Money Tips for Travellers to Tanzania

The national currency of Tanzania is the Tanzanian shilling (TSH) in denominations of: 10,000 – 5,000 – 2,000 – 1,000 – 500 – 200

The United States dollar (USD) is The preferred foreign currency in East Africa is the United states dollar (US$).The US currency can be used  in East Africa to purchase almost everything. It  is recommended that  you bring plenty of small notes  which you can use for tipping as well as for small souvenir purchases.

It is important to have US dollars with the “new” safety features (most bills printed since 2000), as some lodges and shops refuse the older issues.

After you have planned your Tanzania Safari trip, it’s time to get down to the details. You won’t get very far without the means to pay for your travels.

If you can’t decide whether to bring along a debit card or a sheaf of travelers checks, consider the pros and cons of the many different ways to pay for your expenses while in Africa.

For security reasons you may consider bringing a mixture of cash and travelers checks. For travelers checks, be sure to bring your record of purchase as most banks and bureaus of change will ask to see it, along with your passport, for identification.

Credit cards are also widely accepted in most safari lodges in Tanzania, particularly Visa, Master card
and American Express. Bank  ATMs can be found  in major cities.

While on safari in Tanzania you will not have much need for cash except for:

– souvenirs
– art works
– post cards
– books
– drinks in most lodges
– gratuities

Gratuities are totally within your discretion, however, they are greatly appreciated by all. Our staff are well paid and committed to serving you till you see your safari through. They do very much appreciate any additional money you see fit to offer.

Traditionally, an individual on the camp staff has received $10 USD per camp day from the group; the guide $50-120 USD per safari day from the group. If your safari includes time at a lodge or permanent camp then there is usually a staff tip box available.

You can ask your guide or the manager for advice. Again, tipping is your choice and must be warranted by the success of the safari  and the service you receive.