What you should know before traveling to Tanzania

Here you get some practical information about Tanzania which can be good to get acquainted with before departure

Passport/Visa

Visitors to Tanzania must obtain a visa from one of the Tanzanian diplomatic missions or online unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or countries whose citizens can obtain a visa on arrival. All visitors must hold a passport valid for 6 months.

Vaccination

Visit vaccination center to review which vaccination required for Tanzania, and discuss any malaria prophylaxis, which in most cases is recommended.

Safety

Tanzania is attracting more and more tourists and today it is considered relatively safe to take recommended safety measures. The crime rate is high so you should pay close attention to public places. In addition, you should avoid large amount of crowds and, in particular, demonstrations as they can quickly defeat violence.

Travel insurance

Having a travel insurance is very important when visiting Tanzania. Check if your regular insurance covers your needs, otherwise you will need to take an additional insurance.

Currency

The currency in Tanzania is Tanzanian Shilling TZS. You can find ATMs in larger cities. Credit cards are accepted in Tanzania, but can take high fees and poor exchange rates. Cash in Dollars -USD- is accepted in cities and at tourist areas. Banknotes in USD must be in good condition, no damages and no older than from 2004. Many banks offer higher exchange rates for higher banknotes (eg 100 and 50usd) compared to lower (20, 10 or or 5 usd banknotes). Tanzania is for a tourist a rather expensive country.

Electricity and Plug Standards

Remember to bring an adapter as Tanzania has the electricity supply is 220/240 volts at 50Hz, and is of the UK type. During safaris, it is not always possible to charge electrical equipment in the tent or in the lodge room. This can be done in a special place / room, where all guests can use it. This is because the electricity supply is insufficient in the wilderness.

Transportation

To reach national parks and reserved, you need to take a car or flight, where you then have safari (gamedrive). The roads in most parks can be in very poor condition and are unpainted and areas in which you are traveling are very large, therefore we do not recommend self-driving. We offer a driver who is often also a trained “ranger” or guide and has several years of experience in driving in these open landscapes and areas. The drivers are used to different conditions and can point out animals and nature that visitors would never otherwise be able to see with the naked eye. They also know safe places to go and where to go to a toilet or eat a pick-nick lunch. Often you are out all day, but rarely is feeling that you get tired, then landscape and to see all animals can make your day very varied. Smaller children are not recommended to have on safari, as you cannot stay anywhere, and that you often have to observe silence when you see certain animal groups and that the days in a car can be very long for a small child. Recommended age for children is from 11 to 12 years and up.

Food and drinks

Hotels, camps and lodges offer Western food, with good quality, but with limited selection on the menu. Long transport distances and difficulties in getting deliveries to many of the lodges mean that food and drink can often be expensive. Hotels and lodges are often isolated from other accommodation places, which means that only the hotel / lodge’s restaurant is available. We also recommend driving at night in the darkness of the national parks to visit other hotel restaurants. Most camps, lodges and hotels always have bottled water available. And also always available water with safaris (gamedrive).

Climate and Weather

Tanzania is located south of the equator and is a large country, which means that the climate varies, depending on where you are. The rainy season falls during March – May. At the coast and on the islands it sometimes means rain showers, and a high humidity is high. Temperatures are around 30 ° .The dry season lasts throughout June – October and precipitation is unusual, even on the islands. The temperature varies greatly depending on height and position. It is the best time to visit Tanzania. During November and December you enter a shorter, lighter rainy season, which is not as intense as during the spring rain. During January and February, the short dry season falls before the larger rains fall in March.

Clothes

It will never be particularly cold in Tanzania, bring light clothes, preferably cotton or linen. Unpack white, beige, khaki and brown colors, as you will avoid colorful clothes during a safari. It can be long days in the vehicle, so it is advisable to wear lightweight, comfortable clothes such as short-sleeved cotton / linen pants shirts or longer shorts. Jeans are usually too warm and can become uncomfortable when sitting for a long time in the heat. Hiking shoes, or more stable gym shoes and socks are needed. Some mornings can be a little chilly, during certain periods, so bring a small cardigan that you can then take off during the day when it gets warmer.The evenings can be chilly, so bring clothes that fit. Long sleeved sweaters and shirts and long pants prevent you from being bitten by insects. The sun does not always feel warm but can still burn heavily so have sun protection and preferably a hat, even if the weather is sometimes overcast. In the hotel area you can wear swimwear, but outside and in the cities we recommend not to wear bathing suits or too naked. The locals dress more covered, therefore, for short shorts, mini skirts, trimmed tops, or other tight clothes are not recommended when visiting outside the hotel.

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