to get to Tanzania:
Currency and Money Matters
Tanzanian unit of currency is the Tanzanian Shilling
(TSh). Bills range from 1 shilling to 10,000
shillings. The exchange rates fluctuate, the latest
rates can be found
easiest foreign currency to exchange in Tanzania is
the US dollar, in either cash or traveler check
form. While you get better rates at banks and
foreign exchange bureaus for the larger bills,
keeping a stack of small bills is handy for tips.
Most of the high-end hotels and wildlife parks
accept US dollars but it can sometimes be a bit
cheaper if you pay fees and accommodation in
can be found in all the major cities, but my
Lonely Planet Guide
warns that some machines enjoy eating cards, so use
at your own risk. Major credit cards are only
accepted at the more expensive restaurants and
To and From Tanzania
you’re planning to visit Northern Tanzania, the best
airport to arrive at is
KLM has daily
flights from Amsterdam.
Kenya Airways also
fly into KIA.
you’re planning to visit Zanzibar, southern and
western Tanzania, you’ll want to fly to the capital
Dar es Salaam. European carriers that fly into Dar
es Salaam include
codeshares with Delta).
Regional flights to Dar es Salaam,
Zanzibar and parts
of northern Tanzania regularly fly from Nairobi (Kenya
Air Kenya) and
Addis Ababa (Ethiopian
Precision Air has
several flights per week to Entebbe (Uganda),
Mombasa and Nairobi.
To and From Kenya:
There are several bus services available between
Tanzania and Kenya. Buses regularly go from Mombasa
to Dar es Salaam (12 hours), Nairobi to Dar es
Salaam (about 13 hours), Nairobi to Arusha (5
hours), and Voi to Moshi. Some bus companies
originating in Arusha will drop you off at your
hotel in Nairobi and also offer pick-ups at
Nairobi’s international airport.
To and From Malawi:
The border crossing between Tanzania and Malawi is
at the Songwe River Bridge. Direct buses between Dar
es Salaam and Lilongwe depart several times a week
and take around 27 hours. Your other alternative is
to get to the border crossing and take minibuses in
either direction to the closest towns — Karonga in
Malawi and Mbeya in Tanzania. Spend the night and
then continue on the next day. Both towns have
regular long-distance bus services.
To and From Mozambique:
The main border post is at Kilambo (Tanzania) which
you can get to via minibus from Mtwara. To cross the
border requires a trip across the Ruvuma River and
depending on the tides and the season, this could be
a simple quick canoe trip or an hour long ferry
ride. The border post in Mozambique is at Namiranga.
To and From Uganda:
Daily buses travel from Kampala to Dar es Salaam
(via Nairobi — so make sure you get a visa for Kenya
to transit). The bus trip takes at least 25 hours. A
more manageable crossing is from Kampala to Bukoba
(on the shores of Lake Victoria) which gets you to
Tanzania in about 7 hours. You can also take a short
3 hour trip by bus from Bukoba (Tanzania) to the
Ugandan border town of Masaka. Scandinavian also
runs buses from Moshi to Kampala (via nairobi).
To and From Rwanda:
Regional coach services travels from Kigali to Dar
es Salaam at least once a week, the trip takes about
36 hours and crosses into Uganda first. Shorter
trips between the Tanzania/Rwanda border at Rusumo
Falls are possible but the security situation
fluctuates so inquire locally in Benako (Rwanda) or
Mwanza (Tanzania). Buses also run at least once a
day from Mwanza (it will take all day) to the border
of Rwanda, and from there you can catch a minibus to
Kigali. Catching the bus from Mwanza means a ferry
trip to start with so the schedule is fairly fixed.
To and From Zambia:
Buses run a couple times a week between Dar es
Salaam and Lusaka (about 30 hours) and between Mbeya
and Lusaka (about 16 hours). The border that is used
most often is at Tunduma and you can get minibuses
from Mbeya to Tunduma and then cross into Zambia and
take public transport from there.
Flights & airlines to Tanzania
Please check Skyscanner
or, for multiple destination flights, check Expedia
to see which airlines can take you to Tanzania and
what tickets would cost.
Domestic airlines & flights in Tanzania
Charter flights between
parks are usually booked by tour operators as part
of the tour package. Domestic flights can be booked
with several domestic carriers.
Passport, visa and other entry requirements
requirements can change, so please contact your
local Tanzania embassy to verify the information
below is current.
passport is required for all foreign visitors
and has to be valid for at least six months.
Passports must have a clean and a full visa page
When arriving from a yellow-fever-infected
country in Africa or the Americas a yellow fever
vaccination and document is required.
Citizens of most countries require a visa, which
can be obtained at arrival. A list of
countries and specific
visa eligibility is available from
the Tanzanian Ministry of Home Affairs