“It was so exiting watching thousands of wildebeest crossing the serengeti, it was an experience of its own, never seen such a thing before, just in Tanzania, just with Ipam Safaris.”
--- Colms Coleman---
CEO Ceba Company
Money and Foreign Exchange
The official currency of Tanzania is the Tanzanian Shilling (Tshs) but the easiest form of currency to exchange in the country is actually the US dollar as the Shilling is a weaker, less stable currency and many merchants prefer to work with the stronger dollar. You should have a mixture of currency on hand though as many local merchants and smaller accommodations will still prefer you pay in Shillings and you may get a better price that way.
Those traveling on a Tanzania holiday will find that there are foreign exchange bureaus and banks in most of the larger towns and cities as well as at the airport. Banks tend to operate at very similar times to the banks back home – including being open on a Saturday – while most foreign exchange bureaus tend too have longer and more flexible hours.
Using Credit and Debit Cards
VISA and MasterCard debit and credit cards are accepted at most of the larger hotels, lodges and dining establishments in Tanzania and you can find ATM machines in most of the larger towns and cities.
Those on a Tanzania holiday should not rely solely on their credit and debit cards though, as outside the more urban areas of the country they are not widely accepted at all and you will need to have cash on hand to pay for most things. You should also keep small bills on hand for tipping purposes.