Tanzania is an East African country known for its vast wilderness areas. They include the plains of Serengeti National Park, a safari mecca populated by the “big five” game (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino), and Kilimanjaro National Park, home to Africa’s highest mountain. Offshore lie the tropical islands of Zanzibar, with Arabic influences, and Mafia, with a marine park home to whale sharks and coral reefs.
Important things to know before coming to Tanzania:
- Tanzaniais home to the famed Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa, with its summit at 19,340 feet (5,895 meters). A little more than two of the U.S. state of California can fit within Tanzania, as it is the largest country in East Africa.
- In terms of per capita income, Tanzaniais one of the world’s poorest The economy is primarily fueled by agriculture, which accounts for more than one-quarter of the country’s gross domestic product.
- Tanzaniais generally considered a safe country. That said, you do need to take the usual precautions and keep up with government travel advisories. Avoid isolated areas, especially isolated stretches of beach. In cities and tourist areas take a taxi at night.
- Tanzania’svarious ethnic groups typically speak their mother tongues within their own communities. The two official languages, English and Swahili, are used in varying degrees of fluency for communication with other populations.
- A vacation to Tanzaniafor one week usually costs around TZS1,191,347 for one person. So, a trip to Tanzania for two people costs around TZS2,382,695 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs TZS4,765,389 in Tanzania
- The best time to visit Tanzaniais from July to October when the country is at its driest. This coincides with the migration river crossings, however, all the parks offer amazing wildlife sightings at this time as the grasses and bush are at their least dense.
- There truly is something to suit every kind of holidaymaker in Tanzania. From incredible game reserves teeming with wildlife to glorious beaches, luxurious accommodation and incredible culture and food.
- How to Dress. Tanzaniais deeply conservative, so both men and women should cover their knees and shoulders in public. Traditionally, women only wear skirts, but it’s fine for foreign women to wear jeans or trousers – as long as they aren’t too form-fitting.
- The single-entry Tanzanian visacost is $50, while the multiple entry eVisa, available only for citizens of the United States, costs $100.
- The Tanzanian Shillingis the official currency of Tanzania, but US dollars are also widely accepted in tourist areas. Dollar notes printed before 2009 are usually not accepted.
- All major forms of credit cardare accepted in East Africa, although it is best to travel with either Mastercard or Visa as these accepted most widely. (Amex can be useful to withdraw dollars from banks). It is only in the major towns (such as Dar es Salaam, Nairobi, Arusha, Kigali etc.)
- Currencyand traveler’s checks can be exchanged at the major banks, exchange bureaus, and some hotels. Airports in Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar have 24-hour exchange The easiest currencies to exchange are U.S. dollars, British pounds, and euros.
- By far the best currency to take to Tanzania is the US Dollar. Like most African countries, the US Dollaris universally accepted. Almost every exchange desk in Tanzania will accept the USD and you will not have an issue trading them for local currency.