Travel information while planning your visit to Tanzania
Tanzania is close to the Equator to experience a summer and winter as most people are used to in oversea countries.
Tanzanian seasons – split into two dry and rainy seasons. The rainy season – divides into two the short rains from November to December and the long rains from the beginning of March to the end of May.
Tanzania’s national currency is the Tanzanian Shilling (TZS). Tanzanian Shilling can only be purchased in Tanzania, the import and export of it is illegal. It is advisable to bring along US Dollar, Euro or pound and exchange at a forex bureau or bank. However, forex bureaux also accept all major international currencies, including the Yen and other East African currencies. All credit cards (Visa card, MasterCard, Maestro and American Express) are accepted in the bigger hotels, shops and restaurants. You can withdrawal cash at ATMs is possible with all credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Maestro or American Express). Traveller Checks are not advisable nowadays; they are not accepted by any bureau or bank.
Tanzania Public Holidays
Public holidays without specific dates
Public holidays all banks and government offices are closed. Good Friday, Easter Monday, Idd-ul-Fitr, Islamic New Year and the Prophet’s Birthday fall on different dates every year.
1st of Jan – New Year’s Day
12th of Jan -Zanzibar Revolution Day
7th of April – Karume Day (Anniversary of the assassination of Vice President Abeid Karume in 1972)
26th of April – Union Day (Anniversary of union between Tanganyika and Zanzibar)
1st of May -International Workers’ Day
7th of July – Saba Saba (Peasents’) Day
8th of August – Nane Nane (Farmers’) Day
14th of October – Nyerere Memorial Day
9th of December – Independence Day
26th of December – Boxing Day
Events taking place
February 2016 – Kilimanjaro Marathon 2016 in Moshi
April 2016 – Timamu African Film Festival in Dar es Salaam
June 2016 – Karibu fair in 2016 Arusha and Kilifair 2016 in Moshi
Small mini buses
that operate in and around towns as well as Villages. The cheapest way of
getting around Tanzanian towns and villages. The prices are fixed from 200 TZS
to 1000 TZS for town rides to villages, depends on where your next destination
is. Dala-dalas more stops the rule is they never get full, space is always
there to squeeze in. Just remember where your next stop is.
Tuk tuku & Boda boda are motorcycle
taxis and common transportation for local people besides the dala-dalas. The
boda boda drivers can be quite aggressive in traffic. Tuk tuks are safer than
boda boda, a lot of the road accidents around Tanzania involve boda bodas.
Taxis – the safest way for town rides,
prices starts from 3000 TZS (1.5 USD). Please negogiate the price before as
taxis in Tanzania have no meters. Use taxis that are recommended by your hotel
or from official taxi stands, we advice to exchange phone numbers if you will
need a ride back. If you are not sure of the price, please ask your hotel
receptionist or locals.
Always ask beforehand! If you want to photograph or film people,
and accept it, if they reject (might be due to cultural or religious
reasons). Pictures and
videos of military and police building and posts as well as government buildings are
forbidden in anywhere in the country.
Visas and Passport
to Tanzania need to have a valid visa.
Visas can be requested at any embassy
or consulate of the United Republic of Tanzania abroad. Please inform yourself
on the official sites about the costs and requirements of a visa for your
nationality. Single entry visas can also be obtained at the following access
points upon arrival:
Kilimanjaro International Airport
Dar es Salaam International
Zanzibar International Airport
Taveta Entry point
(Tanzania-Kenya border point (Mombasa side)
Namanga Entry Point
(Tanzania-Kenya border point)
Tunduma Entry Point
(Tanzania-Zambia border point)
Health and Vaccinations
We request you to consult your doctor
regarding health measures, vaccinations and components of your first aid kit.
True Views Tanzania is not liable that the listed vaccinations are complete;
rather, these are guidelines.
You should get vaccinated against Hepatitis A and Typhoid
Cholera and Yellow Fever
inform yourself about the different Malaria
Prophylaxis medicine, which is recommended throughout the whole year for
all areas below 1800m. Visitors from countries with yellow fever must also present a
valid yellow fever vaccination upon arrival. If you are planning a trip to
Zanzibar from the Tanzanian mainland, you must also have a valid Yellow Fever vaccination