Tanzania Destination- While In Africa

About

Tanzania is in the eastern part of Africa and one of the most visited African destination. It shares its land borders with 8 countries and covers a wide African expanse with an area larger than two Californias.

At a Glance

Primary Language: Swahili and English. Country population as of
2019 is 57.3 million

Currency: Tanzanian Shillings (TSH)
Tanzanian Shillings (TSH)

Capital is Dodoma but
Dar Es Salaam is  the
main hub for
international flights.

Size: 945,087 sqm. or
almost twice as big as
Spain

Type G power plug and sockets

  • Primary Language: Swahili and English. Country population as of
    2019 is 57.3 million
  • Currency: Tanzanian Shillings (TSH) Tanzanian Shillings (TSH)
  • Capital is Dodoma but Dar Es Salaam is still the main hub for international flights.
  • Size: 945,087 sqm. or almost twice as big as Spain
  • Type G power plug and sockets

Highlights

Pristine Beaches

Trekking in Africa’s highest mountain

Top 5 Destination

Mount Kilimanjaro

Serengeti National Park

Zanzibar Island

Ngorongoro Crater

Selous Game Reserve

Mount Kilimanjaro

Serengeti National Park

Zanzibar Island

Ngorongoro Crater

Selous Game Reserve

Unique Experiences

Hadzabe and Datoga Tribe.
Hadzabe is one of the last remaining hunter gatherer societies in the world

Olduvai Gorge
It holds the earliest evidence of the existence of human ancestors.

The Great Migration
A top wildlife event that happens yearly

Bush Dinners and Sundowners at the Serengeti

Type of Travel

  • Although DIY is possible, use of tour operator is recommended when doing a safari because the parks are so huge, you need a skilled wildlife spotter to see animals and find your way around
  • Tanzania has plenty of tented camps and lodges in midrange and luxury levels in the safari parks
  • Budget accommodation when doing a safari is more expensive than options in Kenya although public camping sites are available
  • You can easily plan your Zanzibar trip via DIY. It is very accessible with plenty of accommodations you can book via online booking sites
  • It is required by law to use a guide when trekking Mt. Kilimanjaro

Least Favorite

  • Police officers in the city, particularly in Arusha, are notorious (they try to find fault in petty things for a bribe).
  • Traffic in Dar Es Salaam
  • Compared to the vibrant city of Nairobi, there’s nothing much to do in Arusha, the safari take-off point for the Northern Circuit (most popular)
  • We didn’t find the local food options to be as diverse and unique tasting (mostly beans and meat)

Planning Your Trip

Usd

Around 1,500-2,000 USD per
person for 7 days all-inclusive
tour, lodge, meals for
mid-range rooms for a safari.
Price is the same for
Kilimanjaro Trekking.

fulldays

Allot at least 6 full days and
include at least 3 parks to
get a better variety in your
safari. You need at least 4 full
days in Zanzibar alone.
Kilimanjaro is a minimum of 7
days to reach the top.

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Best time to go for a
safari and in general
including Zanzibar and
Kilimanjaro is off season
around September or
October unless seeing
the Great Migration.

  • Around 1,500-2,000 USD per person for 7 days all-inclusive tour, lodge, meals for mid-range rooms for a safari. Price is the same for Kilimanjaro Trekking.
  • Allot at least 6 full days and include at least 3 parks to get a better variety in your safari. You need at least 4 full days in Zanzibar alone. Kilimanjaro is a minimum of 7 days to reach the top.

  • Best time to go for a safari and in general including Zanzibar and Kilimanjaro is off season around September or October unless seeing the Great Migration.

Getting Here

International flights to Kenya fly into

Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) in Dar es Salaam

Abeid Amani Karumi International Airport (ZNZ) in Zanzibar Island

Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) in Kilimanjaro

Direct and one-stop flights are available in all three. However, the most common gateways are JRO and DAR. For information on particular flights when planning your safari, see our Tanzania Safari page.

  • Flights to Tanzania from London takes about 11 hours, from Manchester about 12 hours and from Glasgow around 13. Airlines that fly to and fro Dar es Salaam (DAR) include British Airways, KLM, Emirates, Gulf Air, Ethiopian Airways, Air India, South African Airways and Swissair. Unfortunately, no direct flight is available from UK to Kilimanjaro. However, you can travel to Amsterdam or to Qatar (warning: this may entail long layovers) and take a flight to Kiliminjaro from there. Otherwise, you will have to catch a connecting flight from Dar es Salaam or Nairobi.
There are no direct flights to Tanzania from the US. The only options are:
    1. Connecting flights with 2 stops en route
    2. Fly to Johannesburg from New York or from Washington-Dulles via South African Airways(approximately 14.5 hours) OR from Atlanta via Delta Air Lines (approximately 15.5 hours)
    3. Fly to either Istanbul or Amsterdam OR take a one-stop connecting flight through these cities. Turkish Airlines fly directly to Istanbul from more or less 10 cities in the US (New York, San Francisco, Atlanta, Boston, Houston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami). KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, holding more available flights throughout the country, flies straight to Amsterdam from about 16 cities (Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Memphis, Miami, Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Newark, New York, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Washington DC).
There are only 2 airlines that fly directly from Europe to Tanzania:
  1. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines – flies from Amsterdam Airport (AMS) to Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro
  2. Turkish Airlines – flies from Istanbul Ataturk Airport (IST) to Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro
If you wish to take an alternate route via Nairobi, Kenya Airways has been a favorite of most travelers. Other airlines that offer flights to Nairobi are Lufthansa, Air France, Swissair and Brussels Airlines.
For vacationers to southern Tanzanian parks, you can also reach Dar es Salaam (DAR) by catching a flight:
    1. via Dubai on Emirates Airlines
    2. via Muscat on Oman Air
    3. through Cairo on Egypt Air
    4. via Abu Dhabi on Etihad Airways
    5. via Doha on Qatar Airways
    6. via Addis Ababa on Ethiopian Airlines
There are 3 routes from Asia to all gateway airports in Tanzania via Kenya Airways:
  1. Hanoi, Vietnam – about 15 hours to Dar es Salaam and an hour or two more to Kilimanjaro
  2. Bangkok, Thailand – about 9 hours and 30 minutes to Dar es Salaam and an hour or two more to Kilimanjaro
  3. Mumbai, India – about 6 hours and 30 minutes to Dar es Salaam and an hour or two more to Kilimanjaro
Alternately, travelers can go to Middle East and catch a connecting flight from there.

Safety & Security

  • Tanzania is a generally safe destination especially the tourist destinations but as it is in other developing countries, some areas are unsafe. Just travel with common sense, don’t wear valuables in public places, don’t walk alone at night in the middle of nowhere and make sure to research your destination
  • Don’t deal with anyone claiming to sell tours. Only book with legally-registered companies with good reviews
  • When using public transportation, exercise caution and take care of your belongings as if your life depends on it
  • When a local street vendor is trying to sell you something, politely decline. Best not to engage if you have no plans of buying at all as they can get too pushy

Getting Around

  • Arusha is the take-off point for the Northern circuit (top safari parks) as well as Mt. Kilimanjaro. Dar Es Salaam is the best starting point for southern safari circuit and Zanzibar where you can take a Ferry or fly. Flying from Arusha to Zanzibar is also possible via a small plane. Land travel between cities is convenient by bus in good condition as well as through local flights. Crossing border by land to neighboring countries is also easy and common especially from Arusha to Nairobi, Kenya.

 

  • In bigger cities like Dar Es Salaam, you’ll find Uber. In smaller cities like Arusha, you can find local taxis (ask the rate before using them as they usually don’t have metered rates) or motorbike taxis. There are small PUVS but often way too overloaded with passengers and no timetable

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