Tanzania information

Tanzania general information

What is Tanzania's currency? What time is it in Tanzania? How can I make a call to or from Tanzania? When going on holiday to Tanzania for the first time, these are important questions most travellers ask – below we've tried to answer these frequently asked queries as well as we can.

Know before you go

As you plan your trip, and before you travel, we recommend that you check the latest Foreign Office advice on the places that you're going to - regardless of where you are travelling to, or how you are travelling. See FCO's Tanzania advice here, or its info on other countries here.
We urge you to do this, as we recommend that all our travellers keep themselves up to date with the current foreign office advice on their destination countries.

Time in Tanzania

Tanzania is three hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+3). It doesn't operate daylight saving time, hence there's no time difference between their summer and winter months.

Currency in Tanzania

Tanzania's currency is the Tanzanian shilling (TZS). Most camps and lodges charge in US$ and although most accept credit cards (Visa or MasterCard) they may charge a fee to do so. Buying Tanzania's currency in Europe or America can be difficult; many visitors will wait until they arrive in Tanzania to buy local currency.

Tanzania's International Dialling Code

The International Dialling Code for Tanzania is +255, followed by area codes (e.g. (0)22 for Dar es Salaam, or (0)27 for Arusha). Calling from Tanzania, you dial 00 plus the relevant country code (44 for the UK, 1 for the USA). Many establishments rely on mobile phones whose numbers are always in the form +254 (0)7xx-xxx-xxx or +254 (0)6xx-xxx-xxx.

Food in Tanzania

The food served in Tanzanian safari camps varies, but is often delicious – the equivalent of a reasonable restaurant in Europe or America.

In Tanzania's towns and villages, the food is usually simpler. Plain grilled meat, nyama choma, is very popular, and often served with sauce, rice, chips, plantains or ugali (cornmeal or cassava mush). Indian cuisine is also wide spread. The locally brewed beer is good, including Serengeti, Safari, Kilimanjaro, mbege (homebrew from the Chagga people) and banana beer; imported beers (e.g. Tusker from Kenya) and wine are also excellent.

Health in Tanzania

Tanzania is a tropical country and vaccines are sensible (typhoid, polio, tetanus and yellow fever). Malaria is common and occurs all year round; you must take anti-malarial measures, especially in areas below 1500m. Always check the latest recommendations with your clinic or doctor.

In Tanzania, HIV infection rates are high. This isn't usually an issue for visitors, but you should be aware of the situation, and take the usual sensible precautions you would in any country. We understand that blood supplies used by private hospitals in Tanzania have been carefully screened for many years.

Language in Tanzania

Swahili (called kiSwahili by its speakers) and English are the official languages and spoken by most people living in Tanzania. Many ethnic groups, speak more local languages. Try to learn some basic Swahili before you go, to help you enjoy your trip more.

Laundry in Tanzania

Virtually all camps and lodges have a laundry service, although sometimes, because of religious taboos, women's underwear cannot be included.

Taking children to Tanzania

A few of Tanzania's safari camps are suitable for children, others aren't. Tanzania's beach destinations are generally very good for relaxed family getaways. For detailed advice, call our expert team, or see our ideas for family holidays in Tanzania.

Visas for Tanzania

Most travellers require visas for Tanzania. Always check the latest regulations with your nearest Tanzania embassy high commission before you travel.

Weather and climate in Tanzania

Depending on where you are in Tanzania, the weather varies considerably – click on the following link to see a detailed descriptions of the weather and climate in Tanzania.