Below you’ll find practical information on all the key points that might be relevant to you during your journey. If you still have any open questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.
- Entry and Visa
- Method of payment
- Currency / Money in Tanzania
- Culture, food and habits
- Vaccination and specific preventions
- Why can’t I find you at Tripadvisor?
- Worth knowing is also about
Entry and Visa
Citizens of most countries need a visa to enter Tanzania. You can apply for a visa at the Tanzanian embassy in the capital of your country before you start your journey. The visa application can also be submitted online at https://eservices.immigration.go.tz/visa. We recommend that you organize your visa before your trip. Alternatively, you can obtain the visa when entering Tanzania at the country’s international airports, the Zanzibar seaport or the major border crossings. The visa costs 50 USD per person, which is usually paid in cash. A conversion to purely cashless payment (e.g. credit card) is planned and is already being implemented at some entry points. Due to frequent disruptions with cashless payments, however, it is recommended to carry enough cash with oneself. In any case, we recommend that you take a look at the website of the Federal Foreign Office before of your country before you commence your trip.
Method of payment
Our goal is to make the organization and preparation of your trip to Kilimanjaro as easy and convenient as possible. Accordingly, we keep the deposit to be paid after booking low at 20% of the total travel price. You transfer the remaining amount only 30 days before the start of your trip. Moreover, you can decide whether you prefer to pay by bank transfer or PayPal.
As in almost all African countries, security for travelers also plays an important role in Tanzania. From our own experience we can say that the cities of Moshi and Arusha as well as an ascent of Kilimanjaro are relatively safe for tourists. According to the “Global Peace Index“, Tanzania is one of the safest countries in Africa.
Nevertheless, it is advisable to be aware of common customs and habits. Especially in cities you should stick to the following points. If possible, move in groups, not alone. Leave unnecessary jewelry and expensive accessories at home. Keep as little cash as possible with you and transport it, for example, in a thin money belt close to your body. Valuables such as cameras or cell phones as well as personal documents like your passport are best worn in your daypack. It is also advisable to keep copies of the most important documents in a separate location. On site, your guide will give you more current information on security matters.
Currency / Money in Tanzania
The Tanzanian currency is the shilling. Bills of 500, 1000, 5000 and 10 000 shilling are available as well as coins of 1,5,10,20,50,100,200 and 500 shilling. Usually Tanzanian shilling as well as USD are accepted. Credit cards are accepted as well, however, less frequently. Cash withdrawals using credit cards are easily possible in larger cities and touristy areas but trickier in rural and less touristy regions. Directly at the major airports of the country (including Kilimanjaro airport (JRO)) you can withdraw and exchange cash. To see the latest conversion rate, we recommend taking a look at Oanda’s currency converter.
Culture, food and habits
The cultural Tanzanian background is very rich and diverse. In the Republic of Tanzania, the two main languages are Swahili and English, whereby the latter is learned as second language and often spoken in touristy areas. In total, there exist more than 120 different languages and dialects in Tanzania. Of the 57,31 million people living in Tanzania (as of 2017), around 40% each are Christian and Muslim. We have written more about culture and language already in our article here.
Vaccination and specific preventions
Tanzania does not foresee compulsory vaccination for people entering from most industrialized countries such as European or North American ones. Nevertheless, depending on what you plan on doing in Tanzania, the Federal Foreign Offices of most countries recommend checking and completing the standard vaccinations. These are, among others, vaccinations against hepatitis A and B, yellow fever, rubella, rabies, meningococcal disease (ACWY) and typhoid fever are recommended for long-term stays or special exposure. You can also find further information on these topics on the website of the your foreign ministries.
Why can’t I find you at Tripadvisor?
It’s very simple: because we can’t be listed there. Tripadvisor only lists companies located directly at the destination (in this case in Tanzania). Since we are a company with headquarters in Europe, our travelers unfortunately cannot leave any testimonials about their experience with us. We therefore have a section on our website where you can read testimonials. Just have a look here.
Worth knowing is also about
Tipping: This is very common in Tanzania and an important source of income for those working in the tourism industry.
Must-buy: coffee (from the slopes of Kilimanjaro), wood sculptures, or the semi-precious stone only found in Tanzania called Tanzanite.
Must-eat: The most popular plates are “l’ugali” served with meat, onions, tomatoes, vegetables and rice. Especially on Zanzibar, Pilau is very common and is a rice or wheat dish, which is cooked together with vegetables and meat using different spices such as cardamom and cinnamon. If you get the chance, we definitely recommend trying them! Please avoid drinking tap water, however, unless it is boiled as well as adding ice cubes to your drinks. The safest is to use bottled water.
For more general information on Tanzania we also recommend taking a look here.