Fast Facts: Tanzania

Below are some of the most common questions from our travelers.

Do I need a passport? What is required for entry?

U.S. citizens must have a passport, which should contain at least 3 blank pages and be valid for at least six months after your return date. Passports expiring before then should be renewed as soon as possible.

U.S. passport holders must have a Tanzania travel visa for entry. This can be obtained upon arrival, but we strongly recommend obtaining your visa before departure. For travelers booked on tours, we will send a visa support letter and instructions to obtain your visa through our preferred provider VisaHQ. We will send this via e-mail after you have completed your travel registration form and made your final payment, approximately 60 days prior to departure. Please do not apply for your visa until you receive both the visa support letter and your e-ticket.

If you hold a passport from another country, you are responsible for meeting all entry requirements and obtaining a visa, if required. If so, we recommend using a fee-based visa service, such as our preferred provider VisaHQ.

A certificate of Yellow Fever vaccination is also required for travelers coming from any area where yellow fever is present.

What is the weather like?

Tanzania does not have large seasonal variations since it is so close to the equator. The weather is best June thru September, although most animals have migrated to Kenya at that time. September thru March is also a good time to visit. Rainy season occurs April and May. Mount Kilimanjaro is very, very cold at its higher elevations. Take along a heavy sweater or jacket when visiting higher elevations or northern game reserves.

Check out the current weather conditions in Tanzania.

Are there any health precautions I should take?

There is a malaria risk in Tanzania below 1800 meters. Check with your physician about malaria suppressants, and hepatitis, typhoid, and cholera inoculations. Do not swim in freshwater streams, lakes or rivers as they are full of parasites. Disinfect and cover all wounds to prevent infection.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

What is the currency?

The currency in Tanzania is the Tanzanian shilling. Please review the current exchange rate for the shilling.

Are tips & service charges customary?

tip guides, porters, and cooks on safaris. Ask about suitable tips upon purchase of the safari. In restaurants, tip 10%.

What items should I shop for?

The best items to shop for in Tanzania are local handcrafts including pottery, Makonde carpets, sculptures, paintings, soapstone carvings, fabric, cloth paintings of Kilimanjaro, chests, and gems. Prices are not usually marked and bargaining is expected.

What are the voltage requirements?

230 volts. Plugs D & G. You will need a voltage converter, and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. View more information about electrical standards around the world.

Can I take my cell phone?

See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.

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