A fascinating country of geographical extremes, Tanzania boasts the highest mountain on the African continent, Mt Kilimanjaro, and also the lowest point being the lakebed of Lake Tanganyika. It is also home to some of Africa’s most well-known and exotic destinations – the abundant fauna and flora of the many national parks and game reserves such as the Serengeti and Tarangire National Parks; the ancient Ngorongoro Crater and the Olduvai Gorge; and the impressive Lake Victoria, shared with Kenya and Uganda. As the largest country in East Africa, it seems remarkably untouched by the tribal rivalries that exist amongst its neighbours, making Tanzania an ideal destination for all. Discover the beauty of this country on a Tanzania tour with Bunnik Tours. Book a group tour online today or chat with one of our friendly Travel Specialists today.

A day on safari

Safari is the quintessential African experience. Whether you're spotting lions in the Maasai Mara, or tracking wildebeest in the Ngorongoro Crater - every day is a new adventure.

Permits Included

We don’t like added extras, so our tour and independent and extension package prices include entrance to all national parks and reserves.

Small Group Tours

Kenya & Tanzania

Experience the true essence of Africa on this spectacular wildlife journey. As the location of the 'Great Migration', Kenya & Tanzania are a photographer’s delight.

Airfares included

Days 20
From (Per person / Twin share) $21,575

Egypt, Kenya & Zanzibar

The best of Africa awaits you on this one-of-a-kind tour, venturing through three unique countries. Immerse yourself in the ancient wonders of Egypt, spot endless wildlife in Kenya and relax on the beaches of Zanzibar.

Airfares included

Days 23
From (Per person / Twin share) $19,595


Exotic Zanzibar In-Style

Spend time relaxing and exploring on the exotic spice island of Zanzibar. Just off the coast of Tanzania, it has some of the world’s best white sand beaches – perfect for strolling along or kicking back and simply soaking up some sun.

Days 5
From (Per person / Twin share) $3,275

Exotic Zanzibar - Standard

Spend time relaxing and exploring on the exotic spice island of Zanzibar. Just off the coast of Tanzania, it has some of the world’s best white sand beaches – perfect for strolling along or kicking back and simply soaking up some sun.

Days 5
From (Per person / Twin share) $1,325

Tanzania Facts & Tips

Capital — Dodoma
Population — 61.7 million
Language — Swahili 
Religion — Christianity
Time Zone
Time Zone — 7 hours behind of AEST (depending on daylight savings)
Currency — Tanzanian shilling
  • Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain, is located in Tanzania.
  • Ngorongoro Crater is the largest complete crater in the world.
  • Tanzania has more than 100 different tribal groups.
  • Lake Manyara National Park is home to the world’s only tree climbing lions. 
  • The earliest remains of humans (including the legendary 2-million-year-old Homo habilis) were found in Olduvai Gorge.
  • Sadly, Tanzania is one of the poorest countries in the world. Its economy is mainly an agricultural one, with the most popular crops being coffee, cotton, tea and sisal. 
  • Dar es Salaam is the former capital of Tanzania, and is still the economic and political hub. 
  • Tanzania’s biggest raw exports are gold, cashew nuts and cotton. 

Australian passport holders travelling to Tanzania need a visa at this time. An eVisa must be applied for before you travel. Please visit the Passports and Visas page for more information.

We require that your passport is valid for travel for at least six months from the date you are planning to return to Australia. Your passport must be valid to travel internationally and must be machine-readable. You also need to carry a valid return ticket on you. 
Whether travelling on an Australian passport or the passport of another country, all travellers require visas for a number of countries, and it is your responsibility to secure what may be required before departing Australia. You can consult with your travel agent, but it is also recommended that you check the foreign embassy website for your respective destination as it can also provide you with useful information. 
The Australian High Commission in Kenya is responsible for Tanzania:

Limuru Road, Rosslyn
Ph. +254 20 4277 100
Fax. +254 20 4277 139

Tanzanian Shilling (TZS; symbol TSh) is the official currency of Tanzania. Notes are in denominations of TSh10,000, 5000, 2,000, 1,000 and 500.  
The recommended currency to take to Tanzania is the USD. Advise your bank of your travel plans so that they can make a note of it, otherwise they may cancel your credit card as a safety measure due to the overseas transactions. Also make a note of the 24-hour emergency contact number of the bank or building society which issued your credit card in the unlikely event that your card is lost or stolen. 
Whenever possible use ATMs when the banks are open (Mon – Fri) so that if a machine ‘eats’ your card you can then deal with it straight away. It is always advisable to carry a supply of cash in addition to your credit card. 
If you don’t have Shillings with you on arrival, we advise you to exchange some money into the local currency at the airport even if the exchange rate is not the best, this way you’ll have money to get a drink, snack or give a tip during those first few hours of arrival. Your guide will be able to advise you on the best places to exchange money. 
Small change is also useful for paying for toilets while on tour which is customary in many places outside of Australia. 

  • The price of a cappuccino in Dodoma is approximately 2 - 2.50 USD 
  • The price of an inexpensive lunch is approximately 3.50 USD 
  • The price dinner in a moderate restaurant is approximately 12.5 USD 
  • The price of a domestic beer in a local pub is approximately 1.50 USD 

Tanzanian food is often very high quality, and ugali is considered a staple food in Tanzania. Made from boiled cornmeal paste, similar to polenta, it is served will every meal and traditionally eaten with your fingers, forming it into an edible spoon to scoop up whatever else it has been served with!  

Other local specialties include Mtori, a stew of beef and bananas, and Mchicha, a vegetable stew that sometimes has meat or fish added. Chipsi mayai, Swahili for ‘chips and eggs’, is simply a French fry omelette, sometimes appearing all on its own, other times with onions and capsicum. Kachumbari salad is often served as a side dish, a tangy salad of tomatoes, onions and chillies. For those with a sweet tooth, try the vitumba, a sweet dense pancake that is dusted with sugar or cinnamon, and mandazi, a type of fluffy fried bread that is similar to a donut. Another popular snack is ndizi kaanga, fried slices of plantain that can be found either seasoned with salt or sugar. 

Northern Tanzania is home to some excellent coffee plantations, so it shouldn’t take much to get a good coffee, and chai maziwa is a local chai drink well worth a try, although it is very sweet. Local beers include Kibo Gold, Kilimanjaro, and Serengeti Lager, and the local banana beer is mbege. Konyagi is an alcoholic drink particular to Tanzania made from a type of gin.  
Important: When dining at buffets (i.e. breakfast), please refrain from taking food away with you to ‘save’ for later!  If you feel that you’ll need snacks between meals, pack some dried fruit, nuts, muesli bars etc. 

If you have specific food allergies and/or preferences, we highly recommend you take every precaution before your tour, including carrying a small card with your food allergy listed in each language of every country you are travelling to show to table staff when ordering. Whilst we take all dietary requirements seriously, due to the serious nature of potential allergic reactions, it is your responsibility to be as prepared as possible.  

Want to get out and explore on your own? 

Taxis in Tanzania are rare and generally not recommend for safety reasons, although most major cities have shared minivan taxis. Generally, they only depart once they are full to overflowing, which can make for an interesting trip. Walking in a group is probably the safest way to see the sights in cities and villages. 
When catching taxis, make sure you have small change on you and choose one with a meter, if it doesn’t have one then negotiate the price before getting in. We recommend you ask your guide or hotel staff the names of reputable taxi companies. 

So, you’d love to bring home a special souvenir from Tanzania… 

 In Tanzania, many places have stalls and markets selling souvenirs to tourists including beaded jewellery, wood carvings, leather goods, woven blankets and masks. Special to Tanzania are the Tinga Tinga paintings, which are very distinctive with their bright colours and designs, and make great souvenirs. Textiles including kanga and kikoys are brightly patterned fabrics that can be worn as sarongs or headscarves. If you are in the market for gemstones, the blue/purple Tanzanite is mined solely in Tanzania, and prices are generally slightly cheaper in Arusha as it is mined nearby. Again, bargaining is expected, but not haggling too hard is a good way to help the local community. 

  • When giving or receiving an item from somebody else, always do it with your right hand, the left hand is considered dirty. If eating with your fingers, ensure you are eating with the fingers of your right hand. Eating with your left hand is considered extremely bad manners. 
  • Tanzanians are generally not too affectionate between the sexes. Two people of the same sex may touch, but it’s not the norm with the opposite sex. 
  • For women, both dresses and shorts should be worn below the knee. Tanzania, as a rule, is a very conservative country. 
  • Tanzanians will express themselves in the politest way possible. Instead of being direct about what they require, they will often approach it in a roundabout fashion with lengthy explanations before getting to the heart of the matter. 
  • Always travel with others, especially after dark. Travelling in groups of three of four is strongly advised. Keep to well-lit, public places such as shopping malls and restaurants. Be aware of your surroundings at all times, as street crimes are commonplace. 
  • Keep identification on you at all times – a photocopy of your passport page is sufficient. 
  • Don't take photos indiscriminately. Many people object to having their pictures taken, so ask permission first. Military installations, airports and bridges should never be photographed.
  • Don’t carry around nonessentials and valuables. Use your hotel safe and don't flash expensive jewellery, watches and cameras. 

 Tanzania is a land of many cultures, contrasts and colour, and their festivals are no different. With over 100 different tribes, plus Muslims and Christians, there are celebrations year-round. In January, the Wanyambo Festival in northern Dar es Salaam showcases the local culture with traditional dancing, music, costumes and food. March brings the Nyama Choma Festival to Dar es Salaam and Arusha, the largest barbeque festival around. Nyama Choma literally translates to ‘roasted meat’ in Swahili!  

Unification Day on 26 April celebrates the union between Tanzania and Zanzibar with parades and cultural events taking place all over the country. Zanzibar hosts the week-long Zanzibar International Film Festival in July, the largest film and arts festival in East Africa. Also in July is the Serengeti Cultural Festival, a celebration of traditional art and dance in the Serengeti National Park.

Mwaka Kogwa, or Shirazi (Persian) New Year, starts with a banana stalk ‘fight’ between the village men to vent their aggressions from the last year, these stalks are then burned to start the new year fresh, while the women dress up and sing traditional songs about family, love and joy. At the end, there is a massive feast to celebrate and dance the night away.  
Other national public holidays to be aware of include: 

  • New Year’s Day
  • Zanzibar Revolution Day (12th January)
  • Good Friday
  • Karume Day (7th April) 
  • Unification Day (26th April)
  • Worker’s Day (1st May) 
  • Eid-al-Fitri
  • Eid-al-Fitri Holiday   
  • Saba Saba (7th July) 
  • Eid al-Hajj
  • Nane Nane/Farmer’s Day (8th August) 
  • Mwalimu Nyerere Day (14th October) 
  • Maulid 
  • Independence Day (9th December)
  • Christmas Day
  • Boxing Day 

Tanzania Highlights

Tanzania FAQs

Tanzania is a great destination all year round! We offer tours in spring, summer, autumn and the winter months from December to January. The climate during this time is warm and sunny, and perfect for outdoor activities including going on a safari tour at a game reserve. 

It all depends on what you would like to do and see on a Tanzania tour. If you’re wanting to visit neighbouring countries, then we recommend at least 4 to 7 days to experience all the wonderful, natural gems Tanzania has to offer. 

At Bunnik Tours, we offer two small group tours where you can see endless wildlife on safaris, discover rich history and magnificent architecture in Kenya and Tanzania for 25 days. We also offer a 17 day Kenya and Tanzania tour, where you will spend 6 days in Tanzania spotting spectacular wildlife and beautiful scenery. 

If you want to spend more time in Tanzania, we offer a 5 day tour extension where you will explore the unique island of Zanzibar and immerse yourself in beautiful scenery and some of the world's best white sandy beaches.  

Safaris in Tanzania are affordable for travellers. Bunnik Tours have two holiday packages where you will embark on a range of safari experiences at the best reserves including Serengeti National Park, Lake Manyara National Park and more! There’s no hidden extras at Bunnik Tours, so all our group tours include entrance to all national parks and reserves.

As a tourist you are unlikely to encounter any major problems travelling to Tanzania. As with all international travel, we advise that you keep your personal possessions safe and secure, and avoid walking through deserted areas alone. Whilst travelling, the majority of your time will be spent in the regional wildlife areas such as the Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and the pristine beaches of Zanzibar.

At Bunnik Tours, we believe in responsible travel and sustainable tourism. For more information, visit our Sustainable Tourism hub.

Because of the limited storage space in light aircraft and safari vehicles in Africa, we do impose restrictions on the luggage you can take on your tour to Africa (except Morocco). This means:

  • A soft bag is required
  • There is a maximum weight of 15kg per person

If you have any other questions about luggage requirements, please feel free to call one of our Travel Specialists on 1800 286 645 or email us.

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