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More about Tanzania
Tips and best practices
When going on holiday to Tanzania for the first time, there are similar questions asked – below we've tried to answer these FAQ as best as we can!
Time in Tanzania
Tanzania is three hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+3). It doesn't operate daylight saving time, so there's no time difference between their summer and winter months.
Currency in Tanzania
Tanzania's currency is the Tanzanian shilling (TZS). At the time of writing (Apr 2013) £1 = Tsh2,437 – see www.oanda.com for the latest rates. Most camps and lodges charge in US$ (Aug 2009: £1 = US$1.69); very few now accept travelers' checks, although most accept credit cards (Visa or MasterCard) but may charge a fee to do so.
Buying Tanzania's currency in Europe or America can be difficult; many visitors will wait until they arrive in Tanzania to buy local currency.
Tanzania's International Dialing Code
The International Dialing Code for Tanzania is +255, followed by area codes (e.g. (0)22 for Dar es Salaam, or (0)27 for Arusha). Calling from Tanzania, you dial 00 plus the relevant country code (44 for the UK, 1 for the USA).
Health in Tanzania
Tanzania is a tropical country and vaccines are sensible (typhoid, polio, tetanus and yellow fever). Malaria is common and occurs all year round; you must take anti-malarial measures, especially in areas below 1800m!
In Tanzania, HIV infection rates are high; AIDS is prevalent here. This isn't usually an issue for visitors, but they should be aware of the situation, and take the same sensible precautions to avoid infection which are wise in most countries. We understand that blood supplies used by the private hospitals in Tanzania have been carefully screened for many years.
Language in Tanzania
KiSwahili and English are the official languages and spoken by most people living in Tanzania; as well as this, there are many ethnic groups, speaking localized languages and dialects. Try to learn some basic KiSwahili before you go, to help you enjoy your trip more!
Visas for Tanzania
At time of writing (Apr 2013), travelers with British passports, as well as US citizens, require visas for Tanzania (or Zanzibar).
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