Tanzania

"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!

Tours & Packages to Tanzania

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Best of Kenya & Tanzania Safari
Nairobi & the ultimate safari: 14 game drives in Ol Pejeta, Samburu, Lake Nakura, Masai Mara, Tarangire, Lake Manyara & Ngorongoro
14 days  •  from $5499 $4999
per person, double occupancy*
dates small group tour + flights

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

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. Take along a heavy sweater or jacket when visiting higher elevations or northern game reserves. 

Entry requirements

U.S. citizens must have a passport which is valid for at least six months after your return date.

U.S. passport holders must have a visa to enter Tanzania. While this can be issued upon arrival, we strongly recommend obtaining your visa prior to arrival. You may apply for a visa through the Embassy of Tanzania or a fee-based visa service such as our preferred provider, VisaHQ. Children under 18 will need a copy of their birth certificate and a notarized letter of consent signed by both parents to obtain a visa. See the U.S. Dept. of State website for more information.

Booked on one of our packages with Scheduled Dates? 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 hold a passport from another country, you are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas and meeting all entry requirements.

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 passports & visas.

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.

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

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. View more information about electrical standards around the world.

Tipping

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

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I take my cell phone?

    See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.

Rave Reviews

We had a fabulous time in Kenya and Tanzania! Everything went seamlessly! Pollman’s did a great job, especially with our extension to Amboseli. The handoff was perfect. We wound up with our own vehicle and guide for just the 2 of us in Amboseli. Everything happened just as outlined on our itinerary. There were absolutely no problems!! The lodges were lovely, the food was very good and everyone was very friendly. It was a wonderful trip!! Thanks for your help! I will recommend Friendly Planet to others.

Susan Ebinger & George Green

Traveling to East Africa has been a long awaited dream for me. Last November, I was finally able to realize my dream by going on Friendly Planet's 2 week jeep safari to Kenya and Tanzania. The trip was organized locally by Vintage Africa. I cannot sing enough praises for Vintage Africa, and especially our driver guide in Kenya, James Mungai. James was an extremely knowledgeable and attentive guide. His ability to intelligently answer all of our sometimes unusual questions and spot wildlife from miles away never ceased to amaze us. James went out of his way to accommodate our needs and was always patient with all our requests, from stopping to photograph every sunset and tree cluster to positioning his vehicle for the perfect photo opportunity. As a seasoned traveler, I can truly say that this trip has been one of my favorites and having James as our guide contributed to making it so memorable. I can only hope that my next group excursion will be as enjoyable and well organized.

Magda Laska