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Practical Information For Tanzania

Ready to embark on the unforgettable Tanzania Safari Tours? Here is some necessary Practical Information For Tanzania to help you plan a hassle-free Tanzania Safari Holidays.

Basic Information

  • Official Name: United Republic of Tanzania
  • Area: 947,300 sq km
  • Population: 48.3 million (July 2013 est.)
  • Capital: Dodoma

Largest Cities, With Population

  • Dar es Salaam: 4,364,541
  • Mwanza: 706,543
  • Arusha: 416,442
  • Dodoma: 410,956

Time Zone

GMT + 3 hours. Due to the proximity to the equator, the hours of daylight and darkness are quite even.

Languages

  • Official Language: Kiswahili, English
  • Other Languages Spoken: Nilotic languages (Maasai, Datooga, Ngasa, Ogiek, Kisankasa, and Pare), Bantu (Bemba, Safwa, Digo, Hehe, Makonde, Nyamwezi, Yao, and Luguru), and Arabic in Zanzibar.
  • Business Language: English and Swahili

Tanzania Climate

Tanzania mostly experiences a tropical climate due to such close proximity to the equator. Generally, October to February is the warmest time of the year and the coolest is from June to October.

Tanzania has two rainy seasons;

  • October to November: small rains, and
  • March to May: Longer rains.

Temperature

The average temperature ranges less than five degrees throughout the year. However, in some places in the interior, the temperature can be as high as 40°C. The coastal area and the islands of Zanzibar are warmer with temperatures between 22 and 30°C and humidity between 75 and 80% almost year-round. In mountainous areas, including Mt. Kilimanjaro, the northern and southern highlands, and the Usambara Mountains, the temperature gets below 12°C with regular frost during May-August.

Tanzania Visa

A valid passport of at least 6 months beyond your arrival date is mandatory. You can issue a Tanzania visa for $ 50 upon your arrival at the airports in Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro, and Zanzibar. The visa would be valid for 30 days.

If you are traveling by road then you can also buy a visa at most border posts? Please contact the embassy in your home country for information about your visa to Tanzania or neighboring countries.

Tanzania Currency And Exchange

Domestic Currency: Tanzanian Shilling

ISO Code: TZSTo

Possible Means of Payment: ATM, Credit and debit cards (Visa and MasterCard)

Currency Exchange

  • You can exchange your currencies at any bank or exchange office available in all major cities and airports.
  • US dollars and euros, are the most widely accepted currencies and get the best rates.
  • US dollar bills dated prior to 2006 are not accepted. Compare the rates and commissions before exchanging money.
  • ATMs are the most convenient way to withdraw Tanzanian Shillings. ATMs accept almost all international cards.

Tipping

Tipping is expected in Tanzania Safari. It is customary that you give a tip to the local staff such as guides, rangers, and drivers.

Connectivity

The country code00255 or + 255
Police, ambulance, fire112
Dar es Salaam Police+255 22 2117362

Cellular Services

Tanzania mostly has very good cellular reception. Mobile services are very fluent in Tanzania. Sim cards are available for less than a dollar throughout the country. Just top up with credit and make reasonably priced calls to most international destinations.

Internet

Though the connection is generally very slow, internet cafes are readily available. Some lodges, if not all, offer wifi services. Also, it is possible to buy a 3G mobile internet USB dongle

Health

Nothing compulsory for Australian, European, or North American citizens traveling by air, but we recommend protection against Malaria, Hepatitis, Typhoid, Tetanus, and Polio. Also, you should consult your doctor in advance for up-to-date advice.

Travel Insurance

Adequate travel insurance is mandatory for everyone. For Kilimanjaro, mountain rescue must be covered. Kindly provide a copy of your insurance policy and contact numbers to give to your Kilimanjaro guide in case of illness or accident.

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Quick Facts About Tanzania

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. Tanzania is a safe country. Incidents with wildlife are extremely rare on safaris. So, as long as you follow the rules and guidelines set out by park staff and your guide you will be safe.

The dry season of June to October is the Best Time For Tanzania Safari.

There is no set price for a safari in Tanzania. The cost varies widely depending on several factors. Overall, the cost of a Tanzania Safari can start from a minimum of 300$ and can range up to 1500$ depending upon your itinerary and accommodations.

Tanzania is larger and offers more affordable safaris than Kenya. However, Kenya has better travel infrastructure. But nothing can beat the Serengeti wildebeest migration.

You need at least four days to enjoy what Serengeti Park has to offer. The Serengeti national park is huge. So, four days will give you eight-game drives. Which will be sufficient to cover a large portion of the Park and view a large variety of wildlife.

Yes, you can! We allow self-drive safaris into the Serengeti but only with a Land Cruiser.

August to September is the best time to witness wildebeest river crossings in northern Serengeti. After the ‘short rains’ fall in November and December, the migration moves from Kenya's Maasai Mara down through the eastern side of Tanzania's Serengeti. The months of August, September, and October are the best time to see the great wildebeest migration in Masai Mara. After the long rains in April- May, the migration starts moving from the depleted southern plains north to the long grass plains in the western corridor.

There are various hotels to stay in during the Tanzania Safari. However, Tanzania safari is best experienced from our tented camps. We offer a variety of budget to high-end luxury camping safaris.

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Tanzania Safari Itineraries

11 Days The Gem Of Africa Safari

Nairobi | Masai Mara Game Reserve | Lake Naivasha | Aberdares National Park | Lake Nakuru |

Kenya Wildlife Safari

11 Days From $ 3277
Gorillas & Golden Monkeys

4 Days Rwanda Gorillas & Golden Monkeys Safari

Kigali | Franco-Rwanda cultural Centre | Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

Rwanda Gorilla Safaris

4 Days From $ 2,470
Gorillas-&-Golden-Monkeys

9 Days Chimps, Gorillas & Golden Monkeys

Kampala | Kibale Forest | Queen Elizabeth | Bwindi Forest | Mgahinga Park

Uganda Gorilla Safaris

9 Days From $4030
Cape Town

7 Days 6 Nights Cape Town & Johannesburg

Table Mountain Cable Way | Ameera Yacht | Cape Point | Funicular Train Ride | Seal Island

South Africa Luxury Safari

7 Days From $ 1037

7 Days The Kenya Adventure Safari

Nairobi | Meru National Park | Olpajeta Ranch | Lake Nakuru National Park | Masai Mara Game Reserve

Kenya Wildlife Safari

7 Days From $ 2297
Queen Elizabeth National Park

4 Days Queen Elizabeth National Park Express

Kampala | Queen Elizabeth National Park

Uganda Big 5 & Wildlife Safaris

4 Days From $1325

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