HOW DO I PREPAIR MYSELF FOR A TRIP TO TANZANIA?
When you are out travelling, and especially in Africa, there are a few things worth noting. Here is some practical information regarding your trip to allow you to prepare for the experience ahead.
Largest city: Dar es Salaam
Language: Swahili & English Population: 43 mill.
Currency: Tanzanian shilling Country code: +255
Most famous island: Zanzibar Saying: ”Uhuru na Umoja” Means ”Freedom and unity” in Swahili
For entry into Tanzania we reccomend yellow fever vaccine. We also recommend Hepatitis A for your own sake and an update of polio vaxines if necessary. Please get in touch with your local doctor or travel vaccine center.
Here you can also get Malaria tablets and any other vaccines your doctor deems necassary. Remember to bring you vaccine card to Tanzania!
Sunscreen is invented for a reason, and countries like Tanzania is the reason! Even if you are used to the sun, it is better to start to high than to low with your sunscreen. Remember that you are not very far from the equator, meaning that the sun can have a big impact compared to countries closer to the poles. It can also be a good idea to buy extra protection for areas such as your lips, nose and ears. You should wear a hat for protection during the day and some light long sleeved clothes for days with prolonged exposure to the sun.
Climate and seasons
The climate is tropical and all coastal areas are warm and humid.
There are two rain seasons, one from the end of March through May and a smaller one in November. During the rainy season it can vary from pouring down for days to a drizzle every now and then. The central parts are dry and warm while the northerly part gets cooler and less wet.
One of the great things about Tanzania is that you can visit all year around (but some areas should be avoided during rain season). Between June and October is the ideal season if you don´t like it too hot. For those of you travelling in the hottest months between December and January we highly recommend including some days on the beach in your vacation. For example on Zanzibar!
Safari is something many people dream of experiencing in Tanzania. When packing for your safari adventure we recommend bringing light, protective clothing and comfortable shoes. Bring a hat and sunglasses to protect you from the sun. It can get cooler in the evenings so remember some light pants and a jumper. You are welcome to bring your mobile phone even though not every place will have coverage. Also, remember to bring your camera, an maybe even some binoculars.
When packing for a trip that includes a safari, we recommend a backpack or a bag that is easy to carry between different destinations. You will be travelling by car, bike and airplane and domestic plane, and therefore it is a good idea to pack lightly. Some domestic planes also have a luggage limit of 15kg softbag. Bring your own arrangement for packing on the bike. For costumers going to Zanzibar after the ride, the can leave som luggage in Arusha if preferable during the ride.
Please note that it is always a risk that your luggage may get delayed or lost on your way to Tanzania. Make sure that you have your valuables packed in your hand luggage along with a change of clothes and other necessities like necessary medication and similar.
Culture and religion
Tanzania is both a Muslim and Christian country. Most places you can usually go dressed as you please, but in Stown Town (on Zanzibar) females usually feel more comfortable with covered shoulders and knees.
Currency and credit cards
The most important currency in Tanzania is Tanzanian Shilling.
Currency: 400 000 TZS = 1 405 NOK
Dollars are commonly used in some restaurants, ferrys and air planes, but not in local shops etc. We advise all our guests to bring dollars on their trips as this may come in handy and can be exchanged in most hotels. ATMs can be found in the larger cities.
On Zanzibar you will only find an ATM in Stown Town so make sure you have enough cash with you if you go on excursions around the island.
You buy the visa upon arrival at the airport. You pay 50 USD cash so make sure you have this with you upon arrival. For most countries you do not need to apply for a visa before you leave, but make sure you check the specific rules for your country.