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.

Top Tanzania travel deals

Departing Days From USD
17 Dec 2016
Serengeti Trail
8 $1,715
$1,544
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1 Jan 2017
Kilimanjaro - Rongai Route
8 $3,115
$2,181
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3 Jan 2017
Zanzibar to Vic Falls
18 $1,750
$1,225
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6 Jan 2017
Stone Town to Vic Falls
15 $1,395
$977
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7 Jan 2017
Serengeti & Kilimanjaro
14 $4,255
$2,979
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7 Jan 2017
Kilimanjaro - Marangu Route
7 $2,670
$1,869
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7 Jan 2017
Gorillas, Game Parks & Beaches
28 $5,475
$3,833
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14 Jan 2017
Best of East Africa
21 $3,610
$2,527
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14 Jan 2017
Kilimanjaro & Serengeti Adventure
15 $4,635
$3,245
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21 Jan 2017
Kilimanjaro - Machame Route
9 $3,740
$2,618
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Our Tanzania trips

Tanzania tour reviews

Our Tanzania trips score an average of 4.79 out of 5 based on 230 reviews in the last year.

Stone Town to Vic Falls, November 2016

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Serengeti Trail, November 2016

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Articles on Tanzania

Tanzania travel highlights

Transport in Tanzania

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:

Official Intrepid Safari Vehicle

Overland vehicle

Get close to the action aboard a customised safari vehicle, designed to withstand the bush and allow greater visibility of the wildlife.

Gorillas, Game Parks & Beaches

Serengeti Trail

Cycle Tanzania

Ferry in Tanzania

Ferry

Take in views of the stunning African coast while travelling from Dar el Salaam to Zanzibar aboard a ferry.

Beaches, Game Parks & Gorillas

Gorillas, Game Parks & Beaches

Best of East Africa

Accommodation in Tanzania

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:

Mountain Hut hidden among the trees of Tanzania

Mountain Hut

Sleep in huts dotted along the trail while trekking to the summit of majestic Mount Kilimanjaro.

Best of Tanzania

Serengeti & Kilimanjaro

Women move mountains - Marangu Route - Solidarity Trek

Beautiful wooden waterside lodge on the hills of Tanzania

Lodge

Experience a little comfort while staying in cosy lodges in some of Tanzania’s most impressive national parks and reserves.

Zebras running across the road in Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Tanzania holiday information

At a glance

Best time to visit Tanzania

Culture and customs

Eating and drinking

Geography and environment

History and government

Top 10 Iconic Landscapes of Tanzania

Shopping

Festivals and Events in Tanzania

Health and Safety

Further reading

Tanzania travel FAQs

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

  • 1 Jan New Year's Day
  • 12 Jan Zanzibar Revolutionary Day
  • 7 Apr Sheikh Abeid Amani Karume Day
  • 14 Apr Good Friday
  • 17 Apr Easter Monday
  • 26 Apr Union Day 
  • 1 May Labour Day
  • 25 Jun Iddi El Fitry / End of Ramadan
  • 26 Jun Iddi El Fitry Holiday
  • 7 Jul Maonyesho ya Saba Saba
  • 8 Aug Wakulima ya Nane Nane / Peasants' Day
  • 1 Sep Iddi El Haji / Feast of Sacrifice
  • 14 Oct Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Day
  • 30 Nov The Prophet's Birthday
  • 9 Dec Republic Day
  • 25 Dec Christmas Day
  • 26 Dec Boxing Day

Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Tanzania go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/tanzania/public-holidays

Responsible Travel

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.

Native school kids in Arusha pose around women pulling faces

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