A travel is about soaking in experiences and creating lifetime memories. Getting a handle on what to expect and how to prevent and manage hiccups on the trip can go a long way in ensuring that. We understand there are a lot of things you’ll need to remember and you cannot plan for everything. However here are a few travels tips for Tanzania that will be a handy guide for a safe and enjoyable trip.
You are getting nowhere without a valid visa and passport. Make sure your visa and passport are in order and endorsed before you hop into the plane
Tanzania is accessible flight and three international airports receive a good number of flights from abroad daily. Book your tickets in advance to avoid the rush during peak seasons
Tanzania is good all around the year with the peak tourist season coinciding with dry months (July-October) in Tanzania. All the parks are good and accessible during the dry season. Book your tickets according to what you are interested to see. Serengeti with its wildebeest migration is good in the months of June-July. The coastal zones are Kilimanjaro are best avoided in the wet season of March-May. November to April offers the best bird watching
Ensure you have all the necessary and mandatory vaccinations
Malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases are prevalent throughout Tanzania. Carry anti-malaria tablets and take precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. Visitors may use insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and trousers in evenings and utilize mosquito nets.
Avoid drinking tap water and ice in drinks. Use bottled or filtered water to drink and brush. Carry water purification tablets,
Do not bathe in rivers or lakes – there is a significant danger from wildlife as well as water-borne diseases such as bilharzia.
Tanzania’s are friendly but extremely conservative. Modesty and discretion should be exercised in both dress and behaviour in areas away from tourist resorts to avoid offending local sensitivities. In Zanzibar, women should avoid skimpy outfits and beachwear and men should not venture out bare-torsoed
There is no dress code for safari but neutral colors and light casual clothing is practical and advisable. Evenings are chilly so get windbreaker or jacket
Voltage in Tanzania is 230V 50Hz AC. Tanzania uses 3 pins British plug. Carry a travel adaptor /converter
Food is safe to eat and a wide choice is available in meat and seafood. Vegetarians are also looked after well with the wide availability of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Be discrete with cash and valuables, as muggings and pick pocketing do occur. Avoid less frequented areas.
Always follow your driver or guide’s advice when on a safari or mountain trek
The official Tanzanian currency is the Tanzanian Shilling. The US Dollar is widely used but carry cash on you, as ATMs are not widely available. Traveler’s cheque is not accepted anywhere in Tanzania.
Do not photograph the Tanzanian’s without permission. Especially the Masaai, they are extremely touchy about it
Though English is widely spoken learn a few phrases of Swahili for getting the local’s appreciation. Always wear a smile be polite and courteous in greeting. Saying Hello-Jambo and Good morning-Habari and Thank you- Asante is important in Tanzania.
Always respect and behave yourself around community elders and use your right hand to eat when food is served. The left hand is considered dirty
Purchase comprehensive travel insurance which includes any activities you will be participating in (climbing, diving etc). Ensure this covers emergency medical repatriation. This will cover all your risks just in case.