Travel Information - Tanzania
Visa - for those who require one - can be purchased in advance through the Tanzanian embassy or consulate in your home country.
Visa can also be obtained upon arrival at Kilimanjaro / Dar es Salaam International Airport or at any overland border. Safari vehicles and small aircrafts provide limited space for luggage. It is therefore recommended to travel with light bags since bulky suitcases will overload and might be difficult to be taken on board.
In most of the cities it is possible to withdraw money from an ATM. The unit of currency is the Tanzanian Shilling. The US dollar is traditionally the hard currency of preference, but the Euro and Pound Sterling are also widely accepted. Only USD notes printed after 2006 are accepted
A certificate proving that you have received a yellow fever vaccination is obligatory.
Furthermore all required inoculations must be recorded by your health practitioner on a valid vaccination certificate. You must carry this document with you throughout the tour.
All visitors should take malaria prophylactic drugs. We also advise that you bring a mosquito repellent and a mosquito net with you. Most lodges do have mosquito nets, but not all. Always consult your doctor or pharmacist for up to date requirements and personal recommendations! Lastly always drink bottled water instead of tap water.
The national language is Kiswahili but English is widely spoken and is the main language in the tourist areas.
When to Visit
Tanzania can be visited at any time, though some places might be difficult to visit in the rainy season.
The climate is tropical; the coastal areas are hot and humid with an average day temperature of 30 degrees centigrade. The central plateau is dry and arid with hot days and cool nights. In the area around Arusha and Ngorongoro in Tanzania, the climate is temperate and cooler (especially) between June and September. The long rains are from March to May, the short rains from November to half December.
What to Wear
Daytime temperatures are generally warm to hot, so bring lots of light clothing.
Evenings are cooler, especially at high altitudes (areas around Ngorongoro Crater, Mt. Kilimanjaro and Arusha), so carry a couple of light sweaters too.
Those who intend to do mountain hiking will be exposed to alpine temperatures and should pack accordingly. Don't forget to bring a hat, sunglasses and a waterproof jacket.
What to Bring
A valid passport is mandatory (passport must be valid for at least 3 months after re-entry) and visa requirements for all countries you are planning to visit should be checked before you travel.
To make the most of your visit to the game reserves and national parks, we advise you to carry binoculars and field guides. Photographers will need a zoom lens for wildlife (70-300 or more). Please make sure to carry enough memory cards or films with you.
Toiletries and other essentials can be bought in the cities. We advise you to take an international adapter with you for your electric equipment.
The system used in Tanzania is the British system. A torch (flashlight) can proof to be very useful.
Tipping will always be appreciated. It is normal to tip 5-10%. Guides and drivers should always be tipped.
The Lonely Planet and Bradt Travel Guide are the most detailed guidebooks for Tanzania. For wildlife, the best guidebook is 'Watching Wildlife East Africa' from the Lonely Planet and The Bradt 'East African Wildlife'.