What you need to know
Information and Facts
A major draw for visitors of Tanzania is the variety of cultural tours and safaris available. A must-see icon of Tanzania is the stunning Mount Kilimanjaro, a popular mountain to climb as well as being the highest peak in all of Africa! Tanzania is mountainous and densely forested and the largest body of water is the renowned Lake Victoria. Africa’s Great Lakes of Lake Victoria contain more fresh water than the Great Lakes of North America. Another must-see is the Ngorongoro Crater as it is the world’s largest inactive volcanic caldera.
Tanzania’s climate is mostly of a subtropical climate, especially in the coastal regions. The country has two distinct seasons; a wet season, also known as the summer (November to February), characterized by heavy rain falls and humidity and from May to August is the country’s winter season where the weather includes cooler, drier conditions and very little rainfall.
Canadians can enjoy safe travels year-round in Tanzania. We recommend that all our travellers purchase travel insurance to cover theft, loss, cancellations/travel interruptions, accidents and non-pre-existing medical problems.
The (UV) sunrays can be very strong and can cause a burn, even on a cloudy day, and therefore it is important to bring, and regularly apply, sun block as well as wearing sunglasses and comfortable, long-sleeved clothing. Stay hydrated and cool off in shaded areas as much as possible.
As well, make well-informed decisions, take necessary precautions as you would with travel anywhere else, have copies on-hand of your important documents (ie: passport, excursion confirmations, event tickets, etc.), while keeping them stored separately (and safely) from the originals.
Some vaccines may be recommended, and should be up to date when travelling to Tanzania. These recommended vaccines include: Tetanus, Diphtheria, Hepatitis A & Hepatitis B, typhoid, yellow fever, measles, meningitis and the influenza shot among others. It is best to seek advice from a medical professional prior to travel.
Currency & Customs
The currency in Tanzania is the Tanzanian Shilling. There are ATMs in major towns throughout the country and Visa and MasterCard is often widely accepted.
Your Canadian passport must be valid, or should not expire, for at least 6 months past the date of your return. Canadian passport holders require an entry visa to enter Tanzania.
There are restrictions on the amounts of alcohol and tobacco products brought into the country. Plants and animals, and products made from such, will be subject to restrictions and quarantine. All Food Products should be declared on arrival.
The electrical current for Tanzania is 230 volts; it is recommended for certain appliances such as hair dryers and straighteners to bring both a plug adapter and converter. For newer electronics such as tablets or smartphones, a plug adapter may only be needed as the voltage could automatically adjust (best to seek advice from an electronic or gadget specialist).
The main spoken languages in Tanzania are English and Bantu Swahili. There are also a variety of indigenous languages spoken throughout the country.