UPCOMING EVENTS IN TANZANIA
Tanzania Trade Show…
Sauti za Busara…
Swahili International Tourism Expo…
Dar es salaam International Trade Fair…
East Africa International Trade Exhibition…
Karibu Travel Market…
Zanzibar International Film Festival…
Tanzania is one of the unique destinations on the African continent that has yet to be discovered by many. It is a land of many wonders hubbing an un-paralleled diversity of fauna and flora. Kilimanjaro, the highest permanently snow-capped free standing mountain in Africa, the exotic Islands of Zanzibar, the finest game sanctuaries of Serengeti, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, Ruaha, Selous and the Marine Park of Mafia Island are only but a few of the living examples. The scenery, topography and very friendly people harbour the growth of excellent cultural tourism beach holidays, game hunting, historical and archaeological ventures – and certainly the best wildlife photographic safaris on the continent.
The tourism industry provides excellent investment opportunities in construction and management of hotels, lodges and restaurants, infrastructure ventures, aviation projects, training institutions, tour operations, travel agencies and marketing organisations.
The industry’s mission statement that forms the basis of the tourism policy is to develop sustainable quality tourism that is ecologically friendly to the conservation and restoration of the environment and its people’s culture. In so doing the industry seeks to maximise the net gains that emanate from the various tourism activities. It is for this reason that the Government is now highly concerned with the improvement of the infrastructure quality and diversity, ease of destination entry formalities, relaxation of foreign exchange regulations and controls, revision of applicable taxes and maintenance of peace, stability and security. As a stimulant, the private sector is increasingly investing in the various tourist plants, improvement of destination access from major sources and within marketing promotion and training of the human resource.
A valid passport;
A valid visa
How to get there
There are many flights from Europe to Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro International Airports and to Zanzibar Airport. Airlines serving Tanzania include, British Airways,KLM, Swiss International Airlines, Egypt Air, Air India, Ethiopian Airlines, Gulf Air, Kenya Airways,Royal Swazi, Emirates Airlines and of course Air Tanzania.
Border crossing procedures
Personal effects including binoculars, camera and film, may be imported temporarily duty free. A Customs bond may be demanded of visitors bringing in video/filming equipment, radios, tape recorders, and musical instruments to ensure the goods are re-exported. Note that electrical supply for domestic use is generally 230 volts AC, 50 Hz. All installations are British standard and all appliances should be fitted with pin plugs of British specification. Firearms require a special permit. A duty free allowance is effected on one litre of liquor; 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco; and 250ml of perfume. Additional items are subject to Customs duty.
The Tanzania shilling (TSHS or TZS), divided into 100 cents, is the national currency. It is illegal to import /export the currency. Visitors may bring in as much foreign currency as they wish, and no currency declaration form is required. Foreign currency may be changed at authorised banks, forex bureaux and designated hotels. Credit cards (Access, Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Eurocard, and Dinners) are accepted by top tourist hotels around the country.
Banks and forex bureaux are available at the airport and in all main towns. Banking hours: Monday - Friday 08h30 - 12h30 Saturdays 08h30 - 13h30
A few branches in the major towns open until 16h00.
Learn the art of bargaining, particularly in markets and curio shops. This is very much Tanzanian culture, as developing a good rapport between shopkeeper and customer takes precedence over the actual sale.
Local time is same as in Moscow.
In summer time we take 1 (one) hour back.
As requirements and regulations are subject to change at short notice, visitors are requested to contact the nearest Tanzanian Diplomatic Mission, or travel agent well in advance of their intended date of departure.
Unless otherwise advised, the public holidays in Tanzania remain the same every year. If any of the public holidays listed below falls on Saturdays or Sundays then the public holiday would be effected from the following Monday etc.
New Year - January 1st
Zanzibar Revolutionary Day - January 12th
Union Day - April 26th
Workers Day - May 1st
Industrial Day - July 7th
Peasants Day - August 8th
Independence Day - December 9th
Christmas Day - December 25th
Boxing Day - December 26th
Good Friday - As per calendar dates
Easter Monday - As per calendar dates
Iddi El Fitry - 2 Days on sighting the moon
Iddi El Haji - 1 Day on sighting the moon
Maulid Day - 1 Day on sighting the moon
Best Times to visit
Northern Tanzania: July through to March
Southern Tanzania: June through to March
Zanzibar and Mafia: July through to March
Western Tanzania: May through to March