Frequently Asked Questions

The climate varies based on where you are, however generally it remains pleasant and comfortable throughout the year

During North America’s summer season, the weather in Tanzaniais equivalent to spring or fall.  So imagine cool in the early morning and night but not cold.  North America’s winter is Tanzania’s  summer.  Tanzania does not have four seasons like North America does; rather it has only two: a dry season and a wet/emerald season, which replenishes the countries lush vegetation to its vibrant green hue.  Overall across the year expect the highs in temperature to range from 70-86F and lows 52-58F.

Tanzania can be visited all year round.  Read about the best times for specific activities:

There are two seasons, the dry season (May to October) and the green season (November to mid-May).  Both seasons offer you ample opportunity to see wildlife, and each offers you a different experience of the landscape.

During the dry season, animals are forced to move longer distances in search of food and water, which means it is easier for a visitor to spot animals and see wildlife in higher concentrations. 

During the green or wet season, the landscape is greener and provides a great deal of food, due in part to the rain, but this is not true for the entire country for example, in the Serengeti, located in Northern Tanzania, game viewing is at its best year round.  So regardless of whether it is dry or green, animals are abundant.

For certain wildlife spectacles, like the Great Migration, November to August is the best time to visit Tanzania.  Sometimes the large herds of wildebeest will stay longer in Tanzania, depending on food and rain patterns.

We suggest climbing Kilimanjaro and other peaks in Tanzania during the warmest and clearest months (December through February) or July through September.  This does not mean you should not climb Kilimanjaro during any other months, but we suggest avoiding April and May, due to possible muddy trails and rain.  Some of the six routes are better climbed in some months than others.

The answer to this will vary for different people and will depend on several factors, including your interests and preferred style or travel.  There is no such thing as a typical safari.  Here are a few things to consider:

  • How long do you have to spend?
  • Will you participate in multiple activities or a single one?
  • What are your must sees?
  • What time of year do you want to visit?

There is no direct flight between North America and Tanzania.  Depending on your selected route, you will either stop in Europe, the Middle East, or somewhere on the African continent before continuing to Tanzania.

Some suggested carriers:

KLM – Tanzania via Amsterdam

Qatar Airlines – Tanzania via Dubai

Turkish Airlines – Tanzania via Istanbul

Ethiopian Airlines – Tanzania via Addis Ababa

South African Airways – Tanzania via Johannesburg

There are two major international airports in Tanzania.  Dar es Salaam International Airport is on the coast, and Kilimanjaro International Airport is in northern Tanzania.  Only a few selected international carriers fly directly to Kilimanjaro Airport.  Zanzibar International Airport, on the main island of Zanzibar, also serves as an international hub, but there are only a few international carriers that fly directly to Zanzibar.

To get elsewhere in the country, we suggest you fly to either Kilimanjaro or Dar es Salaam International Airports and then make the necessary transfers.

If flying to a regional airport like Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya, make sure to arrange a transfer to Arusha or Dar es Salaam.

Carriers that fly to Tanzania, but only stop in Dar es Salaam include British Airways, Continental, Kenyan Airways, Egypt Air, Swiss Air, and Emirates Airlines.

Certain vaccinations are required when travelling to East Africa.  A yellow fever vaccination is required upon entry into Tanzania if prior to arrival. If you have already been vaccinated for Yellow Fever, be sure to bring your certificate as you will need to show this upon entry.

Protecting yourself against malaria is important.  We recommend that you speak with your doctor about the best method for you.  The most common method of prevention is by using pills that you take before and during your stay.  Visit the Centers for Disease Control web site for up-to-date information as well as your medical physician about your travel plans.

A passport and visa are required for traveling to Tanzania. Your passport should be valid for at least six months after your arrival date.

To obtain your visa, visit the Tanzanian embassy or consulate office in your home country.

On safari

Accommodations range from large lodges to small and intimate tented camps.

Tent camps vary from simple and rustic to super luxurious with exquisite furnishings and the comforts of home,  inclusive of flushing toilets, running water, hairdryers, and more.

In large towns or cities

There are many hotel options from large-scale, internationally known brands to locally owned places.

On the islands and along the coast, there are lodges, hotels, beautiful ocean resorts, villas, and private resident properties

Tanzanian shilling.  It has its origin in the British shilling.  Tanzania was under British rule after World War 1 until 1961.

Major currencies (like the U.S. Dollar, the English pound, and the Euro) can  easily be changed in cities and towns, although U.S. dollars are sometimes preferred.

This all depend upon local taste but we do recommend:

  • Khakis trousers as well as light linen shirts.
  • Comfortable walking shoes or boots
  • Hat for the sun along with sunscreen and sunglasse
  • Light fleece or sweater for cold mornings (depending on location)
  • Bathing suit (depending on location)
  • Insect repellant
  • Your camera to capture the wonderful scenes

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Moez Khadija

What our customers say...

"our honeymoon in Tanzania was the best trip of our lives. It is very difficult to put words behind what we have experienced in Tanzania thanks to Renny (the owner), Muhammad (guide in Kilimanjaro and in charge of coordination on the ground) and Honest (our safari driver). Our Kilimanjaro climb was memorable. My wife and I have actually never camped out before so this was a ‘first time’ for many things!"

-Moez & Khadija

Hy Terri

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"My wife and I just returned from THE trip of a lifetime. This was much more than just another African Safari tour. We were introduced to Renny, a native Tanzanian, running her own family Safari travel agency in New Rochelle, NY. Whenever my wife called with questions about the trip (and there were many), she spoke directly with Renny. "

-Hy & Terri

Emily Carl

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"A wonderful experience with Asante Safaris. They were so helpful even from the first email, answering all of our questions, customizing our trip to be perfectly suited for what we wanted, and providing hands on help and guidance while we were in Africa"

-Emily & Carl

Tanzania Group

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"The best trip of the year was to Tanzania with the owner of Asante Safaris. We went first to Ruaha national park, part of the Great Rift Valley. There were many baobab trees, and we stayed at a private tented camp. Our next stop was Selous game reserve, a World Heritage Site that has wild and unspoiled miombo woodland."