The following tips will greatly help in highlighting the important and necessary facts. Above all, to help you plan an adventurous trip for a lifetime experience.
1. Best Time To Visit
All parks and reserves are accessible throughout the year. However, there are more convenient times for the finest experience.
• June to October(Dry Season)- these are the best times for high peak seasons where game drive are mostly done due to large concentration of animals. It is also the best time for “The Great Migration” to witness thousands of wildebeests and zebras migrating to the north.
• November to February– the wet season is also good for game viewing, though the concentration of animals is small compared to the high season. It’s also the calving season for the wildebeests.
• December to March – warm season and best time for climbing Mt Kilimanjaro.
2. How To Get There
• Transport To and From Tanzania- the country is both accessible by air. The country has three international airports- Julius Nyerere, International Airport(Dar) Kilimanjaro International Airport(JRO) and Abeid Amani Karume International Airport(Zanzibar). A bus can also be taken to Tanzania form neighboring countries like Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.
• Transport Within Tanzania- the main means of transport within the country include local flights, rental cars and buses.
3. Get A Visa
It is highly recommended for all travelers to have a visa before entering the country. They usually cost $50 for citizens from most countries with the exception of US. Application is done through Tanzania Embassy website which is highly recommended to do so before you travel.
However, visas can also be obtained upon the arrival at the airport. It’s important to note that they are valid for only three months from the issued date.
4. Get To Know The Main Health Issues
The great concern is to acquire immunization for Yellow Fever, Hepatitis A, Typhoid and Diphtheria.
Malaria is also to be taken seriously.Travelers can have an anti-malaria medication provided by a doctor. However there are other self defense ways like covering yourself, applying repellants and sleeping under a net to avoid mosquito bites.
Tanzania’s main mode of payment is Tanzanian Shillings (TShs) and US dollar ($). It’s recommended to have enough supply of cash since credit cards are not used everywhere. Most payments are done through dollar though there are occasions where TShs is highly applicable. The current exchange rate is US$1= TShs 2270 for $50 and $100 and US$1= TShs 2000 for $1, $5 and $10.