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Frequently asked questions

What official documents do I need to travel to Tanzania?

You will require a passport valid for at least six months after your date of entry. If you are arriving from a country in which Yellow Fever is endemic (such as Kenya), you will require an immunization certificate or health card.

Citizens of the UK, the US, Canada, Australia, and most countries in the EU, need a tourist visa to enter Tanzania. Application details and forms can be found on Tanzanian Embassy web sites.

As with all visa matters -- contact your local Tanzanian Embassy for the latest information.

How safe is it to travel in Tanzania?

Tanzania is a safe country to travel in. Tanzanians are warm-hearted and generous people and are eager to help and assist visitors. As in all countries, a little common sense goes a long way and reasonable precautions should still be taken, such as locking valuables in the hotel safe, do not carry a lot of camera equipment especially in the major cities, do not wear too much jewellery, do not carry large amounts of cash on your person etc.

Guides will monitor your safety in cities and in the game areas. From time to time generalized travel statements are issued concerning travel conditions in the area.

How safe is the water and food in Tanzania?

It is best to drink bottled water when travelling through Tanzania - numerous brands are widely available and served in all restaurants and lodges. Steer clear of ice, raw vegetables, and salads when eating at street restaurants. High-end lodges and restaurants will clean their produce in antiseptic solution, but to be on the safe side, fruit and vegetables should always be washed and peeled. Try to avoid eating in empty restaurants - the food may have been sitting out for some time - and order your meat well done. On the coast, seafood and fish are usually fresh, but make sure everything is well-cooked.

Tanzania's International Dialling code?

The International Dialling Code for Tanzania is +255, followed by the applicable area codes (e.g. 22 for Dar es Salaam, or 27 for Arusha). Calling out from Tanzania, you dial 00 plus the relevant country code (44 for the UK, 1 for the USA).

What is the Tanzania currency?

The official unit of currency is the Tanzanian shilling (TZS), divided into 100 cents. Notes are issued as TSh10,000; 5000; 1000; 500; 200 and 100. Coins are issued as TSh100; 50; 20; 10, 5 and 1.

The tourism industry prices everything in US Dollars and they are the preferred unit of currency. Major currencies can be exchanged in the larger towns. Foreign exchange bureaux in the main towns usually offer a better rate on traveller's cheques than do the banks. ATMs are available in major cities only. Major lodges, some hotels and travel agents in urban areas accept credit cards, but these should not be relied on and can incur a 10% surcharge.


Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Lodge

We’ll be back with the kids
“ This really is a top notch lodge. I don’t think there is much to be said that hasn’t already been covered in the other reviews except this: the kids play room is really three interconnected rooms and it’s large.”
Do Yourself A Favor & Stay Here!!
“ What an amazing place, great lodge, spectacular views, food delicious and staff extremely helpful. We had to pinch ourselves when we walked into the massive room, king size bed, double shower, outdoor shower, deep claw foot bath all room facilities 5 star in our opinion.”


Kunduchi Beach Hotel & Resort

Nice hotel outside of Dar
“ Our party of 4 stayed here for the last 4 nights of our Tanzanian trip. Was well located to be able to tour Dar es Salaam and see some of the area sites. The hotel is lovely with huge sitting areas, bar and restaurant. The food was Indian styled and delicious.”
A weekend at kunduchi beach
“ Generally the staff were friendly. The location is also good, right at the beach. The food was also good on day two and three, including packed breakfast on our final day.”


Kunduchi Wet N Wild Water Park

Day out with family
“ Kunduchi water park is a good palace that you can enjoy with your family. Their pools, environments and supervision are high and quality to enjoy.”
Well Attentive Management
“ I had an amazing experience here. The Managers are very attentive and advises and helps to solve most of all your problems.”


Ngorongoro Oldeani Mountain Lodge

Luxury lodge in beautiful surroundings
“ We stayed here as part of our honeymoon and it was perfect. In every way. From the welcome drink and being introduced to all the staff inc the manager of the lodge was a lovely touch. The room was huge and elegantly decorated.”
Third visit and it gets better every time!
“ A great lodge near all the best in Ngorongoro Region. Crater gate only about 30 minutes, Lake Manyara about 30 minutes and Tarangire about 1.5 hours. And the Serengeti is only a morning ride away! Julius, Patrik, Mustafa and Glorian will take great care of you in a true old school British Colonial lodge in beautiful east Africa!”


Ole Serai Luxury Camp-Turner Springs

A special place in the Serengeti
“ We thoroughly enjoyed our 2-night stay. I never knew a tented cabin can be so luxurious. So much better than some of the “luxury “ lodges we stayed at during our Safari. Service was excellent and I really appreciate that they served us breakfast in bed upon request.”
Little Heaven in the middle of Serengeti
“ The welcome experience is amazing with the Manager Mr Rashid receiving you upon Arrival.The staff are well trained ,friendly and helpful,Benard,many thanks you are very Special. ”


Ole Serai Luxury Camp-Moru Kopjes

Beautiful property, great rooms!
“ We arrived here late at night but were welcomed very well indeed. We had dinner and were showed to our tents. The tents were amazing, very nicely organized and high-end furniture. Breakfast was great even though we left very early in the morning. Great service over all :)”
The best Mobile Camp in Central Serengeti!
“ Another quality product from Wellworth . An amazing setup, too good to be called a mobile camp very well laid out .Great furniture and fittings / accessories . Friendly staff and an amazing forest view”


Zanzibar Beach Resort

“ It was pleasant stay in Zanzibar Beach resort with my family for EID Celebration.Room are specious and friendly. Management are professional . Food is perfect and nice arrangement. The garden were very nice . Sun set i missed but its beautiful. Drink tea during sunset is priceless.”
“ If I could stay there forever i would. It's the best place to spend with family and friends and the staff makes you feel at home. I would want to spend every holiday at Zanzibar resort. I'm from South Africa and my husband is from Tanzania. ”