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"God's thumbprint," a crater lined with lush grassland where lions recline feet from elephants, symbolizes this land of mythical proportions. Acacia trees dot a vast horizon and flamingos cast a pink mirage on Lake Manyara National Park. The Masai Mara's traditional welcome transports you to another world of drumbeats, chants and dance. Travel to Tanzania for the adventure of a lifetime!

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Small Group Tour Best of Kenya & Tanzania Safari
Nairobi & the ultimate safari: 14 game drives in Ol Pejeta, Samburu, Lake Nakuru, Masai Mara, Tarangire, Lake Manyara & Ngorongoro
from $5299 w/ Flights 14 days
per person, double occupancy*

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Fast Facts

Already booked on one of our packages to Tanzania? See everything you need to know before you go.

Overview

Capital: Dodoma
Population:  53.47 million
Currency: Tanzanian shilling (TZS)
Languages: Swahili and English
Drives on the: Left
Time zone: UTC +3

Entry requirements

U.S. citizens require a visa to enter Tanzania. Please be sure a valid Tanzania visas is stamped in your passports. When you arrive at Nairobi Airport, advise the immigration officer that you will also visit Tanzania. He will then issue a "Visitor's Pass". The pass will specify the period of time you are allowed to stay in Kenya and should be in your possession until your final departure from Kenya. The visitor’s pass will allow you to return to Kenya after your visit to Tanzania. Please note this visitor pass does not replace your Tanzania visa. You must be in possession of a Tanzania visa in order to enter Tanzania.

We will send a visa support letter and instructions for U.S. passport holders to obtain your visa through VisaHQ, after you have completed your registration form and made your final payment, approximately 60 days prior to departure. Please apply for your visa only after receiving this letter.

If you do not hold a U.S. passport, you are responsible for determining all entry requirements and obtaining any necessary visas. Consider using an expedited visa service.

Tanzania requires proof of yellow fever vaccination upon entry for passengers arriving from Yellow Fever Endemic Countries, such as Kenya. Find a local vaccination center.

More information about passport, visa & entry requirements.

Health Precautions & Vaccinations

The CDC does not recommend yellow fever vaccine for most travelers to Tanzania. However, if you will be traveling to Kenya or any other Yellow Fever Endemic Countries on your trip, you must show proof of yellow fever vaccination for entry into Tanzania. Find a local vaccination center.

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

Weather

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.

What to wear

We suggest bringing clothes made of cotton, preferably in neutral colors (especially for game drives). A hat, scarf, sunscreen and insect repellent are also valuable accessories for your trip. If you have two pairs of comfortable (broken in, not brand new) walking shoes, by all means, take both pairs. Since weather can be unpredictable anywhere in the world and to be sure you are comfortable during your trip and prepared for all types of weather possibilities, we recommend that you carry a small folding umbrella (or poncho) and take with you a light jacket or sweater. Packing to dress in layers is another way to prepare for a variety of weather conditions. Finally, remember that the countries visited on this tour are casual, and comfort should dictate your wardrobe for the tour. Binoculars are also suggested.

Tipping

A small gratuity to your guides and drivers will be greatly appreciated by them. The recommended amount is $12-15 per person per day for your Safari driver/guide. A $1 gratuity to restaurant staff per meal (lunch/dinner), $1 to hotels/lodges porters per bag upon arrival and departure and $2-3 to transfer drivers per transfer is also appreciated. A $5-10 per person to Balloon safari pilot if taking the optional Hot Air Balloon Safari tour. For parents travelling with children, 50% of the suggested tipping rates are recommended on behalf of their children. As always, gratuities are an individual expression of thanks and should be based on the level of service provided.

Money & Credit Cards

Credit cards are the most convenient way to pay for items you purchase as you travel. Be sure to call your credit card providers to let them know you will be traveling abroad, the places you’ll be visiting and the dates of your trip. This is important for your own protection. For small purchases, we recommend that you use the ATM machines to get cash in local currency so that you can avoid using your credit card in unknown shops where there is a higher risk of having your credit card numbers “borrowed” for unauthorized purchases. We suggest that you bring along cash in small denominations and we highly recommended that you bring crisp, new bills. If you wish to exchange U.S. dollars to the local currency, new, crisp U.S. dollar in large bills ($20, $50, $100) are preferred. Old, torn, crumpled bills & US dollars printed 2012 or earlier are not accepted in East Africa.

Always notify your bank prior to departure to avoid any problems using your credit or debit card abroad.

Shopping

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.

Electricity & Power Adapters

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.

Learn more about electrical standards around the world.

Cell Phones & Internet

Want to take your cell phone, tablet or laptop, but not sure how to get cell service or wifi? See our blog posts on using your cell phone abroad and the top 5 ways to get Internet abroad.

Photography

Cameras and video recorders are permitted, and photography is generally permitted everywhere except at airports and military installations. Memory cards for digital cameras will be available in major cities.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. I heard Tanzania has banned plastic bags?

    [May 2019] In an effort to curb litter and support environmental sustainability, Tanzania's ban on plastic bags will go into effect June 1, 2019. All plastic carrier bags, regardless of their thickness, will be prohibited from being imported, exported, manufactured, sold, stored, supplied and used in the country.

    Special desks will be designated at all entry points to the country where any plastic carrier bags brought into Tanzania can be surrendered. (You will not be fined as long as you comply.) The Ziploc® bags used to carry liquids through security are exempt from this ban. 
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