Everything you Need to Know Before you Visit Tanzania

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Before you visit Tanzania, like anywhere in Africa, there are a few things you need to know to make your trip safe and stress free. Tanzania is a beautiful part of Africa with so much to offer international visitors, but before you arrive it is helpful to know where to go, pre-entry requirements, and how to stay safe on the ground. From safety precautions to necessary health requirements, this blog post will tell you everything you need to know before you go to Tanzania!

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When to Go:

A visit to Tanzania can mean one of many things – it might be a city escape in Dar Es Salaam, a beach getaway in Zanzibar, a safari in Serengeti, a trek to the peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro or a combination of all of the above! The seasons certainly play a detrimental role to what kind of experience will be had and when, so be sure to read ahead in advance to ensure you have the kind of trip you’re intending for!

Game Safaris: The best times are January-March for baby season and June through September for the tail end of the wet season

Kilimanjaro Treks: You can make the climb year round, however note rainy season runs March through end May

Birdwatching: The best time for bird watching is between October through April

Zanzibar & Dar Es Salaam: Year round!

Safari in Tanzania | World of Wanderlust

Where to Go:

Most travellers visiting Tanzania will arrive firstly in Dar Es Salaam, though be sure to allow for a few days stopover to journey onwards to Zanzibar Island & Stone Town – a 1.5 hour ferry trip away or 30 minute flight from Dar Es Salaam.

For my game drive/safari experience in Tanzania, I made my way to Serengeti National Park in February – right in the midst of baby season and at the beginning of the migration season, with many zebra to be seen already!

Other National Parks that are popular for safari goers are Ruaha National Park and Gambe National Park.

Tanzania Currency

Health, Language, Money & Visas:

Injections/Medications: Routine vaccinations, as well as Typhoid & Malaria (tablets)

Visa requirements: For nationals of Australia, United Kingdom and Canada, a visa upon entry is available for $50 USD. For nationals of the United States, a multiple-entries visa upon arrival is available for $100 USD. All nationalities should check with their consulate for the most up to date information.

Language: Swahili is the official language & English is widely spoken

Currency: Tanzanian Shilling

Singita Tanzania

Local Customs:

Avoid touching others of the opposite sex in public as this may offend some locals, particularly in busy cities.

Avoid taxis without a meter or at the very least, insist on an agreed price before embarking on your journey.

Women should dress modestly – especially in cities.

Basic Swahili:

HELLO – hujambo (hoo-JAHM-boh)

GOODBYE – kwaheri (kwah-HAIR-ee)

PLEASE – tafadhali (tah-fah-DHAL-ee)

THANK YOU – asante (ah-SAHN-tay)

YOU’RE WELCOME – karibu (kah-REE-boo)

YES – ndio (nDEE-oh)

NO – hapana (hah-PAHN-ah)

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    Rebecca Dris
    March 5, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    For travel to Tanzania, was yellow fever vaccine suggested – Did u have it?

    Abbie E.
    March 5, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    Great photos and tips!
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    Anuradha Goyal
    March 5, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    That helps a lot….I guess I would plan for Oct may be.

    Lisa Preece
    March 5, 2016 at 11:06 am

    I’d love to visit and do any of the things you mentioned. Getting a visa sounds fairly easy, which is good to know.

    March 5, 2016 at 2:58 am

    Thanks for this quick helpful guide! I definitely want to visit Africa ASAP!

    Eric Stoen
    March 5, 2016 at 2:09 am

    We were there at the same time. While you say the currency is the Tanzanian Shilling, in reality everything we saw was priced in US Dollars. We never converted dollars to shillings, and had no issues.

    Rachel Oliver
    March 4, 2016 at 8:41 am

    some great info here, beautiful photos!

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    Ariane Kuijt
    March 4, 2016 at 7:45 am

    Such an informative post! Thanks for the advice, it’s very useful.

    Eva-Marjan Lamot
    March 4, 2016 at 7:27 am

    A short but informative post about Tanzania!
    I will definitely remember to do a safari during January-March for baby season.
    Some great tips!

    March 4, 2016 at 7:16 am

    I got married in Kenya some years ago. Part of a ‘package holiday’ that included a weeks Safari, and a week on a beach. Was great fun. Remember being temporarily stranded at a garage in the middle of nowhere wholesale safari truck was repaired. After giving up trying to sell us carved elephants, I was asked how much I had paid for my wife.