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Embassy of the United Republic of Tanzania

1232 22nd St. NW, Washington D.C 20037
Telephone: (202)884-1080, (202)939-6125/7
Fax: (202)797-7408
Ambassador: Mrs. Mwanaidi Sinare Maajar

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Mrs. Mwanaidi Sinare Maajar is Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the United Republic of Tanzania to the United States of America. Prior to Mrs. Maajar’s appointment to her current position she was High Commissioner of the United Republic of Tanzania to the United Kingdon from April 2006 to July 2010.

Leading up to her appointment as High Commissioner in June 2006, Mrs. Maajar was a partner at Rex Attorneys www.rexattorneys.co.tz , a leading law firm in Tanzania established in early 2006 following the merger of MRN&M Advocates ( Maajar, Rwechungura, Nguluma and Makani) and Epitome Advocates, another leading law firm in Tanzania.

She was a founding partner of MRN&M and the lead partner of its mining, natural resources and corporate law portfolio. She also practiced as an advocate of the high court of Tanzania specializing in corporate and mining law litigation. Prior to setting up her legal practice in 1991, she worked as senior legal advisor with the Central Bank of Tanzania and subsequently as Business Manager with Coopers & Lybrand, the predecessor firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Tanzania.

Mrs. Maajar was a member of the board of several public enterprises, government entities and private companies. She was also an active member of the Tanzania Women Lawyers Association (TAWLA), an NGO formed to harness the efforts of women lawyers to help women and children to access justice and to advocate for women rights. She was TAWLA’s chairperson between 2001 and 2003.

U.S. Embassy Dar es Salaam Tanzania
686 Old Bagamoyo Road, Msasani,
P.O. Box 9123
Dar es Salaam, TANZANIA

Tel: +255 22 229-4000

Fax: +255 22 229-4721

Ambassador: Alfonso E. Lenhardt


The Ambassador of the United States of America to the United Republic of Tanzania, Alfonso E. Lenhardt, presented his diplomatic credentials to President Jakaya Kikwete at the State House in Dar es Salaam on Thursday, November 12, 2009. On May 19, 2010, Ambassador Lenhardt was also accredited as the U.S. representative to the East African Community. From May 2004, Ambassador Lenhardt was the President and CEO of the non-profit National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC). He was also Senior Vice President of Government Relations for The Shaw Group. On September 4, 2001, Ambassador Lenhardt was appointed the 36th Sergeant-at-Arms of the United States Senate and became the first African-American to serve as an officer of the Congress. He also served as the executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Council on Foundations.

Tanzania Prime Minister: Mizengo Kayanza Peter Pinda
born August 12, 1948[1]) is a Tanzanian politician who has been Prime Minister of Tanzania since February 2008. Pinda was born in the Rukwa Region.[1] He holds a degree in law from the University of Dar es Salaam, which he earned in 1974.[1][2] inda.jpg

He was Assistant Private Secretary to the President from 1982 to 1992 and Clerk to the Cabinet from 1996 to 2000. He was elected as a Member of Parliament for the constituency of Mpanda East in the 2000 election, and he also became Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Office in charge of Regional Administration and Local Governments in 2000.[2] He was promoted to the rank of Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, while remaining in charge of Regional Administration and Local Governments, in the Cabinet named on January 4, 2006. Pinda was nominated as Prime Minister by President Jakaya Kikwete on February 8, 2008, after the resignation of Edward Lowassa over allegations of corruption.

Tanzania is a developing East African nation noted for its history of stability and astounding natural beauty. A robust tourism industry provides all levels of tourist amenities, although higher-end facilities are concentrated mainly in the cities and selected game parks. The United Republic of Tanzania was formed in 1964 with the union of the mainland country of Tanganyika and the Zanzibar archipelago, which comprises the islands of Ungunja and Pemba. Unguja is the much larger and populous of the two islands and is commonly referred to as Zanzibar. The main city of Zanzibar is known as Stone town. Although part of the union government, Zanzibar has its own president, court system, and legislature, and exercises considerable autonomy. The U.S. Embassy is in Tanzania’s largest city, Dar es Salaam, the location of most government offices, all embassies, and the commercial center of the country. Read the Department of State Fact Sheet on Tanzania for additional information on U.S. – Tanzania relations.
This is probably one of the oldest known continuously inhabited areas on Earth; fossil remains of humans and pre-human hominids have been found dating back over two million years. Tanzania is believed to have been populated by hunter-gatherer communities, probably Cushitic and Khoisan speaking people. About 2000 years ago, it is believed that Bantu-speaking people began to arrive from western Africa in a series of migrations. Later, Nilotic pastoralists arrived, and continued to immigrate into the area through to the 18th century.

Travelers and merchants from the Persian Gulf and Western India have visited the East African coast since early in the first millennium CE. Islam was practiced on the Swahili coast as early as the eighth or ninth century CE.

In the late 19th century, Imperial Germany conquered the regions that are now Tanzania (minus Zanzibar), Rwanda, and Burundi, and incorporated them into German East Africa. The post-World War I accords and the League of Nations charter designated the area a British Mandate, except for a small area in the northwest, which was ceded to Belgium and later became Rwanda and Burundi. British rule came to an end in 1961 after a relatively peaceful transition to independence. In 1954, Julius Nyerere transformed an organization into the politically oriented Tanganyika African National Union (TANU). Nyerere became Minister of British-administered Tanganyika in 1960 and continued as Prime Minister when Tanganyika became officially independent in 1961. After the Zanzibar Revolution overthrew the Arab dynasty in neighboring Zanzibar, which had become independent in 1963, the island merged with mainland Tanganyika to form the nation of Tanzania on 26 April 1964. https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/maps/tz-map.gif

From the late 1970s, Tanzania's economy took a turn for the worse. Tanzania aligned with China, seeking Chinese aid. The Chinese were quick to comply, but with the condition that all projects are completed by imported Chinese labor. From the mid 1980s, the regime financed itself by borrowing from the International Monetary Fund and underwent some reforms. From the mid 1980s Tanzania's GDP per capita has grown and poverty has been reduced.


Tanzania's weather varies from humid and hot in low-lying areas, such as Dar es Salaam, to hot during the day and cool at night in Arusha. There are no discernible seasons, such as winter and summer -- only the dry and wet seasons. Tanzania has two rainy seasons: The short rains from late-October to late-December, a.k.a. the Mango Rains, and the long rains from March to May.














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Many popular resorts and tourist attractions on Zanzibar and Mafia Island Marine Park close during the long rains season, and many trails in the national parks are impassable during this period. For that reason, in most cases tours are restricted to the main roads in the parks. Travelers should plan their trip accordingly.

During the dry season, temperatures can easily soar to above 35°C in Dar. You should seek shelter from the sun during the midday heat and use copious amounts of sunblock, SPF 30+.

Best times to visit are:

  • June to August: This is the tail end of the long rainy season and the weather is at its best at this time of year -- bearable during the day and cool in the evening. However, this is not necessarily the best time of year for safaris, as water is plentiful in the parks and animals are not forced to congregate in a few locations to rehydrate, as they do in the middle of the dry season right after Christmas.

  • January to February: This is the best time to visit the Serengeti. It is usually at this time that huge herds of wildebeest, zebra and buffalo migrate to better grazing areas. You could observe some of the 1.5 million wildebeest that inhabit the Serengeti undertake their epic journey. Be advised this is most likely the hottest time of year in Tanzania, when even the locals complain about the heat. You've been warned! .

Visas for research will only be granted after the Commission has cleared the applicant for Science and Technology (COSTECH):
P.O. Box 4302, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.
Tel.: 255-22-270.0750 or 270.0745
Fax: 255-22-275.313
E-mail: // costech@costech.or.tz \n costech@costech.or.tz
No visa is required for stays of less than 3 months for citizens of Namibia, Romania, Rwanda, Hong Kong, Malaysia and all commonwealth member states (except the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Nigeria, India & South Africa). A Tourist Visa costs back US$50 or US$100 for a three-month single entry and a three-month double entry visa, respectively. The visa can be obtained upon landing in Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro, Mwanza and ports of entry. Be advised that the wait can be especially long if your flight arrives at the same time with other international flights. Visas are valid for the duration from the date of issuance. However, obtaining a visa before arrival is highly recommended. Holders of a US passport can only obtain a US$100 multiple-entry visa. US travellers departing from the U.S. can pay US$20 for a rush service, which takes three working days. The website of Tanzania Embassy in the U.S. gives the current requirements, [2]. Visas may also be obtained from any of Tanzania's diplomatic mission abroad.
Note: The Ministries of Health in Tanzania and Zanzibar changed their yellow fever policies in 2012. Yellow fever vaccination is required for all travelers from yellow fever endemic countries/regions. All individuals in transit for twelve (12) hours or more and/or who leave the immediate airport vicinity in a yellow fever endemic area are required to show proof of vaccination upon arrival in any port of debarkation here in Tanzania. Direct arrivals from non-endemic countries in Europe and North America are not required to show the certificate. Please refer to the CDC website for a list of yellow fever endemic countries. 

A valid passport and visa are required for travel to Tanzania. United States citizens with valid passports may obtain a visa either before arriving in Tanzania or at any port of entry staffed by immigration officials. The U.S. Embassy highly recommends that U.S. citizens obtain their visas before arriving in Tanzania to avoid potentially long delays at entry points. The current fee for a visa is $100 for a 12-month multiple-entry tourist visa. Some border posts and embassies may make hand-written annotations on the computer printed visa due to technical difficulties. Passports should be valid for a minimum of six months beyond the visa issuance date. Be prepared to show your passport when entering or departing Zanzibar.

Tanzanian law governing visa categories is very strict. Volunteer activity – even if the traveler is paying for the opportunity – is prohibited on a tourist visa. U.S. citizens who are traveling to Tanzania for short or long-term volunteer and research projects should ensure they have the right type of visa through careful coordination with by working with the sponsoring organization before entering the country. Contact the Embassy of Tanzania in Washington, D.C. prior to departure to obtain the most current visa information. Read the page on visas and immigration to ensure you will have the correct status during your visit to Tanzania.

Dar es Salaam: 255 (0) 22 2850575/6

Zanzibar: 255 (0) 24 223 9148
Maintain control of your U.S. passport while in Tanzania. If you do not have the right type of visa and entry stamp when you leave Tanzania, you may need to visit the immigration office, incurring possible delays and financial obligations.

HIV/AIDS restrictions: The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Tanzania.

For further information about customs regulations, please read our Customs Information Sheet.


Medical facilities are limited and medicines are sometimes unavailable, even in Dar es Salaam. There are hospitals and clinics on Zanzibar capable of treating minor ailments, but, for anything serious, return to Dar es Salaam or travel to Nairobi or South Africa. If you are climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, the Tanzanian capacity for emergency medical response is extremely limited and you may need to descend the mountain on your own to get help. For any significant medical problem in Dar es Salaam, travelers should travel to Nairobi or South Africa where more advanced medical care is available. U.S. citizens are advised to travel with a sufficient supply of prescription medication. Pharmacies (known as "duka la dawa") may carry recognizable brands, but the supply is inconsistent.

Food and Water:
While on trip in Tanzania make sure that you drink bottled water, there are many brands available at every retail shop/kiosk. Make sure that if you eat on streets the food is hot; avoid eating salads, juices on streets because it’s likely that they were not prepared in a hygienic way. Most standard and high-end restaurants prepare their food at required hygienic standards so you shouldn't worry about eating anything there. But be advised that if you are not sure of what you ordered don't eat it. Most places you will eat during your organized safari measures and research has been made by your trip organizer to make sure that the food meets the required standard for you to eat. Mainly each safaris organizer will make sure that both dietary requirements are taken care during your trip.

All travelers

You should be up to date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destination. Some vaccines may also be required for travel.

Routine vaccines

Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.


Most travelers

Get travel vaccines and medicines because there is a risk of these diseases in the country you are visiting.

Hepatitis A

CDC recommends this vaccine because you can get hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in Tanzania, regardless of where you are eating or staying.



You may need a polio vaccine before your trip to Tanzania. If you were vaccinated against polio as a child but have never had an additional dose as an adult, you should get an additional dose. Adults need only one additional dose in their lives. If you were not vaccinated as a child, talk to your doctor about getting vaccinated.

If visiting Tanzania with children, it is especially important to make sure they are up-to-date on their routine polio vaccinations.



You can get typhoid through contaminated food or water in Tanzania. CDC recommends this vaccine for most travelers, especially if you are staying with friends or relatives, visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or if you are an adventurous eater.


Some travelers

Ask your doctor what vaccines and medicines you need based on where you are going, how long you are staying, what you will be doing, and if you are traveling from a country other than the US.

Hepatitis B

You can get hepatitis B through sexual contact, contaminated needles, and blood products, so CDC recommends this vaccine if you might have sex with a new partner, get a tattoo or piercing, or have any medical procedures.



Talk to your doctor about how to prevent malaria while traveling. You may need to take prescription medicine before, during, and after your trip to prevent malaria, especially if you are visiting low-altitude areas. See more detailed information about malaria in Tanzania.



Rabies can be found in dogs, bats, and other mammals in Tanzania, so CDC recommends this vaccine for the following groups:

  • Travelers involved in outdoor and other activities (such as camping, hiking, biking, adventure travel, and caving) that put them at risk for animal bites.

  • People who will be working with or around animals (such as veterinarians, wildlife professionals, and researchers).

  • People who are taking long trips or moving to Tanzania

  • Children, because they tend to play with animals, might not report bites, and are more likely to have animal bites on their head and neck.


Yellow Fever

Health recommendation: CDC does not recommend yellow fever vaccine for most travelers to Tanzania. However, you might consider this vaccine if you are staying a long time or will be heavily exposed to mosquitoes.

Country entry requirement: The government of Tanzania requires proof of yellow fever vaccination upon arrival if you are traveling from a country with risk of yellow fever (this does not include the US - see complete list: Countries with risk of yellow fever virus (YFV) transmission. )

For more information on recommendations and requirements, see yellow fever recommendations and requirements for Tanzania. Your doctor can help you decide if this vaccine is right for you based on your travel plans.



Past terrorist incidents highlight the continued threat posed by terrorism in East Africa and underscore the capacity of terrorist groups to carry out such attacks against Westerners. Although the lethal 1998 terrorist bombing of the U.S. Embassies in Dar es Salaam and Nairobi may seem remote, U.S. citizens should be aware of the ongoing risk of indiscriminate attacks on civilian targets. Avoid political rallies and public gatherings throughout Tanzania. Peaceful demonstrations can turn violent with little or no warning, not only when riot police clash with demonstrators, but also when crowds gather.

The population in Zanzibar is 98 percent Muslim and holds traditional values. The Embassy has learned of western women being harassed for dressing immodestly in public. United States citizens are advised to dress modestly and to keep a low profile in public. The incidence of criminal and violent activity has sharply increased in the past year. Travelers should exercise caution.

Near the Rwandan border, United States officials in compliance with UN security procedures, request police escorts on segments of the Rusomo-Kahama road border because of armed bandit attacks.

Inter-city transportation between major destinations such as Arusha and Dar es Salaam are serviced by a variety of carriers that offer differing levels of safety and comfort. United States citizens who travel by bus are urged to select carriers with modern equipment and avoid riding in vehicles that are in obvious disrepair. United States citizens report being robbed on long-distance buses in Tanzania after accepting apparently drug-laced food and drink offered to them from other passengers. Road travel in Tanzania is extremely dangerous, especially at night. 

Travelers are strongly encouraged to use taxis or hire a driver from a reputable source for transportation. United States citizens have been victims of robberies when using taxis in Dar es Salaam. A common scenario involves the driver picking up another passenger who then threatens and robs the victim, forcing the person to make a series of ATM withdrawals until reaching the daily limit. If a taxi stops to allow another person to enter, exit immediately. Do not ride in taxis, which already carry a passenger. We have reports of assaults originating at the Tazara train station, Ubungo bus station, Dar es Salaam airport, downtown ferry terminal area, and even Msasani Peninsula.

Travelers should also avoid using dala-dala microbuses and bajaji three-wheeled taxis, which are poorly maintained and unsafe. When traveling in a car, lock your doors and hide your valuables from sight.

Ferries traveling between the mainland and Zanzibar have been known to capsize, resulting in drowning’s and injuries. Marine rescue and emergency response capabilities are limited. If you travel by ferry to Zanzibar, opt for the high-speed ferry. Purchase your tickets in the ferry terminal, not from vendors outside. Your ticket should include your name, date of travel, and class of travel. Travel during daylight with good visibility, fair weather, and calm water. Avoid overcrowded vessels or those, which lack sufficient life vests, easy access to exits, and a functioning communications system. Some vessels are not maintained regularly and may lack basic safety and navigational aids. 


Crime is a serious problem in Tanzania, and visitors should be alert and cautious. Street crime in Dar es Salaam is common and includes mugging, bag snatching, and vehicle theft, "smash and grab" attacks on vehicles, armed robbery, burglary, and home invasions. Thieves and pickpockets on buses, trains, and streets, steal from inattentive passengers. Prowlers enter occupied and unoccupied houses, looking for open windows and doors to gain access to dwellings (and hotel rooms) to steal electronics, jewelry, and money.

Firearm-related crimes are becoming more common, although criminals often use machetes and sticks
Sexual assaults involving tourists are also a concern. Travelers should hire only legitimate tour guides, preferably arranged by a known travel agency or hotel. Be wary of “spontaneous” offers of sightseeing from new contacts and avoid being alone with “friendly” strangers who propose special, customized sightseeing trips. Practice common sense and remain vigilant regarding your surroundings. If a situation does not seem right, follow your instincts and leave the scene immediately.
Dar es Salaam: Be very careful in the Coco Beach area of Touré Drive on Msasani Peninsula, the scenic beachfront road leading from the Sea Cliff Hotel into town. We receive regular reports of muggings; pick pocketing, and thefts from cars. This road is a concern any time of day or night, whether you are on foot or in a vehicle. U.S. government personnel are cautioned against walking or running along Touré Drive and Haile Selassie Road on the Msasani Peninsula due to the prevalence of assaults. Avoid areas where there aren't houses or buildings on both sides of the road as assailants like to hide in areas covered by brush.  

Zanzibar: Beware of pickpockets, assaults, and bag snatching on Zanzibar. Wear modest dress and keep a low profile in this Muslim-majority nation, especially on Friday afternoons, the traditional time to attend mosque.
Arusha: In Arusha, the high number of foreign tourists attracts pickpockets and bag snatchers. 
You are strongly discouraged from walking around at dusk or at night, and to avoid the section of Arusha on the far side of the Themi River at all times on foot. Many muggings have occurred near the clock tower in the center of town.

In many countries around the world, counterfeit and pirated goods are widely available. Whether transactions involving such products are legal or illegal under local law, bringing them back to the United States may result in forfeitures and/or fines

Time Zone

UTC/GMT Offset

Standard time zone:

UTC/GMT +3 hours

No daylight saving time in 2013

Time zone abbreviation:

EAT - Eastern Africa Time


230 V; Plugs D & G. You will need a voltage converter, and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances.

Kiswahili or Swahili (official), Kiunguja (name for Swahili in Zanzibar), English (official, primary language of commerce, administration, and higher education), Arabic (widely spoken in Zanzibar), many local languages

note: Kiswahili (Swahili) is the mother tongue of the Bantu people living in Zanzibar and nearby coastal Tanzania; although Kiswahili is Bantu in structure and origin, its vocabulary draws on a variety of sources including Arabic and English; it has become the lingua franca of central and eastern Africa; the first language of most people is one of the local languages
The currency of Tanzania is known as the Tanzanian Shilling (TSH, /=). There are 5 notes and 6 coins:

000 shillings

  • Notes - 10000 (Red); 5000 (Violet); 2000 (Brown); 1000 (Blue), and 500 (Green) denominations.

  • Coins - 200, 100, 50, 20, 10, and 5 denominations.

  • Notes and coins vary in size and color. In descending size order, 10000 are the largest note, and 500 are the smallest.

  • There are approx. 85.0920 KES to the USD 1000

Banks & Money

Changing money in Tanzania is not a problem in most populated areas. Hotels usually have a worse rate than banks, so you should go to a Forex office (aka Bureau de Change) or bank if possible. You may have to wait in line for a bit. Banks in Tanzania are just like banks in the US or the UK. The main banks include NBC and Standard Chartered.  It should be noted the bank exchange rates are almost always substantially worse than those at a Forex.

ATMs (cash points) are located in almost all banks with 24-hour access and give the same exchange rate as the bank. They may require a Visa card. Inquire if there is any additional fee for withdrawing using a Visa debit card.

When leaving the country, you need to exchange Tanzania shillings back for USD or other foreign currency before you leave Tanzania. Even in Kenya it is not possible to exchange Tanzania shillings. The Forex office (aka Bureau de Change) has the best Tsh to USD rate. There is one or more Forex offices in each international airport. You can also find them in most cities.

The following table, intended for people traveling to Tanzania from outside Africa, describes the pros and cons of taking various forms of money.

Form of money


US Dollars - $100 and $50 bills (banknotes)

Offers the best exchange rate into Tanzania shillings. The bills should be in good condition, clean, without tears, and without writing on them. Only recent series bills, look on the front for the series, will be accepted.

US Dollars - $20, $10, and $5 bills (banknotes)

The exchange rate for these bills will be good but somewhat worse than that for $100 and $50 bills. The bills should be in good condition, clean, without tears, and without writing on them. Only recent series bills, look on the front for the series, will be accepted.

US Dollars - $2 and $1 bills (banknotes)

Accepted only at a very poor exchange rate. Consider taking these bills only for tips.

US Dollars - travelers checks

Not accepted by most banks. Accepted at a few, but not all, Bureau de Change locations and then only at a very poor exchange rate (the effective cashing charge is often 10% to 15%, or even more, in addition to the normal currency exchange fee).

Kenya Shilling - bills (banknotes)

Easy to change into Tanzania shillings. The exchange rate is normally fairly good.

Other bills (banknotes)  (for example: Euro, British Pound, Canadian Dollar, etc.)

Most Bureau de Change locations will accept a range of other currencies. However, the exchange rate will be poorer than that for US dollars. How much poorer depends on the specific currency with the Euro and British Pound exchanged at the best rates (close to that of USD).

Debit card

Usage is not advised as there is a lot of identity theft at times and you are very open to this if you use a debit card. Use a debit card only if identity theft insurance has been purchased. Best used at ATM machines to receive cash. If a merchant, for example a hotel, accepts the card expect a 5% or 6% surcharge to be added to the bill for card usage. This in addition to the 3% foreign usage surcharge added by most card issuers. Debit cards with the Visa logo appear to be accepted most followed by MasterCard’s.

Credit card

Credit cards are not widely accepted outside hotels. Usage is not advised as there is a lot of identity theft at times and you are very open to this if you use a credit card. Use a credit card only if identity theft insurance has been purchased. Best used at ATM machines and for emergencies only. If a merchant, for example a hotel, accepts the card expect a 5% or 6% surcharge to be added to the bill for card usage. This in addition to the 3% foreign usage surcharge added by most card issuers. Credit cards with the Visa logo appear to be accepted most followed by MasterCard’s.


The "Tanzania Telecommunications Company Ltd" (TTCL) is the state owned telecom, operating all pay phones and landlines in Tanzania. As it is the case with most developing countries, telephone fixed-lines are not affordable for many ordinary people. However, the mobile network has blossomed throughout Africa in the past five years, and this is equally true of Tanzania. With many used mobile phones for sale and the very low cost of getting a SIM card, 2000 Tsh, this is the popular choice of most Tanzanians. For many, a mobile phone is the first large purchase when they get a job. The major mobile service providers operate all over the country, even in some of the most remote areas, although service interruptions are common.

If you find a taxi driver or tour guide that you like, ask for his/her mobile number. This is often the best way to reach them.

Using a mobile phone If you have an "unlocked" GSM 900/1800mhz frequency mobile phone (the same frequency as used in the rest of the world, apart from USA and Canada), you can purchase a local SIM card for 500 Tsh from a series of Tanzanian service providers. The most popular are Celtel [39], Vodacom [40], and Tigo [41]. Zantel [42] is a new arrival on the mainland and, through the national roaming agreement with Vodacom, currently has the largest network coverage.

Air Time You can recharge your "Prepaid" mobile phone account by using "scratch-cards", which are available everywhere. Just look for shops or even small tables set up along the road, with posters for the various mobile service providers. Those cards come in the following denominations: 500, 1000, 5000, 10000, 20000, and 50000 Tsh. If you plan on making frequent calls outside of Africa, you will need at least a 10000 Tsh-card.

Emergency Telephone Numbers

  • 112 - Ambulance / Medical Emergency

  • 112 - Fire

  • 112 - Police

Making calls within Tanzania to a mobile phone

Dial "0 & (telephone number)" or "+255 & (telephone number)"

Making calls within Tanzania to a landline

Dial "0 & (city code) & (telephone number)" or "+255 & (city code) & (telephone number)"

Telephone codes for the Tanzanian cities (These numbers are only used when calling landlines)

Dar es Salaam (22), Morogoro & Mtwara (23), Zanzibar & Pemba (24), Mbeya (25), Iringa (26), Arusha & Tanga (27), and Mwanza (28).

Making international calls

Dial "+ & (country code) & (area code, if any) & (telephone number)" or "000 & (country code) & (area code, if any) & (telephone number)"

In October 2006, Vodacom changed the second digit, not counting the first "0" or the "+255" country code, in their phone numbers from "4" to "5", e.g.: 744 is now 754. Some magazines, books, travel guides, and advertisements may not have made the necessary corrections. All Vodacom mobile numbers starting with 744, 745, or 746 should be changed to 754, 755, and 756.
TRAFFIC SAFETY AND ROAD CONDITIONS: While in a foreign country, U.S. citizens may encounter road conditions that differ significantly from those in the United States. The information below concerning Tanzania is provided for general reference only, and may not be totally accurate in a particular location or circumstance.
Road and traffic conditions in Tanzania differ markedly from those found in the United States and present hazards that require drivers to exercise continual alertness and caution.
Traffic in Tanzania moves on the left. Drivers and pedestrians alike must maintain vigilance, looking both ways before turning or crossing a road.
Drivers are advised against nighttime travel. Roadways are often not marked and many lack both streetlights and shoulders. Pedestrians, cyclists, and animals are often encountered on unlit roads after dark, as are slow-moving trucks and cars traveling without lights. Carjacking and other related crimes are more common during the nighttime hours. Traveling in rural areas after dark is strongly discouraged.
Although a number of inter-city highways are periodically repaved and maintained, maintenance schedules are erratic and even good roads may deteriorate precipitously in periods of inclement weather. During the rainy season (late March to mid-June), many roads in Tanzania, both urban and rural, are passable only with four-wheel-drive vehicles.
In urban areas, it is common to find main arterial roads paved and maintained, while secondary streets are severely rutted and passable only with high-clearance vehicles. Traffic lights are often out of order, and care should be exercised at any traffic intersection, whether controlled or not, as many drivers disregard signals. Excessive speed, unpredictable driving habits, and the lack of basic safety equipment on many vehicles pose serious traffic hazards.
Tanzanian law requires all motor vehicle operators to be in possession of a valid driver’s license. Persons staying in Tanzania for six months or less may use a valid U.S. driver’s license after validation by local traffic authorities, or an international driver’s license. Persons intending to remain in Tanzania for more than six months are required to obtain a Tanzanian driver’s license. All vehicles are required to carry third-party liability insurance.

Please refer to our Road Safety page for more information. 

University of Dar Es Salaam

Address: University of Dar ES Salaam Mlimani, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania


Deputy Vice Chancellor of Academics: PROF. MAKENYA A. H. MABOKO

University of Ardhi


Vice Chancellor Prof. Idrissa B. Mshoro


(255-22) - 2771272,
(255-22) - 2775004,
(255-22) - 2772291/2


255-22) - 2775391,
(255-22) – 2775479

Postal Address

P. O. Box 35176
Dar Es Salaam
Sokoine University Of Agricutlture


Deputy Vice Chancellor of Academic: Prof. P.R. Gillah

Office of the Vice Chancellor:
P.O. Box 3000, Chuo Kikuu, Morogoro- Tanzania
Tel. + 255 23 2604651 & + 255 23 2604523
Fax: + 255 23 2604651
E-mail: vc@suanet.ac.tz
Faculty of Science:
P.O. Box 3038, Chuo Kikuu, Morogoro,
Tel. + 255 23 2601363, + 255 23 2601364
Fax: + 255 23 2603404
E-mail: fos@suanet.ac.tz
Saint Augustine University of Tanzania


Faculty Of Science and Technology



  • http://www.costech.or.tz/

  • www.worldweather.com

  • www.meteo.go.tz


Mission Contact


686 Old Bagamoyo Road, Msasani

PO Box 9130

Dar es Salaam



+255 22 229 4490


+255 22 266 8421
Flight stats for Tanzania - did you know?

  • There are 29 airports in Tanzania and the 5 biggest are

  • Kilimanjaro Airport (Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania)

    • Right now, 19 airlines operate out of Kilimanjaro Airport.

    • Kilimanjaro Airport offers nonstop flights to 10 cities.

    • Every week, at least 133 domestic flights and 140 international flights depart from Kilimanjaro Airport.

  • Dar Es Salaam Intl Airport (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)

    • Right now, 25 airlines operate out of Dar Es Salaam Intl Airport.

    • Dar Es Salaam Intl Airport offers nonstop flights to 24 cities.

    • Every week, at least 245 domestic flights and 280 international flights depart from Dar Es Salaam Intl Airport.

  • Kisauni Airport (Zanzibar, Tanzania)

    • Right now, 12 airlines operate out of Kisauni Airport.

    • Kisauni Airport offers nonstop flights to 9 cities.

    • Every week, at least 154 domestic flights and 77 international flights depart from Kisauni Airport.

  • Mwanza Airport (Mwanza, Tanzania)

    • Right now, 4 airlines operate out of Mwanza Airport.

    • Mwanza Airport offers nonstop flights to 6 cities.

    • Every week, at least 70 domestic flights and 14 international flights depart from Mwanza Airport.

  • Mtwara Airport

    • Every week, at least 14 domestic flights and 0 international flights depart from Mtwara Airport.



  • Chumbe Island Coral Park .0 of 5

Travelers' Choice® 2013 Winner Best Service

  • Essque Zalu Zanzibar, Nungwi .0 of 5

Travelers' Choice® 2013 Winner Top Hotels

  • Zanzi Resort

  • Anna of Zanzibar, Bwejuu .0 of 5

  • The Residence Zanzibar, Kizimkazi

Dar es Salaam:

  • The Oyster Bay Hotel

  • Protea Hotel Courtyard

  • Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam, The Kilimanjaro

  • Southern Sun Dar es Salaam


  • The African Tulip .0 of 5

  • Arusha Safari Lodge

  • Mount Meru Hotel

  • Rivertrees Country Inn


  • Ikoma Safari Camp

  • Serengeti Tented Camp - Ikoma Bush Camp

  • Lemala Serengeti

  • Lobo Wildlife Lodge

Port Authority

Director General

P.O.Box 9184,

Dar Es Salaam,


Tel (255) 22-2116250

Fax: (255) 22-2130390

E-mails: dg@tanzaniaports.com

Customer Help Lines

+255 789 334398

Shipping Agent

Sea Jet Express Inc

24 Cokesbury Rd, Suite 20

Lebanon NJ 0883

Contact: Mike Casely

Phone Office: 908 236 2559

Cell: 908 512 7286

Fax: 908 236 6592

Email: mc@seajet.com

Ferry Service
Azam Marine and Coastal Fast Ferries Ltd

Mzingani Road, Sansibar, Tanzania

+255 24 223 3045

Zanzibar Ferry Terminal

Malindi Rd, Zanzibar Town, Tanzania

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