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Tanzania

Game Viewing Hot Spot - Serengeti

Tanzania

Tanzania is an East African nation known for its tremendous wild regions. They incorporate the fields of Serengeti National Park, a safari mecca populated by the “BIG 5” (elephant, lion, panther, water buffalo, rhinoceros), and Kilimanjaro National Park, home to Africa’s most astounding mountain. Seaward lie the tropical islands of Zanzibar, with Arabic relic’s, and home to whale sharks and beautiful coral reefs.

Good to Know

Surface area
947,303 km<sup>2</sup>
Population
Approx. 56 million
Capital
Dodoma
Currency used
Tanzanian shilling (TZS) - 1 USD about 2400 TZS
Language
Swahili, English, Arabic
Religion
Christianity 61%, Islam 35%, Others / None 4%
Main income
Agriculture, Construction,Tourism
Agriculture
Maize, Cassava, Potatoes, Beans
Power
230V - Type G and D, adapter to buy on the spot
Important telephone numbers
Police 999, fire brigade 998, first aid and ambulance 997
Travel period
November till May = Rainy Season, June till October = Dry Season
Vaccinations
Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies, Typhoid, Boosters for Tetanus, Diphtheria and Measles, Malaria prophylaxis.

Prepare Your Trip

Safety:

Tanzania is overall safe to visit. Especially if your visit is primarily an organized safari. As with many third-world countries, theft and muggings are relatively common, however most incidents are in cities such as Dar es Salaam and Arusha. Walking alone around the city is not recommended.

 
Vaccinations/Health:
Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies, Typhoid, Boosters for Tetanus, Diphtheria and Measles, Malaria prophylaxis recommended.

Visa:

Travellers to Tanzania require a valid Visa each time they enter the Republic.

The granting of a Tanzanian Visa is, in effect, only a form of pre-entry clearance. It does not guarantee permission to enter Tanzania. The Immigration Officer reserves the right to grant or deny admission. Visa holders are subject to normal Immigration control at the port of entry. They should therefore carry with them, for possible presentation to Immigration officers, the documents submitted with their applications.

In principle, all visitors, except those with no visa requirement as listed below, must obtain a visa prior to entry to Tanzania.

Visas can be obtained at any Diplomatic or Consulate Mission of the United Republic of Tanzania abroad, normally within one business day. Visitors are urged to do so to avoid any possible inconvenience at point of entry in Tanzania.

It is possible, however, to obtain a tourist’s visa for a single entry at any one of the following four main entry points to Tanzania, subject to the fulfilment of all immigration and health requirements:

  • Dar es Salaam International Airport
  • Zanzibar International Airport
  • Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA)
  • Namanga Entry Point (Tanzania-Kenya boarder point)

(This facility is generally for those who could not apply for a visa from a Tanzania Mission abroad) For all other entry points in Tanzania, visitors must hold valid visa prior to arrival.

Nationals of the following countries have no visa requirement:
  • Botswana, Gambia, Ghana, Hong Kong, Kenya, Leshoto, Malawi, Malaysia, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Flight:
If you want to save money we recommend Cheapflights or Momondo. Best prices you get when you book on unusual days (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) and during unusual times (such as during the night). However, you can always use your own booking agent. We will gladly book your flights upon request. Please notify us about your needs in your booking email as this will result in additional costs of $50 per person.

Money:

ATMs are widespread in major towns, and all are open 24 hours. But they are occasionally out of service or out of cash, so you should have back-up funds. All internationally linked machines allow you to withdraw shillings with a Visa or MasterCard. Withdrawals are usually to a maximum of Tsh300,000 or Tsh400,000 per transaction (ATMs in small towns often have a limit of Tsh200,000 per transaction) and with a daily limit of Tsh1.2 million (less in small towns). Some machines also accept other cards linked to the Cirrus/Maestro/Plus networks.

The main operators:

  • Barclays Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Moshi, Zanzibar Island, Tanga
  • CRDB Major towns
  • Exim Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Moshi, Mwanza, Tanga, Morogoro
  • National Bank of Commerce Major towns
  • Stanbic Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Moshi, Mbeya
  • Standard Chartered Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Moshi, Mwanza

Travel Insurance:
Make sure you get a travel insurance before you start your trip. However there are good private hospitals in the popular tourist areas of Tanzania. Rest assured you don’t need any special insurance apart from your usual travel insurance e.g. here.