Before visiting any new country, it always pays to be prepared and know what it has in store for you on your trip, especially in a new country like Tanzania. That is why to help you out on your trip, we have made a list of top ten essential Tanzania travel tips that will make your vacation safer and better. As they say, it’s better to be safe than sorry!
Before we jump into our list of Tanzania travel tips, let’s take a look at some of the things you should know before going to Tanzania.
How to reach tanzania from india
The best way to reach Tanzania from India is by air. There are three major international airports in the country.
- Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam
- Abeid Amani Karume International Airport in Zanzibar
- Kilimanjaro International Airport in Kilimanjaro
These airports can be accessed from all major cities and airlines in India.
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The best time to visit Tanzania
There is never a wrong time to visit Tanzania, but depending on what you are interested in seeing, there are three best times to visit this country.
- June to October: Visit during this time of the year if you want to have the best wildlife viewing experience.
- June and July: This is the best time to visit for a chance to witness the wildebeest migration.
- January and February: The best season to witness the birth of wild animals is during these two months.
Now that we’ve covered essential travel information about Tanzania, here are our top ten tips for traveling in Tanzania:
1. Health precautions
When traveling to a new country, it is advisable to be aware of what immunotherapy injections to take before you travel. In general, there are a few vaccinations that are recommended to be taken before traveling to the African continent.
In addition, you can also take tetanus and rabies shots as a precaution. It is recommended that you take these shots at least 3 months before you travel and can easily be done at your nearest clinic. Apart from the shots we have listed, please do some additional research to find out if there are any recent diseases that are spreading and what vaccinations should be taken as a precautionary measure for the same.
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2. Buy a local Sim
Whether you are exploring the wilderness or the city area, sometimes you need the help of the internet, no matter how much you try to escape, to check maps, to use Google Translate, to check some information, or for any other purpose. These are very affordable and available in most stores in Tanzania, and can be customized as per your requirements, whether you want to make calls or just the phone for the internet. There are also several customizable data plans that you can choose from.
3. Take advantage of the rail
While most of the travelers travel from one place to another in Tanzania by hiring a chauffeur driven car, this can be very expensive, and really burns a big hole in your pocket. Not many tourists realize this, but the best Tanzania travel tip you can get, is that one can easily travel to most of the national parks, and even in and around Tanzania by trains, and not only is it more comfortable than sitting in a cramped car where you wouldn’t be able Even on stretching properly, but it’s also a lot cheaper and you can spend all the money you’ve saved on something better!
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4. Travel in groups at night
Although Tanzania is a tourist-friendly country, and the people are very friendly and hospitable, there is a certain chance of falling prey to a group of locals looking to rob and steal your wallet. Not only will you lose your money, but also your important documents like passport and other IDs, and even worse, you might get hurt. There especially if you are traveling to big cities like Pemba and Zanzibar, be sure to go with some friends after sunset.
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5. Don’t miss the beaches
While known for lush forests, rich wildlife, and great expanse of nature, Tanzania is also home to some of the most pristine and pristine beaches on the planet. So while planning a trip to Tanzania, make sure you pack enough sunscreen and carry your best swimsuit, and get ready to take a dip in some of the beaches of this beautiful country. Some of the best beach destinations in Tanzania are found on the islands of Pemba and Mafia, which are easily accessible from Dar es Salaam.
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6. Pack light if you plan to travel around the country
This may be overused advice, but this really applies to a country like Tanzania where there is so much to see, and where you will frequently get around from one place either by train or bush plane. If you plan to do some hiking and trekking, be sure to bring comfortable walking shoes and necessary equipment. Also, since most of Tanzania is at a higher altitude, be sure to bring some comfortable warm clothes with you.
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7. Carry appropriate equipment for photography
Most tourists who come to enjoy the natural beauty of the Masai Mara or the Serengeti, use whatever camera equipment they have, but if you are someone who really wants to capture the essence of this country’s wildlife, make sure to carry a 200mm lens with you. While it may be a little more expensive to rent, and carrying around may be a bit heavier, the quality of the photos you get will definitely make all that extra effort worth it.
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8. Don’t miss Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the most prominent tourist attractions in Tanzania, however not many people choose to attempt to climb it because they fear that it might be too difficult for them to climb the mountain. However, it is not as difficult as they say and can easily be done by most people. There are even guides who will come with you for the tour at a special price if you ask. However, if you don’t want to climb the mountain, you should still visit this place and set up camp at the base of the mountain and stay there, even if it’s just for one night.
9. ESSENTIALS TO BRING TO TANZANIA
If you are wondering what to take to Tanzania, here are the essential things that you must carry with you on your visit to this country.
Carry your passport
Carry all other important verification IDs
Make sure to keep cash with you at all times
Carry a universal adapter with you
Carry warm clothes as the weather tends to get cold, especially at night
Carry mosquito spray
These are the essentials that you need to carry with you before visiting Tanzania.
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10. Tipping in Tanzania
When it comes to Tanzania you don’t have to think about it, people will come asking for tips themselves, even for basic things like taking a picture, so you should know when to say no to their requests. However, it’s normal to tip a basic tip of 10-12% to drivers and restaurant waiters, so be sure to budget for tips in your plan.
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Are you ready to pack your bags and head to this paradise in East Africa following these Tanzania travel tips? If yes, then think no more and enjoy your vacation in this wildlife sanctuary and before that also take a look at TravelTriangle’s customized international holiday packages for that much awaited trip at budget friendly rates.