Tanzania Travel Tips and Information
Tanzania is known as a country that doesn’t sleep! From the astounding annual great migration of some six million hooves, pounding the open plains. As more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. To the beautiful white sand beaches of Zanzibar with luxurious hotels showcasing the beauty of Africa. Further to a glimpse of man’s closest relative – the chimpanzee – in Mahale National Parks. Continuing to some of the world’s oldest rock paintings. And not forgetting the highest mountain in Africa; the great snowy Mount Kilimanjaro.
For all wildlife lovers, Ngorongoro Crater also known as Olduvai’s home – “early man’ home” and Serengeti are a must visit for impressive game viewing all year round. Be on the lookout for the; zebras, Thomson’s gazelles, wildebeest’s, great herds of buffalos, smaller groups of elephants, giraffes, elands, topis, kongonis, impalas and Grant’s gazelles. Tanzania is not only a wildlife haven but also a birders paradise hosting over 1108 different bird species including Migratory birds from other continents that find refuge here in the cold winters.
As popular as the Serengeti is to the outside world, Tanzania still remains so enormous that one may be the only human audience when a pride of lions conceives a blockade and focuses on its next meal.
Visa on arrival
Traveling to Tanzania, a valid passport is required and at US $50 a Tanzanian Visa is acquired. This Visa can be got either online or on arrival at the Airport from the Immigration desk.
Best time to visit Tanzania
Tanzania has two seasons; Long rains: March to early May and Short rains: October & November. However, a safari in Tanzania can be done throughout the year, depending on one’s interest.
When it comes to traveling, short rains are recorded in the months of October/November and long rains: April/May.
What to Wear
With Escape to Africa, we recommend the below while traveling in Tanzania;
- Light clothes as it can be hot and some Long sleeved shirts and Trousers both Cotton for night time.
- Mosquito repellent for when both indoors or outdoors as the sunsets
- A sun hat such as a peaked baseball cap for protection against direct sun
- Sunscreen for direct sun)as the sun can be brutal
- Shades or sun glasses for direct sun and dust
In Tanzania Swahili is the official language used, but English is widely spoken in all hotels and parks by nationals.
US DOLLARS, UK POUNDS, EURO’S and other major currencies are easily exchanged in the major cities of Tanzania. At Escape to Africa, we advise all travellers to exchange money into Tanzania Shilling (Tsh) as it’s the common transaction currency. And should also purposely consider small notes as these come handy when tipping and also paying some bills. Cards; Master, Credit, Visa & Debit are commonly accepted in most lodges at an extra charge. However, Traveller’ Cheques are rarely allowed.
It’s customary to tip guides, rangers, and drivers in Tanzania. At Escape to Africa, we advise a tip of US$ 10 – 15 per day for the guide and rangers. For hotels and lodges a general tip is put in the tip box at the reception.
It’s advisable to take some healthy precautions before leaving home. One should not only have medical insurance but also medication in case of a healthy emergency. Remember to carry your Yellow fever vaccination certificate when traveling to Tanzania.
Staying safe in Tanzania
Like most African countries, Tanzania has many opportunistic crimes that Escape to Africa notifies all travellers;
- Avoid displaying expensive gadgets or wad of notes in public.
- Always have company (Escape to Africa Safari guide) when walking in dark places or out at night.
Attitude to travel with
Like some African countries, Tanzania known as “Mara Land” is a must visit destination while on a safari in Africa. And many have shared beautiful stories about their Mara Land safari experience.
Contact Escape to Africa Ltd
Contact us on the below contacts and also take note of the 24/7 emergency operating number. Kindly be respectful and only use the emergency numbers when it’s a real emergency.
Welcome to Mara Land!