Communication & Electricity


The international dialing code for Tanzania is +255. A direct international dialling service is available from the major hotels. Both local and long distance calls are metered on a time basis and you pay for every second. Satellite phones are available at certain lodges at a rate of US$10 per minute. The international exchange is unreliable outside of major towns. Mobile telephone services are also available and SIM cards may be purchased. Telex and fax facilities are available. E-mail and Internet facilities are also available in major cities and Internet use has picked up rapidly in Tanzania and there are over 100 services providers in the country.


Electricity is available at 230/240 volts AC, 50 Hz. Plugs are square 3-pin, fused or unfused. British-style plugs are used.

Money Matters

The unit of currency is the Tanzanian Shilling (TSh). Notes are issued as TSh10, 000; 5000; 1000; 500; 200 and 100. Coins are TSh100; 50; 20, 10. It is illegal to change money anywhere except authorised places.