Tanzania

  • Basics: the official currency is the Tanzanian shilling, although USD and Euro’s are also accepted in most places. Credit cards are accepted in most resort areas, but not in all restaurants or shops, so bring good old fashioned cash as well. The electricity is 230/240V.
  • The major international airport is Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) in Dar-es-Salaam. Zanzibar also has international (direct) flights and charters at Zanzibar International Airport.
  • There are several sea ferry between Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar.
  • The official languages are English and Swahili, but Arabic is a common language on Zanzibar.
  • Zanzibar has a decompression Chamber. Dar es Salaam might have one, but that’s not confirmed.
  • On Pemba and Mafia Island is a lack of good infrastructure and facilities, so if you’re a “5-star hotel” type of traveler this might not be the right place for you (yet).
  • Check your vaccines and medication for malaria. Note that the side-effects of i.e. Lariam might look like decompression illness.