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Credit Cards, Travelers Checks at Safari Lodges in Tanzania

May 25th, 2006, 11:11 AM
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Credit Cards, Travelers Checks at Safari Lodges in Tanzania

I asked Roy Safaris to check which lodges accepted Credit Cards or Travelers Checks, and I got a reply. I thought others might be interested.

Exclusive mobile camp: They do not accept Travellers cheques nor Credit cards, they accept cash Dollars, Euros.....

Kirawira Luxury tented Lodge + Ngorongoro Serena Lodge : They accept Visa & Amex Credit cards , no surcharge

Gibbs Farm : They accept Visa & MasterCard Credit cards (25% surcharge during the Festive season - Christmas to New Years)

Tarangire River Camp:They do not accept Credit cards nor Travellers cheques.
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May 25th, 2006, 11:18 AM
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"25% surcharge during the Festive season - Christmas to New Years"

I hope that refers to room rates not credit card usage
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May 25th, 2006, 12:19 PM
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Thanks, lifelist.

Patty, when you were in TZ for your riding trip, did you use the bank in Arusha for obtaining shillingi? I think last time I used a combo of USD, TCs and local currency that I must have gotten by exchanging TCs at the Impala. Since we won't have the luxury of an in-hotel exchange, I'll probably get $ in Arusha. Hmm...
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May 25th, 2006, 12:49 PM
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Leely,
I didn't exchange any money since we were only doing the riding safari. I asked our hosts if it was OK to leave a pooled staff tip in USD and they said it was fine. Other than that, there was nothing to pay for or buy. I did see an exchange bureau at JRO but I'm not sure how the rates compare to Arusha.
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May 25th, 2006, 09:34 PM
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Thank you lifelist for sharing. Great information. Do hope the Gibbs info is for rooms as well. 25% on CC charges is too high and not sure how Holiday time would affect it.
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May 26th, 2006, 10:22 AM
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Leely when we were last there we changed some US$ into Shillings at JRO airport. This turned out to be one of the best exchange rates we saw.
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May 26th, 2006, 10:41 AM
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Jules,
Don't know why I didn't think of that. Thanks.
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May 26th, 2006, 11:39 AM
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You are most welcome! J
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