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Around About Cars offer fantastic service and great, discounted and reliable vehicles in Arusha, Dar es Salaam and Zanzbarin Tanzania. You have the option of a self drive rental or to be cheauffer driven by one of our knowledgeable and reliable drivers.
Read more about Things to do in Tanzania and travel information about Zanzibar.

What you will need to travel to Tanzania

  • Valid passport for at least six months
  • Passports must have a clean and a full visa page for endorsement
  • Visa required: Yes. Costs: US$50 for a single entry or US$100 for double. The Visa entry can be obtained upon landing in Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro, Mwanza and ports of entry but is recommended to check it before arrival. Tanzanian tourist visas are valid for 6 months from the date of issue.
  • Fire Extinguisher: Compulsory
  • Safety Vests: Recommended

CUSTOMS

It's forbidden to take the currency of Tanzania out of the country. Taking money of your own currency is okay until a limited amount. Bringing and taking any products are allowed, as long as they do not belong to the Washington Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species.

USEFUL FACTS FOR TRAVELERS

The two main roads are the "Dar es Salaam to Mbeya" road (A7/A17), which takes you to the Southern Highlands through the towns of Morogoro, Iringa, and Mikumi National Park and near the Selous and Ruhaha National Parks. The other road is the "Dar to Arusha and the Serengeti" road (B1), which takes you to the Northern Circuit by the towns of Tanga and Moshi and Mount Kilimanjaro, Saadani, Tanrangire, Ngorongoro and Serengeti National Parks. Drivers following you will turn on their right turn signal light to show that they wish to pass you. If the road is clear, activate your left turn signal; if not, turn on your right turn signal.

Population

The total estimated population is 44,928,923, according to the 2012 census.

Urban Centres

The largest city is Dar es Salaam, but the capital is Dodoma. Other big cities are Mwanza, Zanzibar, Arusha and Mbeya.

Climate & Season

Climate in Tanzania varies. In the highlands, temperatures can go between 10°C and 20°C during cold and hot seasons respectively. The rest of the country has temperatures over than 20°C most of the time. The weather in the high mountains is usually cool.

  • Summer (November - February): The temperatures can go up to 31°C
  • Winter (May - August): The temperatures are about 15–20 °C.

Rainfall Periods: There are different periods of rain in Tanzania:

  • October - April in southern, central and western parts of the country
  • October - December / March - May in the north from Lake Victoria reaching to the east of the coast

Terrain

About 38 percent of Tanzania's land area is part of protected areas for conservation. There are 16 national parks and a variety of game and forest reserves. For example there is the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Furthermore there is living a wide variety of animals.

Airports

The two major airports are:

  • Julius Nyerere International Airport
  • Kilimanjaro International Airport

Fuel Situation

  • Average Petrol price is U$D 1.36 per liter.

 

Banks & Money

The currency is the Tansanian shilling. Barclays Bank Tanzania Limited (BBTL) recently launched cash deposit automated teller machines (ATMs) there. So you can get your cash there. Furthermore the Airtel Tanzania just unveiled a Near Field Communication payment service. With this service holders of Airtel Money accounts can pay bills with their card.

Driving in Tanzania

In 2007 there were 91,049 kilometres of roads, of which including 6,578 kilometres was paved. The road network ranked 51st worldwide by length. Paved roads link Mtwara and Masasi and from there almost to Nangoma. An unpaved road then leads to Mtambaswala and the modern Unity Bridge on the Mozambique border. Western regions are the most poorly served, with no paved highways except locally in Kigoma and Ujiji. Only one dirt road runs down the western side of the country, it is just a track between Kasulu and Sumbawanga and prone to flooding south of Mpanda. Between Tunduma in the south-west and Nyakanyazi junction near Kibondo in the north-west, a distance of nearly 1000 km, there are no highways in the centre of the country. Potholes, road blocks, goats and people may to get in the way of your car and the rainy season wipes out half the country's roads. Avoid driving a car at night because that's when most accidents happen. Always keep the doors and the windows locked, when you drive in a busy area.