Tanzania covers 937, 062 sq km making it the largest country in Eastern Africa. Just south of the equator, it borders Kenya and Uganda to the north; the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda and Burundi to the west; Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique to the South. It is therefore an ideal center from which to explore eastern, central and Southern Africa. The Great Rift Valley, the vast fault-line that runs down the spine of Africa, has created many fascinating topographical features in Tanzania including the world famous Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Tanganyika and Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain. The central plateau is huge expanse of savannah and sparse woodland while the interior is largely arid the 800 kilometer coastline and the islands of Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia, are lush and palm-fringed.
The coastal areas are hot and humid with an average day time temperature of 30 degrees celsius. Sea breezes make the climate very pleasant from June to September. The central plateau experiences hot days and cool nights. The hilly country between coast and the northern highlands has a pleasant climate from January to September, with temperature averaging around 20 degrees celsius. Temperature vary around Kilimanjaro according to season registering a low of 15 degrees celsius during May to August rising to 22 degrees celsius during December to March.
Any visitors seeking to enter Tanzania is subjected to a passport which valid for not less than 6 months with exception of citizens of certain countries of the Common wealth. It is advisable to obtain them in advance from Embassies and High Commissions as several airlines insist on them prior to departure.
Tourist visas can however also be obtained, on arrival, but we advise you to apply online at a cost on the Tanzanian Immigration Department website (www.immigration.go.tz) for an evisa. The Single-entry visa is valid from the date of issue and Multiple-entry visa is valid for either six or twelve months of the date of issue.
It is essential that all visitors take a course of anti-malaria tablets commencing two weeks before departure. We also recommends vaccinations against hepatitis A, polio and typhoid. Visitors arriving from, or via countries where yellow fever is endemic will need a Certificate of Vaccination.