adventures

Uisso Adventures & Safari

Your Dream Holiday Begins Here

We are honored that you have come to visit our website. We warmly welcome you. Uisso Adventures & Safari is a locally owned and operated tour company of medium size. Uisso Adventures & Safari has been in existance since 2013. We are headquartered in the town of Moshi, the capital of Kilimanjaro Region in Tanzania. We know that the opportunity to visit Tanzania does not come very often, especially in the days of pandemics and uncertainty.Founder and Managing Director - Mosses Uisso So we promise to do all we can to make this the best possible experience. We are available to gladly to answer any question or concern that you might have. We are in full complience with the Tanzanian Government's Health and Safety Operation Procedures. Our guides all speak excellent English and are well trained not only in their knowledge of mountain trekking/safaris, but also on health and safety. If you prefer a guide that speaks a language other than English (or Swahili), please contact us and we can try to accommodate you. Uisso Adventures & Safari staff are the ground operators for all our safaris and mountain treks. We never sub-contract our tours. We have well maintained modern safari vehicles and our equipment is regularly examined to confirm their quality. Uisso Adventures & Safaris is led by Founder and Managing Director Mosses Uisso. The company's strategy has been to offer the highest quality experience as a priority and let the prices be whatever is necessary to achieve that quality. Because of this, we will not be the least expensive among tour operators. But we are far from bing the most expensive. We can achive this because we are 100% locally operated and managed. No offices in London to keep or money going to marketing firms. We are confident that you will feel safe and at ease with Uisso Adventures & Safari and we promise that we will respect your dream holiday in Tanzania and will deliver the best experience possible. After looking through our website, if you have any questions at all or are looking for additional optioons not mentioned here, please contact us. We will be happy to help you in any way possible.


– booking details

Uisso Adventures

Booking Procedure

This website is starting point for planning your adventure. Once you have an idea what you would like, contact us please. From there we can give you further ideas and help you personalize your trip around your desires, your available time, and budget. Prices are listed for many of our trips on the website and we try to keep these as accurate and updated as possible. But once we work yout your exact itinerary we will give you an exact price.

Booking and Payment Information

All prices listed in the website are in USD (United States Dollars) and our company bank account is a USD account. We accept advance payments through direct wire transfers (bank to bank) or by bank Visa/MasterCard/American Express. There is not time restriction for making your initial deposit however, your accommodations/trip date will not be reserved until a payment has been received. The deposit amount requested is 30% for camping safaris and mountain treks. For lodge/tented camp safaris, Zanzibar accommodations, or accommodations outside of Moshi the requested deposit is 50% of the total trip amount. If you are requesting us to book domemstic flights (flying in safaris, or domestic flights to Zanzibar) we will require 100% of the flight cost to be paid before the flight can be confirmed.

Postponements/Cancellations

Especially in today's world, trips can be difficult to plan. Sometimes things arise that require you to cancel/postpone your trip. Uisso Adventures & Safari is not looking to make a profit off of cancellations. However, we cannot afford to take a loss either. If you need to postpone a trip, we will apply 100% of the recoverable deposit towards your new trip date within a 12 month limit. By recoverable deposit we mean that if we have paid for safari lodge accommodations, flight, or other 3rd party payments and their cancellation policy does not allow a full refund, we must deduct that amount from the deposited amount. If you need to cancel a trip entirely, we will refund any recoverable amount less 10% to cover our expenses.

payments accepted through pesapal
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Tanzania Travel Tips

What you need to know for a safe and enjoyable trip...

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Tanzania Travel Tips

There are 3 international airports in Tanzania: Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO airport code), Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ), and Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR). For you are coming to climb Mt Kilimanjaro, Mt Meru or go on a Northern Circuit Safari (Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Arusha, and Mkomazi), you will want to fly into Kilimanjaro Airport. For Southern Circuit Safaris (Saadani, Mikumi, Katavi, Udzungwa, Kitulu, Ruaha, Selous, and Nyerere) you should plan on flying into Julius Nyere Airport. Abeid Amani Karume should be used for Zanzibar holidays.

Some clients occasionally want to fly into Nairobi (Jomo Kenyetta Interternational Airport - JBO). There is daily shuttle service departing at 8am between JBO and Arusha (6 hours) and Moshi (8 hours). But be aware that not only will a transit visa be required, but Kenya is an at risk country for Yellow Fever while Tanzania is not, so proof of a Yellow Fever vaccine would be required if your stay in Kenya is longer than 12 hours. Furthermore the Yellow Fever vaccine needs to be given at least 10 days before entering Tanzania. If coming straight to Tanzania instead of from Kenya, or if your stay in Kenya is less than 12 hours, no Yellow Fever vaccine is required.

There are some airstrips that are used for fly in safaris. The booking of these flights is best done by our company. There is a flight a few times a week from central Serengeti to Zanzibar that is quite convenient (but strangely enough, no flight the other direction from Zanzibar).

Most of our clients will fly into Kilimanjaro Airport. The airport is not large, just with one runway. So if we are sending our driver to meet you it is easy to locate each other. Also, check in time is not long compared to most other international airports.

Visitors from most countries will need a visa to enter Tanzania. Visas are available upon arrival at the airport or at land crossings. You can be applied for online in advance. Since requirements and fees can change, it is best to look for specific information from your government. The fee for citizens of most countries is $100USD. Payment to immigration will be required in cash. You can apply for your visa in advance online at https://eservices.immigration.go.tz/visa/.

The Tanzanian Shilling (TZS), comes in coins of Tzs 50, 100, 200, 500 and bank notes in denominations of Tzs 10,000, 5,000, 2,000, 1,000, and 500 (not common). The exchange rate as of October 2021 is 1USD = Tzs 2,295. Tanzanian shillings are only exchanged in East African countries, so you will not be able to get any fromy our bank in advance or to exchanve any remaining amounts once you return home. ATMs are easily found in cities and large towns. The machines can only distribute Tanzanian shillings. Since the largest denomination is Tzs 10,000 and the machines can only dispense 40 notes at a time, if you need large amounts of cash you will need several withdrawls which will result in many bank and exchange fees. ATMs can only dispense Tanzanian Shillings.

Credit/debit cards are not nearly as widely accepted as most other countries. Do not assume that at restaurants and shops that you can pay by credit/debit cards. The larger sovenir shops and hotels will accept card payments but it is best to be prepared to make cash payments just incase.

DO NOT bring travelers cheques. They are nearly impossible to cash and you would receive a very unfavorable exchange rate.

On our website, all prices are listed in USD. Our bank account is a USD bank account.

Outside of tourism, East Africa does not have a cuture where tips are common. It is not expected for services such as taxis (where they almost certainly overcharging you anyway) or barbers/hair stylists. At local restaurants tips are never given, but in tourist restaurants is is a good idea to leave a tip since their salary is adjusted to assume that there will be some tips. For tours (mountain treks, safaris, cultural tours), please leave a tip. It is an important part of the compensation of the crew. On the safari and mountain pages, we list what is considered an appropriate amount (based on what past clients have recommended). But the very nature of tipping is that it is optional and there is no set amount. Tips cannot be given through credit/debit cards otherwise the government will tax the company on that amount. But tips can be given in any currency (USD, Euro, Pounds, etc) but not coins since they are not exchangable.

Regarding phone service, there is a good signal strength in most places except on Mt Kilimanjaro or in the Serengeti. There is a lot of old information on the internet about obtaining a sim card locally and using that. The government now requires a national ID to to receive a sim card so that is no longer an option. The number of sim cards that an individual can have is limited and the penalty for a Tanzanian to buy a sim card for someone else makes it not a good option to pursuade someone to purchase a simcard for you. The service providers in Tanzania are: Vodacom, Tigo, Airtel, Halotel, TTCL, and Zantel.

Internet is pretty good in most places. Don't depend on a signal on Mt Kilimanjaro and you won't find one in the Serengeti except in lodges/tented camps. Ngorongoro has a pretty good signal even at their public campsite. In larger towns, many tourist restaurants and some hotels will offer free internet.

It is not recommended that you drink tap water anywhere. You will be ok brushing your teeth with tap water though. Bottled water is inexpensive and readily available anywhere. We will provide drinking water for mountain treks and safaris. Any water we give you to drink will be purified already. Water on the mountain treks will be treated with iodine tablets. It is not allowed to bring single use bottles on the mountain.

Food in Tanzania is very healthy. There are a large variety of fresh, locally produced vegetables and fruits. The most common meats are chicken, goat, and fish. Beef is not as common due to the higher price. Pork is not very common because they are not consumed by Muslims or Seventh Day Advntists, but in Moshi and Arusha you can find some restaurants that serve pork/bacon. Tanzanian food is surprisingly bland, not strongly spiced. On the mountain and on safari, we will serve western dishes. We can accommodate many diet restrictions such as vegetarian, vegan, or gluten free. Be sure to let us know in advance of the trip if you require a special diet. Similarly, if you are staying in a loddge/tented camp in safari we will need to alert them in advance of any special diet reequests.

Beers, wine and other alcoholic beverages can be easily found. In coastal regions such as Zanzibar the Muslim population is large. But Tanzanians are fairly tolerant of tourists. But public drunkeness is frowned on and impolite. You will not want to drink while climbing Mt Kilimanjaro or Mt Meru for health reasons. On safari, it will be impolite to be drunk or loud at campsites or tented camps. Safari vehicles will have a cooler in them for some beverages, but the space in the cooler may be limited on basic camping safaris since we will be bringing food for your meals.

There are two rains seasons in Tanzania. The long rain season starts typically in March and ends sometime in May. The rains during this period tend to be all day rains. The short rains are typically in November and December. These rains are typically not all day. Being in the southern hemisphere, the hottest months are January and February. The coldest cooler months are June and July. In Moshi and Arusha there is not the stifling tropical heat and humidity mixure. The coastal areas such as Dar es Salaam has plenty of that though. The strength of the sun is very strong and sun protection is highly recommended. In Moshi and Arusha during June & July, you will want a sweatshirt and long pants. In Moshi a cold day might be low temperature of 10°C (50°F) and a high temperature of 16°C (60°F) during January/February in Moshi or Arusha the temperatures can be low of 23°C(73°F)and high of 32°C (90°F). On safari, the mornings and evenings can be cool so you will want a jacket/sweatshirt and long pants. The afternoons can be hot except during the long rains (March - May). During the rain seasons, you will want rain gear. Inside the safari vehicle you will be protected but at the camps/lodges you will need them. A good hat for sun protection is important. At Ngorongoro the elevation is high especially on the crater rim - 2800m (9200ft) and it can be cold and windy. Even a knit cap and light weight gloves will feel welcome. The weather on Mt Kilimanjaro or Mt Meru is a different story completely. That is dealt with in our mountain trekking pages. Zanzibar will always be warm/hot

It is said "The rest of the world has the clocks, Africa has the time". Punctuality is not high on African's priority list. It would be considered impolite to rush a conversation or do not have time to help someone out. Service at most restaurants is considerably slower than most locations outside of Africa. Bring a good dose of patience with you. In tourist related matters Uisso Adventures & Safari staff is trained to do a good job keeping on schedule.

Tanzania has just one time zone, East Africa Time (UTC +3). There are no daylight savings time changes. Tanzanians have a different time system though. They keep time according to sunrise/sunset (which doesn't vary too much throughout the year). What others would consider 7am Tanzanians call 1am (Saa moja asubuhi) - the first hour of daylight. That makes noon being called six o'clock (saa sita). 7pm is 1 o'clock at night (saa moja usiku). When talking to tourists, most Tanzanians will convert to your time system, but sometimes they can forget. So if someone says that they will meet you at at 2:00, it is best to ask if they means 2:00 in the afternoon, or 2:00 at night (8pm).

The official languages of Tanzania are Swahili (Kiswahili) and English. In larger towns and cities the day to day language is Swahili. There are 120 tribes in Tanzania and each have their own language. In rural areas, much of the day to day language is in their tribal language although nearly everyone also can speak Swahili. English is used in a much lesser extent. In the public education system primary school is taught in Swahili but secondary school is taught in English. But of course after finishing school it can be forgotten quickly unless they need it for their work. Our guides and staff will speak excellent English. Any airport worker dealing with travelers will speak English. If you are more comfortable with a guide that speaks other languages (French, German, etc) please let us know. We may be able to accommodate you with either a guide that can speak your language or an interpreter. Major hotels and tourist restaurants will speak English well and tourist restaurants will have their menus in English.

It is very useful and welcome for you to know a little Swahili and you probably know a few words already. There are no silent letters in swahili (almost) and the stress is always on the next to last syllable. Vowels are pronounced as: a="ah", e = as the letter "A" is pronounced in English (long "A"), i = as the letter "E" is pronounced in English (long "E"), o = "oh", u = "ooh"
Common and Useful Words
safari = trip
hakuna matata = no worries
pole pole = slowly
asante = thanks
asante sana = thank you very much
When thanking more than one person, change "asante" to asanteni"
habari = literally meaning "news" but used also as "what's new"
asubuhi = morning
asubuhi njema = good morning
mchana = afternon
mchana mwema = good afternoon
jioni = evening
jioni njema = good evening
usiku = night
usiku mwema = good night
habari za asubuhi = What's new this morning
Jambo = "concern" - used as a question meaning "Are you ok?" Answer: "si jambo"= I am fine, or "hatu jambo"= "We are fine"
Mambo (the plural of jambo)= "concerns" which is the same question as jambo. Answer: "Poa" = cool
chakula = food
kula = to eat
choo = toilet
lala = to sleep
naomba = I want
wapi = where
shingapi (shortened version of shilingi ngapi) = how many shillings (what is the price)
nipe = give me / tupe = give us
bei = price

Our guides and staff will help you whenever you want. It is a fun language and speaking a few words will be a good memory.

Dictionaries can be very difficult to use since sentences are formed by prefixes added to the verb. It takes some knowledge of the prefixes to find the stem verb that you would find in the dictionary. Plurals are formed by changing the first few letters of the noun. Kiti = chair, Viti = chairs. Mto = person, Watu = persons. Yai = egg, Mayai = eggs. Translation apps (Google Translate for example) now do a pretty good job. Learning about Swahili grammar in advance can be very helpfull if you want to be speaking Swahili while in the country.

Tanzania is a conservative country and dress is conservative. This is especially true in Zanzibar. Females will not feel appropriately dressed if they wear shorts that are much shorter than knee length or tank tops/tube tops. Males will not feel appropriately dressed if wearing sleeveless tops. The sun is strong so you should have sun protection either by wearing hats and long sleeves or sun block. At beach resorts you can dress with more freedom but topless sunbathing is not allowed anywhere.

It is the custom in Tanzania to greet anyone older than you with "Shikamoo" (not an easy translation but it is a greeting of respect). If greeted with "Shikamoo" the response is always "Marahaba" (again not easily translated). Tanzania is a very friendly country. If someone asks how are you, they really want to know how you are. If giving/taking anything use your right hand, never your left hand.

There are many people that can use your help. But is is a bad idea to give things out to children on the street. It is much better to give any items through an organization. This is because handing items (coins/candy/pencils, etc) trains children to become beggars. Many will skip school in order to look for handouts.

Public displays of affection (kissing or even hand holding) are not normal for East Africa. What is not uncommon is for same gender people to hold hands (especially men) as a sign of friendship. This is not a sign of homosexualility. Homosexual activity is against the law almost everywhere in Africa with prison sentences for offenders.

Tanzania Map

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