When to Visit Tanzania

Dry Season (June to October): Best time for safaris and wildlife viewing. Clear skies and cooler temperatures make it ideal for outdoor activities.
Wet Season (November to May): Migratory bird watching and lush landscapes. Some parks close due to heavy rainfall, but it's a great time for bird enthusiasts.

Seasons and Weather

Dry Season (June to October): Ideal for safaris and outdoor activities. Days are warm with clear skies, making it easier to spot wildlife. Temperatures range from 20°C to 30°C (68°F to 86°F).
Wet Season (November to May): Characterized by short rains (November to December) and long rains (March to May). Some parks and lodges may close, and travel can be challenging due to muddy roads. Temperatures remain warm, with occasional afternoon showers.

Yellow Fever Details

Requirement: Travelers arriving from or transiting through yellow fever endemic countries must present a yellow fever vaccination certificate. Check the list of endemic countries from Tanzanian authorities or your health provider.
Vaccination: The yellow fever vaccine should be administered at least 10 days before travel to ensure effectiveness. Carry your vaccination certificate with your travel documents.

VISAs

Entry Requirements: Tourist visas allow stays of up to 90 days and are available as single-entry or multiple-entry. Business visas are also available for longer stays.
Application Process: Apply for a visa through Tanzanian embassies, consulates, or online portals. Visa fees are payable in US dollars or local currency upon arrival or before travel.

Essential Travel Information

Safety: Tanzania is generally safe for travelers. Exercise caution in urban areas against petty theft and avoid displaying valuables openly.
Population: Tanzania has a diverse population of over 58 million people, comprising more than 120 ethnic groups. The largest groups include the Sukuma, Chagga, and Haya.
Visa: Most visitors require a visa to enter Tanzania. Visas are available on arrival or can be obtained in advance through Tanzanian embassies or online portals. Visa fees vary by nationality.
Passports: Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay. Make copies of your passport and store them separately for security.
Insurance: Travel insurance covering medical expenses, evacuation, and trip cancellation is essential. Confirm that your insurance includes activities like safaris and trekking.
Vaccinations: Yellow fever vaccination is mandatory for travelers arriving from endemic countries. Other recommended vaccinations include hepatitis A and B, typhoid, cholera, and rabies, depending on your travel plans.
Time: Tanzania operates on East Africa Time (EAT), which is UTC+3. Daylight saving time is not observed.
Currency: The official currency is the Tanzanian Shilling (TZS). US dollars are widely accepted, especially in tourist areas and for larger purchases.
Language: Swahili is the national language and English is widely spoken, particularly in tourist hubs and for business transactions.

Payments

Deposit: To confirm bookings, a non-refundable deposit of 20% is required. This secures accommodation, safari tours, and other services.
Remaining Payment: The balance of 80% must be settled 30 days before arrival. Failure to do so may result in cancellation or additional charges.
Accepted Methods: Payments can be made via bank transfer or credit/debit card. Bank details for transfers are provided upon booking confirmation.
Surcharge: Credit card payments attract a 2.5% surcharge. Ensure sufficient funds are available to cover additional charges.
Intermediary Charges: Clients are responsible for any intermediary bank charges incurred during international bank transfers. Verify with your bank regarding potential fees.