Tanzania Travel Guide
For many years, travelers spent all of their time heading to the states, Europe, or Asia. Only a small handful of people chose to go to Africa, and if they did, they made their way to South Africa.
Over the last few years, wanderers have broken out of the norm and made way towards Tanzania, a country full of wildlife aplenty, vast savannah landscapes, the highest mountains in Africa, and turquoise blue waters.
Tanzania has become synonymous with Serengeti, Mount Kilimanjaro, and some of the best safaris in the world. And all of that holds true. In fact, it has all of that and then some.
So grab your safari hat and sunscreen! Let’s go on a safari through things you need to know about Tanzania.
Weather is probably the most important thing to consider when planning a trip to Tanzania. Because the country is so large and it’s very diverse, it’s hard to pinpoint the weather. However, there are a few patterns that you can track.
The country has two rainy seasons, from March to May and November and December. The most pleasant time to visit is during the dry season, from June to October.
If you’re looking to witness the Great Migration of almost two million wildebeest and zebra, you’ll want to visit during June and July. If you’re not too worried about the migration and still want to see wildlife on a safari, the dry summer months force the animals to watering holes, making them much easier to spot.
Just keep in mind that this is when tourists flock to Tanzania so plan ahead of time.
What To Expect
Language: The official language of Tanzania is Swahili, though it is a multilingual nation, with many natives speaking English.
Currency: The official currency of Tanzania is the Tanzanian shilling (TZS). 1 USD is equivalent to 2299 TZS.
Credit Cards & ATMs: Credit cards (mainly Visa) are widely accepted in Tanzania. You’ll be able to use your card at park entrances, upscale hotels, and some tour operators. If you’re looking to book something with a credit card, call in advance to make sure it is accepted. If you need some money, ATMs are widespread in major towns and are open 24-hours a day. If you’re in remote spots, an ATM will be harder to find so be sure to get cash before you head out.
Plugs: In Tanzania, the plugs are type D and G, the standard voltage is 230 V, and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. I recommend buying a universal adapter (make sure it has surge protection) and using a converter for hairdryers and hot tools.
Safety: Tanzania is an overall safe country to visit, especially if your visit mainly consists of an organized safari/tour. Almost a million tourists visit the country every year without any issues.