Practical Information

Practical Information
Practical Information
Practical Information
Practical Information

Karibu MS TCDC, the Training Centre for Development Cooperation, Arusha, Tanzania.

This Welcome Pack provides you with some important information for your preparations to visit our centre, including details on the venue, accommodation, logistics for arrivals and departures as well as general information on the country, the climate, health, safety etc. that you may like to review before arriving.

Information about United Republic of Tanzania

Tanzania is one of the five East Africa Community member states within the African Great Lakes region. Bordered by Kenya and Uganda to the north; Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west; Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique to the south; and the Indian Ocean to the east, we are proud to count within our borders the African highest mountain, the Mount Kilimanjaro (5,895m), in north-eastern Tanzania. The peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro is visible occasionally from Arusha as and when, weather allows.

Swahili and English are Tanzania's official languages.


Arusha is a city located in northern Tanzania, in the out skirt of the Mount Meru (4,566m), another of the top ten peaks in Africa. 

Also Arusha is known to be the north touristic capital, being the depart point for most of the safaris in this regions.

The current site of Arusha was first settled in the 1830s by the agro-pastoral Arusha Maasai from the Arusha Chini community, south of Mount Kilimanjaro. They traded grains, honey, beer, and tobacco with the pastoral Kisongo Maasai in exchange for livestock, milk, meat, and skins. Demand for Arusha's foodstuffs increased substantially during the 1860s when the Pangani Valley trade route was extended through Old Moshi, Arusha, and ultimately to western Kenya. Although it was not yet a town, it was a regional centre and had a number of urban features

Weather / Climate

Tanzania is quite a big country with different topography and so diverse weather conditions. This said the climate is pleasantly cool in high mountainous regions including Arusha and Kilimanjaro regions.

April (May) is normally the start of the rainy (and cold) season in Tanzania. By this time, daily temperatures in at MS TCDC can range between 15°C to 27°C during the day, nights being cooler due to proximity to Mount Meru. The hottest period extends between November and February (25–31 °C or 77.0–87.8 °F) while the coldest period occurs between May and August (15–20 °C or 59–68 °F). Annual average temperature is 20 °C (68.0 °F).

Entry Requirements to Tanzania

A valid passport valid for a minimum of six months at the date of entry to the country is required for citizens of all countries to enter Tanzania. Take into consideration that your passport should have at least four empty pages.

Please, carry a valid yellow fever certificate with you. The vaccination, not required for kids below 1 year of age, needs to be administered at least 10 days before travel to Tanzania.

Visa.jpgReferral VISAS

Afghanistan, Abkhazia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Equatorial Guinea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Mali, Morocco, Mauritania, Niger, Palestine State, Senegal, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Somali Land, Sierra Leone, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Refugee, are a referred country to Tanzania and therefore, citizens from any of these countries or  refugees, are required to obtain a referral visa prior to coming to Tanzania.

The referral visa has to be approved by Immigration Service Department in Headquarters, Dar es Salaam. If you want MS TCDC to process visa on your behalf, we will assist you at a cost of US$ 200. Through our experience, we deliver visa in two to three (2 to 3) week time. Should you wish MS TCDC to process visa for you, you will have to notify us the soonest possible so that we submit the visa applications and obtain it before you travel to Tanzania.MS TCDC processing fees are paid direct to MS TCDC Bank Account.

After getting the letter of approval you will be accepted to come to Tanzania, and allowed to enter the country after payment of the port of entry Visa fee of $50. 

Getting to MS TCDC

By plane: Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA)

We recommend you chose Kilimanjaro International Airport - KIA as your port of entry. Another option al is it further away is the Arusha Air strip located on the other side of town. Check your city of departure the number of direct flights to KIA is increasing (newest routes come from Kigali, Lusaka and Entebbe).

All visitors who have booked airport transfer with us will be picked up from the airport by our designated driver who will be holding a poster with your name at the arrival exit. Keep in mind that arrivals area is sometimes very crowded, and so your driver might be a little behind the crowd. Please walk slowly past the crowd and look around for your name on the poster.

In case of need to call us, look for the public calling booth close to the Arrivals Hall - if you do not carry a mobile phone. For your own safety, we advise you not to take an unknown taxi from the airport. Our recommended taxi contacts are here attached.

Use our Travel Agency

We are glad to offer our participants and visitors our travel agency services Skylink, which might offer you competitive prices. To benefit from this, drop a mail to Mohamed Kitenge enclosing, on the mail your letter of invitation as a proof you are coming to MS TCDC and a copy of you detailed passport page.

By road

Arusha is well connected by ground transportation to different parts in Tanzania, and between Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan with scheduled private bus services.


2MS TCDC is the acronym for MS Training Centre for Development Cooperation, a state of the art development management training institution located in East African region, situated close to Arusha in Northern Tanzania. MS or Mellem Folkeligt Samvirke is the founding organisation of MS TCDC a Danish NGO which today has a global presence with its affiliation with Action Aid International.

Throughout the year, and since 1967, different courses and workshops run concurrently in a lively international atmosphere promoting sharing of experience and cross cultural mediation. Our excellent facility together with a quiet and pleasant atmosphere makes MS TCDC an ideal place for reflection and learning.

Our Academic, Training and Professional Services

MS TCDC offers a -range of Short Training courses for development practitioners together with our Professional Accredited Programs - Certificate, Diploma, BA and Masters. Swahili language Programs and the Tanzanian Orientation Courses are a trade mark of MS TCDC. In addition, we are proud to be recognised for our tailor made trainings as well as for our Consultancy and Advisory Services.

Furthermore, we offer Conference and Workshop Facilities, which benefit from our range of accommodation services, our comfortable and equipped venues, and the well-known African Tea & Bites! Some groups choose to enjoy a night barbecue at MS TCDC while seeing a live Ngoma performance (African dance and drums), dancing with our rock band or DJ beat.

Since the beginning of 2015, we are offering special half day to multiday safari packages in partnership with Away From Home Destinations, a local women lead Safari Company. Let us know you are interested and receive further information!

MS TCDC General Services

Front Office

It is common for us to read on the evaluations we receive that our staff is very welcoming and has always a smile on. And this warm welcome starts at the Front Office. During the opening hours, the concierge assistance will guide through your needs including reconfirmation, booking, purchasing of tickets, course registration, accommodation issues, and others as transport needs.

The front office is open at the following hours:

  • Weekdays       7.30-16.30hrs (Public holidays 07.30-16.30hrs)
  • Saturday         8.00-15.00hrs
  • Sundays          12.30-20.00hrs

For emergencies outside office hours please contact the Night Porter +255 754 651 715.


MS TCDC offers for free Wi-Fi connection on the surroundings of the learning spaces, conference hall and library. While MS TCDC has a number of desk top computers in the library that our participants may use we welcome participants to bring their own devices such as lap tops or tablets. The main purpose of the internet connection is to ensure optimal learning and administration facilities at MS TCDC. Therefore when using MS TCDCs internet we kindly request that our network is not used for downloading or sharing films or music or for pornographic material, as this slows down the internet speed for other users. Breaches will lead to the user being blocked from our network. If you need to download films or music as a part of the training – kindly inform the IT Administrator in advance”.


The library is open Monday to Friday from 07.00hrs to 22.00hrs, and Saturday 9.30hrs to 22.00hrs, and Sunday from 9.30hrs to 17.00hrs.

The computers in the Library are primarily for training hence occasionally the computers will be booked for training purposes and cannot be used for other activities during this time. You will be informed in advance through a notice posted at the door to the library.


DSC_0188In our dining hall the different meal options are served as per your meal card. Opening hours are:

  • Breakfast 07.00-08.30hrs       
  • Lunch 12.30-14.00hrs
  • Dinner 19.00hrs-20.00hrs

Free tea and coffee is served daily at 10.00hrs and 16.30hrs in the tea Banda.

Please inform the front office in advance if you plan to skip any particular meals, want to order a lunch box or if you have special dietary requirements.

Keep in mind you are not allowed to take food to your room unless special permission is granted in the case of illness.


Our cashier opening hours are: Monday – Friday: 

  • 10-10:30 hrs.
  • 13:20-14:00 hrs
  • Weekends: closed

Our Cashier offers to hold any larger amounts of cash for you, and has some limited forex services for major currencies. Please note that all trainings must be paid in advance, and that all outstanding bills must be settled in before departure. This means that usually bills should be settled by Friday afternoon. Please note that we do not accept credit cards.

Mahali Cafe

DSC_0176The Mahali cafe which is adjacent to the dining hall is privately run. It is open from 10.00am to 23hrs daily. Upon special request from groups other opening hours can be arranged. For special service arrangements can be delivered outside the bar e.g. in the tea Banda. The bar stocks various drinks, bites, personal hygiene products and mobile phone air time credit cards. Please note that the café will not serve alcohol to youth under the age of 18 or to intoxicated persons. Also note that the bar is a cash only operation.

GYM and Sport Facilities

Participants have free access to the gym, where we kindly ask that you change to indoor shoes or remove your shoes before entering.

MS TCDC also has squash, basketball football and volleyball courts. Sports equipment can be collected/borrowed from the library. Please note, that we will request a deposit e.g. a watch, money or a phone, which will be returned to you, when you return the sports equipment. On Tuesday and Thursday afternoon we conduct fitness classes in the squash court next to the gym at a fee. For participants the fee is TSh 3,000 be paid in advance at the reception.

On weekdays a running club departs from the reception at 6:30hrs. All are welcome.

Remember to bring

In door shoes for the gym. Warm clothes for the evenings. An umbrella for the rain season. Passport and vaccination card.

Laundry service

Our Laundry located near volleyball ground is open from Monday to Saturday (7.30hrs to 17.00hrs), and you will find laundry list and bag in your room. Keep in mind that payment is to be done at the cashier desk from Monday-Friday between 10.00hrs-10.30hrs and 13.20hrs-14.00hrs and that payment must be made before collecting your laundry.


KK Security guards are responsible for the security in the compound. As such, KK Security searches all cars arriving to and leaving or centre as well as bags from those entering/leaving the centre. Please do not take offence. This practice applies to all - even staff. We do this to ensure the security of all students, staff and their belongings. We do not discriminate – hence everyone is searched.

We further advice the following:

  • Lock your room whenever you leave the room
  • Do not leave valuables in the class room
  • Use the front office safe to store your valuables. This service is available for free

May you remember to take a photocopy of your passport and visa, scan and upload to a Google drive, drop box or similar – this will ease the recovery process in case you lose your passport; and have your valuables such as computers, IPads or phones engraved – this makes them less attractive to thieves as they will be difficult to sell. Take a picture of your valuables and upload to drop box or Google drive.

Other services


AFH Land Cruiser Short Wheel BaseMS TCDC has established partnership with local tour operators who we recomend to all our participants and visitors to plan and enjoy the natural wonders of Tanzania. on the Safari you will be able not only to discover Tanzanian Natural Parks but other beautiful spots, under their attentive client care accompanying.

Please contact us time in advance to make sure we assist you in organizing your unforgettable trip.


DSC07695.JPGKindergarten and babysitting services are also available upon demand, with possibility to allow your children experience Swahili classes and culture at our centre. Please book in advance.

Beauty care

Private massages, beauty treatments, therapies, manicure, pedicure and makeup artist services. Book this service at Front Office



Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday we welcome The Handcraft Sale a private initiative that offer our guests the option to get nice hand crafts typical from Tanzania, and very similar to what you can otherwise get from Arusha town.

Stationary and photocopy service

At MS TCDC there is a small privately run stationary and photo copy services. Also the shop offers Mpesa and sells phone airtime and sim cards and offer other services such as video recording, photography and pass port photos. Please note this is a cash only operation and all business must be settled directly with the shop.

Farewell Party

IMG_9847.JPGFront office can organise a farewell party, life music, a Band/Disco or Ngoma troupe (traditional dancing) if required please inform the front office in advance, and these services will be organised at a fee.





List of recommended taxies







Leonard Awet

0784305243 or 0768305243

Usa River Town



Paul Dominic


Usa river Town

T 926 CKU


Abdallah Rashid


Usa river Town

T 868 BES


Walter Macha


Usa river Town

T 550 AKL


Nicodemus Nade


Usa river Town

T 374 BBR


Abu Lesso

0767628721 or  0784628721

Usa river Town

T 260 BFM


Jason Matozi


Arusha City - Clock Tower

T 724 AFL


Harrison Lyimo


Arusha City - NBC Bank

T 779 BMP


Penuel S. Mollel

0767824101 or  0784824101

Arusha City- Mt. Meru Hotel

T 422 BKP


Memort Njau


Kilimanjaro Int. Airport

T 674 AVG


Epitas Desderi


Kilimanjaro Int. Airport

T 127 BHZ



The map below is directing you to find MS TCDC


How to find MS TCDC