It is true that Tanzania, measured in terms of pro-capita income, is one of the world's poorest countries. However, it is a fact that the country can feed itself and, what is of greater significance, is that since independence Tanzania has been among the most stable African countries politically. In regard to safety, both for its own citizens and for tourists, it is well ahead of its more economically advanced neighbors. And what counts the most after you have visited a country, it is the people of that given country, a fact that can surpass any tourist attraction you have been on.
Useful Tanzania Information;
Only major airline companies and big hotels or lodges in Tanzania accept Credit cards. So do not rely solely on it for making payments while travelling. In addition, you’ll have to incur a surcharge every time you make a transaction. We suggest that you take sufficient vacationslers checks/cash and use the credit card as a back-up only, for the duration of your Tanzania vacation adventure.
There are two seasons of rain in Tanzania: the long rainy period (monsoon) which runs from late March until June and a short rainy period, which runs from November until mid January. The long rains often come with heavy downpours and violet storms. The short rains that follow are less intense. Average summer temperatures: 18°C to 29°C
Average winter temperatures: 15°C to 26°C
Rainy season: mid-March to May (“long rains”) and November to December (“short rains”).
Refer to “best time to visit Tanzania” for climate charts, details on the best wildlife-viewing times and when to witness the Serengeti migration.
The local currency of Tanzania is the Tanzanian Shilling, but US Dollars are recommended for travellers. To get the updated and correct conversion rate, visit the Tanzania travel tips page. It is however also possible to change foreign currency at any Bureau de Chance, which generally give better rates than hotels and most banks.
The local times is G.M.T. +3HRS
Tanzanians are extremely religious with Christianity and Islam being the dominating religions followed. Muslims mainly reside on the coast and in Zanzibar. So it is advised to tourists to be aware of the conservative nature of these destinations and dress up and behave accordingly. The people of Tanzania are friendly and harmonious, but it is courteous to not click photographs without their consent.
Flights & Getting Around
- Dar-es-Salaam International Airport: Tanzania’s main airport is the gateway to the Indian Ocean coast and Zanzibar as well as Selous Game Reserve.
- Kilimanjaro International Airport: Tanzania’s second international airport serves the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire and Lake Manyara. You’ll be transferred to nearby Arusha Airport for charter flights to these destinations as international flights often make their landing at Kilimanjaro Airport. A night at Arusha is usually necessary if direct flight are not available.
- Arusha Airport: located 30km from Kilimanjaro Airport, this is the gateway to northern Tanzania’s fly-in safari airstrips. Charter flights are both preferred and recommended given the size of Tanzania and the road condition of the country. Road transfers and game drives in Tanzania are conducted in open-sided 4X4 vehicles though visitors to Gombe and Mahale will enjoy a boat transfer across Lake Tanganyika.
The following items may be imported into Tanzania, by travellers older than 18 years, duty free:
- 250g of tobacco or 50 cigars or 200 cigarettes
- One bottle of alcoholic beverage
- 580 ml of perfume
- Unlicensed firearms and ammunition. Plants and plant products require a phytosanitary certificate.
- Export of diamond, gold, and other jewellery items are prohibited unless bought from a licensed jewellery retailer. Exporting souvenirs made from animal skin, shells, and corals are forbidden too.
The standardized local electricity supply is 230 volts, 50 Hz. If you’re looking for international standard adapter for your electrical gadgets, you’ll have to bring in your own adapter or request for one at the time of booking. Most hotels in Tanzania use plugs with 3 large flat prongs (“British” type – BS1363 system), while some hotels use French type plug (2 parallel prongs), but with an earth connector
Yellow fever Vaccination
Travellers coming from a country with risk of Yellow Fever transmission will require a Yellow Fever vaccination certification while entering and leaving.
You’ll need to obtain a vaccination card if you’re travelling through any of the following countries.
- AFRICA – Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Togo, Uganda.
- AMERICA'S – Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela.
Tanzania is considered a low risk area for Yellow Fever. However, if you’re travelling through Tanzania without a vaccination card, make sure to take necessary precaution against mosquito bites
Travelers travelling from Tanzania to South Africa are required to have a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate upon entry to South Africa.
Please recheck regulations before travelling, as the above is subject to change without notice.
Tanzania has a moderate risk for Malaria. Malaria is common in areas below 1800 meters, and it is recommended to take necessary precautions against malaria prior to your holiday trip. You should consult your doctor and tour operator regarding this. Woman taking contraceptives should consult their physician about using prophylactics.
If you’re planning to use Diamos in Kilimanjaro, you should consult with your physician as some versions of it cannot be used simultaneously with malaria prophylactics.
But the best way to avoid contracting malaria is to try and avoid mosquito bites by using an effective insect repellent and sleeping inside a mosquito net in proper condition. Also wear proper full-sleeve clothes after sunset and before sunrise.
You’re advised to contact your nearest or regular travel clinic or medical practitioner.
As it is a sensible precaution, we recommend getting immunized for at least some, if not all, of the following diseases.
- Hepatitis A: There’s a chance of contracting Hepatitis A through contaminated food or water regardless of where you are staying and eating
- Typhoid: You can get typhoid through contaminated food or water, especially if you’re visiting rural areas and smaller cities.
For further information and latest recommendations, please check with your travel clinic.
The official language of Tanzania are Kiswahili and English. Apart from that, there are 120 tribal vernaculars.
As with any other town, walking alone at night is not advisable, and it is preferable to use taxis which are available at most hotels. Do not, under any circumstance, leave cash and valuable belongings in the hotel room. Use the safe deposit box instead.
Visa & entry Requirements
Visas are required for most travellers flying into Tanzania. It can be issued at your local Tanzanian Embassy and cost varies from country to country. Visas are valid for a total of 6 months. It is possible, however, to obtain a tourist’s visa for a single entry at any ONE of the FOUR MAIN ENTRIES into Tanzania -subject to the fulfillment of all immigration and health requirements-, for those who could NOT apply for visa from Tanzania Mission abroad. These are:
- Dar-es-Salaam International Airport
- Zanzibar International Airport
- Kilimanjaro International Airport
- Namanga Entry Point (Tanzania-Kenya boarder point)
Payment, at all these points, is in US Dollars or its equivalent in Sterling. For all other entry points, visitors are required to be in the possession of a valid visa prior to approaching those entry points. However, to avoid unnecessary delays, people departing from a country where there is a Tanzania diplomatic mission or Consular Office are advised to obtain their entry visas prior to leaving for Tanzania.
Tanzania Diplomatic Missions
Below is a list of Tanzania Diplomatic Missions.
363 Avenue Louise, 1050 Brussels, Belgium
Tel.: (32-2) 6406500-27, (32-2) 64764749,
Fax: (32-2) 6468026
50 Range Road, Ottawa, Ontario KIN 8J4, Canada
Tel.: (1-613) 2321509, 7331349
Fax: (1-613) 2325184
No.53 Dong Liu, San Li Tun, Beijing, China
Tel.: (86-10) 65322344, (86-10) 65321719, (86-10)65325572,
Fax: (86-10) 5321695, (86-10) 65322394
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Democratic Republic of Congo
142 Boulevard 30 Jin B.P.1612, Kinshasa, DRC
P.O. Box 1077, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Tel. (251-1) 518155, Direct Line: (251-1) 511063 Fax: (251-1) 517358,
13 Av. Raymond, Poinacare, 75116 Paris, France
Tel: (33-1)53706368, 53706369,53706370
Theaterplatz 26, 5300 Bonn 2, Germany
Tel.: (49-228) 358514 (49-228) 353219
Fax: (49-228) 358226
10/1 Sav Priya Vihar, New Delhi 110016, India
Tel: (91-11) 6853046-7, 6968409, 6968406-7
Fax: (91-11) 6968410
Embassy of the Unite Republic of Tanzania
Via Cesare, Beccaria 88, 00196 Rome, Italy
Tel.: (39-6) 36005234, 32651471
Fax: (39-6) 3216611
21-9, Kamiyoga 4,Chome Setagaua-Ku, Tokyo 158, Japan
Tel.: (81-3) 34254531-3, 34284227
Fax: (81-3) 34257844,
Taifa Road, Re-insurance Plaza, 9th Floor, Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: (005-2) 331056-7, 331104 , 218269
Fax (005-2) 218269
Ujamaa House, Maputo, Mozambique
Tel: (258-1) 490110-3, 491165
Fax: (258-1) 494782
8 Agoro Odiyan Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria
Tel: (00234-1) 613604
Fax : (00234-1) 610016/618908
Boulevard de L`Uganda, Telecom House, Block C 2nd Floor, Cacyiru B.P. 3973, Kigali, Rwanda
Pyatniskaya, Ulitsa 33, Moscow, Russia
Tel(7-095) 9538221, 9530940, 9566130, 9534975, 2349045
Fax : (7-095) 9566130
P.O. Box 94320, Riyadh 11693, Saudi Arabia
Tel. (966-1) 4542833, 4549660
Fax: (966-1) 4565361
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845 Goont Avenue, Arcadia, Pretoria, 0007, South Africa
Tel: (012) 3424371-93, 3426378-9, 3424562
Fax: (012) 4304383
Oxtorgsgatan 2 – 4, Box 7255, 103-89, Stockholm, Sweden
Tel.: 08 244870,
Fax: (46-8) 109815 or 203 526
47 Avenue Blanc, CH 1201 Geneva, Switzerland
Tel: (41-22) 7318920/7323752/ 7319461/ 7328255
Fax: (41-22) 7328255
6 Kagera Road, Kampala Uganda
Tel: (006-41) 256272/257357/342306
Fax (006-41) 343973/075-787838
43 Heartford Street,London W1Y 8DB
Tel: (44-207) 4998951/ 4993627
Fax: (44-207) 4993627
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United Arab Emirates
Street 12A, Al Safa 2, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Tel: (971-4) 295 7770, 394 0200
Fax: (971-4) 394 9202
205 East 42nd St. NY 10017, New York, U.S.A
Tel. (1-212) 9729160,9729123
Fax: (1-212) 6825232
2139 R, Str, NW. Washington D.C. 200008 U.S.A
Tel: (1-202) 8841080, 8841082
Fax: (1-202) 7977408
Ujamaa House, No. 4200, United Nations Avenue, 10101 Lusaka, Zambia
Tel.(260-1) 243222-4, 250826
Fax ( 260-01) 254861
High Commission for the United Republic of Tanzania
Ujamaa House, 23 Baines Avenue, Harare, Zimbabwe
Tel: (263-4) 721870/722627
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