Make sure your passport is valid 6 months after your trip.
You’ll need a tourist visa to enter the country. You can ask for it at the Tanzania Embassy in your country or have it directly at your arrival at the airport.
Get all the vaccinations needed, after consulting your doctor: (here’s a few your doctor should mention)
- A and B hepatitis
- Yellow fever
- Typhoid fever
- Malaria prophylaxis
There are two major airports; one in Dar es Salaam, Julius Nyerere International Airport (IATA: DAR) (formerly known as Mwalimu Julius K. Nyerere International Airport and Dar es Salaam International Airport), and one in Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro International Airport (IATA: JRO) , which is halfway between Arusha and Moshi. (TJV house is very close to the Arusha town ).
Most volunteers will live at TJV house or, upon request and if space is available, with families in clean, safe and pleasant homes located near your teaching assignment. Your stay will typically include daily breakfast and dinner (although self-catering may be arranged in some instances). Depending on your schedule and the location of your placement, self-served (“raid the refrigerator”) lunches will be available at home or you may want to bring a bag lunch. You will eat traditional Swahili cuisine (simple but healthful foods including fresh fish and chicken, rice-based dishes, chapati and bread, fresh vegetables and fruits and juices). We can accommodate vegetarians if you let us know in advance
ATM machines are readily available in Town, as are Forex bureaux which change major currencies and also accept traveler’s checks (though at a lower exchange rate.) US dollars are sometimes required for government fees. Older style (pre 2003) bills in $20, $50 and $100 denominations are frequently not accepted.
Health and Safety Issues
While we make every effort to insure your safety and health, Tanzania is a third world country with limited health care facilities and resources. We require all volunteers to obtain a traveler’s health policy (if their current health care insurance does not cover them) and sign a liability waiver. Tanzania is a safe place to walk around by you at any time. We’ll let you know if there is any place you need to stay away from. Getting lost is probably the greatest risk, especially in the labyrinth of Town but, at least for your first few weeks here or until you’re comfortable on your own, you’ll have a TJV member helping you when you want to go somewhere.
Tanzania is over 75% Christian the country has mosques representing every major and most minor branches of religion. There are several Catholic churches, Hindu temples, and the Anglican Church.
What to Wear in Tanzania
- Pairs of comfortable shorts
Pairs of cotton trousers,
Light cargo outdoor pants
Pairs of socks.
Undergarments that include pairs of cotton menswear,
Pairs of cotton womenswear for ladies
Warm flannel pajamas
Sweatshirt or fleece jacket for early morning and evening wear
Hiking Boots if your tour includes a hike.
Safari hat with a chin belt that withstands winds,
A swimsuit for lodges and camps that has a pool
A very thin waterproof raincoat, especially if traveling to Tanzania during the rainy season.
Lightweight shoes (sneakers or light hiking boots)
Flip flops or sandals for use around the camp or in the shower.
Tanzania has a large market area selling clothes, shoes and accessories. Colorful shawls, attractive dresses and wraps are readily available. Shoes, imported western clothes, especially for men, are found in the market as well. There is also a lively trade in used clothing from Europe and America.
Tours and Excursions
Our Tanzania day trips start from Arusha, Moshi or Marangu. The excursions are ideal: in a short time, you can visit the national park by observing the great diversity of wildlife or experience the everyday life of the indigenous people of Tanzania. At the end of the day trip, you can choose if you want to be dropped off at Kilimanjaro International Airport, at Arusha Airport or at your hotel.
All day trips include a picnic lunch (lunch box) and mineral
- Water Lake Chala. …
- Maaji Chemka (Kikuletwa Springs) …
- Marangu Day Hike. …
- Marangu Cultural & Waterfalls Tour. …
- Maasai Village Tour. …
- Coffee Plantation Tour. …
- Lake Duluti.
- Lake manyara national park
- Tarangire National park
- Ngorongoro conservation area
Most volunteers will enjoy the opportunity to swim every day and/or take part in the nightly community football games on the beach. Watching the sunset in the evenings (we have some spectacular ones) and visiting the beach at daybreak to watch the fishermen bring in their catch are special pleasures.
Stone Town has been named a world heritage site by the UN and wandering through its maze of narrow alleyways and visiting its museums, marketplaces, gardens, coffeehouses and wharf is a another pleasure. There are frequent outdoor musical events in the Old Fort and at various venues in the city and at the local dance clubs. Tanzania also has a wealth of beautiful beaches, world class snorkeling, diving and fishing, spice farms and numerous other interesting places to visit while you are here.
The main mode of public transport is daladala, the ubiquitous minibuses which ply their trade on all the main routes in town. They are very cheap, TZS400 (USD0.25) is the fixed price for any trip around town, (beware of those who quote more to foreigners). Daladala is very cramped and safety is a serious consideration. Accidents involving daladalas are frequent and usually with serious consequences for the passengers. Pick pocketing has occurred on locals and visitors in close quarters and can happen quickly; store valuables in bags on your lap.
Taxis are plentiful and cheap; make sure to agree on a price before leaving for your destination (expect to pay no more than TZS 10000 for a trip within the city center, or TZS15,000 for the outskirts, at any time of the day).
Car hire is possible; most companies prefer to provide their own drivers.
For day to day communication, we recommend using a mobile phone. SIM cards, which will give you a local number and cheap prepaid phone service, are inexpensive and easily available. Cells phones use GSM 900 and 1800 networks so US visitors need to make sure their phones operate on these networks (e.g., a “world phone”) and are unlocked so they can accept a different SIM card. These are sometimes available used or over the Internet. If not, it is possible to buy a functional mobile phone here for under $70 US. We would also appreciate the donation of any used mobile phones for our volunteer or staff to use.
Long distance calls may be made from your mobile phone or, slightly cheaper, from several businesses that offer phone services in Stone Town. It is also possible to use a voice over Internet protocol provider such as SKYPE over the Internet. The international country dial code for Tanzania, as well as Zanzibar, is +255. City/area codes are in use, e.g. (0)24 for Tanzania and (0)22 for Dar Es Salaam.
Web and e-mail access are easily available.
Tanzania uses three-pronged English-style outlets but adaptors are available for European or American style appliances. Please note, however, that the electrical current is 220 AC so Americans and others coming from countries that use 120 current will need to check that any appliances or equipment they bring from home will work on this currency. Mobile phone and camera chargers and laptop computers will often accept variable currency. Other appliances such as shavers and hair dryers may require a “step down” converter to operate here. These are available from travel stores. Please ensure that you have one sufficient for the wattage of your appliance.
Hand laundering is the norm in Tanzania but here at TJV we have a washing machine that can be used for a nominal fee. Laundering of linens are included in your stay.