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"God's thumbprint," a crater lined with lush grassland where lions recline feet from elephants, symbolizes this land of mythical proportions. Acacia trees dot a vast horizon and flamingos cast a pink mirage on Lake Manyara National Park. The Masai Mara's traditional welcome transports you to another world of drumbeats, chants and dance. Travel to Tanzania for the adventure of a lifetime!

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New Small Group Tour Treasures of Tanzania & Kenya
A true gem of a safari: 10 game drives in Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Taita Hills Sanctuary & Amboseli, then Nairobi
from $5699 w/ Flights from $5099 Tour Only 14 days
per person, double occupancy*
Small Group Tour Best of Kenya & Tanzania Safari
Nairobi & the ultimate safari: 14 game drives in Ol Pejeta, Samburu, Lake Nakuru, Masai Mara, Tarangire, Lake Manyara & Ngorongoro
from $5899 w/ Flights 14 days
per person, double occupancy*

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Highlights

  1. Ngorongoro Crater

    Located in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, this giant crater is the result of a large volcanic explosion and collapse 2-3 million years ago. The Ngorongoro Crater was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1978, and today stands as the largest intact volcanic crater in the world! Named one of the Seven Natural Wonders in Africa, this fertile valley is home to an abundance of wildlife (over 25,000 animals!), such as buffalo, elephants, leopards, rhinos, zebras, cheetahs, and the densest known population of lions. One animal that you won't find in the crater are giraffes, since the crater's sides are too steep for them to journey down. Measuring about 10 miles wide and 2,000 ft. deep, the Ngorongoro Crater is one of the most important prehistoric sites in the world, where fossil evidence of the earliest known human species were discovered!
  2. Tarangire National Park

    Tarangire National Park is Tanzania's sixth largest national park. Its name originated from the Tarangire River that flows across the area, providing wildlife their primary source of fresh water (especially during the dry season when they would migrate from Manyara National Park). In the park, you can find lush swamps that are home to about 550 variations of birds, more species in one habitat than anywhere else in the world! A plethora of elephants are found roaming the grounds, as well as quenching their thirst on the bark of the iconic baobab trees that dot the region. Up above, pythons, lions and leopards lounge in the branches of the trees, observing life continuing below them.
  3. Great Rift Valley

    Made up of a series of geographic trenches, the Great Rift Valley stretches over 3,500 miles from Lebanon in Asia all the way to Mozambique in Africa. This natural wonder of the world is extremely active, featuring numerous volcanoes, hot springs, geysers, and earthquakes. In Africa, the valley divides into two parts: the Western Rift Valley and the Eastern Rift Valley. While the Western Rift Valley is lined with towering mountains and sprawling lakes, the Eastern Rift Valley is bordered by Mount Kilimanjaro, Ngorongoro Crater, and the Empakai, Olmoti and Lengai volcanoes in Tanzania. 
  4. The "Big 5"

    The term 'The "Big 5"' refers to the large mammals that are popularly seen on African safaris: lions, leopards, rhinoceros, elephants, and Cape buffalo. Big game hunters originally used this term to describe the collection of animals that are the most difficult to hunt by foot in Africa. Now, safari tours use the term widely to describe the incredible group of wildlife that game seekers may see. Keep your eyes peeled for these incredible creatures, whether its looking in the trees for a sleeping leopard or following the sounds of enormous thumping to see massive elephants. 
  5. Mt. Kilimanjaro

    Rising high above the African plains stands the almost 20,000 ft. high Mount Kilimanjaro. The highest mountain in Africa and the largest free standing mountain in the world, this mountain is a dormant volcano with 3 volcanic cones: Kibo, Shira and Mawenzi. Although Shira and Mawenzi are extinct volcanoes, Kibo is dormant. The last major eruption of this volcano was over 350,000 years ago, with the most recent activity occurring about 200 years ago. This magnificent mountain was first climbed back in 1889. Today, almost 30,000 people climb Mount Kilimanjaro every year, with about 2/3 of those climbers successfully making it to the top.

Fast Facts

Already booked on one of our packages to Tanzania? See everything you need to know before you go.

Overview

Capital: Dodoma
Population:  53.47 million
Currency: Tanzanian shilling (TZS)
Languages: Swahili and English
Drives on the: Left
Time zone: UTC +3

Entry requirements

U.S. citizens require a visa to enter Tanzania. Please be sure a valid Tanzania visas is stamped in your passports. When you arrive at Nairobi Airport, advise the immigration officer that you will also visit Tanzania. He will then issue a "Visitor's Pass". The pass will specify the period of time you are allowed to stay in Kenya and should be in your possession until your final departure from Kenya. The visitor’s pass will allow you to return to Kenya after your visit to Tanzania. Please note this visitor pass does not replace your Tanzania visa. You must be in possession of a Tanzania visa in order to enter Tanzania.

We will send a visa support letter and instructions for U.S. passport holders to obtain your visa through VisaHQ, after you have completed your registration form and made your final payment, approximately 60 days prior to departure. Please apply for your visa only after receiving this letter.

If you do not hold a U.S. passport, you are responsible for determining all entry requirements and obtaining any necessary visas. Consider using an expedited visa service.

Tanzania requires proof of yellow fever vaccination upon entry for passengers arriving from Yellow Fever Endemic Countries, such as Kenya. Find a local vaccination center.

More information about passport, visa & entry requirements.

Health Precautions & Vaccinations

The CDC does not recommend yellow fever vaccine for most travelers to Tanzania. However, if you will be traveling to Kenya or any other Yellow Fever Endemic Countries on your trip, you must show proof of yellow fever vaccination for entry into Tanzania. Find a local vaccination center.

There is a malaria risk in Tanzania below 1800 meters. Check with your physician about malaria suppressants, and hepatitis, typhoid, and cholera inoculations.

Do not swim in freshwater streams, lakes or rivers as they are full of parasites. Disinfect and cover all wounds to prevent infection.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

Weather

Tanzania does not have large seasonal variations since it is so close to the equator. The weather is best June thru September, although most animals have migrated to Kenya at that time. September thru March is also a good time to visit. Rainy season occurs April and May. Mount Kilimanjaro is very, very cold at its higher elevations.

What to wear

We suggest bringing clothes made of cotton, preferably in neutral colors (especially for game drives). A hat, scarf, sunscreen and insect repellent are also valuable accessories for your trip. If you have two pairs of comfortable (broken in, not brand new) walking shoes, by all means, take both pairs. Since weather can be unpredictable anywhere in the world and to be sure you are comfortable during your trip and prepared for all types of weather possibilities, we recommend that you carry a small folding umbrella (or poncho) and take with you a light jacket or sweater. Packing to dress in layers is another way to prepare for a variety of weather conditions. Finally, remember that the countries visited on this tour are casual, and comfort should dictate your wardrobe for the tour. Binoculars are also suggested.

Tipping

A small gratuity to your guides and drivers will be greatly appreciated by them. The recommended amount is $12-15 per person per day for your Safari driver/guide. A $1 gratuity to restaurant staff per meal (lunch/dinner), $1 to hotels/lodges porters per bag upon arrival and departure and $2-3 to transfer drivers per transfer is also appreciated. A $5-10 per person to Balloon safari pilot if taking the optional Hot Air Balloon Safari tour. For parents travelling with children, 50% of the suggested tipping rates are recommended on behalf of their children. As always, gratuities are an individual expression of thanks and should be based on the level of service provided.

Money & Credit Cards

Credit cards are the most convenient way to pay for items you purchase as you travel. Be sure to call your credit card providers to let them know you will be traveling abroad, the places you’ll be visiting and the dates of your trip. This is important for your own protection. For small purchases, we recommend that you use the ATM machines to get cash in local currency so that you can avoid using your credit card in unknown shops where there is a higher risk of having your credit card numbers “borrowed” for unauthorized purchases. We suggest that you bring along cash in small denominations and we highly recommended that you bring crisp, new bills. If you wish to exchange U.S. dollars to the local currency, new, crisp U.S. dollar in large bills ($20, $50, $100) are preferred. Old, torn, crumpled bills & US dollars printed 2012 or earlier are not accepted in East Africa.

Always notify your bank prior to departure to avoid any problems using your credit or debit card while traveling.

Shopping

The best items to shop for in Tanzania are local handcrafts including pottery, Makonde carpets, sculptures, paintings, soapstone carvings, fabric, cloth paintings of Kilimanjaro, chests, and gems. Prices are not usually marked and bargaining is expected.

Electricity & Power Adapters

230 volts. Plugs D & G. You will need a voltage converter, and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit.

Learn more about electrical standards around the world.

Cell Phones & Internet

Want to take your cell phone, tablet or laptop, but not sure how to get cell service or wifi? See our blog posts on using your cell phone abroad and the top 5 ways to get Internet abroad.

Photography

Cameras and video recorders are permitted, and photography is generally permitted everywhere except at airports and military installations. Memory cards for digital cameras will be available in major cities.

Did you know?
  • Tanzania is home to some of the best national parks in the world, with the parks making up 30% of the entire country.
  • Tanzania is a little more than twice the size of California.
  • Three of the world's most spectacular lakes surround Tanzania: Lake Victoria, Lake Tanganyika, and Lake Nyasa
  • The tallest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro, is located in Tanzania.
  • Although there are over 120 languages spoken, the official language of Tanzania is Swahili.
  • Found in Tarangire National Park, the Baobab tree can live up to 1,000 years or longer.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. I heard Tanzania has banned plastic bags?

    [May 2019] In an effort to curb litter and support environmental sustainability, Tanzania's ban on plastic bags will go into effect June 1, 2019. All plastic carrier bags, regardless of their thickness, will be prohibited from being imported, exported, manufactured, sold, stored, supplied and used in the country.

    Special desks will be designated at all entry points to the country where any plastic carrier bags brought into Tanzania can be surrendered. (You will not be fined as long as you comply.) The Ziploc® bags used to carry liquids through security are exempt from this ban. 
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* Advertised prices may include an "Instant Savings" discount and/or sale discount, available for a limited time. Prices reflect these discounts. Advertised prices are per person, based on double occupancy; single occupancy rooms may be available for an additional charge. Advertised prices are the best available based on the least expensive travel dates, departure city, and other options, and do not include optional excursions or other optional items. Your total price will vary based upon the dates, flights, and other options you select during the booking process. For packages including flights, prices include Airline Taxes, Fees & Sept. 11th Security Fee, but do not include excess baggage fees or advance seat reservations. Prices and availability subject to change. More about our prices.

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