Best Tanzania Sim Card For Tourist And How To Buy A Prepaid Sim Card in Tanzania

Last updated on March 31st, 2021 at 02:54 pm

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In this guide you will learn about the best Tanzania sim card for tourist. Whenever you travel from one country to another, one thing you shouldn’t forget to have is a local sim card in Tanzania. Why? You can get a Tanzanian prepaid sim card data packages valid for 30 days 35 000 TZS=$15 USD with 10 GB data.

As one might expect, It’s hard to travel without Internet because you’ll need your GPS to track your location and destination. Besides, reading guides from blogs prepare you beforehand. Also, your own SIM is important for communicating with locals.

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TANZANIA TOURIST SIM CARD

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First thing we have to say about internet and data connection in Tanzania is fine in the big cities. Unless you go to the National Parks or any place far from the cities. There are 5 phone operators in Tanzania: Vodacom, Tigo, Airtel, Halotel and Zante..

Obviously the best thing you can do to connect online is getting a prepaid sim card in Tanzania. It will be efficient and it will allow you to connect anytime. We recommend you to get your Tanzania tourist sim card outside the airport because prices and packages are better in the official stores.

WHERE TO GET YOUR TANZANIA TOURIST SIM CARD

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You can get your Tanzanian sim card almost anywhere from the airport, guys with the umbrella with the official brand and phone shops. Just make sure you bring your passport. And make sure that you inform their prices and packages. It’s better to avoid buying your Tanzania prepaid sim card in the airport and look for an official store.

It depends on how long you will be in Tanzania and how much data you will need. There are affordable sim card for tourists in Tanzania valid for 30 days. Keep reading below!

BEST PREPAID SIM CARD TANZANIA COMPARISON

There are 5 phone operators in Tanzania: Vodacom, Tigo, Airtel, Halotel and Zante. Vodacom has the best coverage in the country in general. Airtel has the best coverage in the North part of Tanzania and Zantel has the best coverage in Zanzibar. Let’s compare prices and packages below:

VODACOM TANZANIA

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Vodacom Tanzania is the largest phone operator in the country and with the best coverage. You can get a Tanzanian sim card for tourist with Vodacom in the airport or official shops for $1-2 USD.

You can get these data packages valid 7 days for 10 000 TZ=$4 USD with 2 GB data, for 15 000 TZS=$6 USD with 5 GB data and for 20 000 TZS=$8 USD with 20 GB data.

If you want data packages valid for 30 days 35 000 TZS=$15 USD with 10 GB data, for 50 000 TZS=$21 USD with 20 GB data and 95 000 TZS=$40 USD with 50 GB data.

Tigo Tanzania

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Tigo Tanzania is the second largest phone operator in the country and the coverage is good but not so good as Vodacom. You can get a Tanzanian sim card for tourist with Tigo in the airport or official shops for $1-2 USD.

You can get these data packages for 8 000 TZ=$4 USD with 2 GB data valid for 7 days. If you want data packages valid for 30 days 15 000 TZS=$8 USD with 2 GB data and for 35 000 TZS=$15 USD with 10 GB data. All these packages for 7 days and 30 days include free Apps: Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and Instagram.

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Airtel Tanzania

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Airten Tanzania is the third phone operator in the country. You can get a Tanzanian sim card for tourist with Airtel with the guys under the umbrella for $1 USD which a great choice if you are visiting Northern Tanzania places like Ngorongoro and Serengeti..

You can get these data packages valid 7 days for 5 000 TZ=$2 USD with 2 GB data and for 10 000 TZS=$5 USD with 6 GB data. If you want data packages valid for 30 days 15 000 TZS=$8 USD with 5 GB data. For 20 000 TZS=$10 USD with 10 GB data and for 60 000 TZS=$25 USD with 35 GB data.

Halotel Tanzania

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Halotel Tanzania is the second smallest phone operator in the country. You can get a Tanzanian sim card for tourist with Halotel in the official stores for $2 USD. You can get these data packages valid 7 days for 8 000 TZ=$4 USD with 3.7 GB data and 50 minutes on net calls. For 12 000 TZS=$6 USD with 12 GB data and 100 minutes on net calls.

If you want data packages valid for 30 days 15 000 TZS=$8 USD with 3.6 GB data and 150 minutes on net calls. For 25 000 TZS=$12 USD with 8 GB data and 200 minutes on net calls and for 35 000 TZS=$15 USD with 16 GB data and 300 minutes on net calls

Zantel Tanzania

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Zantel Tanzania is the smallest phone operator in the country and with the best coverage in Zanzibar but not good outside Zanzibar. You can get a prepaid sim cared in Tanzania with Zantel for $1 USD. You can get these data packages valid 7 days for 8 000 TZ=$4 USD with 3 GB data and for 12 000 TZ=$6 USD with 12 GB data.

You can get these data packages for 8 000 TZ=$4 USD with 2 GB data valid for 7 days. If you want data packages valid for 30 days 15 000 TZS=$8 USD with 3 GB data. For 25 000 TZS=$12 USD with 7 GB data. And for 35 000 TZS=$15 USD with 14 GB data.

POCKET WIFI TANZANIA

If you prefer to bring Pocket Wifi in Tanzania a Hotspot can be the best option. You will avoid changing sim card and just landing in Tanzania you will start getting data connection. Read here our full review of Tep Wireless Hotspot with all the details, prices, coverage and how it works.

The price is €7.95 to get wifi when traveling and it includes truly unlimited internet, which is never cut off, regardless how much you use with unlimited wifi and can connect up to 5 devices.

If you use more than 1GB in a day, your connection speed will get slowed to 256kbs. The connection speed will return to normal the next day. Click here, to buy your Tep Wireless Hotspot now. If you add the promo code GAMINTRAVELER you will get 10% discount!

TANZANIA SIM CARD CONCLUSION

My Tanzanian Sim Card Conclusion is getting Vodacom because it has the best coverage in the country with similar data packages valid for 30 days 35 000 TZS=$15 USD with 10 GB data. If you visit visit Serengeti National Park or areas around Ngorongoro in the North better you go for Airtel Tanzania. And Zantel when visiting Zanzibar will be the best option.

BEST TIME TO VISIT TANZANIA

In Tanzania has rainy seasons being the longest one from March to May and expect rains from November to January. We believe the best time to visit Tanzania is during the dry season from June to October since the weather is better. But it will be peak season in Tanzania

Click here to know more about the weather in Tanzania!

ATMS AND CURRENCY IN TANZANIA

There are ATMs in Tanzania and exchange offices in the main touristic points. The main currencies are accepting and the local currency is the Tanzanian Shillings around $1= 2320 TZS.

Click here to know the exact rate.

DAILY BUDGET TRAVEL IN TANZANIA

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For transportation around Tanzania by taxi will cost you $2-3 USD and even cheaper if you get public transportation. Food travel budget in Tanzania you can find juices for one dollar and a whole meal in local places starting from $4-5 USD.

For accommodation in Tanzania you can find deals starting from $15 USD per a room. If you prefer mid budget accommodation will cost $30-40 USD and for $80 USD you will find luxury accommodation in Tanzania.

You can find nice Airbnb in Tanzania starting from $20 USDYou can get $30 USD off your first booking with AirBnB when you sign up with us!

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Happy Travels!

Ruben Arribas is a Spanish traveler who has traveled more than 70+ countries around the world. Now based in the Philippines!

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