Whats the weather like?
Generally dry and hot with cool nights/mornings June-October; short rains November to mid-December; long rains March-May but the seasons can vary. The coastal strip is hot and humid all year round. Temperatures on Mount Kilimanjaro and Meru drop to below freezing.
What should I bring?
General: Day pack, High SPF sunscreen, Flash light, Insect repellent, Spare or rechargeable batteries(these are difficult to find once you are here), Water proof bags to protect the equipment, Some people find contact lenses uncomfortable in Tanzania because of the dust- you may find it more comfortable to wear glasses while on the road, Antiseptic hand wash, An International Driving License if you are thinking of hiring a vehicle,
Clothing: Good walking boots/shoes, Sandals or other light shoes, Water proof jacket or rain poncho, lighter clothing for Moshi, Arusha and the savannah, with layers for the cooler evenings, Warm clothing for mountainous, including thermal layers and fleece, Sun hat/cap,
Tanzania is a conservative country, and visitors should dress respectfully, revealing clothes can cause offence, especially in Zanzibar and other Muslim areas. On the beach, and within the confines of beach hotels, normal swimwear is acceptable but Nudity certainly is not.
Do I need a visa to enter Tanzania?
Most visitors require visas with the exception of citizens of certain countries of the Commonwealth. Check current requirements with the nearest Tanzanian High Commission, embassy or consulate. Visas, if required, can be bought on arrival at all international airports and overland borders.
What is the currency?
The Tanzanian Shilling. This cannot be purchased outside the country. US dollars are accepted for the payment of the park fees. Many larger hotels will also accept US dollars, pounds and Euros. Note: All US dollars must be printed post-2003, and should not be damaged in any way. Higher exchange rates are given on larger values notes. Banks and Forex bureaus will exchange cash; alternatively you can use ATM machines to get local currency – common in the major towns. Visa and MasterCard’s is widely accepted in major city hotels and stores. Other credit cards are unlikely to work. Alert your bank before using your card abroad to avoid it being blocked.
What vaccinations do I need?
A yellow fever vaccine is no longer essential but you are advised to consult your doctor before leaving your country. Malaria is endemic but it is preventable. Use insect repellent, cover up at sundown, sleep under mosquito net and take anti-malarial prophylactics as advised by your doctor. Bring all prescription medications with you – they may not be readily available in Tanzania. Be sure to purchase travel insurance before you begin your trip, including medical evacuation in case of emergency.
What Other Health Risks Are There?
Even if you are taking anti-malarials, you should still wear insect repellent, long sleeved shirts, long trousers and closed shoes. This will also help protect you from other diseases carried by mosquitoes, and other insects such as tsetse flies. All accommodation in high –risk areas will have mosquito nets- be sure to use them. Tap water is not suitable for drinking, though bottled water is readily available throughout the country.
How Safe Is Tanzania For Tourists?
Tanzania is generally considered to be a safe, stable country with low crime rates. Use common sense in the cities – do not carry large amount of cash or valuables, and keep money and credit cards in an inside pocket.
What Languages Are Spoken In Tanzania?
Kiswahili is the national language and it is widely spoken all over the country as the medium of communication, even though English is used as an official language in many offices. There are about 126 ethnic/local tribes apart from Kiswahili, where by people of the same clan can communicate by using their own local language.
How Can I Make Phone Calls In Tanzania?
If your cell phone is compatible, you may be able to purchase an inexpensive SIM card, widely available throughout the country. The international dialing code for Tanzania is +255.
Where Can I Use The Internet?
Internet cafes are common in many towns, though the connection sometimes likely to be very slow. Some hotels and restaurants also offer WiFi.
What is the Timezone?
3 hours + GMT
What is the electricity like?
230V, but power failures, surges and troughs are common. Bring a universal adapter and a torch (flashlight) or head lamp.