Choose Your Adventure
Packing lists, tips, and advice for your next trip to Africa and Tanzania.
Fly into JRO airport.
Some airline options include, but are not limited to:
See the CDC website for the most updated information.
I (Kristen!) started traveling to Tanzania in April 2016 during an international services learning trip to Arusha with Northwestern University. After working with EDU Africa (then called Edutours Africa), I realized there was huge potential for an ongoing, sustainable program to mutually benefit the communities in Tanzania. The entire “how I started” is a long story, which you can read here!
View my service learning packing list and safari packing lists here:
Service learning packing list for Tanzania
Safari packing list for Tanzania
Combined packing list for Tanzania (2 weeks of service + safari + general exploration)
Tanzania uses the Tanzanian shilling (TSH), which can be converted from the US Dollar. It is recommended you bring USD to Tanzania and convert at a bank for the most updated conversion rate. There are also various ATMs in Tanzania that dispense TSH, so bring an ATM/debit care you can use abroad. Additionally, make sure you have a credit card that works internationally! Be sure to let your bank know you’ll be traveling to Tanzania (and anywhere else you’ll have a layover) to prevent getting blocked from using your cards and taking out cash.
WiFi is typically available in your accommodations in Tanzania, though it may vary if this is available in your room, or only in communal areas/lobbies.
Some options for communication with your loved ones:
- WhatsApp: place phone calls and send messages (including video/photo messages) when connected to WiFi for free. Make sure your loved ones also download WhatsApp!
- FaceTime, Facebook Messenger, iMessage, Google Meet, Zoom, and Skype are some other examples of applications that work via WiFi for communication.
- Sim Card: