Tanzania Travel Tips

These are most valuable Tanzania Travel tips. Are you planning to travel to Tanzania for your safari in Africa? Either climbing the highest mountain in Africa Mount Kilimanjaro or Wildlife Safari to most famous National park in Tanzania or Relaxation in beautiful Island Zanzibar beach. It is always good to get to know a few things about a destination before travelling and here we have listed a few things that you need to know before traveling.

We have listed important facts that you need to know before packing your bags and traveling to Tanzania for your Adventure of a lifetime and we hope you will find the information useful.

ACCESSIBILITY:

Tanzania has three major International Airports through which the country can be accessed; namely Julius Nyerere International Airport, Kisauni Airport Zanzibar and Kilimanjaro International Airport. You can book your flights through these three airports if you are planning your trip to Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania Safari trip or Zanzibar beach vacation. Several International Airlines in the world operate scheduled flights to Tanzania. This includes Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airways, KLM Royal Dutch, South Africa Airways Fly SAA, Lufthansa Air, Air France, British Airways BA, Swiss Air, and Egypt Air. Many travelers also arrive through the regional hub of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi From here travelers can catch Connection (regional) flights to Kilimanjaro, or transfer by road through Namanga border There are shuttle buses scheduled for morning and afternoon departures everyday in to and from Arusha and Namanga. (Riverside Shuttle)

CLIMATE:

In general; the climate is hot and dry. Long rains arrive mainly in March – May, with cool nights and mornings June – October, Short rains in November to mid December. Seasons can although vary owing to a variety of factors. The coastal strip is usually hot and humid almost year round. On Mt Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru in Tanzania temperatures can drop to below freezing point.

CLOTHES:

Please see packing list for Mount Kilimanjaro. Please see list of packing list for safari. At the Coast and at Zanzibar Island; revealing clothing especially in Stonetown is highly discouraged.

CURRENCY:

The national Currency is the Tanzania Shilling. The most widely accepted currency is the USD. The USD and other major European currencies can be changed in many Forex bureaus in major towns of Tanzania. It is highly recommended that you change money in Forex bureaus and banks and refrain as much as possible from changing money in the streets. There is an increased access to ATM Machines in all major towns.

DUTY FREE:

The following items may be imported into Tanzania, by travelers older than 18 years, duty free:
• 250g of tobacco or 50 cigars or 200 cigarettes
• One bottle of alcoholic beverage
• 580 ml of perfume
Prohibited Imports
• Unlicensed firearms and ammunition. Plants and plant products require a phytosanitary certificate.
Prohibited Exports
• The export of gold, diamonds and tanzanite, unless bought from a licensed jeweller is prohibited. Exporting souvenirs made from wildlife skins (this includes reptiles), shells and coral is forbidden.

ELECTRICITY:

The local electricity supply is 230 volts, 50 Hz. You will need to supply your own international standard adapter for your electrical appliances. Most hotels in Tanzania use plugs with 3 large flat prongs (“British” type – BS1363 system), however some hotels also use plugs similar to the “French” type (2 parallel prongs), but with an earth connector.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

Yellow vaccination is a requirement in a while the and you can obtain the vaccination from home at least 10 days before arrival into Tanzania. The requirement is not all that strict anymore but it saves time to obtain the vaccination prior to traveling to Tanzania. Malaria prophylactic drugs should be taken before traveling. Sleep under a mosquito net. A sunscreen is good to pack as well as sunglasses. Drink only bottled or Boiled water and try to avoid salads and ice cubes.

IMMIGRATION & CUSTOMS:

An onward ticket and sufficient funds are required when entering Tanzania. Tanzanian people are friendly and will always offer a helping hand.

INSURANCE:

It is strongly advised to take out travel insurance which should cover baggage as well as personal accident and medical insurance and specifically covering your Kilimanjaro expedition.

LANGUAGE:

The official languages are Ki-Swahili and English. There are more than 120 tribal vernaculars.

RELIGION:

Mainly Muslim, Christian and Traditional beliefs. Please keep in mind that you are entering a different country with strong religious customs.

SECURITY:

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 leave cash or valuables in your hotel room and use a safe deposit box.
Make use of a safe deposit box to keep your belongings safe, and do not leave anything of value lying around in your hotel room.

VISA AND ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

Visas to Tanzania can be obtained online or on arrival from all entry points; airports, borders and port harbor. Currently the Tanzania visa costs some USD 50 per person, and American passport holders pay USD 100 per person.