TANZANIA GENERAL INFORMATIONS

 

As you plan your trip, and before you travel, we recommend that you check the latest Foreign Office advice on the places that you're going to - regardless of where you are travelling to, or how you are travelling. We urge you to do this, as we recommend that all our travellers keep themselves up to date with the current foreign office advice on their destination countries.

Official nameUnited Republic of Tanzania

 

Surface : 945 087 km2

 

Population : more than 51 000 000 (2015)

 

Oficial languages : Swahili, English

 

Capital cityDodoma

 

Economic capital : Dar Es Salaam

 

Other citiesArusha, Mwanza, Tanga, Stone Town

 

Religions : Christians , Muslims, Animists

 

Head of State :  Dr John Pombe Magufuli

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Time in Tanzania

Tanzania is three hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+3). It doesn't operate daylight saving time, hence there's no time difference between the summer and winter months.

Time differences :

  • Winter : + 3 hours of UK time

  • Summer : + 2 hours

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Currency in Tanzania

Tanzania's currency is the Tanzanian shilling (TZS).

Most camps and lodges charge in US $ but € (Euro) is acceptable.

Almost everywhere very few now accept travellers' cheques, although most accept credit cards (Visa or MasterCard) but may charge a fee to do so. Buying Tanzania's currency in Europe or America can be difficult; many visitors will wait until they arrive in Tanzania to buy local currency.

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Tanzania's International Dialling Code
 
The International Dialling Code for Tanzania is +255, followed by area codes.
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Food in Tanzania

The food served in Tanzanian safari camps varies, but is often delicious – the equivalent of a reasonable restaurant in Europe or America.

 

Depending on the itinerary chosen, but if you wish we can consider for you some typical local meals (ugali, kibua, pilau, chapati...)
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Health in Tanzania

Tanzania is a tropical country and vaccines are sensible (typhoid, polio, tetanus and yellow fever).

Malaria is common and occurs all year round; you must take anti-malarial measures, especially in areas below 1800m. 

Always check the latest recommendations with your clinic or doctor before your departure.

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Language in Tanzania

KiSwahili and English are the official languages and spoken by most people living in Tanzania; as well as this, there are many ethnic groups, speaking localised languages and dialects.

Try to learn some basic KiSwahili before you go, to help you enjoy your trip more.

 Few people speak other languages as French, Spanish, Germany.

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Laundry in Tanzania

Virtually all camps and lodges have a laundry service.

Although sometimes, because of religious taboos, women's underwear cannot be included.

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Taking children to Tanzania

Most of Tanzania's safari camps are suitable for young children, others aren't.

 Tanzania's beach destinations are generally very good for relaxed family getaways.

For detailed advice, call our expert team.

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Visas for Tanzania

Visa is required for Tanzania (or Zanzibar).

Always check the latest regulations with your nearest Tanzania Embassy before you travel. 

It can be also obtained at the border main cities and at the international airports.

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Weather and climate in Tanzania

Tanzania has two rainy seasons, whereby the long rains start on Mid-march to Mid-may while the short season is on November throughout December.

Depending on where you are in Tanzania, the weather and climate varies considerably – click on the following button to see a detailed descriptions of the weather and climate at a different zones of tourism  in Tanzania.

Read more about Weather and Climate

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