Travel guide

From the Big Five to the beaches of Zanzibar

Wildlife enthusiasts will be delighted! Here you can get up close and personal with buffalo, zebra and lion on exceptional safaris.

Serengeti Park, Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania is packed with parks and unspoilt areas to explore. Sleep under the stars in a camp, or opt for an authentic lodge.

And to complete your stay, relax on the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar, a 01h00 flight from Arusha…

Time difference



Tanzanian shilling


Telephone prefix


How do you say...

Some words and expressions in the language

Tanzania’s official language is Swahili:

  • Hello/Good evening = Jambo
  • How are you? = Habari Gani?
  • Fine, thank you, and you? = Vizuri sana na wewe
  • Do you speak French/English? = Semesha faransa / ingereza
  • I understand/ I don’t understand = Nina fahamu / Sina fahamu
  • Sorry = Pole
  • Goodbye = Kwaheri
  • Welcome = Karibu
  • Thank you (very much) = Asante sana
  • Excuse me/Please = Samahani
  • I am French = Ni Mfaransa
  • My name is… = Ninaitwa
  • No thanks = Hapana asante
  • Yes/No = Ndiyo / Hapana
  • You’re welcome = Tafadhali / shika

Key figures

Tanzania is at GMT+3, a one-hour time difference:

When it’s 3pm in Paris, it’s 4pm in Kilimanjaro.

Good to know

Type D and Type G electrical outlets


Up-to-date vaccinations:

  • DTPolio
  • MMR
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Anti-tuberculosis (desirable)

Depending on the area visited, vaccination against typhoid fever and rabies may be recommended.

It is preferable to be vaccinated against bacterial meningitis A + C + Y + W135.

Cases of malaria, dengue fever, chikungunya and trypanosomiasis have also been reported.

To cope with the sometimes very high cost of hospitalization and health care abroad, it’s essential to have an assistance contract or insurance to cover all medical expenses (surgery, hospitalization, etc.) and repatriation, or risk not having access to care, even in the event of a life-threatening emergency. Under no circumstances will these costs be covered by the local French embassy or consulate general.


A passport valid for more than 6 months from the date of arrival in Tanzania is required by the Tanzanian authorities.

Visa applications must be submitted to the Tanzanian embassy in France. However, if travellers are unable to apply for a visa before departure, they can obtain one at the international airports of Dar-Es-Salaam, Zanzibar and Kilimanjaro, and at the ports of Dar-Es-Salaam, Zanzibar and Kigoma.

At border crossings, immigration officers may reduce the validity of a visa issued by a Tanzanian embassy. It is therefore advisable to check the endorsement affixed by the immigration authorities to the visa itself, and to adhere strictly to the length of stay granted.