About Tourism in Tanzania

Tanzania is one of Africa’s most popular tourist destinations. This is because of the various tourist attraction sites the country has to offer. From beautiful parks for wildlife lovers, lakes for bird enthusiasts to mountain ranges for climbers and historical sites for culturists. Approximately 38 percent of Tanzania’s land area is set aside in protected areas conservation. There are 16 national parks, 29 game reserves, 40 controlled conservation areas (including the Ngorongoro Conservation Area) and marine parks. Tanzania is also home to Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa and is home to a large variety of animal life. Among the large mammals include the Big five, cheetahs, wildebeest, giraffes, hippopotamuses and various antelopes. [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] 

Tanzania’s most well-known wildlife attractions are located in the northern part of the country and include the Serengeti National Park, Tarangire National Park and Lake Manyara National Park. The Serengeti National park encompasses the world famous great migrations of animals is the most popular park in the country and saw more than 330,000 visitors in 2012. Travel and tourism contributed 17.5 percent of Tanzania’s gross domestic product in 2016 and employed 11.0 percent of the country’s labor force (1,189,300 jobs) in 2013. The sector is growing rapidly, rising from US $1.74 billion in 2004 to US $4.48 billion in 2013. In 2016, 1,284,279 tourists arrived at Tanzania’s borders compared to 590,000 in 2005.

The north is also home to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area includes the Ngorongoro Crater, which is an extinct volcanic caldera with lions, hippopotamus, elephants, various types of antelope, the endangered black rhinoceros, and large herds of wildebeest and zebra. The Crater also holds the Olduvai Gorge, it is considered to be the seat of humanity after the discovery of the earliest known specimens of the human genus, Homo habilis as well as early hominidae.

The western part of Tanzania includes the Mahale, Katavi, and Gombe national parks, the latter of which is the site of Jane Goodall’s ongoing study, begun in 1960, of chimpanzee behavior. The country is also particularly rich in plant diversity; the Tanzania National Parks Authority has an entire national park the Kitulo National Park dedicated to flowers. There is a wide variety of biomass across the nation.

Besides the beautiful natural attractions in Tanzania, the country has rich historical and cultural sites that are worth visiting. Most of these sites house long history and traditions of the Tanzanians dating back to the 13th Century. Some of the most significant historical sites in Tanzania worth visiting during a safari in Tanzania include Olduvai Gorge, The House of Wonders, Kilwa Ruins, Stone Town, old Arab Fort and the National Museum and House of Culture among others.

Modern people of Tanzania are known for their welcoming mood and politeness. The same can be said to the indigenous ethnic groups, but their cultures are much more colorful. Take the Maasai people for example; they are semi-nomadic people who inhabit some of the most precious national parks in the country. They have been in co-existence with wildlife without disturbing the balance of the ecosystem. Barabaig people are also semi-nomadic, and they live near Mount Hanang. The experience in Tanzania is not only with the wildlife and scenic views of natural wonders, but also interaction with ethnic groups featuring their dances, local meals, lifestyles, and perspectives towards their world. National language of Tanzania is Swahili, but many people can speak English quite well.[/read]

The Tanzania Safari Travel Tips

Tanzania Tourism Tips

Tanzania is one of Africa’s most popular tourist destinations. This is because of the various tourist attraction sites the country has to offer. From beautiful parks for wildlife lovers, lakes for bird enthusiasts to mountain ranges for climbers and historical sites for culturists. Approximately 38 percent of Tanzania’s land area is set aside in protected areas conservation. There are 16 national parks, 29 game reserves, 40 controlled conservation areas (including the Ngorongoro Conservation Area) and marine parks. Read More

Tanzania Flights

Travelers visiting Tanzania destinations can either drive or fly to various destinations. Roads in most of the wilderness areas are in poor condition and intact and it’s advisable not to go the self-driving aspect. On the other hand, you can organize to fly to your destination and use a car and driver supplied by the lodgings. If you can afford, getting around Tanzania by flight is the quickest and most comfortable option. There are limited domestic airlines that link the most popular safari destinations and provide services to the coast. Read More

Tanzania Safari Necessities

If you opt to fly to Nairobi rather than direct to JRO you’ll need to take the Riverside Shuttle bus from Nairobi to Arusha. Passing through Kenya in this way you’ll require a Kenyan tourist visa which can be purchased at the airport when you land. A tourist visa for traveling to Kenya from Tanzania if opting to fly out from Nairobi, can be purchased at the Namanga border which you are required to cross, however if you entered Tanzania from Kenya on your way to Kilimanjaro then your original Kenyan visa will probably still be valid as nowadays Kenyan tourist visas are issued on multiple-entry basis. Read More

Tanzania Safari Necessities

Tanzania Visas information

All travelers who are not East African residents, are required to obtain a visa for Tanzania. Fortunately, the process is a simple convention.

Visa requirements

If you opt to fly to Nairobi rather than direct to JRO you’ll need to take the Riverside Shuttle bus from Nairobi to Arusha. Passing through Kenya in this way you’ll require a Kenyan tourist visa which can be purchased at the airport when you land. A tourist visa for traveling to Kenya from Tanzania if opting to fly out from Nairobi, can be purchased at the Namanga border which you are required to cross, however if you entered Tanzania from Kenya on your way to Kilimanjaro then your original Kenyan visa will probably still be valid as nowadays Kenyan tourist visas are issued on multiple-entry basis.

Visa application

If flying direct to Tanzania however, although it is possible to purchase your visa on arrival at the kiosk on the right hand side of the arrivals foyer at Kilimanjaro International Airport, the Tanzanian High Commission advises visitors to apply for this in advance as they reserve the right to deny you a visa on arrival.

Visa costs

Travelers are advised to apply in person by visiting the Tanzanian Embassy with their passports and payment in cash. Those willing to take the risk involved with trying to obtain a visa at the border (we have only ever heard of a small handful of persons who had problems) should have USD 50 in cash if flying on a British passport, or USD 100 in cash if flying on a US passport. Those of other nationalities are advised to have USD 100 in cash ready, though in most cases the cost will be only USD 50.

Visa policy

Visitors to Tanzania must get a visa from one of the Tanzanian diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or countries whose citizens can obtain a visa on arrival. All visitors must hold a passport valid for 6 months (according to the Tanzanian immigration department) or a month beyond the period of intended stay (according to IATA)

Most visitors to Tanzania must obtain a visa from one of the Tanzanian diplomatic missions. However, a majority of nations can obtain a visitor visa at any port of entry land or air. Most SADC citizens or East African Community citizens do not need a visa for tourism purposes. 3-month tourist visas are available for $US 50 at all ports of entry (except US citizens must buy $US 100 1-year multiple entry visas). Tanzania does not fall under the East African Tourist Visa regime and a separate visa is required to enter Tanzania. All visitors must hold a passport valid for 6 months (according to the Tanzanian immigration department) or a month beyond the period of intended stay (according to IATA). Holders of diplomatic or service/official/special passports issued to nationals of China, India and Turkey do not require a visa for Tanzania.

Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda have an agreement that you can cross into each and back again without purchasing a new visa, as long as each visa is within its 3-month validity. For example, you can go from Kenya to Uganda, to see the mountain gorillas, and return to Kenya on the visa you acquired on first entry to the country.

Passport

Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from date of entry to Tanzania and with sufficient blank pages for any visa stamps. If your passport does not meet the requirements, you must renew your passport or obtain a new one prior to obtaining the visa.

General Packing List

  • In general, pack casually as you leave room for gifts and souvenirs. Soft sided luggage packs more easily into the safari vehicle.
  • Always carry passport, airline tickets and money on your person. A fanny pack or moneybag that hangs around the neck works well.
  • In case luggage doesn’t arrive the same day you do, put enough clothing and supplies for the first day in your carry­on luggage.
  • If taking a domestic flight luggage weight restrictions range between 15-­20 kgs (33­-44 lbs.) total per person.
  • If climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro or Mt. Meru, additional supplies will be needed. Please refer to the Kilimanjaro Packing List.

Footwear

  • Well-made, comfortable shoes, preferably waterproof because they will get dirty.
  • Tennis shoes or sandals for lounging in the evening
  • Comfortable, breathable socks
  • Clothing Shorts, mid­-thigh or longer (not advisable for village visits Lightweight, breathable pants
  • Short-­sleeved shirts, cool and breathable (neutral colors are best, avoid black, dark blue and bright red)
  • Bathing suit if staying at a lodge with a swimming pool or if visiting Zanzibar
  • Long­-sleeved fleece or sweater for evenings and/or early mornings
  • Rain jacket or rain poncho .

Other essentials

  • Sun hat
  • Maps, guidebooks
  • Scarf (for dust and/or sun)
  • Batteries
  • Sunglasses
  • Binoculars (2 pair are standard in each vehicle – Nikon Monarch 8×36 or similar)

Money (small Tanzanian bills and/or small US bills for small purchases and tips. Larger US bills and/or travelers checks for bigger purchases)

  • Electricity adapter
  • Camera, memory cards, mini­tripod
  • Video camera

Documents

Passport (with visa stamp or completed visa application with $50 or $100 US cash, exact change)
Yellow fever certificate (REQUIRED if traveling from or through an endemic zone – refer to Medical Tips)
Medical and Travel Insurance
First Aid
Anti­-malaria pills
Prescription drugs
For any emergencies while in Tanzania, in case of fire outbreak contact 114, and security ways contact police 112 or 999 and in scenarios of sickness call ambulance 115 from any mobile phone.

Medical Requirements

Consultation should be done ahead of any trip to Africa. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC; www.cdc.gov/travel) has details of required and recommended immunizations for international travelers as compiled by the World Health Organization. The CDC also frequently updates its website with news of outbreaks that upset specific areas and destinations. It’s worth checking out their travel advisory and following up by consulting your doctor. You will surely need to take some medication against malaria, and there are other immunizations that are highly recommended.

Tanzania is endemic for contracting yellow fever, so it is crucial you have a yellow fever vaccination or else you may be denied entry without one. We also highly recommend immunizing yourself against typhoid, hepatitis A and B, meningitis, rabies and if you’re going to be in East Africa for an extended period. Booster shots, although not compulsory, are suggested for tetanus-diphtheria, measles-mumps-rubella, polio, and varicella.

Certain immunizations must be administered over a period of time, while others cannot be given at the same time. Consult your doctor at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to your trip, especially since some vaccines require time to take effect. Vaccinations should be recorded and stamped in a yellow international immunization card, which you will be given when your first shots are administered take this with you whenever you go for booster shots or new immunizations

Visas information and Passports

Tanzania Visas information

All travelers who are not East African residents, are required to obtain a visa for Tanzania. Fortunately, the process is a simple convention.

Visa requirements

If you opt to fly to Nairobi rather than direct to JRO you’ll need to take the Riverside Shuttle bus from Nairobi to Arusha. Passing through Kenya in this way you’ll require a Kenyan tourist visa which can be purchased at the airport when you land. A tourist visa for traveling to Kenya from Tanzania if opting to fly out from Nairobi, can be purchased at the Namanga border which you are required to cross, however if you entered Tanzania from Kenya on your way to Kilimanjaro then your original Kenyan visa will probably still be valid as nowadays Kenyan tourist visas are issued on multiple-entry basis.

Visa application

If flying direct to Tanzania however, although it is possible to purchase your visa on arrival at the kiosk on the right hand side of the arrivals foyer at Kilimanjaro International Airport, the Tanzanian High Commission advises visitors to apply for this in advance as they reserve the right to deny you a visa on arrival.

Visa costs

Travelers are advised to apply in person by visiting the Tanzanian Embassy with their passports and payment in cash. Those willing to take the risk involved with trying to obtain a visa at the border (we have only ever heard of a small handful of persons who had problems) should have USD 50 in cash if flying on a British passport, or USD 100 in cash if flying on a US passport. Those of other nationalities are advised to have USD 100 in cash ready, though in most cases the cost will be only USD 50.

Visa policy

Visitors to Tanzania must get a visa from one of the Tanzanian diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or countries whose citizens can obtain a visa on arrival. All visitors must hold a passport valid for 6 months (according to the Tanzanian immigration department) or a month beyond the period of intended stay (according to IATA)

Most visitors to Tanzania must obtain a visa from one of the Tanzanian diplomatic missions. However, a majority of nations can obtain a visitor visa at any port of entry land or air. Most SADC citizens or East African Community citizens do not need a visa for tourism purposes. 3-month tourist visas are available for $US 50 at all ports of entry (except US citizens must buy $US 100 1-year multiple entry visas). Tanzania does not fall under the East African Tourist Visa regime and a separate visa is required to enter Tanzania. All visitors must hold a passport valid for 6 months (according to the Tanzanian immigration department) or a month beyond the period of intended stay (according to IATA). Holders of diplomatic or service/official/special passports issued to nationals of China, India and Turkey do not require a visa for Tanzania.

Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda have an agreement that you can cross into each and back again without purchasing a new visa, as long as each visa is within its 3-month validity. For example, you can go from Kenya to Uganda, to see the mountain gorillas, and return to Kenya on the visa you acquired on first entry to the country.

Passport

Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from date of entry to Tanzania and with sufficient blank pages for any visa stamps. If your passport does not meet the requirements, you must renew your passport or obtain a new one prior to obtaining the visa.

General Safari Packing List

General Packing List

  • In general, pack casually as you leave room for gifts and souvenirs. Soft sided luggage packs more easily into the safari vehicle.
  • Always carry passport, airline tickets and money on your person. A fanny pack or moneybag that hangs around the neck works well.
  • In case luggage doesn’t arrive the same day you do, put enough clothing and supplies for the first day in your carry­on luggage.
  • If taking a domestic flight luggage weight restrictions range between 15-­20 kgs (33­-44 lbs.) total per person.
  • If climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro or Mt. Meru, additional supplies will be needed. Please refer to the Kilimanjaro Packing List.

Footwear

  • Well-made, comfortable shoes, preferably waterproof because they will get dirty.
  • Tennis shoes or sandals for lounging in the evening
  • Comfortable, breathable socks
  • Clothing Shorts, mid­-thigh or longer (not advisable for village visits Lightweight, breathable pants
  • Short-­sleeved shirts, cool and breathable (neutral colors are best, avoid black, dark blue and bright red)
  • Bathing suit if staying at a lodge with a swimming pool or if visiting Zanzibar
  • Long­-sleeved fleece or sweater for evenings and/or early mornings
  • Rain jacket or rain poncho .

Other essentials

  • Sun hat
  • Maps, guidebooks
  • Scarf (for dust and/or sun)
  • Batteries
  • Sunglasses
  • Binoculars (2 pair are standard in each vehicle – Nikon Monarch 8×36 or similar)

Money (small Tanzanian bills and/or small US bills for small purchases and tips. Larger US bills and/or travelers checks for bigger purchases)

  • Electricity adapter
  • Camera, memory cards, mini­tripod
  • Video camera

Documents

Passport (with visa stamp or completed visa application with $50 or $100 US cash, exact change)
Yellow fever certificate (REQUIRED if traveling from or through an endemic zone – refer to Medical Tips)
Medical and Travel Insurance
First Aid
Anti­-malaria pills
Prescription drugs
For any emergencies while in Tanzania, in case of fire outbreak contact 114, and security ways contact police 112 or 999 and in scenarios of sickness call ambulance 115 from any mobile phone.

Medical Requirements

Consultation should be done ahead of any trip to Africa. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC; www.cdc.gov/travel) has details of required and recommended immunizations for international travelers as compiled by the World Health Organization. The CDC also frequently updates its website with news of outbreaks that upset specific areas and destinations. It’s worth checking out their travel advisory and following up by consulting your doctor. You will surely need to take some medication against malaria, and there are other immunizations that are highly recommended.

Tanzania is endemic for contracting yellow fever, so it is crucial you have a yellow fever vaccination or else you may be denied entry without one. We also highly recommend immunizing yourself against typhoid, hepatitis A and B, meningitis, rabies and if you’re going to be in East Africa for an extended period. Booster shots, although not compulsory, are suggested for tetanus-diphtheria, measles-mumps-rubella, polio, and varicella.

Certain immunizations must be administered over a period of time, while others cannot be given at the same time. Consult your doctor at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to your trip, especially since some vaccines require time to take effect. Vaccinations should be recorded and stamped in a yellow international immunization card, which you will be given when your first shots are administered take this with you whenever you go for booster shots or new immunizations

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