Tanzania Frequently Asked Questions (Faqs)

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Do I need a visa to visit Tanzania?

Visitors holding passports from the United States and the United Kingdom do need a visa to enter Tanzania. Australian, Canadian and many EU passport holders also require a visa. It is best to obtain the visa in advance through your local embassy, consulate or obtain the e-visa online here

Tanzania also requires that your passport be valid for no less than 6 months beyond the date of entry. They also require at least two blank pages in your passport.

It is your responsibility to check the entry visa requirements with the individual embassy of each country you intend visiting prior to departure.

 

Do I need to get a Yellow Fever Vaccination?

If you are travelling from a country which is known for Yellow Fever you need to produce your yellow fever vaccination certificate upon arrival in Tanzania. Failure to do so, may result in your being denied entry.

For more information please visit your local travel clinic or the CDC website

 

Do I need to take anti-malaria medication when visiting Tanzania?

There is a risk of malaria throughout the country especially during the long rains in December and January. It is recommended that you visit your local doctor or a travel clinic about malaria prophylaxis’s before travel to Tanzania.

 

When is the best time to visit Tanzania?

The best time to travel to Tanzania depends on what you want to do during your trip. Most visitors want to come to Tanzania to go on safari or head to the exotic autonomous state of Zanzibar.

Tanzania experiences two rainy seasons – the first called ‘the long rains’ from March through May and the short rains are in November and December. The dry season lasts from June to October, and this is when the herds of the Great Migration cross the Mara River trying to avoid crocodiles, creating wonderful photographic opportunities.

Many people think that the Great Migration happens at a certain time of year, but this is not the case. The wildebeest are continually moving in a cycle throughout the year. They move in search of fresh grazing and this is dictated by the rains which have become more unpredictable due to climate change. Generally, the herds follow the following pattern. From January to May the herds are in the southern Serengeti and this is the calving season. From May to August they are in the northern Serengeti. In August to October, they move into the Masai Mara in Kenya. From November to January, they are in the northern Serengeti moving back down to the southern plains.

 

Can I drink the tap water in Tanzania?

Water in Tanzania is safe for bathing and brushing your teeth. Not all water is safe to drink especially in remote areas, so we recommend that you use bottled water during your trip.

 

What is the weather like in Tanzania?

Tanzania has a warm tropical climate, but it is a large country and the weather is vastly affected by altitude. The hottest part of the country is along the coast. The low-lying areas such as many of the southern parks such as Ruaha and the Selous is are hot but less humid. The rest of the country is milder and it can cool down at night.

Arusha is the town closest to the popular northern parks and has a mild climate. The Ngorongoro Crater rim receives quite a lot of rain and is very cold during evenings and mornings due to its high altitude (about 2,300m/7,545ft). Lower lying parks, such as Lake Manyara National Park, Selous Game Reserve, Mikumi, Ruaha, Gombe, Mahale Mountains and Katavi, are slightly warmer than Arusha.

From June to October there is little rainfall and humidity is low. It cools off at night; be sure to pack warm clothing because morning game drives in open vehicles will be cold, especially in the northern parks. In June, July, August, September & October – Afternoon temperatures are usually between 20°C/68°F and 30°C/86°F and vary greatly according to altitude and location. Most days have a fine, clear sky and sunny weather.

During most of the Wet season from November to May, afternoon temperatures are consistently hot (a bit above or below 30°C/86°F) but it is colder above 1,300m/4,265ft. Mornings are cold in most northern parks due to the high altitude.

November & December is called the ‘Short rains’. Its timing is unpredictable, and, in Northern Tanzania, it can even happen in October. The rains will rarely interfere with your safari.

In March, April & May is called the ‘Long rains’ – these are the wettest months. It tends to rain heavily almost every day, although not often for the whole day.

 

Currency and credit cards in Tanzania

The official currency of Tanzania is the Tanzania Shilling (TZS of TSHS). US dollars are widely accepted however bills printed in and/or prior to 2006 are not accepted! High denomination bills ($100 and $50 mainly) can also be a problem so take a stash of ones and fives and tens just to be on the safe side.

Credit Cards:

Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted throughout Tanzania.

American Express and Diners Club are not widely accepted.

Foreign currency can be exchanged at local banks and Bureaux de Change.

ATM’s are readily available in major cities.

 

Languages spoken in Tanzania

The official languages of Tanzania are English and Swahili. English is widely spoken.

 

Electrical matters

Tanzania electrical outlets are 230/240 volts AC, 50 Hz. Plugs are square 3-pin shape. Although adaptors are available at most camps, we highly recommend taking your own.

If you are taking electric hair styling tools in any shape or form flatirons, curling irons, hairdryers etc. or any other electrical appliances, you should make sure they are dual voltage and remember to change the voltage.

Many camps are very remote and run on generators. They may not allow you to use hair dryers, curling irons etc and may have limited hours of operation. Some camps only have charging facilities for batteries and cell phones only in the main reception rooms.

 

Time Zone

Local time in Tanzania is GMT +3 which 7 – 8 hours ahead of the Eastern USA depending on daylight saving time.

 

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