Tanzania is one of the most beautiful countries globally, inhabited by friendly and warm-hearted people. It offers the experienced travellers the extraordinary beauty of nature, wildlife and beach-away from crowds, back to the essence of the spirit of Africa, simple and inspiring.
From awe-inspiring and unforgettable safari experiences in the endless plain of Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, the most renowned parks allow the chance to see the "Big 5" – Elephants, Lions, Buffalo, rhinos and Leopards. In addition, the best-hidden germs and less visited parks, the Ruaha na Selous Game Reserve, famed for abundant wildlife, including the endangered hunting dog, provides a sense of authentic African adventure unmatched anywhere else on the continent.
Moreover, Climbing the iconic snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, standing on the roof of Africa (5895 m) and enjoying the scenery of the spectacular landscape. Finally, the beautiful tropical island paradise of Zanzibar Archipelago is a breathtaking spot to escape from the world and enjoy clear turquoise-blue water.
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Capital City: Dodoma
Largest City: Dar es Salaam
Population: 61.7 million
Currency: Tanzania Shilling (USD, English Pounds, and Euro also used.)
Time: 3 hrs+ GMT
Weather and Climate
Tanzania enjoys a tropical climate year-round, the dry season is between June and October, and the green season is between November and May. However, November can bring a light shower, and late March to May can get more severe rain, depending on the area.
Swahili is the National language of Tanzania; however, English is widely spoken.
Tanzania is generally a safe country but does use common sense. Keep an eye on your belongings. Don’t walk in the towns or cities at night – take a taxi instead.
International flights serve Julius Nyerere International Airport (Dar es Salaam), 12 km from Dar es Salaam City Centre, Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), and 42 km from Arusha town, Zanzibar International Airport (ZNZ), 8 km from Stone Town of Zanzibar.
Many international airlines fly direct to Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar, including KLM, Swiss, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, Kenya Airways, Oman Air, EgyptAir, Etihad and Fly Dubai. In addition, numerous regional carriers fly into Tanzania from Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Mauritius, Seychelles, Comoros, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Domestic airlines include Air Tanzania, Auric Air, Coastal Aviation, Precision Air, Regional Air Services and Safari Airlink.
Due to limited space available for storage in safari vehicles, we strongly recommend using soft duffle bags. Some air charters limit baggage to a 10 – 15 kg maximum.
Take out travel insurance to cover loss of baggage or valuables, personal accidents and medical expenses.
Tipping is not obligatory but a tip for exceptional services.
230V, but power failures are standard. Bring a universal adapter and a torch (flashlight) or headlamp.
Local and international cuisine is served in the lodge, camps and hotels.
Check current requirements with the nearest Tanzanian High Commission, embassy, or travel agent.
Yellow fever vaccination is required if travelling from susceptible countries; Malaria is endemic but is preventable. Proof of yellow fever vaccination is only required upon arrival if you are travelling from a country with a risk of the virus. This list currently does not include any country in Europe and the United States. View the full list of Yellow Fever high-risk countries.
COVID-19 fully vaccinated passengers are exempt from pre-departure testing requirements. However, passengers must present a valid vaccination certificate with a QR code for verification upon arrival. The EU Digital COVID Certificate is accepted, and travellers are advised to carry a printed copy. The only acceptable vaccines are those approved by the Ministry of Health of Tanzania and the WHO.
Passengers who are not fully vaccinated or unvaccinated and those not eligible for vaccination will be required to present a negative COVID-19 RT PCR certificate with a QR code obtained within 72 hours before departure.
Passengers who are not fully vaccinated or unvaccinated who arrive in Tanzania with no negative COVID-19 RT PCR certificate will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival using a Rapid Antigen Test at the cost of USD10 for mainland Tanzania, except children aged 12 years and below.
If found positive, a further RT PCR test will be administered at the cost of USD 50. Positive ground-crossing cases will be handled based on bilateral and joint border agreements.
Transit passengers are exempt from vaccination certificates and COVID-19 testing requirements unless stated otherwise by their travel operator or the authorities in their destination country.
Some of Tanzania’s parks can be visited all year round; however, the best time to visit Tanzania for wildlife safaris, mount trekking and beach holiday is during the dry season from late June to October for the best wildlife viewing, with the wildebeest migration as its absolute highlight, roads and trekking routes are highly accessible.
Moreover, the short rains fall in November and December, followed by a partial drying out in January and February, still offers the chance for easier to track and spot the wildlife and trek.
Heavy rain between March and May makes road travel difficult in some national parks, thus challenging trekking, wildlife tracking, and spotting.