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 holiday deals in Tanzania

Departing Days Price USD
12 Nov 2016 Serengeti Trail 8 $1602
13 Nov 2016 Kilimanjaro - Rongai Route 8 $2808
12 Nov 2016 Serengeti & Kilimanjaro 14 $3928
3 Dec 2016 Gorillas, Game Parks & Beaches 28 $4532
3 Nov 2016 Stone Town to Nairobi 10 $1566

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USD $2,280
CAD $2,765
AUD $2,920
EUR €2,065
GBP £1,495
NZD $3,140
ZAR R33,490
CHF FR2,095
Experience the beauty of the Serengeti before taking to the Usambara Mountains and then swapping the land for the sea...
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CAD $6,380
AUD $6,740
EUR €4,380
GBP £3,450
NZD $7,245
ZAR R77,340
CHF FR4,845
Get closer to Africa’s incredible wildlife on this journey through Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and on to Zanzibar.
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CAD $3,115
AUD $3,290
EUR €2,325
GBP £1,685
NZD $3,535
ZAR R37,760
CHF FR2,365
The wonders of Kenya and Tanzania unfold on this African adventure tour. Enjoy Serengeti safaris, the Ngorongoro...
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CAD $3,595
AUD $3,795
EUR €1,972
GBP £1,552
NZD $4,080
ZAR R34,840
CHF FR2,180
Discover the best of Tanzania on this unique cycling adventure. Safari through the Serengeti, meet the Maasai,...
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CAD $6,600
AUD $6,700
EUR €3,624
GBP £2,852
NZD $7,495
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CHF FR4,008
Discover the best of African cycling on this unique cycling adventure. Safari through the Serengeti, meet the Maasai,...
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AUD $9,615
EUR €6,795
GBP £4,920
NZD $10,340
ZAR R110,340
CHF FR6,910
Experience the wild wonders of Kenya and Tanzania on this trip that delivers adventure and comfort in equal measures...
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CAD $1,890
AUD $1,995
EUR €1,410
GBP £1,020
NZD $2,145
ZAR R22,890
CHF FR1,435
Roam the vast Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater, camp beside Lake Victoria and spot Africa's Big Five....
To hike Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro is to conquer the highest peak in Africa. Trek with our experienced guides...
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CAD $4,440
AUD $4,690
EUR €3,165
GBP £2,395
NZD $5,045
ZAR R53,820
CHF FR3,370
Travel to Tanzania and embark on an ascent of mighty Mt Kilimanjaro along the Machame Route. Stay at Shira, Barranco...
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CAD $5,180
AUD $5,470
EUR €3,555
GBP £2,795
NZD $5,880
ZAR R62,770
CHF FR3,930
Bursting with wildlife, the national parks of Tanzania will have you continually reaching for your camera while...
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CAD $4,500
AUD $4,820
EUR €3,340
GBP £2,475
NZD $5,080
ZAR R44,425
CHF FR3,415
Take your family on an adventure to remember on this East African safari through Tanzania. Explore stunning national...
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CAD $4,395
AUD $4,655
EUR €3,145
GBP £2,380
NZD $4,995
ZAR R53,420
CHF FR3,345
Explore the wilds of Africa on this action-packed adventure from the busy streets of Nairobi to the sweeping plains...
USD $1,790
CAD $2,172
AUD $2,295
EUR €1,490
GBP £1,172
NZD $2,454
ZAR R26,324
CHF FR1,634
Travel from thundering Victoria Falls to the fragrant spice plantations of Zanzibar through the wilds of Africa.
USD $3,115
CAD $3,780
AUD $3,990
EUR €2,695
GBP £2,040
NZD $4,295
ZAR R45,790
CHF FR2,870
Approach Mt Kilimanjaro from the north for the opportunity to see amazing mountainside African animals – monkeys and...
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CAD $5,160
AUD $5,450
EUR €3,680
GBP £2,795
NZD $5,860
ZAR R62,540
CHF FR3,915
Travel to Africa and visit the Serengeti and Kilimanjaro. From Nairobi in Kenya to the Serengeti National Park and Mt...
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AUD $5,935
EUR €3,855
GBP £3,035
NZD $6,380
ZAR R68,090
CHF FR4,265
Travel to Africa and visit the Serengeti and Kilimanjaro. From Nairobi in Kenya to the Serengeti National Park and Mt...
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CAD $7,380
AUD $7,795
EUR €5,065
GBP £3,990
NZD $8,380
ZAR R89,450
CHF FR5,595
Explore Africa as you travel from Kenya to Cape Town through Tanzania, Zanzibar, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namabia...
USD $1,750
CAD $2,120
AUD $2,240
EUR €1,515
GBP £1,145
NZD $2,395
ZAR R25,690
CHF FR1,595
Explore the best of south and east Africa with this adventure from the spicy beaches of Zanzibar to the unforgettable...
USD $14,450
CAD $17,520
AUD $18,500
EUR €12,995
GBP £9,470
NZD $19,895
ZAR R212,290
CHF FR13,295
Jump onboard an exhilarating journey from Cape Town to Victoria Falls and then onto Eastern Africa. Journey through...
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CAD $6,295
AUD $6,645
EUR €4,485
GBP £3,395
NZD $7,145
ZAR R76,260
CHF FR4,775
Get closer to Africa’s incredible wildlife on this journey through Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and on to Zanzibar.
USD $9,080
CAD $10,995
AUD $11,625
EUR €7,550
GBP £5,950
NZD $12,495
ZAR R133,390
CHF FR8,355
See Africa encompassed on a tour through Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, and...
USD $3,470
CAD $4,195
AUD $4,440
EUR €3,135
GBP £2,270
NZD $4,775
ZAR R50,950
CHF FR3,195
Step out onto the Serengeti and keep your eyes out for rhinos, lions, leopards and a host of other safari-dwellers on...
USD $615
CAD $750
AUD $790
EUR €515
GBP £395
NZD $850
ZAR R9,070
Take a relaxing break on the island of Zanzibar. Swim, snorkel or dive into azure waters; savour the smell of exotic...
Explore Africa as you wind your way up from South Africa, through Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and...
USD $6,060
CAD $7,347
AUD $7,765
EUR €5,045
GBP £3,972
NZD $8,349
ZAR R89,109
CHF FR5,579
Explore Africa as you wind your way up from South Africa, through Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and...
USD $4,235
CAD $5,147
AUD $5,440
EUR €3,675
GBP £2,782
NZD $5,854
ZAR R62,424
CHF FR3,909
See Africa on this incredible overland adventure from South Africa to Tanzania. Soak up cosmopolitan Cape Town, learn...
See Africa on this incredible overland adventure from South Africa to Tanzania. Soak up cosmopolitan Cape Town, learn...
USD $5,345
CAD $6,480
AUD $6,845
EUR €4,835
GBP £3,495
NZD $7,360
ZAR R78,550
CHF FR4,920
Travel to Africa and visit the Serengeti, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar. From Nairobi in Kenya to the Serengeti National...
USD $3,600
CAD $4,372
AUD $4,615
EUR €3,115
GBP £2,362
NZD $4,954
ZAR R52,964
CHF FR3,319
Experience the exhilarating wild of Africa as you travel from Victoria Falls through Harare, Bulawayo, Lake Malawi...
Jump aboard this epic tour from Cape Town to Nairobi. From safaris in Tanzania and Kenya to gorilla trekking in...
USD $9,035
CAD $10,977
AUD $11,590
EUR €7,830
GBP £5,922
NZD $12,454
ZAR R133,004
CHF FR8,334
Jump aboard this epic tour from Cape Town to Nairobi. From safaris in Tanzania and Kenya to gorilla trekking in...
USD $2,140
CAD $2,595
AUD $2,740
EUR €1,780
GBP £1,402
NZD $2,945
ZAR R31,442
CHF FR1,970
Discover the wonders of Tanzania – the Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park – on this four-day Short Break.
USD $2,570
CAD $3,115
AUD $3,290
EUR €2,325
GBP £1,685
NZD $3,535
ZAR R37,755
CHF FR2,365
To hike Kilimanjaro is to conquer the highest peak in Africa. Travel up the mighty Mt Kilimanjaro with experienced...
USD $6,625
CAD $8,030
AUD $8,480
EUR €5,730
GBP £4,340
NZD $9,120
ZAR R97,310
CHF FR6,095
Take an epic East African adventure from Kenya to Zimbabwe. Safari in the Serengeti, go gorilla trekking, visit Lake...
USD $2,195
CAD $2,670
AUD $2,820
EUR €1,830
GBP £1,445
NZD $3,030
ZAR R32,360
CHF FR2,025
Experience the best of East Africa on this road adventure. From Zanzibar to Nairobi, the abundant wildlife, gorgeous...
USD $1,395
CAD $1,695
AUD $1,795
EUR €1,165
GBP £920
NZD $1,930
ZAR R20,590
CHF FR1,290
Embrace the sights, sounds and culture of Africa on this eye-opening adventure from Stone Town in Zanzibar to...
USD $4,195
CAD $5,095
AUD $5,385
EUR €3,640
GBP £2,755
NZD $5,795
ZAR R61,790
CHF FR3,870
Explore Africa on this wildlife-rich adventure from Tanzania to South Africa. Explore Zanzibar’s Spice Island, wander...
USD $6,590
CAD $7,992
AUD $8,440
EUR €5,695
GBP £4,322
NZD $9,074
ZAR R96,854
CHF FR6,064
This East Africa adventure tour travels from Zimbabwe to Kenya. Visit Zanzibar beaches, explore the Serengeti and...
USD $3,350
CAD $4,520
AUD $3,735
EUR €2,560
GBP £2,235
NZD $4,430
ZAR R40,260
CHF FR3,100
Visit Kenya, tour Tanzania and relax on Zanzibar beaches. Spot wildlife on the Serengeti plains, visit the Usambara...
USD $1,870
CAD $2,265
AUD $2,395
EUR €1,555
GBP £1,225
NZD $2,575
ZAR R27,485
CHF FR1,720
The pristine beaches of Zanzibar, the lush slopes of the Usambara Mountains, and the wildlife-filled expanses of...
USD $2,435
CAD $2,855
AUD $2,995
EUR €2,115
GBP £1,555
NZD $3,295
ZAR R28,160
CHF FR2,165
Feel the African wild on this exploration of Tanzania’s Selous National Park. Come face-to-face with iconic animals...
USD $1,440
CAD $1,752
AUD $1,850
EUR €1,200
GBP £947
NZD $1,989
ZAR R21,234
CHF FR1,329
Spot a host wildlife at the Luangwa River, gape at the mighty Victoria Falls, explore Matobo and South Luwanga...

Tanzania trip reviews

Our Tanzania trips score an average of 4.75 out of 5 based on 609 reviews in the last year.

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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:


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:

Zebras crossing in front of a safari vehicle in Tanzania

About Tanzania

At a glance

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.

Weather averages in Der es salaam

Culture and customs

Masai Family, 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

Food service in Tanzania

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

Trekking through Tanzania
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, Tanzania

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 in Serengeti, Tanzania Mount Killimanjaro, Tanzania Zebras in Ngorongoro National Park, 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.


Local spices in Tanzania

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

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: Travel Insurance
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.

Education East Africa

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

Title Author
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