For a trip to Tanzania, you need a valid visa. Which type is suitable for your travel plans and whether you can also enter Tanzania with an E-Visa depends on a number of factors. We support you in applying for your electronic Ordinary Visa for Tanzania.

Travel information

Country facts

Are you planning a vacation in Tanzania? Then look forward to adventurous expeditions through the surreal landscape, heavenly beaches, and unforgettable encounters with animals and people. But before you go, here are some essential tips for your Tanzania trip.

Quick facts Tanzania

  • Location: East Africa
  • Area: 945,087 km²
  • Currency: Tanzania Schilling (TZS)
  • Official languages: Swahili, English
  • Population: approx. 56 million
  • Capital city: Dodoma

Climate in Tanzania

In Tanzania, a tropical climate with long dry periods and an annually recurring rainy season await you in most places. Only in the mountains, the climate is moderate.

Temperatures vary greatly between regions, and there are also sharp differences between day and night. In the hottest months between October and February, you can expect up to 35 °C during the day.

Landscape and nature in Tanzania

Tanzania welcomes you with miles of tropical coastline and turquoise waters. If you look to the northeast, you will discover the highest mountain range in Africa: the Kilimanjaro massif.

Between the mountains and the sea, Tanzania also has some beautiful lakes like Lake Victoria or Lake Malawi and countless nature reserves like the Serengeti National Park. Here, you will meet elephants, lions, giraffes, and monkeys in the wild!

Entering Tanzania

For a trip to Tanzania, you need an eVisa or visa. Also, check the current entry requirements for Tanzania before you travel.

Getting around Tanzania

The best way to get around Tanzania is by car. But don't misjudge: a trip on the typical gravel roads can take much longer than you are used to.

Therefore, you can also use the well-developed domestic flight network for long distances. If you are adventurous, there are also some train routes available. However, be prepared for all kinds of delays and cancellations.

If you want to take a ferry to Zanzibar, for example, make sure it is not overcrowded.


Tanzania has left-hand traffic!

Means of payment in Tanzania

In Tanzania, you can pay by credit card in many places such as hotels, restaurants, and souvenir stores. However, we recommend carrying enough cash as the infrastructure of card readers and ATMs does not reach remote places.

In addition, broken ATMs often wait a long time for repair.


In addition to the Tanzanian shilling, you can often pay with US Dollars here. However, this is only possible with bills printed after 2006.

Travel and safety tips for Tanzania

Since the local security situation can change spontaneously, keep up to date with current events and forecasts during your trip with the help of news and weather reports.