Tanzania & Zanzibar found in the Eastern part of Africa, it is home to some of Africa’s most famous National Parks and natural attractions, including majestic Mount Kilimanjaro. The highest point in the country is in Mount Kilimanjaro highest mountain in Africa. It is mountainous and densely forested in the north east, where Mount Kilimanjaro is located. 3 of Africa’s Great Lakes are partly within Tanzania. To the north and west lie Lake Victoria Africa’s largest Lake, and Lake Tanganyika, the continents deepest lake known for its unique species fish. To the south lies Lake Malawi. Tanzania is highly bio diverse and contains a wide variety of animal habitats. On Tanzania Serengeti plain, white bearded wildebeest, other bovid and zebra participate in a large scale annual migration. The country is home to about 130 amphibian and over 275 reptile species, many of them strictly endemic. Tanzania has the largest Lion population in the world.
The Eastern shore is hot and humid, with the Zanzibar archipelago just offshore. The climate varies greatly within Tanzania, in the highlands, temperatures range between 10 – 20 degrees during cold and hot seasons respectively. The rest of the country has temperatures rarely falling lower than 20 degrees Celsius. The hottest period extends between November and February 25 -31 degrees Celsius while the coldest period occurs between May and August 15 – 20 degrees Celsius. Annual temperature is 20 degrees Celsius. The climate is cool in high mountainous regions.
What vaccinations do I need for Tanzania?
You should seek medical advice from your local health practitioner before travelling to Tanzania and ensure that you receive all of the appropriate vaccinations. As a guide Polio, Diphtheria, Hepatitis A & B, Typhoid and Tetanus is strongly recommended. Meningitis and Rabies are also recommended.
A Yellow Fever International Certificate of Vaccination is required if arriving from countries infected with yellow fever or if you were in transit through infected areas (unless you remained on board or at the airport). This is particularly relevant if travelling from neighbouring African countries. If visiting Zanzibar from mainland Tanzania, a yellow fever certificate must be produced to gain entry.
Do I need anti-malaria tablets for Tanzania?
There is a risk of malaria in Tanzania so it is very important to check with your doctor before you go, to see whether malarial medication is required for the areas you are visiting. Generally, it is good practice to avoid mosquito bites by wearing long sleeved, light coloured clothes and wearing a mosquito repellent that contains at least 50% DEET. For more information on the malaria risk in Tanzania visit the NHS Fit to Travel page or the CDC Traveler’s Health page.
What is the plastic bag ban?
From June 1st 2019, the Tanzanian authorities banned plastic bags in an effort to curb single-use plastic use and to protect the country’s rich environmental resources. All travellers arriving at a Tanzanian airport could face heavy fines for using plastic bags in any way, shape or form. These include shopping bags, garbage bags and “zip-lock” plastic bags used for transporting liquids and cosmetics.
We recommend that you avoid packing any plastic bags in your suitcase or carry-on luggage before travelling to Tanzania. If you do purchase any items at your departure airport, be sure to take them out of their plastic bags. Double-check your hand luggage before disembarking and leave any plastic bags on the plane.
Is it safe to drink tap water in Tanzania?
The tap water in Tanzania is not considered safe to drink. You should drink bottled mineral water, which is readily available from shops, hotels and restaurants. Make sure you purchase this from reputable outlets and that the seal on the bottle is not broken.
The Top Highlights
Top places you must visit in Tanzania include the following;