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Tanzania Travel Guide

Tanzania Travel Guide

Are you looking for classic Africa? Most of the continent’s iconic landscapes are yours for the taking when you travel to Tanzania! Experience for yourself the snow-capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro. Witness the millions of wildebeest following the rains during your Serengeti adventure. Or embrace the breathtaking views during a Ngorongoro tour. To finish? It has to be the mystical spice islands of Zanzibar! If you are more adventurous, you can easily get away from the beaten path.

Enjoy a number of smaller national parks, such as Tarangire and Manyara, with a special charm all of their own, as well as Lake Victoria, the source of the Nile river and the largest lake in Africa. Witness unforgettable sunsets on the mighty Rufiji River in the Selous. See elephants and antelopes cavorting at the beach in Saadani. Have close encounters with chimpanzees in Mahale and Gombe Stream. Venture into remote Katavi and Ruaha where you are rarely see another vehicle. At the end of your safari, relax at one of Tanzania’s beautiful offshore islands, where beaches take center stage and tropical coral reefs are shoaled by bright Indian Ocean fish. Bliss!

Before you set out on your vacation, find essential details and the latest information from experts in our Tanzania travel guide.

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Visa and entry

Most visitors require a tourist visa (please re-confirm this directly with your local Tanzanian Consulate should you need any clarification on whether you require a visa or not). It is straightforward to obtain a visa at the point of entry (border crossing or airport) and the cost of a tourist visa for US citizens is currently $100 USD per person and $50 USD per person for citizens from UK, Australia and Canada.  Important – please ensure you have USD notes from 2013 and onwards). An e-Visa is recommended for travellers entering Tanzania via Kilimanjaro International Airport.

You can also obtain an electronic visa through this link.

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Health information

All visitors traveling to Tanzania from East African countries are required to produce proof of yellow fever vaccination.

There is a risk of malaria in Tanzania so anti-malaria prophylactics are strongly advised. It is prudent to always carry mosquito repellent with you especially in risky zones such as safari parks. Regions that are at an altitude of 1800 meters or higher, such as Mount Kilimanjaro or the Ngorongoro Crater rim, are malaria-free.

Dar Es Salaam, the capital, has good medical facilities in line with most international standards. However, the further inward you travel, the fewer the chances of finding appropriate medical facilities or pharmacies. It is recommended that you carry all prescription medicines with you.

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Language and religion

Swahili and English are the official languages spoken in Tanzania, the former being the national language. There are also other local languages spoken in Tanzania among different tribes e.g. Maasai, Meru and Sukuma. Indian languages such as Gujarati amongst others are spoken among the Asian communities in the country. Most people learn their local language first and are introduced to English and Swahili at school. 

About one third of Tanzania’s population is Christian, another third Muslim. The remaining third follow indigenous and other beliefs. The majority of the Muslim communities are found in coastal areas and in Zanzibar. There are some large Muslim majorities inland as well, mostly along the former caravan routes. Out of the Christian population, the majority are Catholics and Protestants whilst other denominations make up the remaining percentage. Other religious communities including Buddhists, Hindus and Bahá’ís also reside in Tanzania.

Currency and cards

Tanzania’s official currency is the Tanzanian shilling (TSZ). Most popular tourist destinations accept payment in both TSZ as well as in USD. However, do remember that US dollar notes printed before 2013 may not be accepted and those printed before 2009 will be rejected outright. Even if you exchange your currency at an authorized money exchange, don’t forget to collect your receipt.

In Tanzania there have been some cases of card cloning at ATMs. In order to avoid these, please ensure that you inform your bank before you travel and after your return so that fraudulent transactions can be monitored and cancelled. Also avoid using ATMs that are not located inside or at the bank premises. Visa is the most accepted card in Tanzania although there may be a surcharge levied for transactions.

Our destination experts are happy to share more detailed information with you. Get in touch today with us for your tailor-made, obligation-free Tanzania tour itinerary.

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