Information about Tanzania
In Tanzania you have the opportunity to go on some of the world’s best safaris in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro National Parks. Embark on a challenging hike to the top of Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, or relax and dive on the palm-fringed sandy beaches of Zanzibar Island in the Indian Ocean.
On this page you will find practical information and facts about Tanzania. Visit sportsqna.com for Tanzania the land of contrasts.
PRACTICAL INFORMATION ABOUT TRAVELING IN TANZANIA
Climate and best travel time
The ideal time to visit Tanzania is from the end of June to October. The heavy rainy season falls from mid-March to May. The small rainy season falls in November and December but usually does not offer any major complications except a little poor visibility. So if you are going to Kilimanjaro, the best time between the two rainy seasons is when the air is clear. In general, East Africa can be visited throughout the year.
Our recommendations on when it is best to travel in Tanzania are based on how the climate has been during the previous year. The weather in Tanzania can be very variable and unpredictable and therefore our recommendations should only be seen as an indication.
Bring a Visa card and always make sure you have a reserve with US dollars in cash. You can pay with a Visa card in some stores in larger cities where there are also ATMs. But if you plan to travel in the less visited parts of the country, you should not expect to be able to withdraw on your Visa card. In Zanzibar, there are only ATMs in Stone Town. Remember to bring plenty of money when you go to the beaches. Please note that you must pay $ 25 in cash at Stone Town Airport in departure tax when leaving Zanzibar and that there are no ATMs at the airport. Also, be sure to exchange all local currency before returning to Denmark as you will not be able to get rid of them at home.
conditions NOTE! The visa rules can be changed at short notice so We recommend that you check the current conditions at the country’s embassy or at The Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website.
The following information may change.
For Swedes, there is a visa requirement for Tanzania. You can choose to arrange it from home or after entry. If you have not already done so in advance, remember to bring $ 50 in cash per person for the visa fee. Photo not required. The tourist visa is valid for three months and you have the opportunity to travel in and out of Tanzania again on the same visa if you visit the neighboring countries of Uganda and / or Kenya.
On long journeys you can often choose between express and standard. Of course, express is faster but only choose that option if you are willing to go FORT. A journey from Iringa to Arusha of 12 hours in the express bus really does justice to the saying “hold on to your hat”.
The minibuses Dalla-Dalla – a nice, often crowded and fast means of transport for shorter distances.
On the line from Dar es Salaam to Mbeya which goes through Selous Game Reserve, the chance is great to see giraffes etc. Choose second class if you want to look at the view instead of looking at the luggage rack.
It is also possible to travel by train if you are going from Dar es Salaam to Kigoma or Mwanza, but the route from Dar es Salaam to Moshi is closed.
There are plenty of domestic flights, which is a fast but expensive alternative to the otherwise cheap transport.
Upon departure from Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, you must pay departure tax. Domestic, about 7 US dollars or 11,000 Tanzanian shillings per person. Internationally, approx. US $ 50 in cash (US dollars only accepted) per person.
Often used on lakes and along the coast by locals. It’s great to sail – but be prepared that the conditions are primitive and space can be limited.
If you are heading to Uganda, a boat trip across the Victoria River is a matter of course.
In most countries, tips are part of the salaries of employees in the service industry. Therefore, it is good practice (and sometimes directly necessary) to give tips to, for example, cleaning staff, waiters, guides, drivers, etc. depending on the country you are visiting. Therefore, we recommend that you familiarize yourself with how much is normally given in tips and to whom before you embark on your journey. Find information on tips in Lonely Planet’s guidebooks.
From 1 June 2019, Tanzania bans the import of plastic bags into the country. A tip for protecting the camera etc. from wet is to get an “ocean pack” that is waterproof and practical in many contexts.
LANGUAGE: KISWAHILI AND ENGLISH, AS WELL AS ARABIC IN ZANZIBAR
CLIMATE: TROPICAL AND TEMPERATE
CURRENCY: TANZANIAN SHILLING
RELIGION: THE MAINLAND: CHRISTIANS, MUSLIMS AND INDIGENOUS RELIGIONS. ZANZIBAR: MUSLIMS.
Tanzania – Tanganyika
Tanzania is a shameless and fascinating country, full of contrasts. Here the loyalty to the rich nature, the huge wildlife and the traditional culture fights against dictators and an economy in decline. At the same time, the country is trying to develop and adapt to the present and future.
Tanzania’s incredible wildlife, lush plains and dusty savannahs really live up to ideas of picturesque Africa. Safari is the ideal way to meet nature and the proud Tanzanians. For example, on the plateau of the Ngorongoro crater where you meet the tall, red-clad Maasai who live in mud huts, in the Serengeti National Park where the hippos wallow in so-called hippo pools, or in Tarangire where elephants gather in herds of up to 100 animals at a time. Or at the beautiful rainforest, lake and swamp area Manyara, where tree-climbing lions can be experienced up close. In this fantastic country, dusty afternoons end with clear night skies and one national park follows the other, interspersed only with coffee plantations, baobab trees and small, picturesque villages. Kilanzanjaro is also home to Tanzania – Africa’s highest mountain and the world’s highest volcano. But Kilimanjaro is not only high, it is also one of nature’s wonderful wonders, a snowy mountain that rises in the middle of tropical Africa.
Zanzibar – the scent of paradise
Zanzibar is the icing on the cake of Tanzania. Here the experience of exotic Africa is completed with a little sun and bathing holiday on a tropical island. Zanzibar smells of nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper, ginger and vanilla – flavors of grape, coconut and passion fruit – and looks like a paradise with colorful coral reefs, dolphins and palm-fringed white sandy beaches.