Before you get started on packing, make sure you know what the weather is going to be like. What time of the year are you visiting? You can expect to find rain in March, April, May and November.
June, July and August are the colder months of the year, however the weather is hot and humid on the coast and on islands. Temperatures are generally pleasant, ranging between 15ºC (59ºF) and 26ºC (78ºF) during the day, sometimes rising above 30ºC (86ºF) in the warmer months.
Electricity and plug standards
The electricity supply in Tanzania is 220/240 volts at 50 Hz. Plugs are 3 point square (UK Type). Adapters are available at major airports.
Food, beverage and cuisine advice
Most camps, lodges or hotels cater specifically to tourists and serve Western-style food, ranging in standard, but generally are excellent. Game lodges tend to offer a daily set menu with a limited selection, so it is advisable to have your tour operator specify in advance if you are a vegetarian or have other specific dietary requirements. First-time visitors to Africa might take note that most game lodges in and around the national parks have isolated locations, and driving within the parks is neither permitted nor advisable after dark, so that there is no realistic alternative to eating at your lodge.
Tap water in Tanzania is generally not safe to drink, and most travellers try to stick to mineral water. Filtered and bottled water can be difficult to find you are travelling outside of main town and so it is advisable to stock up. Most camps, lodges and hotels have bottled water readily available.
Clothing and dress recommendations
It never gets really cold in Tanzania so lightweight clothing, preferably cotton or linen, is recommended. While on a game viewing safari, avoid brightly coloured clothing, stick to whites, beiges, khakis and browns. There may be long days sitting in safari vehicles, so it is advisable to wear light comfortable clothing such as short sleeved shirts and cotton/linen trousers or shorts. Denim will become too hot and extremely uncomfortable.
The evenings will be chilly, so long sleeved shirts and trousers should be worn. A sweater may be needed. These will also prevent you being bitten by insects. A hat should be worn at all times outside. The sun may sometimes not feel hot, but it can still easily burn, especially if it is cloudy and overcast.
On the beaches and within the confines of hotels, normal swimwear is acceptable but nudity is not.
As over a third of the population in Tanzania is Muslim, it is therefore not etiquette for ladies to walk around in public displaying their legs and shoulders. Remember to dress modestly as short shorts, short dresses, see-through clothing, miniskirts, vests, bra-letts, crop-tops, tank tops and tops that expose a lot of cleavage will be frowned upon.
In Tanzania, the unit of currency is the Tanzanian Shilling, which is divided into 100 Cents. Notes are issued in denominations of 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, and 10000 Shillings. Coins are issued in denominations of 50, 100 and 200 Shillings.
Banks are open from 9:00am to 3:00pm Monday to Friday. Many banks are equipped with 24 hour ATM machines.
Credit cards and travellers checks are not widely accepted in Tanzania. Where they are accepted high service fees and poor exchange rates be expected. Major foreign currencies are accepted in Tanzania and are convertible at banks and bureau de changes in the main towns and tourist areas. US $ are particularly common and are accepted widely. If bringing cash in US $, please make sure bank notes are in good condition, with no cuts or damages and are not older than 2006. Most banks offer higher exchange rates for US$ 100 and US$ 50 bank notes and a lower exchange rate for US$ 20, US$ 10 or US$ 5 bank notes.