Best Tanzania Travel Tips

To have a satisfying experience while in a trip; in or outside your country, you must gather enough information concerning the laws governing a specific place, the do’s and don’ts, what to carry or leave, essential documents, locations, acceptable dress code, different destinations and activities to engage in among others. In line with this, we find it important to share with all prospective travelers some of the vital information and travel tips before taking a safari in Tanzania.

Firstly, you ought to know that Tanzania is East Africa’s largest country, located on the shores of Indian ocean, crossed by the Great East African Rift Valley and neighbored by Uganda, Comoros, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Malawi, Zambia and the Indian Ocean.

This country is famous for hosting the Annual wildebeest migrations which is one of the seven natural wonders globally; the snow-capped Mountain Kilimanjaro; Africa’s tallest mountain; the world’s largest caldera at Ngorongoro crater and the fascinating white sand beaches in Zanzibar island.

20% of Tanzania land has been gazetted for wildlife conservation; a gesture that has boosted its conservation efforts and tourism in the country. There is a wide range of biodiversity, plenty of flora and fauna, hospitable natives, very cool climate, modern and ancient infrastructure, classic transportation, trusted security and several cultures that offer a unique experience to the guests.

A Tanzania safari can be budget, luxury, private, group or private tours, depending on one’s choice and the budget, and can last for as long as you wish, when time permits and resources are available because one or two days alone might not enable you to uncover Tanzania.

There are 17 national parks in Tanzania, several conservation areas, marine parks, and game reserves spread across the country, gifted with unique tree species, bird species, primates, mammals, reptiles, fantastic breeze and fascinating landscape.

Tanzania is as well home to Africa’s big 5 namely the lions, leopards, cape Buffalos, elephants, and Rhinoceros, plus other major animals to look out for including cheetahs, wildebeests, hyenas, several antelope species, giraffes and zebras among others; Chimpanzees, baboons, monkeys and the unique Zanzibar red colobus monkeys; ostriches, the sought after shoebill stork, and flamingoes among others are some of the mammals, birds, and primates to look out for during your family safaris, Beach safaris, wildlife safaris, a cultural escapade, birding safaris, Ballooning safaris, Hiking, and primate trekking among others.

Flying into Tanzania.

As you plan to fly to Tanzania, know that the country has both international and regional airports that receive flights from all over the world at the set time intervals.

Dar-es-salaam international airport is Tanzania’s largest international airport, followed by Kilimanjaro international airport, and Arusha airport among others. Kilimanjaro international airport serves Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Serengeti, and Tarangire national parks among other sites situated in the northern part of the country.

Whereas Dar-es-salaam serves Zanzibar, the Indian Ocean, Ruaha national park, and Selous game reserve among others, thus no need of spending the entire day on the road. Looking for a flight through a local travel agent makes it so easy and fast.

Safety and security in Tanzania.

Tanzania is one of the safest and secure countries in East Africa, both during day and night time, with security deployed everywhere, in the middle of cities and out of the cities. All tourist destinations are well guarded to ensure tourists are not harmed by either mammals or poachers. However, you still need to be so watchful not to violate the laws protecting the land or move alone at night because, a few people may want to take the opportunity.

We advise that unless permitted; don’t trespass prohibited places no matter how eye-catching they maybe; don’t litter the environment, don’t smoke in public unless where it’s allowed, dress decently especially in public, respect native culture, don’t photograph people unless allowed, and above all, engage your tour guide at every point in time.

Currency to use.

Tanzanian currency is the most common though the US Dollars and pound sterling are widely accepted. Experience has shown that most travelers tend to be cheated due to ignorance; purchasing commodities very expensively and living change behind, but this should not be the thing with you. Right from the time you land at the airport, you can use dollars wherever and whenever because it is acceptable.

Some of the facilities like restaurants, hotels, supermarkets do accept credit cards, ATMs and catch as long as it is right and enough. Endeavor to ask the guide of the prices of different common commodities you will need to use in both local currency and dollars. Where a need is, exchange the dollars to local currency for the sake of carrying transactions in local places and don’t fear to bargain because most traders tend to take advantage of the fact that you are a visitor.

Documents and necessary items.

Medical documents such as health insurance, yellow fever card, and Anti-malaria drugs, valid visa and passport, are some of the important documents, besides your personal equipments such as a professional camera for photography, Binoculars for watching distant creatures (ask first because most companies provide it), warm clothes for attire, Beachwear and short attire for beach and accommodation purpose, descent clothes for public use, long-sleeved clothes and trousers for tracking, strong boots for hiking and several shoes especially ladies for an evening walk.

Dress code

Cultures differ in different countries and continents, whereas Europe prefers revealing and short clothes because of possibly weather or any other health issue. Africa is quite different because of cultural and religious beliefs.

Unless you are out on the beach or inside your accommodation facility, try as much as possible to be descent, at least to the African standards. Avoid short skirts that reveal your thies or top that reveal your breasts in public, especially in Zanzibar where the majority are Moslems. Unless it is so cold, any cloth can work. More of this will be told to you as you prepare to travel.

 Best travel time to Africa.

First, you must book your safari at least six months in advance to enable your trip organizer find the best accommodation facility and activities, as well as putting together any other stuff.

Dry seasons (June to October and December to March) are the best months for travel though come with their challenges such as mass tourism within famous destinations like Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Zanzibar, as well as high costs of travel among others.

But this shouldn’t stop you from traveling because it offers you a chance of witnessing the annual wildebeest migration, watching several mammals roaming in the wild, engaging on game drives, cultural encounter, primate trekking and hiking among others uninterrupted.

April to May and late October – November experience much rain, but it is possible to travel.

Accommodations are readily available at a low cost, and discounts given by most of the trip organizers. The challenge is that it is hard to spot mammals during this time and rains normally interfere with the daily activities and make driving and hiking hard because of mud and slippery grounds.

Accommodation in Tanzania.

Accommodations range from budget to luxury lodges, camps, homesteads, hotels, and Inns with professional services and facilities that suit your pockets, so don’t be stuck and spend a night in poor quality facilities.

Tanzania travel tips should enable you to have fun, explore Tanzania with ease, travel within your budget and uncover Tanzania without getting challenges.