Tanzania’s Travel Tips
The united rep of Tanzania is located just south of the Equator and is 938,000 sq. km in area.
It being the largest country in East Africa, it has an area where about 30 Million can stay.
It is found in the southern part of the equator and it experiences tropical weather. On the coastal area, it is quite hot and humid. In the northern circuit, cool weather between May and September. Temperatures change between 60-70F during the day and a bit cooler at night.
The country generally experiences two rainy seasons:
(i) Long rains from March to May
(ii) Short rains from October to November
Tanzania is quite hot therefore wearing Light dresses is fine for ladies and men. Between May and October, light warm clothing are advisable in the northern area. Ngorongoro is chilly at times, so a pullover is recommended.
In case you country doesn’t appear on the list of the exempted countries, you need to have a visa before moving into Tanzania. Nationals of some specified countries of Europe and North America are allowed acquire visas at their port of entry in Tanzania – one of the International Airports, or the border ports. Visas are can be got from any Tanzania Embassy or High Commission. For more recent/up to date visa requirements, contact your closest Tanzanian Embassy /High Commission. You can also check with the UK based Tanzanian High Commission web site.
Tanzania High Commission
43 Hertford Street
London W1Y 7FF
Tel: + 44 171 491 3600
2139 R Street NW
Washington DC 20008
United States of America
Tel: + 1 202 9396128
Vaccination against yellow-fever is very vital. Please carry proof of your vaccination in the form of a stamped health card/certificate from your health center in your country of origin. It is advisable to move with anti-malaria pills, better still, to begin taking the pills two weeks prior to arrival, during your stay, and after departure.
It is prohibited to import or export Tanzanian currency. On the other hand, amount of foreign currency may be carried into the country. Foreign currency may be exchanged at any of the numerous authorized bureau de change located at the major airports, border points, cities, towns and quality hotels in major towns. Demand and preserve your receipt for the transaction until departure.
American dollar bills tend to fetch the most competitive exchange rates, even if all major European and North American currencies can be exchanged. For security reasons, it is advisable to bring a sensible mix of travelers cheques and cash.
Tanzanian Shilling (TSH) = 100 cents
Swahili is the national language, however English is widely spoken. These are some useful Swahili words to know:
Hello Jambo Tomorrow Kesho
Mister Bwana No Hapana
How do you do? Habari gani To sleep Kulala
Thank you Ahsante Quickly Upesi
Bring here Lete hapa Tea Chai
Please Tafadhali Water Maji
To eat Kula How much Ngapi
Today Leo Sugar Sukari
Yes Ndio Food Chakula
Coffee Kahawa Milk Maziwa
Slowly Polepole Child Mtoto
Car Gari Come here Njoo hapa
Good bye Kwa heri
WHAT YOUR SAFARI COST INCLUDES
• All ground transportation
• All meals
• Crater tour(s) in Ngorongoro
• Game dives/wildlife viewing
• Government taxes and hotel levies
• Safari Park entrance fees
• Walking Safari (in Selous only, and Ruaha upon request)
• Boat Safari (in Selous only)
• Service of a trained and highly experienced professional driver guide
WHAT YOUR SAFARI COST DOES NOT INCLUDE
• Airport and Seaport taxes unless mentioned in your airfare quote
• Air transportation, unless explicitly mentioned
• Items of a personal nature e.g. newspapers
While on a safari, transportation is in part of our specially modified safari version Nissan Minibuses or four wheel drive Landover 110 Defenders. Safari cars are two-way radio fitted to keep communicating with our town offices. Safari vehicles all have pop-up roofs to enable you to view wildlife at acloser range. Furthermore, every minibus passenger is given a window seat on a luxury padded individual safari seat.
NATIONAL PARKS RULES
You are required to observe rules of different parks for your own safety. These rules include avoid feeding the wildlife and potentially interfering with the natural homes present.
TIME ZONE GMT + 3
ELECTRICITY 220 – 240 V AC, 50 Hz
INTERNATIONAL DIALING CODE + 255, then the city code, followed by local number
We highly respect the code of ethics of our national organization,
The Tanzanian Association of Tour Operators, of which we are a member.