your tanzania expert
Currency: Tanzanian Shilling
Population: 66 million
Language: Swahili and English
Neighboring countries: Kenya, Uganda, Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique
Time difference: During daylight saving time, Tanzania is 1 hour ahead of the Netherlands. During standard time, Tanzania is 2 hours ahead of the Netherlands.
Tanzania is 23 times larger than the Netherlands and 38% of its area is made up of national and nature parks.
The roads in Tanzania are not like what we are used to in the Netherlands. The main roads are asphalted, but the roads outside the cities and leading to the national parks are unpaved. These unpaved roads make the journey longer than what is indicated on Google Maps.
The most well-known tribe in Tanzania is the Maasai tribe. They are a nomadic people who traditionally live off and with their livestock. The Maasai are recognized by their beautiful jewelry, brightly colored shukas (blankets), and long spears they carry.
Another tribe that still maintains a traditional way of life are the Hadzabe. The Hadzabe live around Lake Eyasi and enjoy receiving visitors. They survive through hunting and love to share their way of life with visitors. We definitely recommend visiting these tribes during your trip!
The currency in Tanzania is the Tanzanian Shilling (TSH). Tanzanian Shillings can be withdrawn from any bank. Make sure your Dutch bank card is set to worldwide/Africa.
In addition to paying in Shillings, you can also pay with US Dollars. These dollars MUST NOT be older than 2013.
Most accommodations accept credit card payments, but due to poor connectivity, this is not always possible. In most shops and (local) restaurants, credit card payments are not accepted and only cash is accepted.
During the safari, we advise not to wear dark colors (black, blue, dark brown, and dark red) as they attract insects. Wearing light colors such as khaki is preferred.
In the morning and evening, it can be quite chilly. Our tip is to bring a sweater.
When going to Zanzibar, it is expected to cover your shoulders and knees when leaving the accommodation. Of course, you can wear swimwear in the hotel or on the beach.
It is not mandatory to give a tip in Tanzania, but it is highly appreciated. It is customary to give the guide about 20 USD per day as a tip, but only if you are satisfied with the service provided, of course.
To enter Tanzania, a visa is required. This visa can be applied for online or upon arrival at the airport. The cost for a visa is 50 USD (US dollars). Please note that if you choose to apply for a visa at the airport, it may take about an hour and you need to pay 50 dollars in cash. It is possible to withdraw dollars at a currency exchange office at your Airport.
Tanzania is a safe country to enjoy your well-deserved vacation. The locals are hospitable, helpful, and incredibly friendly. However, there is a lot of poverty in the country, which is something to keep in mind.
Never leave valuable possessions in your hotel room or safari car and try to wear as few flashy jewelry as possible.
If you want to go out on your own during, for example, a relaxing day, be sure to ask your guide if he/she can take you somewhere or use a registered taxi company.
Most hospitals in Tanzania are of a different quality than what we are used to in the Netherlands. The hospitals in the cities are of better quality, but the waiting times are generally long.
Before your trip, consult with the GGD about the required vaccinations for your trip. There are health insurances that cover travel vaccinations, which is very helpful! The vaccination booklet (yellow book) is important to bring along. This may be requested by customs.
Of course, it is important to drink plenty of water. We make sure that there is always enough drinking water in the safari vehicles and there will also be drinking water available in the hotels/lodges/camps. It is not possible to drink tap water in Tanzania.
Plastic is banned in Tanzania. Therefore, please be aware that you should not bring plastic bags on your trip.
There is so much beauty to capture during your trip and there will be plenty of opportunities to do so. The use of drones is not allowed. When taking pictures of people, always ask for permission. Most people are open to this, but not everyone. It may be that a small fee is requested.
The country code of Tanzania is +255.
Please note that calling, texting, and using the internet (without WIFI) can be very expensive.
Sharing impressions, stories, photos or just staying in touch with family and friends back home? We know from experience that this can be important. For this reason, we offer all our guests free WIFI in the safari jeep.
In Tanzania, three-pin sockets are used. We recommend purchasing a universal adapter before traveling.
Please note that power supply in Tanzania is not available 24 hours a day.