Location Guide Tanzania
Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania By Nevit Dilmen Wikimedia Commons
Tanzania is situated in East Africa to the south of Kenya and east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The capital city is Dar Es Salaam on the coast of the Indian Ocean. Terrain varies from savannah and arable land to the mountainous regions in the North East which is home to Africa's highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro. There are several large lakes: Lake Victoria which crosses the equator and Lake Tanganyika are the largest.
Tanzania contains many important Wildlife Parks: Serengeti Wildlfe Park, Ngorogoro Crater, Gombe National Park, Selous Game Reserve and the Mikumi National Park.
English and Swahili are widely spoken.
Tanzania local time is GMT + 3 hours
Electrical system is 220 / 240 Volts AC at 50Hz.
Power outlets are British type 3 pin "Type G".
Some areas may used the older type round pin plug and socket so it's worth carrying an adapter just in case.
Tanzania is situated close to the Equator and has a hot and humid tropical climate with daylight hours generally between 6am and 6pm. Temperatures in most of the country range from 20C to 31C except for the highlands where temperatures range from 10C to 20C.
Rain can happen any time of year but is heaviest from Nov to Jan and March to May
A filming permit is required before you can film in Tanzania. Permits can take up to 30 days to process so leave plenty of time. A fee of 1,000 USD is payable or you can fast track your application for a fee of 3,000 USD. Apply for a permit at the Tanzania High Commission http://www.tzrepottawa.ca/filmPermit.html
Tourist and Business visas are required for visitors from most countries. Please check with your local Tanzanian Embassy for the latest advice. You can also get a tourist or business visa on arrival at the main ports of entry in Tanzania subject to fulfilling all immigration requirements.
For more information on visa requirements see the Tanzanian Ministry of Home Affairs website
To call Tanzania use prefix 00255 + City area code + local number.
Mobile phones can be rented locally and offer cheap in country calls.
Arrival. Customs & Immigration
Local currency is the Tanzanian shilling (Tsh). Credit cards are not widely accepted so you will often have to pay in cash. US$ are often the preferred method of payment. You can change US$ and traveller's cheques at most banks.
Very useful guide on money at Lonely Planet: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/tanzania/practical-information/money-costs
Malaria and Dengue Fever are common in Tanzania. Other diseases such as Typhoid, Cholera, Rabies and Meningitis can also be found. Contact your medical practitioner at least 8 weeks before your trip to discuss preventative measures. Medical facilities in Tanzania are limited outside of the major cities so make sure that you are adequately insured.
For more information on health issues see The National Travel Health Network & Centre