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Old 9 January 2017, 20:56
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Don't forget to pick up some Tanzanite, rumor has it that it's not being mined anymore.
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Old 11 January 2017, 15:44
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I am enjoying reading this thread for the information. Perhaps helping to ease my concern. My wife and oldest daughter will be going there soon for a couple of weeks; I am not sure of there specific location yet. I look forward to reading more.
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Old 11 January 2017, 16:00
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Old 12 January 2017, 18:02
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Sorry, I should have clarified: they are going on a mission trip there at some remote orphanage, etc. My prime concern is/was their safety, so I found this thread very interesting.
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Old 1 June 2017, 19:10
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My family leaves next week for Tanzania mission trip. I did a quick search here, as well as the net (varying answers). Figured the experts are here for sure.

Was thinking of tossing some leathermans in their checked bags, but am concerned about law issues. Start: DFW. Locations stopped for layovers (brief) to/from: London, Paris, Nairobi.

Aware of pocket knife issues in checked bags?
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Old 1 June 2017, 19:18
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I took a gerber multi-plier with me the last time I went to Tanzania.. was not an issue at all..

If you are flying into Dar, expect the airport to be a disaster.. its been a mess every time I have been there..

If youre staying in Dar.. do not miss an opportunity to eat at Addis in Dar.. probably the best Ethiopian food on the planet..

If the airlines loose a bag.. the only place in all of Dar I could find clothes that would even remotely fit a normal to large sized American was an old Woolworths store in the City Center (a couple of blocks from the Kempinski hotel)..

Overall, Tanzania is a pretty cool place to visit (IMO).. great wildlife and parks if you get outside of the cities.. reasonably decent hotel and food options in the larger cities.. some neat markets, etc.. and it doesnt hurt that most everyone inside the bigger towns/cities speak decent English (outside of the cities its a crap shoot as to whether or not people will speak passable English)..

Hope you have a great trip.
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Old 1 June 2017, 19:52
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If the airlines loose a bag.. the only place in all of Dar I could find clothes that would even remotely fit a normal to large sized American was an old Woolworths store in the City Center (a couple of blocks from the Kempinski hotel).
Reminds me of trying to buy shoes in Thailand and the Philippines. They more or less openly laughed at me. There are definitely some Filipinos well over six feet, wonder what they do for shoes.
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probably the best Ethiopian food on the planet..
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My family leaves next week for Tanzania mission trip.
Aware of pocket knife issues in checked bags?
I take a leatherman in my checked baggage. Never had a problem. Also bought some knives in-country and travel back n forth with them and no issues.
(A big peeve of mine in Tanzania is US missionaries. Please be one of the pleasant humble non-pompous ones)
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Old 2 June 2017, 09:23
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I appreciate the responses. I will check the airports again to see if Dar is one of them. I wish I was going with them as this is a mission trip they are going on. I can can not afford to leave my job for that period of time (2.5 weeks). I will pass ya'lls information on to them, especially "stay safe" as that is a huge concern of mine. Hopefully they will have time to see the country while they are there.

Edit to add: Also, I agree with the missionary statement. My wife and kids are far from the pompous types but rather humble and some of the nicest girls you could meet. As my neighbor says: man, you really married up, not sure how you got so lucky. :)

Leathermans for all. :)
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