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What language is spoken in Tanzania?

The official languages of Tanzania are English and Swahili. 

What currency is used throughout Tanzania?

The currency used throughout the country is the Tanzanian shilling. Mastercard and Visa are widely accepted and there are many ATMs dispensing local currency throughout the country. 

Do I need a visa and passport to travel to Tanzania?

A visa is required when travelling to Tanzania from the United States and Canada. Currently, this can be obtained at arrival airports and border crossings and is valid for 90 days. A valid passport is mandatory. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the date you expect to leave Tanzania.

When is the best time to travel to Tanzania?

The best time to travel to Tanzania is from June to October when the country is at its driest.   

Is there transportation within Tanzania?

Visitors typically pre-book a safari package prior to arriving in Tanzania. This package includes the services of an English-speaking driver-guide and a 4X4 vehicle, which in turn will be their primary mode of transportation. There is also a good flight network usually on small aircraft connecting Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Zanzibar Island and other major centres and with major national parks. The two main forms of local transportation within Tanzania include taxis and dalla-dallas (minibuses).

Is Tanzania a family-friendly destination?

With an immense range of wildlife, beautiful beaches and much more there is something the whole family will love in Tanzania! Beaches, game reserves, and world-class national parks and accommodations all await. 

How welcoming is Tanzania to LGBTQ travellers?

Homosexuality is illegal in Tanzania, including the Zanzibar Archipelago. As in much of Africa, public displays of affection, regardless of orientation, are frowned upon and homosexuality is a cultural taboo. LGBTQ travellers who choose to visit Tanzania should exercise discretion and be aware of local sensibilities while in the country.

What if any vaccinations are required or suggested for travel to Tanzania?

There are no compulsory vaccinations required for Tanzania, however, we recommend you consult with your local travel clinic for the most up-to-date recommendations, particularly in regards to malaria prophylactics. Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required if you are coming from or have transited through an airport of a country where yellow fever occurs.



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