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Tanzania – Frequently Asked Questions

There is a lot that goes into planning a safari holiday and although many safari tour providers will give you a detailed itinerary and lots of information before you depart, there are often questions on your mind such as what clothes to pack, how much money to carry and what are the must-have items you will need. We have put together a list of frequently asked questions by our visitors to help fill the gaps.

1. When is the best time to travel to Tanzania?

For wildlife safaris the best time to travel to Tanzania is from July to October. This is the dry season when viewing opportunities are better due to vegetation dwindling making the bush less dense while animals congregate around water holes to drink. Keep in mind that this is the peak season and Tanzania attracts a lot of visitors from all over the world so it can be busy plus it’s a more expensive time of year. On the other hand, the shoulder season, November to March is a great time to travel too. Although the bush is thicker so it’s harder to see wildlife, this time of year has less visitors and can be more affordable For more information about the best time to travel to Tanzania, including its’s coastline, check out our Best Time to Visit Tanzania guide.

What language is spoken in Tanzania?
Do I need a visa and passport to travel to Tanzania?
Is there transportation within Tanzania?
Is Tanzania Safe?
How welcoming is Tanzania to LGBTQ travellers?
What Is The Local Food Like?

Most of the time you will be eating in your lodge or camp, which will be of a good standard. It’s always better to advise us prior to travel if you have any specific requests, as lodges do need to bring in food especially. Some places are a long way from towns so are unable to get supplies in at short notice.
When you are staying in bigger towns there are normally many eating-out options. Indian restaurants are plentiful, due to the high resident Indian population, and also pizzerias and continental restaurants are numerous. On the coast seafood is normally superb – my favourite and something I always recommend.
Local cuisine tends to be made up a stew, which includes one of the following - rice, chapti, ugali (a kind of maize porridge) or batoke (cooked plantain). The most common stews are beef, chicken, goat and beans. Fish is also used in towns near the coats and lakes. Swahili cuisine tends to be a bit spicier than other Tanzanian food.
If you do eat local food it is best to ask the advice of your guide, but it can be a great experience and one you shouldn’t miss!

What Is The Currency And What Credit Cards Can I Use In Tanzania?
Will I Be Able To Do Laundry During My Tanzania Tour?
What if any vaccinations are required or suggested for travel to Tanzania?
How Can I Contribute To The Local Economy And Conservation Programmes?
I Am Pregnant, Can I Travel To Tanzania?