What sort of money, dollars or Tanzanian Shillings?

Tanzania has the shilling which is divided into 100 cents. It is illegal to import or export the currency.

You may exchange money at the airport, banks, Bureau de change and some tourist places. You also can withdraw cash from most international banks’ ATM machines, but 5% surcharges will apply for each transaction. ATMs are available in the main cities.

Visa and MasterCard are accepted by most top hotels and lodges.

It is recommended to carry 2009 and above series US Dollar bills. The bills below 2006 series are not accepted at most banks, hotels and local shops.

It is preferable to carry 100 US Dollar bills. Lower denominations carry poor exchange rates