Masumin Tours and Safaris equips all its safari vehicles with two way radios, so that drivers can communicate with their base, each other and the lodges. Game parks are within cell phone range, and cellphones will work just about anywhere. Also, tourists can now buy range of sim cards with different packages to suit their requirements, which include internet messages and minutes and which are very cheap these days.
The official language of Tanzania is Kiswahili. This is spoken and understood by the great majority of the population, many of whom also speak a tribal language. There is a wide usage and understanding of English, and virtually everyone the average tourist is likely to meet in the course of the safari will be fluent.
There are some long distance coaches which are suitable for use by visitors, such as the daily Nairobi to Arusha shuttle bus. Local bus and minibus services are likely to be uncomfortable, overcrowded and potentially dangerous.
Taxis are available everywhere in urban areas, but the condition of these can be very poor. The better hotels generally have a superior selection of taxis available, and it is suggested that you obtain one of these, particularly for longer journeys.
Self drive car and safari vehicle hire is available at Masumin Tours and Safaris. However, it is not highly recommended. The poor state of many of the roads in both town and on safari plus erratic driving by other road users makes driving on most routes tiring and unsafe.
Tanzania is a generally safe country but don’t invite temptation. Keep your eye on your belongings. Don’t walk in the towns or cites at night – take a taxi. Don’t carry cameras or large amounts of cash, beware of pickpockets and hawkers. Use hotel safety deposit boxes to safeguard valuables and obtain a receipt. Leave valuable jeweler at home.