Credit cards are only accepted by the major airline companies and by most of the bigger hotels and lodges. Do not rely on credit cards as a source of cash while traveling in Tanzania. In some cases, a surcharge will be added to credit card payments. We suggest that you take sufficient vacationers checks/cash and use the credit card as a back-up only, for the duration of your Tanzania vacation adventure.
The Tanzanian Shilling is the local currency, but travelers checks and cash in USD$ are recommended. USD$ are accepted in Tanzania and are convertible at banks and bureau de changes in the main towns and tourist areas. If bringing cash in USD$, please make sure bank notes are in good condition, with no cuts or damage and are not older than 2004. Most banks offer higher exchange rates for USD$100 / USD$50 banknotes compared to USD$20 / USD$10 or USD$5 bank notes.
The official Tanzanian languages are Ki-Swahili and English is widely spoken in Tanzania, but a few basic words of Swahili are always greatly appreciated. There are more than 120 tribal vernaculars.
Tanzania vacations and duty free:
200 Cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco. 1 Litre of wine or spirits, 0.25 litres of perfume depends on your safari.
Electricity in Tanzania:
The local electricity supply is 220 volts, 50 cycles ac. You will need to supply your own international standard adapter for your electrical appliances.
Tanzania vacations – recommended immunisations:
As a sensible precaution we recommend that you consider getting at least some of the following recommended immunizations:
- Hepatitis A & B
- (Compulsory) Yellow fever
Please check with your local travel clinic for the latest recommendations.
Immigration and customs:
An onward ticket and sufficient funds are required when entering Tanzania. Tanzanian people are friendly and will always offer a helping hand.
Tanzania vacation insurance:
It is strongly advised to take out travel insurance which should cover baggage as well as personal accident and medical insurance.
Tanzania vacations and security:
As with any other town, walking alone at night is not advisable, and it is preferable to use taxis which are available at most hotels. Do not leave cash or valuables in your hotel room and use a safe deposit box.
Tanzania vacation Visa and entry requirements:
Visas are required by most travelers to Tanzania. Visas are available at your local Tanzanian Embassy. Costs vary from country to country. Visas are valid for 6 months. It is possible, however, to obtain a tourist’s visa for a single entry at any ONE of the FOUR MAIN ENTRIES into Tanzania -subject to the fulfilment of all immigration and health requirements-, for those who could NOT apply for the visa from Tanzania Mission abroad.
- Dar-es-Salaam International Airport
- Zanzibar International Airport
- Kilimanjaro International Airport
- Namanga Entry Point (Tanzania-Kenya boarder point)
Shopping in Tanzania:
Tourist areas and wildlife lodges sell a wide range of souvenirs, jewellery, and trinkets. Don’t be afraid to haggle at roadside stalls (Your driver/ guide will advise you where to shop at a reasonable price). The most popular souvenirs are wooden carvings, curios, and a famous love stone which is the well-known gemstone “Tanzanite” which are all widely sold at souvenir shops