Generally, Tanzania has a pleasant tropical climate but with significant regional variations due to the countries large size and change in altitude. Temperatures vary between 20 and 30°C during the day, with a cooler period from June till September.
There are two rainy seasons with the long rains from mid March till early June and shorter rains around November. The coastal area is significantly more humid and hot then the northern circuit. Especially at Mount Kilimanjaro it can be much colder due to the high altitude.
Best time to visit
Generally, game viewing in Tanzanian parks is at its best during the dry season, although the northern circuit can perfectly be visited all year throughout. But you are specifically coming to see the Great Migration make sure to be in the right place at the right time:
From December till February: Ndutu (southern Serengeti/Ngorongoro Conservation Area)
In March the migration will start moving towards central and western Serengeti
From July/August till October: Northern Serengeti
From November the migration will return to the south.
The best period to climb Mount Kilimanjaro is between July and October or December to March (dry season). Also if you are planning to stay at the beach then it’s better to avoid the (long) rainy season.
The costs for a single entry visa for Tanzania is US $50 per person and $100 for United States Nationals.
Visas can be obtained at any official entry point or from a Tanzanian Embassy or High Commission.
Tanzania’s national language is Swahili, with many local dialects. English is widely spoken as well, especially in the tourism industry.
Voltage in Tanzania is 220-240 volts and you will need a rectangular 3-square pin adapter (British style). Keep in mind that power cuts are common in Tanzania so it is recommended to carry a torch with you and always recharge appliances when the power is available.
The national currency in Tanzania is the Tanzania Shilling (TSh).
US dollar notes but also euros and British sterling are widely accepted and can be exchanged at banks, bureau the changes and a number of hotels. ATM’s are available in major cities such as Dar es Salaam and Arusha. When bringing US dollars ensure that the notes are printed in/after 2006, since older notes may be refused.
Credit cards are accepted at some of the major hotels but usually a 5-10% surcharge will be added.
A certificate of yellow fever is required for entry into Tanzania. In addition it is advisable to take malaria prophylactic as malaria is present almost everywhere in the country.
Kindly always consult your travel doctor for the latest health advice before travelling to Tanzania.
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