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Tanzania Travel Guide

If you’re looking for an adventure to excite you, make your jaw-drop and possibly change the way you travel forever, Tanzania ticks all the boxes. Filled with panoramic national parks, world-class wildlife encounters, unique local experiences and the Zanzibar archipelago are just a few of the many reasons to scrap your existing travel plans this year (unless they already include Tanzania). 

The Highlights

The Basics

When to Visit

when to visit
  1. Peak Season

    June to September

    The peak travel months in Tanzania are known to be from June through September where the temperatures are pleasant, the skies are blue and the rain is unlikely to interrupt your adventure. The wildebeest migrate between April to August and form thousand-strong herds searching for food, so if this is a show that you don’t want to miss, be sure to book your travels to Tanzania during this time. Across the peak season is the ideal time for wildlife-spotting as the vegetation is sparse, and animals congregate around popular watering holes which makes for almost guaranteed sightings.   

  2. Low Season

    March to may

    March through May will bring rain to most regions in Tanzania, which in turn, may cause for some roads to be closed, but it is also a great time to take advantage of lower prices for accommodation. Although wildlife is easier to spot in June through September, you’ll still encounter plenty of furry creatures in the northern national parks. Most of the larger wildlife species will have migrated out of Ruaha National Park and Tarangire National Park down south, so best to take caution when planning your travels during this time to suit your wildlife spotting preferences.

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FAQs about Tanzania

  • Do you tip in Tanzania?

    Tipping is expected while on safari or treks and it is customary to tip drivers or guides. In smaller, rural restaurants, tipping is not customary, but a few shillings is perfectly reasonable. In larger cities, it is expected to tip. Either rounding up the bill or adding about 10%–15% is standard. 
  • What is the internet access like?

    In Tanzania, connection speed varies greatly and a speedy connection is rare. Most high-end hotels have wireless access points and they will vary in cost. Some will be free, some will be quite expensive. 
  • Is the tap water safe to drink?

    No. Buy bottled water, or you can boil the tap water or use water purification pills.
  • Can I use my credit cards?

    Yes, credit cards are widely accepted throughout Tanzania. Visa is the most widely accepted card, however, MasterCard is also fine. Please check with your bank about any foreign transaction charges.
  • What are the public holidays?

    Along with common public holidays such as New Year’s Day, Christmas and Good Friday, some of the popular public holidays in Tanzania include Zanzibar Revolutionary Day on January 12, Karume Day on April 7 and Labour Day on May 1.
  • Is it safe to visit Tanzania?

    In general, Tanzania is a safe, problem-free country however you will need to take some precautions to avoid isolated areas and walking along solo at night. Keep an eye on government advisories before you travel. 
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