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Tanzania Gay Travel

Whether looking to climb Kilimanjaro or experience an authentic safari, gay travellers love Tanzania's naturally beauty.

From the snow-capped peaks of Mt Kilimanjaro—the largest free-standing mountain on Earth—to the Serengeti Plains and Ngorongoro Crater, which are home to more than 1,500 species of animals, this country is a testament to the power of nature. Whether you’re looking to challenge your limits with an epic hike, or spot the Big Five on safari, Tanzania is a worthwhile place to visit. You can even unwind on the pristine beaches of Zanzibar, an exotic archipelago in the Indian ocean.


Quick Facts

  • Capital City: Dodoma
  • Currency: Tanzanian Shilling (TZS)
  • Languages: Swahili, English
  • Best Time of Year to Visit: July & August

LGBT Rights in Tanzania

Gay Tanzania Travel

Best Places to Visit in Tanzania

More Info

Long story short, homosexuality is illegal in Tanzania. While locals in the tourism industry are more accepting, complete discretion is advised (even heterosexual public displays of affection are frowned upon on the Muslim coast and in Zanzibar). That said, your crew, staff, and accommodations with Out Adventures are all very welcoming.

Gay Activity: Illegal
Gay Marriage: Not recognized
Right to Change Gender: Ambiguous
Same-Sex Adoption: Married couples only
LGBT Discrimination: No protections

Due to Tanzania’s deeply ingrained homophobia, we recommend LGBT travellers practice complete discretion. It should be noted even heterosexual PDAs are frowned upon in parts of Tanzania. However, if you’re joining our Kilimanjaro climb, please rest assured your crew, staff, and accommodations all welcome you.

Gay Villages in Tanzania

There are no gay villages in Tanzania.

Pride Festivals in Tanzania

There are no annual Pride Festivals in Tanzania.

Best Gay Bars in Tanzania

There are no gay bars in Tanzania.

 

5. Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Perhaps the most striking landscape in East Africa, Ngorongoro is home to crater highlands and calderas, lush rainforest and endless savannas. 

4. Mahale Mountains and Gombe

Tanzania’s remote western parks aren’t nearly as famous as the Serengeti. However, they are home to the elusive chimpanzee, mankind’s closest relative.

3. Zanzibar

Off the coast of East Africa sits Zanzibar, an Indian Ocean archipelago known for its beaches and mysterious Stone Town.

2. Serengeti National Park

Home of the Great Wildebeest Migration, the Serengeti is one of Africa’s greatest safari destinations.

1. Mount Kilimanjaro

At 5,895m/19,341ft Mount Kilimanjaro is Earth’s tallest free-standing mountain and listed among the world’s tallest volcanoes. Summiting Kilimanjaro has long been considered one of adventure travel’s greatest achievements. And while it’s no walk in the park, the sense of accomplishment one enjoys while watching the sun rise from the rooftop of Africa can’t be properly described in words.

Best Time to Visit: July and August are the best time to visit Tanzania—these months offer the best chance of clear skies and low precipitation.

Electricity: D- and G-type sockets

Time Zone: (GMT+3) East Africa Time

Covid-19 Vaccination Requirements: Out Adventures requires proof of full Covid-19 vaccination from all guests, following recommendations by the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For more details please see our Covid-19 FAQ.

Other Vaccinations: Based on the entry requirements for Tanzania, there are no other vaccinations needed for entry unless you are travelling from a Yellow Fever Zone (in which case you will be required to provide proof of Yellow Fever vaccination). To determine if you should take preventative measures to reduce the risk of illness, consult your doctor or a travel medical clinic, as Out Adventures cannot provide vaccination recommendations. 

Visas: Most travellers require a visa to enter Tanzania. You can get a visa in advance here. Some airports allow you to purchase a tourist visa upon arrival, but it can’t be guaranteed and we strongly advise you to get your visa in advance.

Last updated on Sept 24, 2021. Disclaimer: The information provided was accurate at the time of publishing, but cannot be guaranteed.
LGBT Rights in Tanzania

Long story short, homosexuality is illegal in Tanzania. While locals in the tourism industry are more accepting, complete discretion is advised (even heterosexual public displays of affection are frowned upon on the Muslim coast and in Zanzibar). That said, your crew, staff, and accommodations with Out Adventures are all very welcoming.

Gay Activity: Illegal
Gay Marriage: Not recognized
Right to Change Gender: Ambiguous
Same-Sex Adoption: Married couples only
LGBT Discrimination: No protections

Gay Tanzania Travel

Due to Tanzania’s deeply ingrained homophobia, we recommend LGBT travellers practice complete discretion. It should be noted even heterosexual PDAs are frowned upon in parts of Tanzania. However, if you’re joining our Kilimanjaro climb, please rest assured your crew, staff, and accommodations all welcome you.

Gay Villages in Tanzania

There are no gay villages in Tanzania.

Pride Festivals in Tanzania

There are no annual Pride Festivals in Tanzania.

Best Gay Bars in Tanzania

There are no gay bars in Tanzania.

 

Best Places to Visit in Tanzania

5. Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Perhaps the most striking landscape in East Africa, Ngorongoro is home to crater highlands and calderas, lush rainforest and endless savannas. 

4. Mahale Mountains and Gombe

Tanzania’s remote western parks aren’t nearly as famous as the Serengeti. However, they are home to the elusive chimpanzee, mankind’s closest relative.

3. Zanzibar

Off the coast of East Africa sits Zanzibar, an Indian Ocean archipelago known for its beaches and mysterious Stone Town.

2. Serengeti National Park

Home of the Great Wildebeest Migration, the Serengeti is one of Africa’s greatest safari destinations.

1. Mount Kilimanjaro

At 5,895m/19,341ft Mount Kilimanjaro is Earth’s tallest free-standing mountain and listed among the world’s tallest volcanoes. Summiting Kilimanjaro has long been considered one of adventure travel’s greatest achievements. And while it’s no walk in the park, the sense of accomplishment one enjoys while watching the sun rise from the rooftop of Africa can’t be properly described in words.

More Info

Best Time to Visit: July and August are the best time to visit Tanzania—these months offer the best chance of clear skies and low precipitation.

Electricity: D- and G-type sockets

Time Zone: (GMT+3) East Africa Time

Covid-19 Vaccination Requirements: Out Adventures requires proof of full Covid-19 vaccination from all guests, following recommendations by the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For more details please see our Covid-19 FAQ.

Other Vaccinations: Based on the entry requirements for Tanzania, there are no other vaccinations needed for entry unless you are travelling from a Yellow Fever Zone (in which case you will be required to provide proof of Yellow Fever vaccination). To determine if you should take preventative measures to reduce the risk of illness, consult your doctor or a travel medical clinic, as Out Adventures cannot provide vaccination recommendations. 

Visas: Most travellers require a visa to enter Tanzania. You can get a visa in advance here. Some airports allow you to purchase a tourist visa upon arrival, but it can’t be guaranteed and we strongly advise you to get your visa in advance.

Last updated on Sept 24, 2021. Disclaimer: The information provided was accurate at the time of publishing, but cannot be guaranteed.


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