Tanzania

Home to 'the Big Five', a big mountain and a whole host of big experiences, Tanzania is a must for every African adventurer. Search for predators in the Ngorongoro Crater, chill out on Zanzibar's perfect beaches and climb the continent's highest peak. Tanzania offers outdoor experiences, supreme wildlife viewing, warm people and the chance to connect with ancient cultures.

Tanzania Tours & Travel

Top deals in Tanzania

Departing Days Price AUD
8 Nov 2014 Serengeti Trail 8 $1272
9 Nov 2014 Road to Zanzibar 14 $1889
15 Nov 2014 Serengeti Trail 8 $1272
22 Nov 2014 Serengeti Trail 8 $1232
6 Dec 2014 Serengeti Trail 8 $1272

All our Tanzania trips

Road to Zanzibar

14 days from
USD $1,745
CAD $1,829
AUD $1,884
EUR €1,279
GBP £1,127
NZD $2,118
ZAR R17,622
CHF FR1,562

Visit Africa and travel through Kenya and Tanzania to follow the road to Zanzibar. From Nairobi to Dar es Salaam,...

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Serengeti Trail

8 days from
USD $1,145
CAD $1,196
AUD $1,232
EUR €865
GBP £736
NZD $1,391
ZAR R11,466
CHF FR1,057

Roam the vast Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater, camp beside Lake Victoria and spot Africa's Big Five....

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Kilimanjaro - Machame Route

8 days from
USD $2,165
CAD $2,305
AUD $2,390
EUR €1,890
GBP £1,430
NZD $2,835
ZAR R21,745
CHF FR2,330

Travel to Tanzania and embark on an ascent of mighty Mt. Kilimanjaro along the Machame Route. Stay at Shira, Barranco...

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Tanzania Lodge Safari

8 days from
USD $4,405
CAD $4,545
AUD $4,455
EUR €3,065
GBP £2,575
NZD $4,960
ZAR R44,595
CHF FR3,710

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Kilimanjaro - Machame Route

9 days from
USD $2,755
CAD $2,845
AUD $2,790
EUR €2,060
GBP £1,610
NZD $3,105
ZAR R27,885
CHF FR2,495

Travel to Tanzania and embark on an ascent of mighty Mt Kilimanjaro along the Machame Route. Stay at Shira, Barranco...

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Kenya to Vic Falls

24 days from
USD $2,935
CAD $3,082
AUD $3,176
EUR €2,161
GBP £1,902
NZD $3,587
ZAR R29,660
CHF FR2,645

Travel through East Africa to Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Visit Ngorongoro Crater, Zanzibar, the...

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Kilimanjaro - Rongai Route

8 days from
USD $2,715
CAD $2,795
AUD $2,745
EUR €2,060
GBP £1,585
NZD $3,055
ZAR R27,440
CHF FR2,495

Approach Mt Kilimanjaro from the north for the opportunity to see amazing mountainside African animals – monkeys and...

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Kenya to Vic Falls

24 days from
USD $3,745
CAD $3,865
AUD $3,790
EUR €2,620
GBP £2,190
NZD $4,220
ZAR R37,935
CHF FR3,155

Travel through East Africa to Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Visit Ngorongoro Crater, Zanzibar, the...

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Zanzibar Beach Escape (5 days)

5 days from
USD $840
CAD $867
AUD $850
EUR €585
GBP £490
NZD $947
ZAR R8,507
CHF FR707

Take a relaxing beach break on the island of Zanzibar. White sand beaches, restaurants, diving, snorkelling and a...

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Selous & Zanzibar

12 days from
USD $2,635
CAD $2,670
AUD $2,775
EUR €1,875
GBP £1,640
NZD $3,290
ZAR R25,265
CHF FR2,295

Come face-to-face with the big five on safari in one of Africa’s most unspoiled reserves. Then unwind on Zanzibar’s...

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Tanzania Family Safari

10 days from
USD $3,215
CAD $3,420
AUD $3,555
EUR €2,475
GBP £1,995
NZD $4,215
ZAR R32,360
CHF FR3,050

Scout the terrain of Tanzania's only oceanside National Park for Africa's famed wildlife. Embark on nature walks,...

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Zanzibar Beach Break (4 days)

4 days from
USD $627
CAD $635
AUD $660
EUR €460
GBP £395
NZD $782
ZAR R6,007
CHF FR565

Take a relaxing beach break on the island of Zanzibar. White sand beaches, restaurants, diving, snorkelling and a...

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Zanzibar Beach Escape (5 days)

5 days from
USD $585
CAD $625
AUD $650
EUR €450
GBP £390
NZD $770
ZAR R5,915
CHF FR555

Take a relaxing beach break on the island of Zanzibar. White sand beaches, restaurants, diving, snorkelling and a...

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Family Tanzania - Zanzibar & Elephants Safari

8 days from
USD $2,845
CAD $2,885
AUD $2,995
EUR €2,085
GBP £1,790
NZD $3,550
ZAR R27,260
CHF FR2,570

A chance for families to learn about elephant and turtle conservation projects in this beautiful corner of Africa....

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Serengeti & Kilimanjaro

14 days from
USD $3,635
CAD $3,755
AUD $3,680
EUR €2,530
GBP £2,125
NZD $4,095
ZAR R36,835
CHF FR3,065

Travel to Africa and visit the Serengeti and Kilimanjaro. From Nairobi in Kenya to the Serengeti National Park and Mt...

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Gorillas, Game Parks & Beaches

29 days from
USD $5,590
CAD $5,765
AUD $5,655
EUR €3,890
GBP £3,270
NZD $6,295
ZAR R56,605
CHF FR4,695

Travel through East Africa to Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zanzibar. Meet gorillas and visit Lake Nakuru, the...

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Gorillas, Game Parks & Beaches

29 days from
USD $4,305
CAD $4,532
AUD $4,655
EUR €3,107
GBP £2,791
NZD $5,214
ZAR R43,786
CHF FR3,790

Travel through East Africa to Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zanzibar. Meet gorillas and visit Lake Nakuru, the...

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Best of East Africa

22 days from
USD $3,650
CAD $3,755
AUD $3,695
EUR €2,545
GBP £2,135
NZD $4,115
ZAR R36,985
CHF FR3,080

Visit East Africa and travel through Kenya and Tanzania, taking in the ultimate sights from the Serengeti plains to...

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Vic Falls to Kenya

24 days from
USD $3,745
CAD $3,865
AUD $3,790
EUR €2,620
GBP £2,190
NZD $4,220
ZAR R37,935
CHF FR3,155

Fall in love with wild plains and sandy beaches on this unique tour of Africa. Travel from Zimbabwe to Kenya via...

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Vic Falls to Kenya

24 days from
USD $2,850
CAD $2,975
AUD $3,068
EUR €2,084
GBP £1,838
NZD $3,471
ZAR R28,636
CHF FR2,549

Fall in love with wild plains and sandy beaches on this unique tour of Africa. Travel from Zimbabwe to Kenya via...

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Kilimanjaro - Marangu Route

7 days from
USD $2,355
CAD $2,430
AUD $2,385
EUR €1,640
GBP £1,380
NZD $2,655
ZAR R23,875
CHF FR1,985

To hike Kilimanjaro is to conquer the highest peak in Africa. Travel up the mighty Mt Kilimanjaro with experienced...

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Gorillas to Vic Falls

39 days from
USD $6,895
CAD $7,125
AUD $6,985
EUR €4,795
GBP £4,035
NZD $7,780
ZAR R69,920
CHF FR5,820

This epic East African adventure tour travels from Zimbabwe to Kenya. Safari in the Serengeti, go gorilla trekking,...

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Zanzibar East Coast Beach Break (5 days)

5 days from
USD $1,705
CAD $1,760
AUD $1,725
EUR €1,187
GBP £997
NZD $1,920
ZAR R17,267
CHF FR1,437

Take a relaxing beach break on the island of Zanzibar. White sand beaches, restaurants, diving, snorkelling and a...

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Zanzibar East Coast Beach Break (6 days)

6 days from
USD $1,650
CAD $1,757
AUD $1,825
EUR €1,270
GBP £1,092
NZD $2,162
ZAR R16,612
CHF FR1,565

Take a relaxing beach break on the island of Zanzibar. White sand beaches, restaurants, diving, snorkelling and a...

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Vic Falls to Gorillas

39 days from
USD $6,895
CAD $7,125
AUD $6,985
EUR €4,795
GBP £4,035
NZD $7,780
ZAR R69,920
CHF FR5,820

This East Africa adventure tour travels from Zimbabwe to Kenya. Visit Zanzibar beaches, explore the Serengeti and...

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Vic Falls to Gorillas

39 days from

This East Africa adventure tour travels from Zimbabwe to Kenya. Visit Zanzibar beaches, explore the Serengeti and...

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East Africa Family Safari

17 days from
USD $3,042
CAD $3,298
AUD $3,258
EUR €2,227
GBP £1,795
NZD $3,609
ZAR R32,337
CHF FR2,691

Visit Kenya, tour Tanzania and relax on Zanzibar beaches. Spot wildlife on the Serengeti plains, visit the Usambara...

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East Africa Family Safari

17 days from
USD $3,095
CAD $3,095
AUD $3,230
EUR €2,360
GBP £1,930
NZD $3,825
ZAR R29,355
CHF FR2,765

Visit Kenya, tour Tanzania and relax on Zanzibar beaches. Spot wildlife on the Serengeti plains, visit the Usambara...

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Dar Es Salaam to Nairobi

14 days from
USD $3,195
CAD $3,295
AUD $3,235
EUR €2,225
GBP £1,870
NZD $3,595
ZAR R32,380
CHF FR2,695

Travel from the coast of Tanzania into the heart of Kenya. Be awestruck by the mesmerising landscapes and...

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The Best of Tanzania

27 days from
USD $5,430
CAD $5,595
AUD $5,495
EUR €3,780
GBP £3,175
NZD $6,120
ZAR R55,000
CHF FR4,575

Set out on a circuit adventure around Kenya and Tanzania that will see you on safari in the Serengeti, Ngorongoro...

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Tanzania trip reviews

Our Tanzania trips score an average of 4.73 out of 5 based on 106 reviews in the last year.

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Articles on Tanzania

8 African snacks you must try

Posted on Tue, 11 Mar 2014 by Jacqueline Donaldson

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Top 15 wild animal encounters

Posted on Mon, 17 Feb 2014 by Jane Crouch

From sloths hanging out, to whales breathtakingly breeching and lions stalking their prey – when we asked you about your best experiences with animals when travelling, we were inundated with [...]

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Going sky high for girls

Posted on Fri, 3 Jan 2014 by Jane Crouch

Could 2014 be your year to get really high? We mean a 5,895 metre kind of high…to the roof top of Africa! And why might you do it? For the [...]

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East Africa: land of the extraordinary

Posted on Fri, 20 Dec 2013 by Skye Gainey

Almost everyone who has done a tour of East Africa will tell you it’s fantastic. It’s renowned for being wild, authentic, spectacular and rugged, but Intrepid’s Skye Gainey wondered if [...]

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Transport

Intrepid believes half the fun of experiencing a new country is getting there, and getting around once there! Where possible, Intrepid uses local transport options and traditional modes of transport - which usually carry less of an environmental impact, support small local operators and are heaps more fun.

Depending on which trip you're on while in Tanzania, you may find yourself travelling by:

Accommodation

Travelling with Intrepid is a little bit different. We endeavour to provide travellers with an authentic experience to remember, so we try to keep accommodation as unique and traditional as possible.

When travelling with us in Tanzania you may find yourself staying in a:

About Tanzania

At a glance

Trips Available: 18
Capital city: Dodoma
Population: 42.7 million
Language: Swahili, English
Currency: TZS
Time zone: (GMT+03:00) Nairobi
Electricity: Type D (Old British 3-pin) Type G (Irish/British 3-pin)
Dialing code: +255

Best time to visit Tanzania

Tanzania’s climate changes with its diverse landscapes, so expect variances in weather in different parts of the country. Generally, January and February are the high season for travel in Tanzania as the hot, dry weather is generally considered to be the most pleasant. The best time to visit the Serengeti is late June to October when the animals are most abundant. Expect afternoon downpours during the wet season (from March to May); however, during this time you’ll find fewer tourists in Tanzania so you won’t have to compete with crowds.

Der es salaam

Culture and customs

Masai Family life in Tanzania
Tanzania’s population is a vibrant mix of religions, races and cultures. Depending on what area you’re travelling in, be prepared to see a variety of cuisines, customs and dress, which directly reflect the diversity of the population. The island of Zanzibar is predominately Muslim; Maasai are largely found in the North along with other indigenous tribes whose beliefs are largely animist; and Christians, Hindus and other minority groups can be found throughout the country. Although most Tanzanians may not have many material possessions, travellers can expect a warm welcome and generosity from most locals. Greeting styles and language differ according to ethnic or tribal group but universally, visitors can expect to receive a warm welcome and a smile from most.

Eating and drinking

Traditional Tanzanian style of food service

Intrepid believes that one of the best ways to experience a country is by eating! Whether you're sampling street food, savouring a cheap eat or indulging in a banquet, there are endless options to choose from wherever you are in the world.

Things to try in Tanzania

1. Seafood

Seafood-lovers will adore the range of fresh seafood on offer in Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar. From fragrant fish curries to barbecued shrimp and lobster, the waterfront markets and restaurants are full of wonders from the sea.

2. Indian Cuisine

With a significant Indian population, Tanzanian cities have a fair share of Indian restaurants. Whether you’re visiting a budget cafe or more extravagant restaurant, Indian cuisine is generally a good option for vegetarians as there will always be a few meat-free options to choose from.

3. Mandazi

These sweet, fried breads can be found at markets and street stalls throughout East Africa, and make a delicious, cheap snack. Although they can be flavoured differently, the ones made in Zanzibar usually feature fresh spices and coconut.

Geography and environment

Tourist group embrace reaching the full heights of a mountain range in Kilmanjiro
Bordered by Burundi, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania has one of the most diverse natural environments in the world. While travelling through Tanzania, you’ll be able to see enormous gorges, sprawling savanna, ancient islands, dense woodlands, snow-capped mountain ranges, vast lakes, colonial towns and modern cities. With the Indian Ocean occupying the eastern side of Tanzania, this country truly does have the best of both worlds. Home to Africa’s highest peak and some of the most famous nature reserves in the world, Tanzania also has eclectic cities and vibrant villages to boast of. Tanzania’s former capital, Dar es Salaam, is a modern metropolis with a colonial flavour while the regional centre of Arusha has retained a village feel. Zanzibar is in a category of its own with its ancient cobbled streets and unique, heritage-filled buildings.

History and government

Tribal Massai warrior singing and dancing

Early History

Home to some of the earliest human remains in the world, the land now known as Tanzania could possibly be one of the first lands to have been inhabited by early humans. Human habitation can be traced back 10,000 years to a time when people lived a hunter-gatherer lifestyle before outside influences arrived bringing with them organised agriculture and cattle farming. Visitors to Tanzania should head to Olduvai Gorge (known as the 'Cradle of Mankind') if interested in the early history of Tanzania and, in fact, the world.

Recent History

Europeans only arrived in the 15th century, via the East Coast. Zanzibar was first controlled by the Portuguese, then by Arabian traders interested in easy access to the Indian Ocean that allowed trade with Asia and beyond. This was also a time when the human slave trade was a lucrative business. The island of Zanzibar became a pivotal place for this trade, with more than 100,000 slaves passing through during this period.

Mainland Tanzania came under the influence of German, Belgian and British colonisers in the 1800s, who explored and mapped the interior of the country. German colonisers brought infrastructure, agriculture and Christianity to Tanzania, but faced resistance from many tribes who fought against being forced into labour and desperately wanted to keep their land and preserve their traditional way of life. During World War I, Germany lost the colony to the British, heralding a new era of colonial rule for the region. More recently, Tanzania adopted its constitution in 1977, held its first multi-party election in 1995 and had its first female presidential candidate in 2005.

Top Picks

Hot air balloon drifts above the lakes of Serengeti in Tanzania View of Killimanjaro in Tanzania Zebras grazing in Ngorongoro National Park in Tanzania

Top 10 Iconic Landscapes of Tanzania

1. Serengeti National Park

The grassy savannah and open plains of Serengeti epitomise Africa at its wildest. Head out on safari in the early morning to search out Africa's 'Big Five'; buffaloes, lions, rhinos, leopards and elephants all call this park home.

2. Mt Kilimanjaro

Trekking to Mt Kili's peak has to be a major highlight of any trip to Africa. Hike past ice fields, grasslands and the odd cacti to the roof of Africa for the most amazing views on the continent.

3. Zanzibar

Arabic, Persian, African and Indian cultures mingle with the scent of fresh spices on this exotic island. Relax on perfect beaches, sail turquoise waters aboard a dhow or head inland to explore tropical fruit orchards.

4. Ngorongoro Crater

This massive crater is 20km wide and home to enormous concentrations of African wildlife. Go out on safari in search of them and camp on the edge of the crater for incredible views of the animals roaming below.

5. Dar es Salaam

Balmy Dar es Salaam is a modern city with ancient origins. Colonial architecture sits beside a picturesque harbour, making it a great place to see Tanzania in a new light.

6. Tengeru

Make yourself at home in this typical farming village. The locals are welcoming and will teach you how to milk a cow, feed the chickens or make the perfect cup of lemongrass tea.

7. Olduvai Gorge

Located near Ngorongoro Crater, this gorge is said to be the cradle of mankind - the place we all began. Pay respects to our ancient ancestors in this fascinating archaeological site.

8. Lake Manyara

There's plenty of wildlife to search out in this national park including tree-climbing lions. Yes, they climb trees! Take a safari to search them out as well as the rest of Africa's 'Big Five'.

9. Karatu

Leave the animals behind for some village R and R in Karatu. Set in the highlands and surrounded by coffee plantations, this town is the ideal spot to mingle with locals and try a cup of African coffee.

10. Usambara Mountains

These lush green mountains date back 25 million years and offer endless walking trails. Grab a guide, get hiking and learn about the unique flora and fauna that live here.

Shopping

Colourful array of local Spices

Tanzania has a wealth of markets to explore, from the large markets of the big cities to the small, rural village markets throughout the countryside.

It's also a good idea to check with your local customs officials to ensure that you are able to bring certain items back into your home country. Australia and New Zealand generally have strict quarantine laws.

Things to buy in Tanzania

1. Spices

Tanzania has a huge number of spice plantations, particularly in Zanzibar. Perhaps bring home some fresh nutmeg, cinnamon and turmeric to embark on your own East African culinary adventure when you get home.

2. Handicrafts

Woven basketry, colourful batik cloth, intricate woodcarvings and tribal art can be found in Tanzania’s many markets and make good souvenirs or gifts for friends back home.

3. Jewellery

For silver and gold jewellery with Arabic flair, Zanzibar has plenty of unique pieces in the markets, galleries and antique shops of Stone Town.

Festivals and Events in Tanzania

Sauti Za Busara Festival

Zanzibar’s Stone Town and surrounding areas swell with Swahili music and dance in this vibrant celebration of East African culture. Stay until the last day where the festivities head to the beach and include craft, cuisine and entertainment.

Festival of the Dhow Countries

East Africa’s largest film, music and arts festival takes over Zanzibar each year in July. Film screenings, exhibitions and craft classes offer entertainment during the day, while beach parties are a fun way to interact with locals at night.

FAQs on Tanzania

TANZANIA:
Australia: Yes - Visa required
Belgium: Yes - Visa required
Canada: Yes - Visa required
Germany: Ye - Visa required
Ireland: Yes - Visa required
Netherlands: Yes - Visa required
New Zealand: Yes - Visa required
South Africa: Yes - Visa required
Switzerland: Yes - Visa required
United Kingdom: Yes - Visa required
USA: Yes - Visa required
It is recommended you purchase your visa in advance at any Diplomatic or Consulate Mission of the United Republic of Tanzania abroad. The cost is approximately US$100 depending on nationality and should take 1 business day. At the present time you do not require a multi entry visa to Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda due to an agreement between the three countries (eg. if you exit Kenya to Tanzania you can re-enter Kenya on the same visa). However if your trip visits Tanzania twice after a visit to a country other than those listed above, you may need to purchase two visas.
For the purpose of the visa application you can use the following address:
Kibo Palace Hotel
PO Box 2523
Old Moshi Road
Arusha - Tanzania
Phone: +255 272544472
It is also possible to obtain a tourist's visa for a single entry at any one of the following main entry points to Tanzania, subject to the fulfilment of all immigration and health requirements:
-Dar es Salaam International Airport
-Zanzibar International Airport
-Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA)
-Namanga Entry Point (Tanzania-Kenya border point)
-Kasumulu Border crossing
-Isebania Border crossing
Tipping isn’t mandatory in Tanzania but a little generosity will be received positively, especially when considering the low wages that Tanzanian service workers are typically paid. Setting aside a small amount for porters, guides and drivers is wise, as is leaving spare change or rounding up the bill at restaurants.
Travellers will be able to access the internet quite easily in the internet cafes of Tanzania’s large cities, but limited to no access should be expected in regional and rural areas.
Mobile phone coverage is good in Tanzania’s large cities and towns, but less so in rural and mountainous areas. Ensure you have global roaming activated before leaving home if you wish to use your mobile phone.
Squat/pit toilets are the standard in Tanzania, except for western-style flushable toilets that are sometimes available in large hotels, tourist attractions and other modern buildings. Carry your own supply of soap and toilet paper, as they are rarely provided.
Street snack = 1,000 TZS
Bottle of beer = 2,000 TZS
Plate of food from a local eatery = 3,000 TZS
Dinner in an international restaurant = 10,000-20,000 TZS
Drinking tap water isn't recommended in Tanzania. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water. Ask your leader where filtered water can be found; some hotels we stay in may have drinking water available. It's also advisable to avoid ice in drinks and peel fruit and vegetables before eating.
Credit cards are usually accepted by large hotels and western-style restaurants but not by smaller vendors. Ensure you have adequate cash to cover purchases not able to be made on credit.
ATMs are easily found in large cities and urban centres but are rarer in small towns, rural areas and villages. Be sure to have other payment methods available when venturing out of the big cities as ATMs aren't always an option.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: [site:intrepid_insurance_link]
Jan 1 New Year’s Day
Jan 12 Zanzibar Revolution Day
Jan 24 Birth of the Prophet
Mar 29 Good Friday
Apr 1 Easter Monday
Apr 26 Union Day
May 1 International Labour Day
Jul 7 Saba Saba (Industry’s Day)
Aug 8 Nane Nane (Farmer’s Day)
Aug 8 Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
Oct 14 Nyerere Day
Oct 15 Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)
Dec 9 Independence and Republic Day
Dec 25 Christmas Day
Dec 26 Boxing Day

Please note these dates are for 2013. Muslim festivals are timed around the lunar calendar and change each year according to lunar phases, so these dates are estimates.

For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/tanzania/public-holidays

Health and Safety

Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:

From Australia?

Go to: http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/

From New Zealand?

Go to: http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/

From Canada?

Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/

From US?

Go to: http://travel.state.gov/

From UK?

Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/

The World Health Organisation

also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/

Responsible Travel

Tanzania Travel Tips

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

Top responsible travel tips for Tanzania

1. Be considerate of Tanzania’s customs, traditions, religions and culture.

2. Dress modestly and respectfully. Shoulders to knees should be covered, especially when entering places of worship.

3. Help protect endangered species by choosing not to buy ivory, coral or animal products.

4. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water instead.

5. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.

6. When bargaining at markets, stay calm, be reasonable and keep a smile on your face. It's meant to be fun!

7. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.

8. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.

9. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.

10. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.

11. When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.

12. Be aware that many coastal communities in Tanzania are quite conservative. Beach attire is fine for when swimming but topless sunbathing is not. Don’t forget to cover up when leaving the beach and entering towns or urban areas.

13. Tanzania has a large Muslim population, particularly in Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam, so bear in mind that Ramadan is the fasting month for all Muslims. During this month, no food, drink or smoking is permitted during daylight hours. While non-Muslims aren't expected to fast, it's recommended to try to avoid eating, drinking or smoking in public during daylight hours.

The Intrepid Foundation

The Intrepid Foundation provides travellers with an opportunity to give something back to the many wonderful communities we travel to. By donating to The Intrepid Foundation you can make a difference in local communities - in health care, education, human rights, child welfare and the protection of wildlife and the environment.

In Tanzania, The Intrepid Foundation proudly supports:

Amani Children's Home

This inspirational home located under the shadow of Mt Kilimanjaro offers homeless and orphaned children education, health care, training, food, security and love.

Image supplied by Amani Children's Home.

Village Education Project Kilimanjaro (VEPK)

This project is committed to improving the education of Tanzanian children living in villages. By renovating schools, training teachers and investing in textbooks and teaching materials, many children receive a better education for a brighter future.

Image supplied by Jane Crouch.

To learn more or donate, go to: www.theintrepidfoundation.org

Further reading

Recommended reading

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The Tree Where Man was BornPeter Matthiessen
Antonia Saw the Oryx FirstMaria Thomas
By the SeaAbdulrazak Gurnah
Memoirs of an Arabian Princess from ZanzibarEmily Ruete
North of South: an African JourneyShiva Naipaul