Need to Know
Basic Unit of currency - Tanzanian shilling
Exchange Rates in September 2008
$1 (Australian) = 917 Tz Shilling
$1 (US) = 1,154 Tz Shilling
€1 = 1,637 Tz Shilling
£1 = 2056 Tz Shilling
¥1 = 10.9 Tz Shilling
Latest currency rates here
Major credit cards are accepted in larger hotels,
and a surcharge may be applicable. However,
it is advisable to carry cash (both local Tanzanian Shillings
and American Dollars) as most places do not take credit cards. Major
convertible currencies and traveller’s cheques can be exchanged
in commercial banks or Foreign Exchange bureaus at international
airports and major towns.
Visitors may take any amount of foreign currency into the country but it is illegal to import or export Tanzanian currency.
British style 3 square pin plug - 220/240 volts AC, 50 Hz.
General Security Matters
Tanzania is generally a safe and peaceful country. However, as in any city, exercise caution when traveling around. Avoid wearing flashy, expensive clothing and jewellery.
Swahili is the national language, with English being the second national language. Most Tanzanians in major towns and areas frequented by visitors can converse in English.
Telephones are available in major cities and towns for both local and international calls.
To call Tanzania ...
1. Dial your international access code
2. Dial country code: 255
3. Dial relevant city code: Dar es Salaam - 51 / Arusha - 57 / Zanzibar - 54
4. Dial relevant phone number.
Note: Connections can take a while to go through so please be patient.... but maybe hang up and try again after 1 min of silence!!
REMEMBER: If you are trying to call us we are available on any of the numbers on our contacts page.