The majority of the tourism industry is based around climbing Mt Kilimanjaro, going on safari, or visiting Zanzibar for a relaxing beach holiday.
However, no matter where you go in Tanzania, there are some things that you need to be aware of prior to travelling and once you're there...
Make sure you take enough money with you, as the ATMs can be unreliable and unless you're in a big town, you're unlikely to find one.
2. Malaria tablets are also needed, so make sure you have/remember to take them!
3. If you're climbing Kilimanjaro it's also worth getting hold of Diamox for altitude sickness.
4. Check with your Dr before you travel for any others! I had to also have Cholera and Rabies.
Personally, I was glad to have had it in place before I arrived as the queue at the airport for visa on arrival was ridiculously long. You will also need 6 months valid on your passport.
For more detailed information about Visas, you can visit the Tanzania Tourist Board Visa Section - Click here!..
Food and Water
Regardless, I've always been a paranoid traveller and drink bottled water wherever I go, it's inexpensive and there's no risk of ill health from it.
Restaurants are fine. There's a lot of street food, especially where we were in Moshi, but it's fine to eat, in fact it was better than some of the restaurants.
Just exercise common sense as you would in the UK/elsewhere and make sure your food is hot when you eat it.
1. Don't carry all your money/personal items in one bag.
2. Don't flash your money around etc...
3. Keep your bag on the inside, and not on the side closest to the road, as some people have had bags snatched by people on motorbikes. This seems to be a rare occurrence though!
4. Carry paper copies of your passport/visa etc...
5. Don't take the boda boda (motorbike taxi) at night.
I actually felt more at risk in Rome when I visited than in Moshi, and I faced no problems anywhere we went in Tanzania whatsoever.
Local Laws & Customs
1. Drugs are a huge no no.
2. Exporting flora/fauna - This includes seashells, plants, feathers.
They scan your suitcases at the airport so don't even attempt it.
3. Dress modestly - Upper arms and legs should be covered away from tourist resorts ideally.
Whilst this isn't illegal, you will draw a lot of unwanted attention and some women have been verbally abused because of it. There is a high proportion of both Muslims and Christians, so it's a case of being respectful.
4. Ask people before you take their photograph
5. No PDA's ladies and gents.
The Dala Dala (local bus) is also a cheap way of getting around, but these are not government run. Individuals own and operate these buses, so it's their way of making an income. Expect to be on a bus which is full to bursting. I made the assumption that there were no seats, and so the bus was full. I was very wrong! You can also get a party Dala Dala, which is a local bus complete with coloured, flashing lights and local dance music. LOVE.
There are normal taxi's available, but these are quite expensive in comparison. However, they are much safer for getting around at night!
It's a very easy language to pick up!