Tanzania - Frequently Asked Questions
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- When is the best time to go?
- Do you need a visa?
- How can I get there?
- What is the local currency and what currency should I take?
- What is there to see and do?
- Can we do a quick one-day safari when we're there?
- When is the great migration?
- Do I need any vaccinations ahead of travel?
When is the best time to go?
Tanzania can be visited all year round, although the peak season - especially for safaris - is between June and September, during the dry season. It can also be busy around Christmas and early January, as well as in February and March for the Great Migration. There's nothing to stop you travelling at a quieter time of the year, though, with the wet season (which starts in October and November) ensuring that the landscape is a verdant green. Zanzibar and Tanzania's coastal regions tend to experience more consistent sunny and warm weather, so you can travel to these parts of the country at any time of year without having to overly worry about cool and wet conditions.
Do you need a visa?
British citizens and people from most other nationalities need to apply for a visa to visit Tanzania before travelling. You can easily apply through the Tanzanian High Commission to make sure you are organised before your holiday. You should also have at least six months left on the validity of your passport from the date you enter Tanzania.
How can I get there?
The majority of the flights from the UK to Tanzania go via another destination, usually Nairobi in Kenya or Dubai in the UAE. There are several carriers that offer routes to this part of Africa, including Kenya Airways (via Nairobi), British Airways (via Dubai), Virgin Atlantic and KLM (both via Johannesburg), Qatar Airways (via Doha), Air France (via Amsterdam) and Turkish Airlines (via Istanbul). Average flight time from London to Dar es Salaam is about nine and a half hours.
What is the local currency and what currency should I take?
The local currency is the Tanzanian shilling and if you want to bring foreign currency to change, it's best to choose U.S. dollars or Euros. There are ATMs around the country but credit cards are not widely accepted, even in the more upmarket establishments, so bear in mind that you will largely need to pay in cash.
What is there to see and do?
Tanzania is best known for its wonderful safaris, with a host of national parks in the country that offer outstanding wildlife-watching opportunities. The most famous of these is the Serengeti, but there are many other places you can explore, including the vast Selous Game Reserve and Lake Manyara National Park. You can also visit the spectacular Mount Kilimanjaro - Africa's highest peak - climbing it is a fantastic challenge for any keen hikers. You can plan to spend some time in cities like Dar es Salaam or Arusha to soak up some authentic Tanzanian culture and, of course, the intriguing Stone Town in the neighbouring island of Zanzibar isn't to be missed. Zanzibar is a popular beach destination for travellers to relax in after a safari, with gorgeous white sand beaches lapped by clear waters. Scuba diving and snorkelling are popular activities thanks to the colourful marine life you can find here.
Can we do a quick one-day safari when we're there?
You can definitely organise a short one-day safari once you arrive in Tanzania. There are a wide range of options open to you - speak to one of our knowledgeable travel advisors before you jet off if you'd like to find out more about what's on offer.
When is the great migration?
The great migration occurs in Tanzania between February and March each year.
Do I need any vaccinations ahead of travel?
There are several basic travel vaccinations that are recommended by the World Health Organisation, such as diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis A and B, typhoid, rabies and polio. Your doctor is also likely to recommend that you take malaria tablets before, during and after your holiday to Tanzania, as there is a risk of the disease in the country.
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