Traveling to East Africa

Everything You Need to Know

Today East Africa is one of the top tourist destinations, attracting travelers from all across the globe. The local governments have consequently invested heavily in building infrastructure to facilitate the entry and exit of travelers, including multiple international airports.


Where you will arrive will depend entirely on what experiences you have planned for your journey. Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) or Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) are ideal for travelers starting their holiday with a thrilling safari experience in the Northern Circuit, whereas either Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR), Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ) or Moi International Airport (MBA) are more appropriate for beach goers. All of these airports have daily flights entering and leaving both the country and the continent. For more information on the airports themselves, we recommend visiting this website, an excellent online guide on the quality and services of most airports worldwide.

At Nila Expeditions we use Live Flight Tracker to monitor the flight status of all our clients so we know whether there are any delays that need to be communicated to our team on the ground. 

Map of International Airports In East Africa

Visa and Entry

Entry into Tanzania may require a tourist visa depending on your nationality. The cost, validity period and requirements also differ per nationality and are subject to change at any time. For the most up-to-date and relevant information, please visit the official Tanzanian Immigration page for more information.

Overall, the Tanzanian government requires tourists to pay one of two visas, a US citizen visa of USD $100 and a non-US citizen visa of USD $50. Some nationalities can benefit from a visa waiver program whereby they will not need a visa to enter the country. For instance, if you are a Malaysian citizen you may enter the country without a visa and forgo the entry fee.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance covering theft, loss, cancellations and medical problems is a must when traveling to East Africa. Here are some tips to get you started.

  • Do your research: shop around for all the available Travel Insurance policies. There are a few comparison sites to give you a better idea on whats out there. For example:
  • Keep all documentation close by: Some policies for travel to Tanzania require you to pay up-front and claim the insurance later. Please hang-on to any medical receipts or prescriptions for the same reason. 
  • Read the fine print: Some policies do not cover ‘dangerous activities’, which could include activities such as trekking or even scuba diving.
  • Emergency flight hime: Ensure that the policy covers an emergency flight home.
  • AMREF medical evacuation insurance, for emergency situations that may occur in the bush, is automatically included when traveling with Nila Expeditions.

Medical Preparation

Tanzania is generally regarded as a safe destination to travel to, however we strongly advise you to seek a formal medical consultation before traveling to Tanzania in order to take every precaution necessary for any eventualities that may occur. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention have issued some guidelines for travelers wishing to visit Tanzania.

Alternatively, the United Kingdom government website has an up-to-date travel section with advice, warnings and other relevant information on Tanzania, Kenya and other East African countries.

Climate & Clothing

Dry Season (June - October)

Temperatures during the day typically range between 20°C/68°F and 30°C/86°F, subject to altitude and location. You can expect clear, sunny skies on most days but keep in mind that the temperature can drop in the evenings and early hours of the morning. Therefore, we advise you to dress in layers so that you are prepared for the day that lies ahead of you; particularly if your intensions are to be out on Game Drives from dawn until dusk. There are very little chances of rain during this season. 

Wet Season (November - May)

Temperatures here vary less than the Dry Season and tend to linger around the 30°C/86°F during the day. The mornings are still cooler, especially in the Northern parks where the altitudes are greater than 1'300 meters. Waterproof jackets are advisable for any outdoor experiences such as Night Game Drives, Bush Walks or Bush Dinners & Sundowners. 

Additional Information

For additional information you are welcome to visit the Tanzanian tourism website.