Airport guide

Airports in Tanzania

Language

Tanzania has two official languages: English and Kiswahili, but there are several indigenous languages spoken.

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Money

Tanzania’s official currency is the Tanzanian shilling. The preferred form of currency is US dollars, which is what most prices are listed in. You can change money in major towns. If you have traveler’s checks, you’ll get the best rates at exchange bureaus. Only major cities have ATMs. Some places like hotels and major lodges will accept credit cards, but they’ll add on a 10 percent charge.

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Communications

Tanzania’s international country code is 255. To call another country from Tanzania, dial 000 followed by the appropriate country code. Hotels are notorious for charging extremely high rates for telephone calls. Main resorts and towns usually have Internet cafes.

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Tipping

Tip waiters 10 percent for their service. Tips are expected by guides, porters and cooks on safari or in the wildlife parks. The amount depends on the amount of people in your party and the quality of service.

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Safety

Tanzania does present a threat of terrorism, so you should be cautious in public places and tourist sites, especially in Zanzibar’s Stone Town. Avoid the borders of Burundi. Street crime is also a problem, especially in Dar es Salaam.

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Health

Consult your doctor at least three weeks for departing on your trip. It’s a good idea to get vaccinations for hepatitis A, yellow fever, polio and typhoid. If you’re arriving from a country affected with yellow fever, you’ll need a yellow fever vaccination certificate. Malaria is also a common problem and should be prepared for. Protect yourself against tsetse fly bites, which can cause African sleeping sickness. There is a high rate of HIV/AIDS, and cholera outbreaks are common. Stick to bottled or sterilized water. Make sure you are up to date with measles, mumps and rubella vaccinations as well; there have been reports of measles outbreaks. Medical facilities are limited and scarce outside of towns. Make sure you bring plenty of any needed medication and are covered by health insurance.

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Electricity

Tanzania’s electrical current is 230 volts, 50Hz and uses round, three-pinned plugs.

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