Tanzania is not just about the incredible of wildlife in the Serengeti, this East African country offers so much more!
Explore the ancient streets of Stone town or relax on the palm lined beaches of Zanzibar, spot the Chimpanzees in the Mahale Mountains or even climb Africas highest mountain, the iconic Kilimanjaro, which stands at 5,895m high!
In this post I will answer some Frequently asked questions submitted by readers of Town & Tourist, these include the following:
- 8 Captivating things to do in Tanzania?
- Is Tanzania Expensive to Travel?
- Tanzania Travel Budget Calculator
- Tanzania Costs (Detailed)
- Is Tanzania Safe for Tourists?
- Do you need a Visa to EnterTanzania?
- When is the Best time to Visit Tanzania?
- Where to stay in Tanzania?
- 3 Essential Travel Tips? (Packing Guide)
A. 10 Epic things to do in Tanzania?
1. Take a Safari in the Serengeti!
Follow the wildebeest as they migrate across the Serengeti.
2. Dive into the crystal waters of Mafia Island
Dive or snorkel in the crystal clear waters of Mafia Island
3. Wander the spice island of Zanzibar
Wander the island of Zanzibar and relax on its incredible beaches.
4. Climb the highest mountain in Africa (Kilimanjaro)
5. Follow the vast herds in Katavi National Park.
6. Spot chimpanzees in the Mahale Mountains
7. Spot the big game 5 at Ngorongoro Crater
8.Visit the Selous Game Reserve
Located south-west of Dar es Salaam. This is Africa’s largest protected area, with a landscape of Lakes, plains, rivers and forest.
There you will find hippos, elephants, lions, buffalo and even the black rhino!
9. Walk with the Maasai tribe
Immerse yourself in the culture of the Massai tribe in northern Tanzania
10. Take a Safari Hot Air Balloon ride over the Serengeti!
This is my favourite way of taking a Safari! Take the skies and see the magic wildlife below as you float across the Seregati!
Me & my husband, took a ride last year it was an experience of a lifetime!
The guide was very experienced, skilled & we felt safe at all times!
For info my recommended tour, follow the link HERE
This was also included in our: 30 Most Extravagant Hot Air Balloon Festivals in the World!
B. Is Tanzania expensive to travel?
Tanzania is fairly cheap to travel! A budget traveller should budget $30-$40 (USD) per day,
while a mid range traveller should budget $80-$90 (USD per day.
This includes the cost of accommodation, food and transport!
The Prices in Tanzania are cheaper than South Africa ,
3 Insider Tips:
- Greet local people & smile with a friendly “Jambo!” this is a great way to build bridges.
- Learning some Swahili can really help!
- Be relaxed & keep a sense of humour when it comes with timing. Lateness is part of the culture here!
C. Tanzania: Travel Budget Calculator
To help you budget your next adventure to Tanzania
Dive into our interactive Travel Budget Calculator below
User Guide: Simply select your “Travel Style”, ” Number of Persons” and Number of Days Traveling.
Top Tip: “Group” travel budget gives the total budget for 4 people! To find out how much that is each simply divide by 4.
Families would be best using the Group selector, or those with small children should select “Couple” if the children are young enough to share a room.
We have compiled the data in the table above from our vast travel experience & other reliable sources.
What is the Currency in Tanzania?
The Tanzanian Shilling is the currency of Tanzania.
1 USD =2300 TZA
1 GBP = 2990 TZS
1 EURO = 2550 TZS
D. Tanzania Travel Costs (Detailed):
i. Budget Backpacker Travel Costs:
|Budget Data||Cost (USD)|
|Average Daily cost:||$30|
|Accommodation (Single Occupancy, Hostel)||$15|
|Accommodation (Double Occupancy, Hotel)||$30|
|Local Transport (Taxis, Buses, Subway)||$5|
|Food & Water||$8|
|Intercity Transport (Transport between neighbouring cities)||$10|
ii. Mid Range Travel Costs:
|Budget Data||Cost (USD)|
|Average Daily cost:||$72|
|Accommodation (Single Occupancy, Hostel)||$41|
|Accommodation (Double Occupancy, Hotel)||$82|
|Local Transport (Taxis, Buses, Subway)||$10|
|Food & Water||$14|
|Intercity Transport (Transport between neighbouring cities)||$25|
iii. Luxury Vacation Travel Costs:
|Budget Data||Cost (USD)|
|Average Daily cost:||$215|
|Accommodation (Single Occupancy)||$130|
|Accommodation (Double Occupancy, Hotel)||$257|
|Local Transport (Taxis, Buses, Subway)||$30|
|Food & Water||$32|
|Intercity Transport (Transport between neighbouring cities)||$55|
E. Is Tanzania safe for tourists?
Crime has been increasing in recent year. The US Government suggest the follow precautions be taken:
- Always carry a copy of your U.S. passport and visa and keep original documents in a secure location.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Do not leave your food or drink unattended.
- Stay alert in all locations, especially those frequented by Westerners.
- Avoid public displays of affection particularly between same-sex couples.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Follow the Department of State and the US Embassy in Tanzania on Facebook and Twitter
Around 75,000 British nationals visit Tanzania every year, with most visits to Tanzania being trouble-free.
In addition, like in any busy area be sure to not carry too much cash and exercise caution in crowded areas such as,
train and bus stations, airports to avoid pickpockets.I recommend purchasing a hidden money belt,
I take mine everywhere. See: Travel Accessories
F. Do you need a visa to enter Tanzania?
Many countries require an EVisa or Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) to enter Tanzania
According to the US Department of state:
Visas are required for U.S. citizens traveling to Tanzania.
A passport valid for a minimum of six months beyond visa issuance and/or date of entry and at least one blank visa page, is required.
Visitors who enter on visas must present a roundtrip ticket and demonstrate they have sufficient funds for their stay.
According to the UK Government:
All British passport holders need a tourist or business visa to enter Tanzania.
Tanzania has introduced an ‘e-visas’ system through which applications can be submitted and approved online in advance of travel.
It is also possible to get a tourist or business visa for a single entry on arrival at main ports of entry to Tanzania,
subject to the fulfilment of all immigration requirements. You may be asked to provide proof of your return journey.
You will not be able to get a multiple entry visa on arrival. For more info see: Tanzanian immigration website.
All governments advise on a valid Travel Insurance policy before traveling.
I always recommend World Nomads, I’ve used these for years.
G. When is the Best time to visit Tanzania?
The best time to visit Tanzania is from July to October (peak season), this is when the country is at its driest.
This is also a great time of year to see the migration river crossings.
H. Where to Stay in Tanzania?
For a complete list of our recommend hotels in Tanzania, follow the link HERE
I. 3 Essential Travel tips?
1. Invest in a quality Travel Camera!
Capturing the Memories of your adventure is essential!
You will be able to show your friends, family and even grand kids all the wonderful photos captured.
For more info see, our recommend Travel Photography Gear
2. Important! Are you insured?
Be aware that you will need separate travel insurance if you are traveling to Tanzania!
If you get ill or have an accident it will be a very costly experience!
All travellers to Tanzania should have a robust travel insurance to avoid paying out thousands of dollars.
I always recommend World Nomads, I’ve used these for years,
they are the best and most reliable insurance, they also provides an unlimited medical budget!
For more info see: Why you NEED Travel Insurance?
3. Be sure you have your Travel Essentials
(Things You can’t travel without!)
A high quality Tent & backpack can also be great investments to help you cut costs and have more of an adventure while traveling!
To learn about our secret Hotel Hacks check out: How to find the Best Hotel Deals??