Tanzania Travel Information for all travelers and tourists visiting Tanzania.
Electricity, Phone, and Internet
Tanzania uses 220V and if you bring 110V appliances you need an adapter as well as proper plug configuration. Tanzanian outlets accommodate three prong UK style plugs. Also calls in Tanzania are made using mobile phones.
There are many internet cafes with fast connection and affordable. WIFI is available at some Hotels, Lodges, Restaurant and also in Safari vehicles.
Luggage and Clothing
We recommend soft bags. Domestic flights departing from the national parks allow only 15kg of baggage per person and the bags must be soft and relatively compact. Roller duffels are okay. For Kilimanjaro, please bring a large backpack or duffel (no wheels) to pack your gear for the porter to carry. We put all bags inside larger rainproof bags so it is not necessary to buy a large backpack the duffel is perfectly fine.
We recommend bringing clothing that is easy to hand wash and air dry. Although the sun is hot, and even heavy items dry quickly, it is important to pack clothes that can withstand sometimes rough hand washing.
ATM and Credit Cards
You can withdraw Tanzanian shillings using Visa/Master Card. Upscale hotels and safari lodges generally accept credit cards but they charge commission to do so. Please note that you usually need to have a four digit PIN to use your ATM/credit card at a Tanzanian ATM.
We do not recommend bringing travelers checks to Tanzania as few banks accept them and the rate is lower than the rate for cash. We recommend bringing some USD cash and using an ATM/credit card to withdraw shillings. ATMs are available in all major Tanzanian cities.
Old USD notes
Your USD notes will need to be year 2002 or newer for mainland Tanzania and we recommend year 2006 or newer for Zanzibar.
Purchasing a Visa
Most nationalities can purchase a tourist visa at the entrance point. If you plan to purchase Tanzanian visas at the airport or border, please bring USD 50/person (USD 100/person for US and Irish citizens). A short arrival form is completed when entering the country, but no passport photos or documentation other than your passport and Yellow Fever card are necessary to purchase a visa. Please ensure your passport is valid for at least six months from the date of entry. Also, you will need at least one blank page in your passport (the back page does not count). Please check with your local Tanzanian embassy to make sure you can obtain a visa on arrival.
Health Insurance and Immunizations
We provide Flying Doctors (AMREF) emergency evacuation insurance for our clients. You can be evacuated from Tanzania to Nairobi in case of emergency. But you need to have a separate insurance policy to cover medical costs once in Nairobi. Modern medical services are available in big cities and towns. However visitors are advised to bring their own medicines with them. Visitors from countries infected with cholera and yellow fever must produce international vaccination certificates. Anti-malaria medication is strongly recommended when traveling to East Africa. Anti-malaria tablets are recommended to be taken a few days prior to your arrival, during your stay and for a short period after returning home.
We request all clients to arrange their personal travel insurance to cover their medical, property, and other personal risks for the duration of their safaris.
Other information can be provided when you get pre departure briefing in our office.