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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
Travelers over one year of age require proof of yellow fever vaccination if they are entering from a yellow fever area (e.g., the neighboring country of Kenya) or have stayed in a yellow fever area for 12 hours or longer during a transit. Furthermore, proof of vaccination against polio is required for stays of four weeks or longer.
All other Tanzania vacationers, however, are recommended to get vaccinated against yellow fever and polio. Other vaccination recommendations include:
There are numerous natural wonders and records to discover in Tanzania. In the Northeast of the country, for example, you will find the "roof of Africa," the over 5,000 m high Kilimanjaro massif, which features the highest peak in Africa. Nearby stretches the huge Ngorongoro Crater. The extinct volcano, with a diameter of about 20 km, is the largest dry crater in the world and home to a large population of predators.
You can go on an unforgettable journey through time at Olduvai Gorge, also known as the "Cradle of Humankind." Nearly two million year-old skull and bone fragments, as well as tools and ancient footprints, were found here. Be sure to also visit the biodiverse landscape of the Usambara Mountains, the gorgeous island of Zanzibar, and Africa's largest lake, Lake Victoria.
The country's breathtaking national parks are a must on your travel list for Tanzania vacationers. The most popular among them is the largest and oldest national park in Tanzania, the Serengeti National Park. It is especially known for its annual animal migration, where hundreds of thousands of zebras, wildebeests, and gazelles pass through the park's savannahs. If you want to see elephants up close, head to Tarangire National Park, which is home to herds of up to 300 animals.
Other highlights among the total 22 national parks in Tanzania are: