10 Tanzania Travel tips & important Facts for Tanzania Safari & Zanzibar
These are the 10 most valuable10 Tanzania Travel tips. Are you planningto travel to Tanzania for your safari in Africa? It is always good to get to know a few things about a destination before traveling and here we have listed a few things that you need to know before traveling.
We have listed 10 important facts that you need to know before packing your bags and traveling to Tanzania for your trip of a lifetime and we hope you will find the information useful.
Tanzania has three major International Airports through which the country can be accessed; namely Julius Nyerere International Airport, Kisauni Airport Zanzibar, and Kilimanjaro International Airport. You can book your flights through these three airports if you are planning your next Zanzibar beach vacation or Tanzania safari tours. Several International Airlines in the world operate scheduled flights to Tanzania. This includes Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airways, KLM Royal Dutch, South Africa Airways Fly SAA, Lufthansa Air, Air France, British Airways BA, Swiss Air, and Egypt Air. Many travelers also arrive through the regional hub of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi From here travelers can catch Connection (regional) flights to Kilimanjaro, or transfer by road through the Namanga border There are shuttle buses scheduled for morning and afternoon departures every day in to and from Arusha and Namanga. Please read more about our flights to Tanzania.
2. LANGUAGE :
The National language in Tanzania is Kiswahili. The National languages are both Kiswahili and English. English is widely spoken in major towns as well as in villages.
The national currency is the Tanzania Shilling. The most widely accepted currency is the USD. The USD and other major European currencies can be changed in many Forex bureaus in major towns of Tanzania. It is highly recommended that you change money in Forex bureaus and banks and refrain as much as possible from changing money in the streets. There is increased access to ATM Machines in all major towns.
4. HEALTH :
Yellow vaccination is a requirement in a while and you can obtain the vaccination from home at least 10 days before arrival in Tanzania. The requirement is not all that strict anymore but it saves time to obtain the vaccination prior to traveling to Tanzania. Malaria prophylactic drugs should be taken before traveling. Sleep under a mosquito net. Sunscreen is good to pack as well as sunglasses. Drink only bottled or Boiled water and try to avoid salads and ice cubes.
In general; the climate is hot and dry. Long rains arrive mainly in March-May, with cool nights and mornings June – October, Short rains in November to mid-December. Seasons can although vary owing to a variety of factors. The coastal strip is usually hot and humid almost year-round. On Mt Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru in Tanzania temperatures can drop to below freezing point.
On safari please pack light clothes cotton preferably. A jacket or fleece is good to pack for chilly mornings and evenings sometimes and at some high altitude places. At the Coast and at Zanzibar Island; revealing clothing especially in Stonetown is highly discouraged. Please see the packing list for Mount Kilimanjaro.
Taking photos of government buildings is prohibited and so with taking photos of locals without their permission. Take as many photos as possible responsibly.
We offer only Air rescue ambulance cover. Please take your travel insurance before traveling.
9. VISAS :
Visas to Tanzania can be obtained online or on arrival from all entry points; airports, borders, and port harbor. Currently, the Tanzania visa costs some USD 50 per person, and American passport holders pay USD 100 per person.
By far Tanzania is a safe haven for travelers but it is important to be vigilant. Avoid walking at night in the streets unescorted and do not reveal so much jewelry. If you must carry your valuables please deposit them at the Hotels/and lodges.