Tips for Travellers

General information about your trip in Tanzania.

When to go & weather

  • Tanzania has a generally comfortable, tropical climate all year round and can be visited during all seasons.


Through-out the year

  • Late June to September: coolest and driest.
  • July and August: Hotels are at their fullest.
  • October and November: fewer crowds and a slowly greening-up landscape as the short rains begin.
  • Late December to February: temperatures are high, but not oppressive.
  • March to May: long rainy season, save on accommodation costs, enjoy green and full of life landscapes, some secondary roads may be impassable.

Money matters

  • Tanzania’s currency is the Tanzanian Shilling (TZS).
  • Best currency to bring is US dollars, however notes should not be older than 2006 and should look new.
  • ATMs are widespread in major towns: Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Moshi, Zanzibar.
  • ATMs allow you to withdraw Shillings with a Visa or MasterCard (maximum Tsh 400,000 per transaction, Visa is by far the most useful) and with an EC card – pin number is needed!
  • US Dollars, followed by Euros, get the best rates at Foreign Exchange Bureaus (USD 50 and USD 100 note bills get better rates than smaller denominations).
  • Credit Cards are frequently not accepted, where they are accepted, it’s often only with high commissions averaging from 5% to 10%.
  • Travellers Cheques exchange rates are lower than for cash, and most hotels and safari operators won’t accept them as direct payment.

Cultures & customs

  • About 40-45% of Tanzania’s population is Christian, 35-40% are Muslim (most of which live along the coast and Zanzibar and the other islands), a small number follow traditional religions and there are some Asian communities including Sikhs and Hindus.
  • Shaking hands is the customary form of greeting.
  • It is customary to use the right hand, not the left, to shake hands or pass or receive anything.
  • The standard greeting of ‘hello’ is ‘jambo’, people are delighted if visitors can greet them in Kiswahili.
  • Dress is on the whole casual but a smart appearance for formal occasions such as a business meeting or upmarket restaurant is always appreciated.
  • Due to its Muslim influence, the coast is a little more conservative, and away from the beach it is advised to dress respectably and cover up bare arms and legs.
  • Alcohol is only available in the tourist areas on Zanzibar.

Tip recommendations

Despite receiving good salaries, paying tips as a way of saying “thank you” for a service is a common practice expected in East Africa. Naturally, as this is a “tip”, these recommendations can be altered.


On Safari per group per day

Driver guide

Cook (only camping safaris)


On the mountains per group per day

Mountain guide

Assistant guide

Ranger (only Mt Meru)

9 – 12

Porter / waiter