Best time to travel
Owing to the tropical climate, with one rainy and one dry season, it is advisable to travel to Ifakara between May and September. During the rainy season it is nearly unbearably hot and sultry. In addition, roads are at that time in a bad condition and sometimes even impassable.
The Kilombero Valley is an area with a high risk of Malaria. Malaria prophylaxis is therefore a must. Lariam, Malarone and Doxycyclin have proved to be appropriate medicaments. Insect repellents ought to be carried along as well. Mosquito-nets are available in guesthouses or can be bought in Ifakara at quite a low price. Vaccinations: The Tanzanian Health Authority demands only vaccination against Yellow Fever. But it is recommended to get vaccinated against Meningitis, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A and B and Poliomyelitis. Precise guidelines can be found in:
Tanzania has two International Airports: Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro Airport near Arusha. Both of them offer daily services of several international airlines (KLM, Emirates, Swiss, Qatar Air, British Airways, Turkish Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines). Travelling from Dar es Salaam to Ifakara is possible on long distance coaches or on Tazara Railway. Bus- and railway tickets have to be booked in advance.
Near Ifakara there is a small airstrip suitable for small planes. Flights can be booked in Dar es Salaam and Arusha.
Accommodation in Ifakara
The hospital guesthouse
In its guesthouse, St. Francis Hospital offers guests clean single, double and triple rooms. The price for full board is 20 USD per day per single room or 32 USD per day per double room or 42 USD per day per triple room. This includes food, lodging and laundry.
The roman catholic Parish of St. Andrew offers cheap food and accommodation in modest single rooms.
On inquiry, Ifakara-Centre, lying close to the hospital, rents comfortable, but more expensive rooms and apartments.
You will find the conditions according to which doctors and students can do a period of practical training under the following link...
In the city there are several guesthouses. Accommodation is quite cheap, but comfort is comparatively modest.
In 2008, in Kibaoni, in a distance of 7 km from Ifakara centre, a modern Hotel Resort has been opened:
Kilombero Mbega Resort
It offers modern comfort, nice rooms, and excellent food with moderate costs. Its website is still under construction.
Kilombero Mbega Resort