You can apply for an Online Visa to visit Tanzania Mainland or Zanzibar. You are required to fill the form, make payment and submit your application online, which will be reviewed and processed.

Applicants will be notified through their e-mails whether the application is accepted or denied. However, they may also make follow up of their application status through the online system. Applicants may as well be required to visit the nearest Tanzanian Embassy or Consular Office for interview.

Any foreigner seeking to enter the United Republic of Tanzania is subject to the following entry requirements:  A passport or Travel Document which is valid for not less than six months; A Residence Permit or a Pass or his name is endorsed upon the same; A valid Visa (where applicable) from any Tanzania Mission abroad or on arrival at any designated entry points.

 There are various types of Visa as described below:

Single entry visa (ordinary visa) (50 USD) – This Visa is issued for a single entry to a visitor for a period not exceeding three months for the purpose of holidays, visiting, leisure, health treatment, studies or any other activity legally recognized by the Law.

The requirements for single visa include; Applicant’s valid passport (At least 6 months); Visa application form dully filled in; Declaration form dully filled in; Respective visa Fee; 2 passport size photographs ( for those lodging their applications through embassies).

Multiple entry visa (100 USD) – This Visa is issued to persons whose nature of their businesses or circumstances require them to make frequent visits to the United Republic of Tanzania. The maximum validity of this Visa is twelve months. However, the holder of the Multiple Visa cannot stay in the country for 12 consecutive months. They are required to leave the country at least after every three months.

The requirements for multiple entry visa include; Visa application form duly filled in; Security Bond duly filled; Valid passport copy of the invitee; Three passport size photographs; Copy of the valid Passport or any other identity (For a host citizen of Tanzania); Documents of the Company like TIN, VAT, Registration Certificate, Certificate of Incorporation, Memorandum etc; Any other evidence to prove that the applicant is bound to travel frequently into the United Republic of Tanzania.

Transit visa (30 USD) -This Visa may be issued to a person for the purpose of transiting to another destination outside the United Republic for a period not exceeding seven days. The applicant of this visa is required to have a Visa of the destination country.

The requirements of Transit Visa include; Copy of the applicant’s valid passport; An entry visa or onward ticket to the intended country of destination; Respective visa fee; 2 passport size photographs ( for those lodging their applications through embassies).

 Mount Kilimanjaro

This is one of the most frequented attractions in Tanzania, Mount Kilimanjaro National Park is home to Africa’s highest mountain peak. Unlike other parks in northern Tanzania, this one is not visited for the wildlife but for the chance to stand in awe of this majestic snow-capped mountain and, for many, to climb to the summit. Mount Kilimanjaro can be climbed at any time, although the best period is from late June to October, during the dry season.

Kilimanjaro, a World Heritage Sites, was formed over 1 million years ago by volcanic movement along the Rift Valley. Three points – Shira, Kibo, and Mawenzi came to be about 750,000 years ago. The highest point is Uhuru Peak on Kibo, which is one of the Seven Summits of the world.

The mountain rises from farmland on the lower level to rainforest and alpine meadow and then barren lunar landscape at the peaks. The slopes of the rainforest are home to buffaloes, leopards, monkeys, elephants and eland. The alpine zone is where bird watchers will find an abundance of birds of prey.

Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park is a vast treeless plain with thousands, even millions of animals searching for fresh grasslands. As the largest national park in Tanzania, the Serengeti attracts thousands of tourists each year. The best months for wildlife viewing are between December and June. The wet season is from March to May, with the coldest period from June to October. The annual migration of millions of zebra and wildebeest takes place in May or early June. This migration is one of the most impressive natural events and the primary draw for many tourists.

Large herds of antelope as well as lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, bat eared fox, hunting dog and jackal are also found in Serengeti National Park. Nearly 500 species of bird have been recorded on the Serengeti. Many of these are attracted to the swamp area. ‘Serengeti’ means an ‘extended place’ in the Maasai language.

Zanzibar Beaches

The Zanzibar archipelago consists of the islands of Zanzibar and Pemba. The island of Zanzibar, also called Unguja, is a major holiday destination known for its beautiful beaches. This island has some of the best beaches in the world with varying surf depending on what side of the island you are on. Visitors will find soft white sand and clear shallow water, along with traditional boats. Stone Town is located in the heart of Zanzibar and features old Arabian townhouses, narrow alleyways and a busy port

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

It is located between the Serengeti and Lake Manyara.  Ngorongoro Conservation Area is home to the famous volcanic Ngorongoro Crater and one of Tanzania’s most popular wildlife viewing areas. This huge volcanic crater has a permanent supply of water which draws all kinds of animals who stay in this area rather than migrating. Visitors come here primarily for viewing large game and bird watching, but also of interest in the conservation area is the Olduvai Gorge. This important archeological site has revealed ancient skull and bone fragments that have delivered critical information about early mankind.

The Ngorongoro Crater is the largest intact ancient caldera in the world, nearly three million years old. The Ngorongoro volcano was one of the world’s tallest mountains before it exploded and collapsed. Thousands of wild game can be seen on the crater floor, including lions, elephants, rhinos, Thomson’s gazelles, and buffaloes, but wildebeests and zebras account for over half of the animals that call the Ngorongoro Crater home. Bird watching is superb, especially around Lake Migadi, which attracts flocks of flamingoes to the shallows. Hippos are content to submerge themselves during the day and then graze in the nearby grass in the evening.

Olduvai Gorge

The Olduvai Gorge is an archeological site situated on a series of fault lines, where centuries of erosion have revealed fossils and remnants of early mankind. As early as 1911, a German professor found some fossil bones while looking for butterflies in Olduvai Gorge. In a later expedition, the Leakeys collected skull fragments, a skull, and bones determined to be approximately 2 million years old. Tools and hunting weapons from 1 to 1.5 million years ago were also discovered in Olduvai Gorge. Another exciting find were the famous footprints of a man, woman and child at Laetoli, near Olduvai. These and other discoveries provide more evidence to the theory that at least three hominid species were in this region over 2 million years ago.

Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park is comprised of forest, woodland, grasslands, and swamps. Two-thirds of the park is covered by water and Lake Manyara is host to thousands of flamingoes, at certain times of year, as well as other diverse bird life. The highlight of Lake Manyara Park is the large population of elephants, tree-climbing lions and hippos that can be observed at a much closer range than in other parks. This park is also home to the largest concentration of baboons in the world. Wildlife drives, canoeing (when water levels are high enough), mountain bike tours and bird watching are the most popular activities in Lake Manyara National Park.

Mafia Island

Mafia Island draws divers and snorkelers from around the world to the undersea world protected by the Mafia Island Marine Park. The best months for diving are October to March but the best weather on Mafia Island is May to October, March and April are months of heavy rain. Mafia Island Marine Park has excellent coral gardens, an abundant variety of fish and a relaxed diving atmosphere. Countless birds and over 400 species of fish can be seen in the area. Mafia Island is also a traditional breeding site for the green turtle, which are unfortunately close to extinction.

Mafia is also a desirable location for deep-sea fishing, especially tuna, marlin, sailfish and other big-game fish. This island paradise first saw settlers in the 8th or 9th Century, but Mafia became a more important settlement during the 12th to 14th Century when it held a key position in the East African trading rou

Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park was established in 1970 and is best visited in the dry season from July to September when the animals gather along the river. During the dry season, Tarangire National Park has one of the highest concentrations of migratory wildlife. Wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the lagoons. One of the most noticeable highlights of Tarangire National Park is the baobab trees that dot the grassy landscape. The park is excellent for birdwatching, with more than 300 species recorded in Tarangire. These species include buzzards, vultures, herons, storks, kites, falcons and eagles.

Pemba Island

Pemba Island is the northern most island in the Zanzibar archipelago. Around Pemba are many desert islands and some of the best scuba diving in the Indian Ocean, with visibility that is unparalleled. Lush coral gardens, colorful sponges and sea fans are all found in the underwater haven. The city of Chake Chake, the main population center on Pemba, is a popular base for scuba divers.

Pemba is less visited than Zanzibar and as a result has a more laidback atmosphere. From December to February visitors can watch traditional bullfighting; a sign from the days of Portuguese dominance in the 16th and 17th C. The island is hilly with deep valleys so it has become popular with mountain bikers who are drawn to the 1,000-meter peaks.

Pemba is a major world clove producer and is also well known for the traditions of medicine and magic. People come from throughout East Africa to learn from the voodoo and traditional healers or seek a cure.

Stone Town

Stone Town is the cultural heart of Zanzibar and little has changed in the last 200 years. The grand old Arabian homes lining the narrow streets and winding alleys give the city its own unique charm. The majority of homes in Stone Town were built in the 19th C when Zanzibar was one of the most important Swahili trading towns in the Indian Ocean. Visitors will notice the bras-studded, intricately carved wooden doors on many of the houses.

As the world’s oldest functioning Swahili city, many of the landmarks in Stone Town have been restored to their original glory. Some of the historic buildings are now museums which can be visited. The town also has a couple of interesting old churches of historical significance. A walk along Creek Road takes visitors to the original Stone Town area and the location of the Central Darajani Market, Beit el-Amani, City Hall, and the Anglican Cathedral. Some of the other key highlights include the Forodhani Gardens, the Old Dispensary with its carved wooden balconies, the former home of the sultans known as Beit el-Sahel or the People’s Palace, the Hamamni Persian Baths built in 1888, and the oldest structure in Stone Town, the Old Fort.

Selous Game Reserve

Selous is the largest game reserve in Africa. Established in 1922, it covers 5% of Tanzania’s total area. The southern area is a forbidden zone that is undeveloped, heavily forested, and contains a series of steep cliffs. Travelers are limited to the area north of the Rufiji River. This area of the Selous Game Reserve has large open grassland, woodlands, rivers, hills and plains. The best time to visit is July through October.

The Rufiji River bisects the Selous Game Reserve and has the largest catchment area of any river in East Africa. The river is an important feature of the reserve providing the opportunity to watch the diverse water-based wildlife. A broad range of game can be found including elephants, hippos and rhinos as well as buffalo, antelope, giraffe, warthog, wildebeest, lion, leopard and cheetah. The diversity of bird life in Selous includes over 350 recorded species.

Arusha National Park

Arusha National Park, although smaller than most in Tanzania, has a range of habitats that consist of the forest of Mount Meru, Ngurdoto Crater in the southeast section of the park, and Momela Lakes, a series of seven crater lakes. Black and white Colobus monkeys are easily spotted in the forested area while the marshy floor of the crater is dotted with herds of buffalo, zebra and warthog. Momela Lakes is home to a large selection of resident and migrant water birds. People come here to see wildlife and also to climb Mount Meru.

Mount Meru is one of the most beautiful volcanoes in Africa and the second highest mountain in Tanzania. The summit is reached by a narrow ridge, which provides stunning views of the volcanic cone lying several thousand feet below in the crater. The ascent is steep but the route passes through parkland, forest, a giant heather zone and moorland.

Ruaha National Park

Ruaha National Park is the least accessible park in Tanzania and as a result the landscape remains relatively untouched. Birdwatcher’s can enjoy over 400 species of bird that are not found in northern Tanzania, and the river, spectacular gorges, and majestic trees are especially appealing to photographers. As Tanzania’s second largest park, Ruaha has large herds of buffalo, elephant and gazelle. The concentration of elephants are some of the largest in Tanzania. The Great Ruaha River is the main feature of Ruaha National Park providing magnificent wildlife viewing on the banks. The river also provides much of the electricity to Tanzania through a hydroelectric dam at Kidatu.

Katavi National Park

Katavi National Park is located in a remote location offering unspoiled wilderness. A predominant feature in Katavi is the enormous flood plain, split by the Katuma River and several seasonal lakes. The lakes support enormous groups of hippos, crocodiles and over 400 species of birds. One of the spectacles in Katavi is the hippos at the end of the dry season when as many as 200 try to squeeze into a pool of water. The male rivalry heats up causing territorial fights.

The dry season brings Katavi National Park to life, herds of impala, reedbuck, lions, zebras and giraffes can be seen at the remaining pools and streams. An estimated 4,000 elephants and several herds of buffaloes in the thousands also converge on the park when the flood waters retreat.

Gombe Stream National Park

Gombe Stream National Park is primarily for those who want to get a little off the beaten track and see chimpanzees. This is the smallest national park in Tanzania and is famous for the work of Jane Goodall. This British researcher arrived in 1960 to study the wild chimpanzees and her work turned into what would become the longest running behavioral research program of its kind in the world. Guided walks take visitors into the forest to observe chimps in the wild. Many species of primates and mammals live in the park. Over 200 bird species have been recorded in the tropical forest, including barbets, starlings, sunbirds, crowned eagle, kingfishers and the palm-nut vulture.

Lake Victoria

Lake Victoria is the largest freshwater lake in Africa and is bordered by Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. This lake is the source of the White Nile and provides an income for millions of residents along its shores. The Tanzanian section of Lake Victoria is one of the least visited regions in the country, however the towns of Bukoba, Musoma and Mwanza have a number of attractions. Near Mwanza and Musoma are many islands, some have become wildlife sanctuaries. Bird watching and fishing trips are popular excursions, and boat trips or hikes can be arranged around Lake Victoria. Rubondo Island National Park, which includes several other smaller islands, is on the southwest shores of Lake Victoria.

The Northern Circuit Parks, including Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Tarangire, Arusha and Kilimanjaro offer some of the most exhilarating safaris in the premier wildernesses of Tanzania. They can be visited all the year round but get heaving at peak times. Millions of wildebeest, zebra and other ungulates, brave predators cross swollen Mara River from July to October, on their annual Great Wildebeest Migration, During the other months from March to June, you can also follow their epic journey through south central to western Serengeti.

Predators and herbivores are easier to track and spot during the dry season from June to October when they gather at permanent water sources and when the vegetation is most sparse. November to May coincides with the two wet climatic seasons in Tanzania (short and long rains) but is best time to go to Lake Manyara and Tarangire for birding trips, but not canoeing on the Momella Lakes unless you do not mind getting drenched while kayak gliding on the alkaline lake.

January and February is the clearest time to see the glistening peak of Mount Kilimanjaro and acclimatize yourself by climbing Mount Meru before tackling the highest African mountain and the world highest free standing mountain. The weather during this time is also humidly hot and partly dry with pockets of short rain showers in January and February that started in November. Another best time is from July to September when it is dry, but colder to climb. January and February, or July to October are most popular Kilimanjaro trekking months but also on days of the full moon. Tarangire teems with migratory wildlife including elephants from June to October when the primary river is the only source of water since the surrounding waterholes have dried out.

Selous and Ruaha are isolated Southern Circuit Parks which are rarely busy compared to the northern parks, but game viewing is better in the dry from late June or early July to October as the foliage is less dense and congregating wildlife arrive at central water sources. Many lodges close in the wet during from middle of March to end of May. Mikumi is more easily accessible all year round. From December to March, it gets hot and humid, especially in less crowded parks in southern and western Tanzania, but the finest time to trek the mountains in pursuit of chimpanzees in the Western Circuit Parks of Gombe and Mahale is during the dry season, which start from late May to early October but peaking to the best in the months of June to September. This is also a superb time to spend time on the beach and in the waters of Lake Tanganyika or on a fishing tour around Rubondo Island in Lake Victoria.

Remote Katavi presents its most impressive dramas in the driest months, from August to October, when crocs and hippos battle for cooling mud in shrinking rivers. Kitulo, the Garden of God, riots with wild flowers between December and May. Coastal Sadaani in the east is great in January and February after the short rains, or from June to August, when wildlife stays in the park. Mkomazi is best for large mammals in July and August, although its avian beauty is at its height from March to June. The Tanzania east coast of Dar es Salaam, Bagamoyo, Kilwa and the off-shore islands of Zanzibar, Mafia, Pemba, Fanjove, Lazy Lagoon, Mnemba, Chumbe and Chapwani offers year-round warmth and humidity tempered by Indian Ocean breezes and monsoons along with similar wet spring seasons in November and December (short rains) while middle of March to early June welcomes the awaited long rains.

 

Like in Kenya, there is an incredible variety of accommodation available for all pockets on a safari and beach holiday in Tanzania. Accommodation types include villas and boutique suites on the Indian Ocean islands like Zanzibar, luxury and permanent budget tents with all possible adornments of gracious living, family homestays with warm friendly welcomes, lodges, temporary/ moving tents and bandas pitched in campsites. These surroundings, as practical or as fantastic as you can imagine, offer something to satisfy every dream of authentic travels in Africa.

The country of Tanzania began as two independent countries — Tanganyika and Zanzibar. Tanganyika became a sovereign state on December 9, 1961, and a republic in 1962. Zanzibar became a sovereign state on December 10, 1963 and a republic on January 12, 1964. On April 26, 1964, the two states joined and became the United Republic of Tanzania. Today, Tanzania’s government consists of the Union Government and the Zanzibar Revolutionary Government, and the country’s president is elected through a democratic process.

Tanzania is the largest nation-state in East Africa and offers you a diversity of experiences, whether you want to see wildlife, learn about native peoples or uncover human history in its vast lands. With 364,945 square miles (945,203 square kilometers) of terrestrial and aquatic wilderness, it is located just south of the equator, the country shares borders with Kenya and Uganda to the north; Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burundi and Rwanda to the west and Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique to the south. On the eastern border is almost 500 miles (800 square kilometers) of the Indian Ocean coastline along with its proprietorship of the islands of Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia.

With a rich volcanic history, Tanzania has many distinctive geological features that support flora and fauna unlike any other in the world. At the center of the country is the Great Rift Valley, home to Ngorongoro Crater. To the north is the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro, a massive peak that entices the most adventurous explorers to ascend its 19340-feet elevation (5895 meters), with Mount Meru and Ol Doinyo Lengai nearby and close to the border of Kenya respectively, or further west are the mountains of Mahale where wild chimpanzee live.

Just west of these highlands northern giants is the internationally-renowned Serengeti National Park, the site of the world’s Greatest Migration of wildebeest and zebra. An extensive system of national parks, protected areas and archeological sites await you in Tanzania! Olduvai Gorge in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is where fossils of some of the earliest humans were discovered by the Leakey’s.  There is Selous Game Reserve which is the largest game reserve in Africa. If you prefer lake settings in Tanzania, choose from Lake Victoria in the northwest, the largest lake in Africa and world’s largest tropical lake, and Lake Tanganyika, the longest and second deepest freshwater lake in the world. Other lakes in Tanzania include Lake Manyara, Lake Nyasa (also known as Malawi), Lake Eyasi and Lake Natron. The lakes offer a more leisurely pace of discovering the natural beauty of Africa with activities such as walking and boating safaris where you discover hidden waterfalls, hundreds of bird species and expansive views from high plateaus.

Tanzanians proudly speak Kiswahili as their native and national language. As you culturally tour in Tanzania, you may have the once in a lifetime opportunity to meet some of the native peoples. The largest group is the Sukuma people in northwest Tanzania near Lake Victoria, a people who live from fishing, cotton farming and cattle herding. The northern section of the country is dominated by the Maasai. Known as “fierce warriors,” the Maasai have been granted access to many of Tanzania’s protected areas for grazing of their prized cattle, animals that lend to a Maasai’s social status and wealth. Also in northern Tanzania are the Hadza, hunter-gatherers, and just north of the Maasai steppe on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro are the Chagga people.

Accounting for 85% of exports, 80% of employment and 7% of governmental spending, agriculture is the primary economic support for Tanzania. The state is the world’s largest supplier of sisal and cloves, and also produces coffee, tea, cashew nuts, cotton, tobacco and varied minerals, and 75% of all products are exported. Many of the country’s natural resources are protected, and visitors from around the world seek the vast wildernesses and high diversity of animals for their dream vacations in Tanzania. Tourism dollars not only support the country on the whole, but also local communities. Much of the income supports community projects that aim to preserve the ancient traditions of the native peoples.

Although, you will come across international cuisine at urban destinations and also during your safari in national parks in Tanzania, sampling some of the local dishes immerses you in the cultural experience that the country can splendidly offer. Meat is a luxury component of the diet for the common Tanzanians; you will find “Nyama Choma” on many menus in the restaurants and accommodations. Nyama Choma is roasted beef or goat served with a coastal relish like kachumbari, a combination of white or red onions, red or green chili, lemon or lime juice and tomato. The main staple dish is Ugali, a type of soft porridge made out of cornmeal. Swahili cuisine is also served in the east coast of Tanzania and consists of heavy curries made with coconut milk served with aromatic steamed rice, chicken, grilled fish, other seafood and supplemented with starters like chapatti, rice, ugali.

Arusha Day and Night Safaris

Zanzibar Exploration

Zanzibar Exploration

Duration: flexible Country: Tanzania Departures: Daresalam to
Arusha Day Trips

Arusha Day Trips

Duration: Full day Country: Tanzania Departures: Arusha

Tanzania Two and Three Nights Safaris

3 Nights Tarangire/ Lake Manyara/ Ngorongoro

3 Nights Tarangire - Lake Manyara - Ngorongoro

Duration: 4 days Country: Tanzania Departures: Arusha
Zanzibar Exploration

Zanzibar Exploration

Duration: Flexible Country: Tanzania Departures: Daresalam to

TANZANIA LONG HAUL SAFARIS

9 Nights Exploring South Tanzania

9 Nights Exploring South Tanzania

Duration: 10 days Country: Tanzania Departures: Daresalam

6 Nights Tanzania Wildlife

Duration: 7 days Country: Tanzania Departures: Arusha
5 Nights Tanzania Safari

5 Nights Tanzania Safari

Duration: 6 days Country: Tanzania Departures: Arusha