Karibu! Tanzania welcomes you in all her glory to romanticize with the finest aspects of wild Africa. You get the opportunity to explore the highest mountain peaks, sandy beaches, adventurous safaris, and diverse flora and fauna. The country offers trekking expeditions on Mount Kilimanjaro, annual wildebeest migration experiences at the Serengeti National Park, scuba diving in the sublime coastline of Zanzibar, bird watching in Lake Manyara National Park and more. This country in East Africa is an awe-inspiring experience for adventure lovers who will get to see the best of Tanzania's tourist attractions and meet its people. Come and explore Tanzania tourism with us.
Useful Info About Tanzania
Official Name: United Republic of Tanzania
Form of Government: Unitary dominant-party Presidential Constitutional Republic
Capital & Largest City: Dar es Salaam
Population: 56,313,438 (2018 Est)
Official Language: Swahili, English, Arabic
Languages Spoken: Bantu, Swahili, English, Arabic, Chaga, Makonde, Datooga
Ethnicity: Bantu 95%, Others: Sukuma, Nyamwezi
Currency: Tanzanian Shilingi is the official Tanzania currency (Tanzania Money)
Map Referred: East Africa
Area: 947,303 sq. km.
Lowest Point: Indian Ocean 0 m
Highest Point: Mount Kilimanjaro 5,895 m
Coastline: 1424 km
Burundi 903.5 km
Kenya 1047.1 km
Malawi 1317 km
Mozambique 5461 km
Rwanda 978.6 km
Uganda 1317 km
Zambia 1744.7 km
The Democratic Republic of Congo 1476 km
Famous For: The Serengeti National Park I Lake Manyara National Park I Zanzibar Leopard I Kipunji Monkey I Ol Doinyo Lengei Volcano I Ecological System I Freddie Mercury I Olduvai Gorge I Great Wildebeest Migration I The Island paradise of Zanzibar I Mount Kilimanjaro I Shortest war in history between the United Kingdom and Zanzibar in 1896
National Symbols: Giraffe I Coat of Arms I National Flag I National Motto I National Tree I National Song
Time Zone: GMT +3
Driving Side: Left
Airports in Tanzania: Julius Nyerere International Airport I Mwanza International Airport I Kilimanjaro International Airport I Abeid Amani Karume International Airport I Uwanja wa Ndege wa Mtwara Airport I Serengeti International Airport I Pemba Airport I Kigali International Airport I Arusha Airport I Moshi Airport I Tanga Airport
Travelers get to access stable internet connections with major mobile phone operators in the country such as Vodacom Tanzania, Tigo Tanzania, Bharti Airtel Tanzania, Halotel, and Viettel. All lodges and campsites will provide you with phone and internet services upon arrival. All vehicles in Africa are equipped with HF Radio to track animal movement and other emergencies. However, there are tightly monitored rules due to the price war between operators. You could buy a SIM card at the airport that works on the 5G network with fast data speeds. Also, be watchful for fake phones and scams. We recommend you buy a Vodacom if you are traveling across Tanzania. You could consider Airtel if you are traveling to Serengeti and Zantel in Zanzibar. Upon arrival, you can find plenty of official stores that can set up a SIM card in a few minutes at very cheap prices. A package costs for a week usage is around $6.50 for 4.5 GB of data, 200 minutes of domestic calls, and 100 domestic text messages.
Immigration:+255 22 2118637 ( Dar es Salaam ) Click for Tanzania Immigration Website
ER24: + 255 22 2117362 (Dar es Salaam)
Lifeline: + 255 754 783393 (Dar es Salaam IST Clinic -24 hours)
The Tanzania currency is the Shilingi. The Shilingi is further divided into 100 Senti. The symbol for the currency is TSh. The Tanzanian Shilingi is the Zanzibar currency too.
Symbol: TSh Code: TZS 1 Shilingi = 100 Senti 1 Shilingi = United Arab Emirates Dirham (Tanzania Currency to AED) 1 Shilingi = USD (Tanzania currency to USD) 1 Shilingi= Naira (Tanzania currency to Naira) 1 Shilingi = INR (Tanzania currency to INR)
Shilingi banknotes denomination: 200,1000,5000,500,10000
Shilingi bank coins denominations: 100,50,200,500
Please note that Travelers Cheques are NOT accepted in most places.
The history of Tanzania is an exploration of events from the settlement by the Nilotic tribe, the phase of Arab trade and the slave trade to colonialism, and finally Tanzania's independence. Tanzania's culture and history date back to the prehistoric era when the earliest ancestors of mankind known to have inhabited were discovered in deposits in the Olduvai Gorge. In 1000 B.C, farmers migrated from Ethiopia passing the Great Rift Valley to settle here. In 500 B.C. ironsmiths and Bantu speaking migrants also settled here from the Congo Basin. The coast of the country thrived in Arab trade along with the slave trade that was also involved. Islam became the religion of Africa's east coast and Kilwa Island became a powerful trading city. Arab and Persian traders flourished and in 1498 Vasco Da Gama, the famous Portuguese sailor landed here. Kilwa soon became a Portuguese held territory and is under Portuguese control. The Sultan of Oman transferred his capital from Muscat on the East African coast to Zanzibar. 19th century saw missionaries and world powers looking at Africa to expand their power. Burton and Speke discovered Tanganyika Lake and named it Lake Victoria after the Queen of England. Dar es Salaam became a trading center and a major port. Tanzania was then brought under the control of the Germans and life for the locals became miserable. The Maji- Maji rebellion arose against the atrocities of the German rule where over 75,000 Africans lost their lives. World War I destroyed Dar es Salaam, by bombing from a British warship. Germany surrendered to the League of Nations and German East Africa became Tanganyika.
Tanzania's geography is unique and consists of Mount Kilimanjaro which is the highest point in Africa at 5895 meters. Tanzania is mountainous in the northeast of the country with the popular Tanzania attraction, the highest peak in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro that attracts thousands of tourists each year. Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro are both inactive volcanoes. The west of Tanzania has the world-renowned Serengeti National Park famous for its abundance of wildlife and wildebeest migration. Olduvai Gorge, also known as 'The Cradle of Mankind,' is another Tanzania top attraction where many of the old hominid fossils were found. Other Tanzania sightseeing wonders are the Kalambo Falls and the Ngorongoro Crater, known as the 8th wonder of the world also attracts many tourists. Further north is the gorgeous Lake Victoria, the source of the Nile River and the second deepest lake in the world. In the center of Tanzania is an arid plateau where Dodoma is located called the political capital. The capital and largest city Dar es Salaam is on the eastern shore and much of the government work happens here. Northeast of Dar es Salaam lies the Zanzibar and Pemba islands famous for its spices and beaches.
Art and Music
Tanzania culture, music, and art are very lively and colorful with the country having 120 tribes that express music and drama in their unique ways. Tinga Tinga paintings and Wood Carvings of the Makonde people are famous and are great souvenirs to pick up. Tanzanian music is focused on percussion instruments and Lingala is loved by all. This type of music has its signature guitar sound with ruba drums and rhythmic beats. Taarab is a popular genre that expresses music with Arab rhythm and then there is the contemporary Bongo Flava with influences of US hip hop and beats. Tanzania culture is vibrant, colorful and some of the locals have become international artists such as Diamond Platnumz, AY Vanessa, and others.
Food and Drink
Famous food in Tanzania is exotic with Arabic and Indian influences. Tanzania cuisines are prepared with aromatic flavors of saffron, cardamom, cinnamon, and cloves. The most common local food of Tanzania is the Ugali, a delicious porridge that can be eaten with meat. Mandazi which is a type of sweet doughnut is a popular breakfast. Beverages like meaty soup, buttermilk, and chai (tea) are common.
Must-Try Kenya National Dishes
Ugali (porridge), Maandazi (doughnut), Plantain (fried banana), Vitumbua (rice cakes), Chapatis (flatbread), Nyama Choma (roasted fried meat), Ndizi Nyama (meat with plantains), Mshikaki (meat kababs), Spinach and Cassava leaves (vegetables), Pineapple with honey (dessert), Pilau (spicy rice with meat, chicken or fish, vegetables and nuts), Duckling Dar es Salaam (tasty duckling cooked in tomatoes, red peppers and onions)
Chai (tea), Coffee, Fruit Cordial (squashes), Mbege (beer from fruits like a banana), Kibo Gold (beer), Serengeti Lager and Tusker (beer), Fruit Juices (from pineapple, orange, tamarind, sugar cane)
The locals here greet each other with a handshake, always with their right hand. Tanzanians are likely to touch your shoulder or hand while they look you directly in the face during a conversation as a friendly gesture. Greetings are normally simple, and locals are always friendly with a smile. Always greet everyone in the room and not just the host. Respect for elders is practiced and public displays of affection are avoidable. It is a good idea to pick up a few phrases in the Swahili language so you can be a happy 'Mzungu' (traveler). It isn't surprising that with so many ethnic groups and blends of religion, cultural behavior is also so varied.
Experience a wildlife safari drive in one of the most popular Tanzania attractions, the Serengeti National Park and be a part of the 'big five' game.
Stay among the abundant wildlife, hippo filled rivers, and witness the great Tanzania sightseeing attraction, the Ngorongoro Crater.
Be a part of the animal kingdom and watch amazing sunrise and sunset moments.
Explore the wondrous expanse of the vast grasslands of Savanna.
Experience Africa's 'Garden of Eden' in Arusha and save wildlife bound by the creative walls with rich grasslands and swamps.
Feel the magic in Maasai Central Market, a fabulous Tanzania place to visit for curios and crafts.
Get your cameras rolling as you pass by the scenery of Acacia forest and click wildlife in their own habitat.
Not to miss Tanzania's thing to do is to witness the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro as you pass by the Tanzanian countryside.
Enjoy the island beaches of Zanzibar, with a mix of beaches and popular spice plantations, one of the things to do in Tanzania.
Spending time in the archipelago on the Indian Ocean is one of the popular things to do in Zanzibar.
Take a ferry ride to the paradise island and feel enticed and relaxed on the sandy shores of the picturesque island.
Witness the spectacular event of the Great Wildebeest Migration across northern Tanzania.
Tanzania Weather | TAN Climate
The best season to visit Tanzania is the dry season, especially between July and September to get a chance to witness the top Tanzania attractions including the Great Migration. People flock to see huge herds of wildebeest and zebras cross the Mara River, an enchanting Tanzania sightseeing adventure.
Tanzania weather in the short dry season is as high as 40 degrees centigrade during January and February. However, Tanzania weather is pleasant in the long dry season between June and mid-October, the best time to travel.
The country's Green Season is between November and March with a few spells of rain. It is much quieter and is the best time to visit Tanzania for bird watching who migrate in their thousands.
April and May are months to avoid travel to Tanzania as it rains heavily, and wildlife is disrupted and hardly viewable. Tanzania's climate is humid and there are long spells of rain with temperatures of about mid 30 degrees centigrade.
Please note that the best time to visit Tanzania is from late June to October when the season is particularly dry.
Visit Tanzania with Family
Spend magical moments with your family to see the Ngorongoro Crater, a top Tanzania attraction, and take a game drive across the picturesque highlands.
Visit the Tarangire National Park and witness hundreds of bird species and diverse wildlife.
Join a safari and spend exciting moments around the freshwater Tarangire River where wildlife such as elephants and herds of buffalos gather in large numbers during the dry season.
A perfect way to spend time with kids is a canoe trip in Arusha National Park to spend an hour or so gliding across the pleasant waters of the lake.
Visit Tanzania as a Couple
Swim in the pool near the Tarangire National Park and watch herds of zebras and wildebeest wander past.
Take a trip to the African market in Arusha and Mto Wa Mbu and enjoy relishing tasty fresh fruit, avocados, mangoes, and perhaps barbequed corn.
Take a wonderful cycling trip in the morning past banana palms near Mto Wa Mbu and enjoy the network of tracks to end the ride with a local family hosting you as a couple for lunch.
Sit around a campfire in Serengeti under the night sky and feel romantic as the zebras walk past in the distance silhouetted against the night horizon.
Enjoy the beaches in Zanzibar and visit the famous spice island and Stone Town, a top thing to do in Zanzibar.
Visit Tanzania with Friends
Go on an excursion to Mnemba Island and spend the day snorkeling, a fun thing to do in Zanzibar. Do not miss the moray eels, colorful starfish, turtles, and stingrays.
Early morning game drives in Serengeti will fulfill your African dream desire as you become a part of the excitement in the state of art 4*4 vehicles to witness the best of African wildlife.
Be awestruck by the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, a World Heritage Site and Africa's highest peak (5895 m) a highlight of Tanzania tourism.
Snorkel and dive in the clear waters of Mafia Island and enjoy the location for deep-sea fishing, and big game fish.
Feel the soft white sands and dip in the cool crystal-clear water in the islands of Zanzibar and Pemba to enjoy beautiful beaches, a top thing to do in Zanzibar.
WHAT TO BUY?
Wood carving and sculptures
Ceramic art and pottery
Handicraft leather items
Paintings of Mount Kilimanjaro, wildlife, landscapes
Light pieces of sarong and beachwear called Kanga
Ceramic plates, candle holders, flower vases
Traditional sword, shields, and other artifacts
Ashtrays, an animal carving made from local soapstone
Musical instruments like small drums
Exotic ornamental glassware, lamps, and home decor
Serengeti National Park
The expanse of the Savanna grasslands is a sensational scenery encompassing 14763 square kilometers of the iconic wildlife area. The picturesque landscape is the habitat of 1.5 million wildebeest, zebras, and other wildlife that make up a spectacle incomparable to any other. Experience the safari and go on the majestic big 5 game drive in this astonishing Serengeti Mara ecosystem. The best time to visit Serengeti is the dry season.
Best Time to Visit: Dry season (June to October) Entry Price: $60
A famous Tanzania tourist attraction is Africa's highest peak in northeastern Tanzania, Mount Kilimanjaro. Feel awestruck by the views of the snow-capped peak, this majestic mountain stands tall at 5892 meters above sea level, the world's highest freestanding mountain. Mountaineers from the world over come to trek the mountain, a popular thing to do in Tanzania
Best Time to Visit: Dry season (June to October) Entry Price: $70
Island of Unguja
Spend a day in the beautiful white sandy beaches of the Spice Island, one of the top things to do in Zanzibar. The African island is an important trading center with Indian Arab influences and a big Tanzania tourist attraction. Spend the day among exotic beaches, spice plantations, or immerse yourself in diverse cultures and history of Stone Town. Unguja is located just 25 km from the coast of Dar Es Salaam. The best time to travel to Zanzibar is the dry season with no rains for some awesome beach time. Best Time to Visit: Dry season (June to October) Entry Price: $25 per day
Enjoy a day here to be mesmerized by large mammals such as hippos, elephants, wildebeest, and giraffes. You could join a safari and experience awesome wildlife in the dry season. Lake Manyara is a great Tanzania sightseeing spot in the wet season as well, as it is home to almost 300 species of migratory birds, including the beautiful Flamingo that can be spotted. Best Time to Visit: Dry season (June to October), Wet Season (March to May) Entry Price: $53 for walking safari
Tarangire National Park
If you are a bird lover then this is a paradise for bird watchers. Get to see more than 550 species of birds that visit the national park. You will witness a huge number of elephants, tree-climbing lions, and baobab trees in the expanse. The safari is a great chance to get close to nature with beautiful sights of elephant herds that frequent the `River of Refuge`, Tarangire.
Best Time to Visit: Middle and end of the dry season (Late June to October) Entry Price: $15
National Museum & House of Culture
The National Museum takes you to a journey of Tanzania's culture with displays of fossils of human ancestors unearthed. An interesting Dar Es Salaam thing to do is learning about the country's tribal heritage, traditional crafts, ornaments, musical instruments, and viewing a collection of vintage cars. The museum also has the Rolls Royce once used by the former president, Julius Nyerere. Best Time to Visit: Dry season Entry Price: $2.81
If you can make time, here are a few more places to visit in Tanzania,
Ngorongoro Conservative Area
Selous Game Reserve
Mafia Island Marine Park
Ruaha National Park
City of Chake Chake
Hamam Persian Baths
Arusha National Park
Most Popular Regions and Cities to Visit in Tanzania Dar es Salaam
This commercial port is located off the Indian Ocean and is the capital city of Tanzania. Things to do in Dar es Salaam include visits to the many historical landmarks, botanical gardens, and national museums.
Visit For: St. Joseph's Cathedral, Bongoyo Island Marine Reserve, Old State House, Botanical Garden, Local Markets, Dar es Salaam National Museum
This amazing city is the second most visited place in Tanzania. It has to offer many local markets, cultural heritage landmarks, and national parks. Sample the delicious local food and pick a souvenir or two at the local mart.
Visit For: Mount Meru, Lake Manyara, Arusha National Park, Local Market, Ngorongoro Crater
At the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, this town is a famous Tanzania place to visit. Adventure lovers and mountaineers have a thrilling time climbing Mount Kilimanjaro either trekking, mountain climbing, camping, and horse riding.
Visit For: Mount Kilimanjaro, Materuni Waterfalls, Lake Chale, Kikuletwa Hot Springs
There are amazing things to do in Zanzibar such as exploring Arabic style buildings, prison island, Nungwi Beach, and taking a spice tour. The historical Stone Town and perfect beaches are an outstanding experience. Do not forget to drink coffee at the Zanzibar Coffee House Cafe.
Visit For: Stone Town, Nungwi Beach, Darajani Market, Forodhani Gardens, Zanzibari Doors, Zanzibar Beach and Watersports Festival
Few more famous places to visit in Tanzania,
The Mwaka Kogwa Festival
Participate in this four-day festival, a fun thing to do in Zanzibar. This unique Tanzanian festival involves the menfolk beating each other with banana sticks as a symbolic gesture to resolve all conflicts of the previous year. The women dress beautifully, dance, and sing. A straw cabin is set ablaze after which the festival begins.
Location: Zanzibar Date: July and August
The Great Serengeti Migration
The best time to visit Serengeti is April, which is the start of spring. Experience the great migration of wild animals who move in search of fresh water and food. A lifetime experience to watch this incredible spectacle where thousands of antelope, zebra, gnu, and other wildlife moves in herds.
Location: Serengeti Date: April
The Wanyambo Festival
Immerse yourself in Tanzania culture as you witness the Wanyambo Festival. The locals are colorful in their traditional Tanzania cultural dress and dance to traditional music. You can also enjoy a delicious traditional meal at the festival.
Location: Makumbusho Date: Beginning of January
The Kilimanjaro Marathon
The Kiliman Adventure Challenge organizes a triathlon that includes a trek in Kilimanjaro, cycle race and a marathon. You could opt to be a part of the half marathon too. The event occurs in February when Tanzania's temperature is the coolest.
Location: Mt. Kilimanjaro Date: February
The Mzalendo Halisi Music Festival
A popular thing to do in Dar es Salaam is to be a part of the music festival. This delightful two-day event offers traditional music from various local artists along with cultural exhibitions and is a famous thing to do in Tanzania.
Location: Kigitonyama (North of Dar es Salaam) Date: May
The Karibu Travel and Tourism Fair
This is a must-see Tanzania attraction as the fair showcases exhibitions that offer sales of a variety of Tanzanian items. Exhibits selling wines, precious stones, safari equipment, traditional crafts and more are on display. It is also an important fair in East Africa to attend. Location: Arusha Date: May and June
Other Festivals Celebrated in Tanzania
Eid al- Fitr
Nyama Choma Festival
Swahili Fashion Week
Sauti za Busara Festival
A valid passport for at least six months beyond the date of entry is required by nationals from Australia, Britain, other EU countries, USA, Canada. Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous country and has its own immigration requirements. You may be asked to show your passport when you visit Zanzibar.
Tanzania visa on arrival countries with citizens from Cyprus, Malta and Romania do not require a visa and can get a transit visa or single-entry Tanzania visa on arrival. However, it is recommended to get a visa in advance from the Tanzania embassy near you.
Zanzibar visa requirements are the same as that of mainland Tanzania. Zanzibar visa for Indians is available with a valid passport and travel proof. Zanzibar visa on arrival is available at the Zanzibar airport if you obtain a valid passport and a completed visa form. The validity is for three months and the Zanzibar visa cost is $50 per person.
Citizens from the following countries can enter without a Tanzania visa. Countries that do not need a Tanzania visa are mentioned below.
Antigua & Barbuda.
Ashmore & Cartier Island.
The British Virgin Islands.
British Indian Ocean Territory.
The Cayman Islands.
The Channel Islands.
The Cook Islands.
The Falkland Islands.
Heard Island & McDonald Islands.
The Isle of Man.
Papua New Guinea.
St. Kitts & Nevis.
The South African Republic.
Trinidad & Tobago.
Turks & Caicos.
It is however recommended to apply for a visa in advance either from the Tanzania Embassy or the Tanzania immigration website department ( www.immigration.go.tz ) for a Tanzania e visa.
Types of Visa
Tourist visas can be obtained on arrival. However, it is recommended to apply for Tanzania
evisa in advance on the Tanzania Immigration Department website (www.immigration.go.tz)
Single entry or Tourist visa is valid for three months from the date of issue.
Multiple entry visas are valid for six or twelve months from the date of issue.
Tanzania visa cost and types of visas are as follows.
Tourist visa to Tanzania is $100
A single-entry visa is $50
Multiple entry visa is $100
Tanzania Embassy accepts only credit cards for Tanzania visa fees. The process takes about ten working days for the regular service. There is also a rush service at $50 that takes three working days to process.
Tanzania visa policy and validity are as follows.
A single entry visa is valid for three months from the date of the issue.
Multiple entry visas are valid for six or twelve months from the date of issue. Air
A fast and efficient way to travel to see Tanzania's attractions is via air route. Air Tanzania, Air Excel, Coastal Aviation, Fastjet, Flight Link are some of the domestic airlines that operate here. Air is the most efficient option to get around the country quickly. However, remember to book much in advance to ensure your seat. Many of the planes are small carriers connecting Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Zanzibar Island and other major centers of the country to each other.
Bus travel is a good choice on major long-distance routes with an option of Express and ordinary buses. Express makes fewer stops, is less crowded, and keeps to the schedule, so you get to see Tanzania's top attractions in time. On secondary routes, ordinary buses are the only way to travel which are often packed with passengers. Booking offices for popular routes are available and hence you can book in advance with the prices of the tickets normally fixed. Many vehicles have painted slogans on them such as `Mungu Atubariki` which means `In God We Trust`.
Minibus & Shared Taxi
A good choice for short distances is the 30-seater coastal buses, Dalla-Dalla or Hiace minivans. The travel can be overcrowded with no luggage space except on the roof or under the seat. Shared taxis are another option but are very rare. They leave only when full but are a safe travel option.
Trucks sometimes ply as buses in remote areas or on routes with daily services. However, remember that passengers are sitting or standing in the back of the truck during transit. The fare is like that of a bus fare. This way of travel is an adventurous thing to do in Tanzania.
Cycling is a fun and adventurous way to explore Tanzania and used by few. However, remember that the roads are not good for cycling and distances are long. Mountain bikes are best brought from home although local rental bicycles are available at hotels or markets. Bicycles can be transported on minibuses and ferries. However, cycling is not permitted inside parks or wildlife reserves. Afriroots, Arusha Bicycle Centre, Bluebikes Zanzibar, Nungwi Cycling Adventures are some of the contacts that organize cycling tours.
Rail transport in Tanzania is operated by Tanzania Railways Corporation and TAZARA. The central line known as Tanganyika Railway is the most important railway line and runs from Dar es Salaam to Kigoma on Lake Tanganyika. Mwanza line, Mikumi line are other railway lines that provide important routes to crisscross the country.
Via Air Route
Tanzania is connected by air with many international airports such as Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam. The airport operates many flights from airlines such as Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, Flydubai, and more. This airport is the busiest international airport in the country.
TAZARA is the Tanzania & Zambia Railway that runs trains between Tanzania and Zambia. The railways here offer a comfortable service and a fun way to travel. Booking timings and route details are available online along with an interactive map of Southern Africa train routes.
Dar Es Salaam is the main port served by commercial ships. However, there are no passenger services except for ferry services to Zanzibar. Ferry services run on Lake Tanganyika to Mpulungu. Please note that ferry services are not reliable and very rare. Some cruise ships dock at Zanzibar.
Scandinavian Express has frequent daily bus departures from Nairobi to Arusha, Moshi Dar es Salaam and Mombasa. They are good services to take for those who fly into Nairobi and travel by road to the north for Tanzania sightseeing game parks or climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.
It is a good idea to travel light as moving about the country may require hopping in tiny bush planes.
Tanzania is quite high in altitude, so do remember to carry at least one warm cover-up.
Plan your travel so you visit Tanzania`s attractions in the dry season and not miss out on the safari tours.
Holiday for at least one month as distances are big to cover and it is a good idea to experience this destination in full.
Remember that going on safari is not everyone's cup of tea. Staying in safari bandas offers a full immersion into wildlife at a budget of only $ 40 a night as against the private safari lodges that charge $500 to $ 1000 per night.
Take the train to reach the corners of the country to experience the brilliant rain forest and Tanzania's national park; a great way to see Tanzania's tourist attractions.
Save energy to explore the diversity of Tanzania. Do not miss out on the little thrills of a safari-like dik-dik, jackals, antlions, reed frogs, and birds.
Read travel literature and check out traveler's guide for in-depth knowledge of the destination.
Do not miss the climb to Kilimanjaro and if you are not an adventure lover, at least opt for a day hike near the base.
Carry along a big lens (400mm) to capture stunning close shots of wildlife.
Learn a few expressions to help you such as 'asante sana' and 'safari njema'.
Make sure to have your credit card handy as entry tickets at various tourist spots accept this method of payment.
Stick to the safe driving limits and be nice to the Tanzanian Police.
All ATMs have a high withdrawal fee, so remember to carry enough cash.
Always be alerted to follow the travel advisory of your government.
Take a taxi to travel at night.
Avoid isolated areas and quiet beaches especially at night to avoid petty thefts.
Always listen to your safari guide to ensure safety during the safari.
On a self-drive vehicle, never leave your vehicle outside of designated areas.
Do not get too close to the approaching animals.
Follow the brief of your park ranger in a chimp trekking activity.
Do not venture out in the city late at night and display valuables.
Make a copy of your passport and a hotel card before exiting the hotel.
Follow the vaccinations required and recommended for travel to Tanzania WHO-recommended vaccines
Always avoid unsafe food and tap water.
Wash your hands clean before eating to avoid cholera.
Carry an insect repellent and use liberally to avoid malaria.
Take along an emergency first aid kit and medicines for malaria.
Use only bottled or filtered water even to gargle your mouth.
Carry along good clothing, hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen creams to avoid heatstroke and exhaustion.
Bring along travel insurance that you can claim online. It should include insurance coverage for over 150 plus adventure activities and 24/7 emergency services.
Be aware of altitude sickness especially on treks and carry along with emergency medication.
What to Pack?
Travel essential like passport, visa
Travel health insurance papers
Travel vaccination certificate
International driving license
Credit card, cash
First aid kit
Suncare cream, sunglasses, sunhat
Light backpack, suitcase
Light waterproof jacket
Camping gear, inflatable pillow
Tanzania power adapter
Travel toilet paper
Dress Code & Etiquette
Tanzania is a conservative country and modest dressing is a must.
Men and women need to cover shoulders and knees when visiting religious places.
Try wearing kanga, a beautiful wrap around that can be worn as a head wrap or skirt.
People are polite and greet warmly and it is rude to jump into the conversation without enquiring politely about the other person's day.
Handshakes can be long, and elders are greeted respectfully.
Shikamo is a lovely way to greet an elder which means `I hold your feet`.
It is bad manners to click pictures instantly of tribespeople without asking.
Maasai tribes expect a small tip after a photograph is taken of them with Tanzania cultural dress.
Do not use your left hand to shake hands, eat, or give money.
Avoid declining an invitation to eat with a local family and always resist public displays of emotion.
Burundi (451 miles)
Burundi is packed with stunning natural landscapes with hippos and birds being the main attraction here. The country has some great beaches inland and beautiful lakes. Visit attractions such as Lake Tanganyika, Rusizi River National Park, Mount Heha, Bururu Nature Reserve, Saga Beach, and more.
Kenya (769 miles)
Kenya is a beautiful country with deserts, open plains, Savanna safaris, colorful tribal culture, and freshwater lakes. Kenya in East Africa is a country with vast extremes with the best game parks and exciting animals to witness.
Rwanda (217 miles)
Discover many attractions in Rwanda like the Kigali Genocide Memorial, Volcanoes National Park, Nyungwe Forest National Park, and more. This is one of the African countries that produce quality tea as the country has a pleasant climate.
Zambia (338 miles)
Zambia is home to the iconic Victoria Falls, the famous Zambezi River, exotic national parks, and vibrant culture. Witness here a vast abundance of varied species of wildlife and birds and a lot of natural water resources.
Distance Between Places of Importance in and around Tanzania
Tanzania to Malawi 475 miles
Tanzania to Mozambique 756 miles
Tanzania to Uganda 396 miles
Tanzania to The Democratic Republic of Congo 459 miles
Africa's tallest freestanding mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro is in Tanzania.
Two million wildlife migrate across the grasslands of Tanzania.
Tanzania offers you adventurous experiences of the Mara River crossing when herds of wildlife cross the river braving crocs.
Tanzania sightseeing offers the best safaris and big five game drives in the Ngorongoro Crater, one of 'Africa's Seven Natural Wonders'.
Tanzania has the second largest lake in the world, Lake Tanganyika, an exquisite Tanzania attraction
Tanzanian cuisine is unique and is made with the use of exotic spices like cardamom, turmeric, and other traditional spices.
The fascinating Baobab trees that live over 1000 years can be seen at Tanzania's Tarangire National Park.
The country boasts of the unique tree-climbing lions Zanzibar is a paradisal island with blue waters and white sands.
Underwater scuba diving and snorkeling off the coast of Zanzibar is a fabulous thing to do in Zanzibar.
Tanzania is a unique and beautiful safari destination like no other, a popular Tanzania tourism activity.
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