Tanzania is close to the Equator to experience a summer and winter as most people are used to in oversea countries.Tanzanian seasons – split into two dry and rainy seasons.
The rainy season – divides into two the short rains from November to December and the long rains from the beginning of March to the end of May.
The Northern parts of Tanzania are cooler; places like Ngorongoro Crater rim get colder at night and foggy in the morning. The Serengeti plains and Ngorongoro Crater floor are warmer, but far from hot; temperatures are cold in the morning before sunrise and after sunset in the evening.
Tarangire and Lake Manyara national parks are situated on a lower altitude they are warmer than the other parks, especially in the afternoons. In the higher areas like around Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru – the temperatures drop below zero degrees.
Best months to travel: – Beginning of January to the end of February and the high season is from the beginning of June to the end of October.
Tanzania’s national currency is the Tanzanian Shilling (TZS). Tanzanian Shilling can only be purchased in Tanzania, the import and export of it is illegal. It is advisable to bring along US Dollar, Euro or pound and exchange at a forex bureau or bank. However, forex bureaux also accept all major international currencies, including the Yen and other East African currencies.
All credit cards (Visa card, MasterCard, Maestro and American Express) are accepted in the bigger hotels, shops and restaurants. You can withdrawal cash at ATMs is possible with all credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Maestro or American Express).
Traveller Checks are not advisable nowadays; they are not accepted by any bureau or bank.
Public holidays without specific dates
Public holidays all banks and government offices are closed. Good Friday, Easter Monday, Idd-ul-Fitr, Islamic New Year and the Prophet’s Birthday fall on different dates every year.
Common public holidays with specific dates all year round are:
1st of Jan – New Year’s Day
12th of Jan -Zanzibar Revolution Day
7th of April – Karume Day (Anniversary of the assassination of Vice President Abeid Karume in 1972)
26th of April – Union Day (Anniversary of union between Tanganyika and Zanzibar)
1st of May -International Workers’ Day
7th of July – Saba Saba (Peasents’) Day
8th of August – Nane Nane (Farmers’) Day
14th of October – Nyerere Memorial Day
9th of December – Independence Day
26th of December – Boxing Day
February 2016 – Kilimanjaro Marathon 2016 in Moshi
April 2016 – Timamu African Film Festival in Dar es Salaam
June 2016 – Karibu fair in 2016 Arusha and Kilifair 2016 in Moshi
Small mini buses that operate in and around towns as well as Villages. The cheapest way of getting around Tanzanian towns and villages. The prices are fixed from 200 TZS to 1000 TZS for town rides to villages, depends on where your next destination is. Dala-dalas more stops the rule is they never get full, space is always there to squeeze in. Just remember where your next stop is.
Tuk Tuk and Boda Boda
Tuk tuku & Boda boda are motorcycle taxis and common transportation for local people besides the dala-dalas. The boda boda drivers can be quite aggressive in traffic. Tuk tuks are safer than boda boda, a lot of the road accidents around Tanzania involve boda bodas.
Taxis – the safest way for town rides, prices starts from 3000 TZS (1.5 USD). Please negogiate the price before as taxis in Tanzania have no meters. Use taxis that are recommended by your hotel or from official taxi stands, we advice to exchange phone numbers if you will need a ride back. If you are not sure of the price, please ask your hotel receptionist or locals.
Travelers to Tanzania need to have a valid visa. Visas can be requested at any embassy or consulate of the United Republic of Tanzania abroad. Please inform yourself on the official sites about the costs and requirements of a visa for your nationality. Single entry visas can also be obtained at the following access points upon arrival:
• Kilimanjaro International Airport
• Dar es Salaam International Airport
• Zanzibar International Airport
• Taveta Entry point (Tanzania-Kenya border point (Mombasa side)
• Namanga Entry Point (Tanzania-Kenya border point)
• Tunduma Entry Point (Tanzania-Zambia border point)
We request you to consult your doctor regarding health measures, vaccinations and components of your first aid kit. True Views Tanzania is not liable that the listed vaccinations are complete; rather, these are guidelines.
You should get vaccinated against Hepatitis A and Typhoid
Hepatitis B, Rabies, Cholera and Yellow Fever
Please inform yourself about the different Malaria Prophylaxis medicine, which is recommended throughout the whole year for all areas below 1800m. Visitors from countries with yellow fever must also present a valid yellow fever vaccination upon arrival. If you are planning a trip to Zanzibar from the Tanzanian mainland, you must also have a valid Yellow Fever vaccination.