Tanzania Visa Online

Entry Requirements and Tanzania Visa Information:

Like almost all other Countries, the United Republic of Tanzania requires any foreigner seeking to enter Tanzania a valid Visa issued by the Tanzanian authorities.

Tanzania Entry Requirements:

Any foreigner seeking to enter the United Republic of Tanzania is subject to the following entry requirements:

  1. A passport or Travel Document which is valid for not less than six months;
  2. A Residence Permit or a Pass or his name is endorsed upon the same;
  3. A valid Visa (where applicable) from any Tanzania Mission abroad or on arrival at any designated entry points.

How to Apply Tanzania Visa Online?

Foreigners willing to travel to Tanzania can now apply for Tanzania Visa Online. This Tanzania Visa Online can be applied for both Tanzania Mainland & Zanzibar. Foreigners are required to fill an online form, make payment, and submit their application online. Applicants will be notified through their e-mails whether their visa applications have been accepted or rejected. Applicants can also TRACK their application statuses through the online system.

Note: Applicants may as well be required to visit the nearest Tanzanian Embassies or Consular Offices for interviews.

Link to Apply Tanzania Visa Online:

Please visit the following link to apply for Tanzania Visa Online: Click to Apply Tanzania Visa Online

Note: If you are applying for the first time, click on “New Application” & follow the process to submit your Tanzania Visa Online Application.

Types of Tanzania Visa 


This Visa is issued for a single entry to a visitor for a period not exceeding three months for the purpose of holidays, visiting, leisure, health treatment, studies or any other activity legally recognized by the Law.


This Visa is issued to persons whose nature of their businesses or circumstances require them to make frequent visits to the United Republic of Tanzania. The maximum validity of this Visa is twelve months. However, the holder of the Multiple Visa cannot stay in the country for 12 consecutive months. They are required to leave the country at least after every three months.


This Visa may be issued to a person for the purpose of transiting to another destination outside Tanzania for a period not exceeding seven days. The applicant of this visa is required to have a Visa of the destination country.


Business visa will be issued once to foreigners to allow them to enter in the United Republic of Tanzania for the following purposes;

  1. To conduct special assignments such as fixing/repairing machines or to run short term training, etc.
  2. To conduct professional roles such as auditing accounts etc.
  3. To conduct lawful business according to the laws of the country.

Business visa will be issued at the Immigration Headquarters, Dar Es Salaam, the Immigration Head Office, Zanzibar, Entry Points and Tanzanian Consular Offices abroad.

Referral Cases

There are some countries which their nationals require special clearance from the Commissioner General of Immigration or the Commissioner of Immigration (Zanzibar) prior to issuance of the Visa. These countries fall under the Referral Visa Category. Applicants whose nationals fall under this category are not advised to book flight tickets or make payments for any reservations in Tanzania before they get approval for their Visa. Applicants of Referral Visa are advised to apply at least two months before their date of travel.

Note: Refugees who hold Vienna Convention documents are also required to obtain referral visa prior to coming to Tanzania.

Tanzania Visa Fees



Pangolin – The most trafficked animal in the world!

Pangolin – The most trafficked animal!


The first thought that comes to our mind when we hear about animal trafficking is probably a huge animal like a Rhino or an Elephant and the illegal trade of ivory?

Get ready to be shocked! The most heavily trafficked animal in the world is only 30 cm to 100 cm in size.

Yes Pangolin is the most illegally traded animal in the world. These harmless ant eaters with 8 sub species live in… Sub Saharan Africa to southeast Asia .


These friendly little dragon look alikes live happily in trees or within burrows in the ground. Some species are  nocturnal, sleeping in a curled ball during the day. While others like the long-tailed pangolin are more active in the day. Their great sense of smell makes it easy   to hunt for their favourite meals-insects. these little guys are good swimmers too.

The mom pangolins carry their babies on their tails, keeping watch over their young ones  for the first two years of their life.

All pangolin species have hard keratin scales on their entire body which are their source of defense against predators. All they have to do is curl up into a ball and then get oblivious to the world around them.


Sadly this defence mechanism makes them an easy pick for poachers. These mammals are smuggled for satisfying various odd consumer demands like pangolin blood, tails, meat, heads  and even live animals!

Pangolin PoachingPangolin

However the most famous is their scales which are powdered to make Chinese medicines which are said to cure various ailments in humans.

Pangolin Poaching

Increasingly now, this poor animal is  are also are considered as a delicacy, making it another major reason for it be trafficked.

Sadly within the last decade alone,around a million pangolins were poached giving them the first rank in trafficked animals taking it closer and closer to extinction by every passing day.

And we are close to loosing another creation of nature.Does it get us thinking? where are we heading? what is the future of the species other than humans?

We are continuously loosing the war against animal poaching.

Perhaps it’s time, we get thinking for a few moments every now and then? Perhaps we will listen a bit harder the next time we see statistics on the species the planet has lost forever. Because other species are declining and this is real. Perhaps this is what real  mass extinctions look like from the inside and we being the masters of mass distinctions!

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Sudan: The Last Male Northern White Rhino

Good Bye Sudan -We will miss you!

Remember couple of years ago we heard news that in the last 40 years 50% of all vertebrate species had disappeared? And then came in another news that by 2020 this figure is likely to rise to 66% of all vertebrates.  Animals, it seems, are on the way out. And the worst is that no one appears to care much!

Nature created the wild, the humans and many creatures and put them all together on this earth which meant that all the creation was made to coexist in harmony.

But humans did so much that could go against nature that we ensured that many creations of nature go extinct.

And we did it yet again, one more species is close to extinction as the Worlds only left last Northern male rhino is gone and we could do nothing.

Sudan The Last Male Northern White Rhino

“Sudan”-yes that was the name given to him. He was the last male of his subspecies, which means his going almost ensures that we cannot have any kid of this clan again.

But why did the northern white rhino disappear? Animal poaching is the answer here. Yes, this second largest mammal in Africa was killed again and again for its horn.

Sudan The Last Male Northern White Rhino

As they say the horn of this animal is considered twice or thrice as valuable as gold. In various Asian and Chinese medicine this horn when powdered can cure humans of all sorts of ailments.

Behind this increasing illegal yet organized crime wave is a surge in demand from the far east and European Asian communities for powdered rhino horn, which is used in traditional Chinese medicines.

Sorry Sudan we humans couldn’t save you all, and we lost you to our greed and hunger for money ,and the greed to look rich and powerful and the greed to save our own lives even though it costed us loosing all of you.

How I wish you were not born with that horn, at least you could live then…in this inhuman world!

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Maasai in Africa

Maasai are an ethnic group living in Northern Tanzania, Central and Southern Kenya . They are the famous  local populations due to their resident population near many game parks of Africa. They can be easily  distinguished by their customs and dress. The language of the  Maasai speak is called Maa!



According to their widely popular oral history, the Maasai originated from the lower Nile valley  and then started  migrating sout , to Northern Kenya to  Central Tanzania between the 17th and late 18th century.

Considered one of the tallest people in the world with average height of 6 ft 3 inches, the Maasai community lead a  traditional semi-nomadic lifestyle, and  have continued their age-old customs.


Traditionally, the Maasai diet consisted of raw milk, raw meat, and raw blood from cattle.Today, the stable diet of the Maasai consists of cow’s milk and maize-meal.The famous food is a  solid porridge  known as ‘ugali’ and is eaten with milk.



Maasai love their music and dance.They have a song leader called Olaranyani who sings the melodies and the music is  consisting  of rhythms that is  provided by a chorus of vocalists singing harmonies.

Maasai Homes


Maasai still lead a semi-nomadic life, their houses are semi permanent and  loosely constructed. Small, circular houses are  built by the Maasai women using cow dung,  grass, mud and wood.

Maasai and their  cattle

The Maasai tribe has a deep relationship with their cattle.  This close  bond lead them into following a nomadic way of life and move according to availability water and food  for their large herds of cattle.

Maasai dressing


Traditionally Maasai used to be  dressed in animal skins, but the modern day Maasai  dresses in sheets called “shuka”mostly red in colour which they  wrap around the body. They team it up with lot of traditionally made beaded jewellery in their hands and neck. Occasionally they may change into differently colored sheets.

Maasai place a lot of beauty in Ear piercing, and both men and women can be seen  wearing metal hoops on their stretched earlobes.


Labor work  among traditional herding Maasai isvery clearly divided. The man’s responsibility is to protect his cattle  and find them good pasture land and water sources. Women take charge of raising children, maintain the house, cook, and do the milking of cattle .

Asanja -Maasai Community Safari

When you plan your Safari with Asanja, your Asanja private safari includes a visit to a Maasai Village. You are driven to the Maasai Village in your private 4×4 safari vehicle and a cultural program is arranged by the Maasai people.

You also get to visit their homes & the schools. Keep in mind the Maasais expect to the tipped before you leave the Maasai Village. A good tip is anything above USD 50.

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Gombe National park

Gombe National Park

“I got to Africa. I got the opportunity to go and learn, not about any animal, but chimpanzees. I was living in my dream world, the forest in Gombe National Park in Tanzania” Jane Goodall

Gombe National Park

Gombe  national park is the smallest National park  in Tanzania. Established in 1968, with only 3.5 square miles  of land along the hills of the eastern shore of Lake Tanganyika.

The terrain is beautified by steep valleys, and varied forest vegetation  like  grasslands, woodlands and  tropical rainforest.

Interestingly Gombe National park is reachable only by boat. The park is most famous as the location where Jane Goodall carried on her research on the behaviour of  chimpanzee populations in which she established that  chimpanzees share about 98% of their genes with humans.

Aside from the chimpanzees, other often encountered primates are  olive baboons, which are also under study since the 1960s.

A regular hunt of chimapnzees,the red colobus monkey –  hunted by chimps are often spotted here too. Another secretive inhabitant of the forest that you may spot is the bushpig.

The park is also home to  Kasekela chimpanzee community, which has been featured in several documentaries and books.

The park’s  has around 200 bird species including the iconic fish eagle and Peter’s twinspots .

All in all, Gombe National park is a beautiful nature s paradise not be missed while in Africa.

Location: The Location is 16 km (10 miles) north of Kigoma on the shore of Lake Tanganyika in western Tanzania.

Getting there
Kigoma is connected to Dar and Arusha by scheduled flights.

To Mwanza, Dar and Mbeya by rough dirty roads, and to Mpulungu in Zambia by a weekly ferry.

From Kigoma, local lake-taxis take up to three hours to reach Gombe, or motorboats can be chartered, taking less than one hour.

Kilimanjaro National Park

Kilimanjaro National Park- a superlative natural phenomenon!

Kilimanjaro National Park

Located 300 kilometres  south of the equator  in Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania stands Kilimanjaro National Park covering an area of some 75,575. Protecting the largest free standing volcanic mass in the world and the highest mountain in Africa, The Mount Kilimanjaro. With its snow-capped peak, mount  Kilimanjaro can definitely be called a  superlative natural phenomenon. It stands in isolation,all by itself above the surrounding plains overlooking the Savannah grasslands.

The park was declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1987.

The Great Migration

The Great Wildebeest Migration:

As wildlife lovers the most awaited excitement of the year for us is The great migration. One of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa and one of the ten natural travel wonders of the world, The Great Wildebeest Migration is a yearly event when the annual migration of giant herds of theses gazers across Northern Tanzania and Kenya takes place.this event is truly spectacular.

the great migration

A truely spectacular event to witness as  over two million wildebeest, zebras and gazelles move through the Serengeti and Masai Mara searching for their food that is green grasslands. This happens  in a regular pattern and its amazing to see how disciplined these animals are when it comes to movement. Making ques and following each other in order is something that we all need to learn from them.

These  wildebeest migrate around Serengeti, and into Masai Mara for the sole purpose of following the rainfall.

wildebeest migration serengeti

Journey from  January to March

When the calving season begins – This a time when there is plenty and more of freshly ready  grass ripened by the rains available for the 260,000 zebra , 1.7 million wildebeest , around 470,000 gazelles.and hundreds of thousands of other animals to feast upon.

February-The month of new arrivals-new offsprings

February is the month the wildebeest give birth to approximately 500,000 calves within a 2 to 3-week period. Few calves are born premature , ahead of time and of these, hardly any survive.These little calves are very easy for the predators to spot and attack.

May -June- When the rain Gods take leave !

As the rains end in May, all of these animals start moving northwest into the areas around the Grumeti River, where they stay until late June.

July -Its a party time for Crocs!

July is the month when these animals advance further into their journey and cross Grumeti and Mara rivers to arrive in Kenya.This is the time when the rivers full of crocodiles are waiting to get the most easy prey and a meaty feast. many animals are killed and eaten by the crocodiles at this time and the one s who are lucky, survive to move ahead.

This is also the best time to do a safari around Grumeti (Asanja Grumeti Camp) and Mara rivers.

July and August- Time to unwind!

The herds arrive in Kenya in late July / August, where they stay for the remainder of the dry season.

November to December-Journey begins again!

In early November, with the start of the short rains the migration starts moving south again, to the short grass plains of the southeast, usually arriving in December.

December to February-Time to Relax!

February -Time for new calves  and other new babies to arrive again!



The sad thing in this beautiful phenomenon is that  about 250,000 wildebeest die due to hunger, thirst, exhaustion or by predation while on this journey from Tanzania to the Maasai Mara  which is a  total of 800 kilometres .

Witnessing this wonder nature….i think to myself… I tell  myself to pause ,to take a break and to be thankful for the life i got  and to be born a human!

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Ruaha National park

Ruaha National Park

Right in the heart of Tanzania lies the Ruaha National park. With a size of 13000 square kilometers, this is the biggest national park in the country. The park takes its name from the Great Ruaha River.

Ruaha National park

The landscape with semi-arid type of vegetation, filled with Baobab  and Acacia trees along with 1650 other plant species add to the beauty of Ruaha national park.

Ruaha river flows along its South-E astern margin and is the main hangout area for most animals who come around for drinking water. This makes it one of the famous spots for viewing the big game.

Ruaha national park

Ruaha National park boasts of a high population of elephants, more than any other National park in Africa.

Ruaha national park

In Miombo woodland, magnificient mammals like KuduIt is also a place where, magnificent mammals like Sable, Kudu and Roan antelopes can easily be spotted

A birds’heaven-The park hosts  more than 571 species of birds. The endangered wild dogs are also  a major attraction to look out for.

Other commonly spotted animal are lions, leopards, jackals,cheetah, zebras, elands, giraffes, impala, bat eared foxes.

Ruaha National park

There are a lot of  lion viewing opportunities around the Mwagusi area at the park .

Ruaha national Park

Crocodiles,  snakes, monitor lizards, agama lizards and frogs are also a part of the  habitants population at Ruaha national park.

Ruaha National park

The Ruaha national park safari is a definite must do on a visit to Tanzania and we plan it for you .

Asanja Ruaha National Park Safaris

Ruaha National Park

Asanja Africa, has it’s own safari camp inside the Ruaha National Park knows as  Asanja Ruaha. Asanja Safaris are known to be an exceptional wild experience. The Asanja Ruaha camp is an exclusive luxury tented camp and the area is known for the incredible wildlife around.

Asanja Ruaha

You can plan your full board game packages for an exceptional Ruaha National Park Safari with Asanja

Asanja Ruaha Camp

Asanja Africa Safaris are a true wilderness experience!

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Lake Natron

Lake Natron – The beautiful mystery of Tanzania!

Lake Natron

Close to the Kenyan border in the Arusha region lies Lake Natron – the salt and Soda lake in Northern Tanzania!

Lake Natron is a shallow lake, and is around  9.8 ft deep, is a maximum of 57 kilometres long and 22 kilometers wide. The area around the lake  receives irregular seasonal rainfall.The temperature at the lake is mostly around 40 degrees C.

The lake got its name due to the mixture of salt and minerals, called natron, that  are revealed when the water’s level comes down. Natron is a compound that occurs naturally and  comes from volcanic ash,  mainly consisting of the chemicals sodium carbonate and sodium bicarbonate.

Although being one of the  most serene lakes in Africa,  it has become a favorite with photographers who say the images they click look like a living animal just turned to stone.

Lake Natron source of water are some springs that are rich in minerals, making the lake highly alkaline, reaching a pH of 9 to 10.5. which is higher than the pH of sea water which is between 7 to 9 .

All these attributes, make Lake Natron one of the deadliest in Tanzania.

Lake Natron

Due to the presence of these chemicals and salts and the microbes that feed on them the lake looks red, pink, and orange at times. The salt content in the lake is so high that most animals cannot survive there and animals that die in the lake are turned into statues, through calcification.

However it still is a favorite of lesser flamingos that breed on the lake. These flamingos feed on the blue green algae that grow in the water and are one of the living beings that can  survive around the lake.

Despite all of this, the lake remains one of the main breeding grounds for lesser flamingos, a species who’s status of ‘near threatened’ is a direct consequence of its dependence on Lake Natron for breeding purposes. During periods when there isn’t much rain, the lake’s water level decreases, revealing salt islands, on which birds build nests. The blue-green algae that grow in the water, in turn, feed on the birds nests. Animals that die in the lake are turned into statues, through calcification and appear as if they have been soaked in cement.

All these attributes make Lake Natron a must visit if you are in Tanzania!

Asanja – Lake Natron Safari

You can start your Lake Natron Safari from Arusha or Kilimanjaro. You can also just do a day trip to Lake Natron. You will be welcomed by Asanja s specialized safari guide cum drivers with The Safari vehicles to take you straight to Lake Natron.

Your packed lunch boxes and mineral water will be there for you in the safari vehicles and you enjoy it while on your safari.

After a full day safari in Lake Natron, you will be taken to an Asanja hand picked lodge where you can unwind for the day.

Park fees for Lake Natron

The Government requires you to pay park entrance fees when you visit the Lake Natron. You can read about the park fees here

Asanja Africa Safaris are a true wilderness experience!

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Tanzania Big 5 Safaris

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Big five Safaris in Tanzania

The term Big Five originally meant the five animals that were toughest for their hunters and this was mostly  because of their unpredictable behavior.

Seeing the “Big Five” in the wild is one of the most memorable things one can ever experience

Big five safaris tanzania

The African big 5 are Lion, Leopard, Elephant , Rhinoceros and the dangerous Wild Buffalo.

The African continent is the only place in the world where big five still roams freely in great numbers!


big five safaris tanzania

Lions have been celebrated throughout history for their courage and strength. They once roamed most of Africa and parts of Asia and Europe.

Weighing up to 500 pounds and growing up to 10 feet, lions are the largest members of the cat family after tigers.  They  like to be in grassy plains. Lions can be given the credit for having the loudest roar than any of the big cats. Being as loud as thunder you can hear this big cat  roar from 8 kilometers away. Lions like to live in  social  groups and claim their territory by roaring.

The Prides are their family units that can have from 3 to up to 40 lions. Females in the pride  give birth around the same time which in a way  allows the cubs to nurse from multiple females.

It is amazing to know that lionesses are  the primary hunters in the pride but their success rate is only thirty percent of their attempts. Thee usual prey being zebra and antelope

Sometimes when they get an  opportunity, they also steal kills from wild dogs and hyenas.

Average lifespan of a male lion is 12 to 15 years and for a female it can go up to 19 years.


Big five safaris tanzania

These graceful and powerful close relatives of  tigers, lions and jaguars live in sub-Saharan Africa, northeast Africa, Central Asia, India, and China. However,  outside of Africa, many of their populations are now endangered.

The leopard loves the comfort of trees  and  often hauls its kills into the branches.This also cleverly  keeps the bodies of its pray  safe from scavengers like hyenas.leopards being  nocturnal  predators also stalk antelope, deer, and pigs by stealthy movements in the tall grass.

Leopards are strong swimmers and very comfortable  in the water, where they sometimes eat crabs or fish.

Female leopards can give birth at any time of the year. They usually have two grayish cubs with barely visible spots. The mother hides her cubs and moves them from one safe location to the next until they are old enough to begin playing and learning to hunt. Cubs live with their mothers for about two years—otherwise, leopards are solitary animals.

Leopard Spots

Most leopards are light colored with distinctive dark spots called rosettes, as they resemble the shape of a rose.

Black panther

With their spots hard to distinguish, these leopards appear to be almost solid in color. Hence are commonly called black panthers.

Avearge lifespan of a leopard is 12 to 17 years.

African elephant

big five safaris tanzania

African Elephants are about 10 feet tall and weigh  around 18000 pounds and to maintain its body an average elphant consumes roughly 70000 calories through food and around 50 gallons of water everyday and good swimmers but cant jump

Elephants are very intelligent animals with good memory and are one of the few animals that can recognize themselves in the mirror just like humans.

Elephants have a big trunk and to show affection they touch each other with their trunks and even protect and cuddle their  babies .

Baby elephants too lose their first set of teeth and tusks, just like us humans.

Having a baby elephant is quite a job too. They have a longer pregnancy than almost 22 months which is longer than most animals.  A new born baby elephant weighs  200 pounds and stands about 3 feet tall.

An average elephant lives up to 70 years.

African Rhinoceros

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Rhinos are a type of odd toed, hoofed mammals. An average African rhinoceros weighs between 1760 to 3080 lbs and stands 4.5 to 6 ft at shoulder level.

Black rhinos like a solitary living. Except for the females who are often with their off springs. Females reproduce only every two and a half to five years. Their single calf does not live on its own until it is about three years old.

Black rhinos like to feed at night and during the gloaming hours of dawn and dusk. Under the hot African sun, they take cover by lying in the shade. Rhinos are also wallowers. They often find a suitable water hole and roll in its mud, coating their skin with a natural bug repellent and sun block.

Rhinos have sharp hearing and a keen sense of smell. They often find one another by following the trail of scent each of the animal leaves behind it on the landscape.

Black rhinos have two horns, the foremost more prominent than the other. Rhino horns can grow as much as three inches a year, and have been known to grow up to five feet long. whereas Females use their horns to protect their young,  males use them to fight attackers.

Average lifespan of an African  rhino is 35 to 50 years.

African Buffalo

big five safaris tanzania

The African buffalo is one of the most successful grazers in Africa. It lives in swamps and floodplains, as well as mopane grasslands and forests of the major mountains of Africa. This buffalo prefers a habitat with dense cover, such as reeds and thickets, but can also be found in open woodland.

While not particularly demanding with regard to habitat, they require water daily, so depend on perennial sources of water.  When feeding, the buffalo makes use of its tongue and wide incisor row to eat grass more quickly than most other African herbivores.

Other than humans, African Cape buffaloes have few predators and are capable of defending themselves against (and killing) lions. Lions do kill and eat buffalo regularly, and in some regions, the buffaloes are the lions’ primary prey.

The average-sized crocodile typically attacks only old solitary animals and young calves

Also, this crocodile is the only animal that typically takes down adult buffalo alone, The cheetah, leopard, and spotted hyena are normally a threat only to newborn calves.

Buffaloes mate and give birth only during the rainy seasons.  A bull closely guards a cow that comes into heat, while keeping other bulls at bay.

Cows first calve at five years of age, after a gestation period of 11.5 months. Newborn calves remain hidden in vegetation for the first few weeks while being nursed occasionally by the mother before joining the main herd.

The maternal bond between mother and calf lasts longer than in most animals However, when a new calf is born, the bonding ends and the mother keeps her previous offspring at bay with horn jabs.

Males leave their mothers when they are two years old and join the bachelor groups.

African buffalo can live upto 22 years

The incredible Asanja big five Safaris in Tanzania

When you plan a safari with Asanja Africa, your private safaris are designed in a way where you will experience the Big five on your safaris in Tanzania

You will stalk the stalker, follow lions, see a buffalo charging, wake up with elephants outside your private tent & spot the Rhino!

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