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$ , very few now accept travellers’ cheques, although most accept credit cards (Visa or MasterCard) but 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).
Food in Tanzania
The food served in Tanzanian safari camps varies, but is of course 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 1800m! Always check the latest recommendations with your clinic. Yellow Fever Vaccination is now obligatory for all visitors to Tanzania. Please ensure that you have this before your arrival.
Language in Tanzania
Kiswahili and English are the official languages and spoken by most people living in Tanzania; as well as this, there are many ethnic groups, speaking localised languages and dialects. Try to learn some basic Kiswahili before you go, to help you enjoy your trip more!
Visas for Tanzania
Travellers with British passports, as well as US citizens, require visas for Tanzania (or Zanzibar). If you are living in the UK, this can be obtained upon arrival at the airport.