Can I use credit/debit cards while on safari?

Credit and debit card use is not quite as widespread as what you may find in your home country. That being said, every year more and more merchants around the country are accepting card payments.

Most expenses during your trip will already be covered within the initial quote you received, but just in case here are a few instances where credit and/or debit cards will be accepted during your stay with us in Tanzania.

  • At camps and lodges, you can use your credit card for any souvenirs you may want to purchase at the shops, or for any beverages you’d like to order.
  • At souvenir shops (outside of the lodges), credit cards are widely accepted. (Remember to have them charge you in the local currency — Tanzanian shillings — to save some money if your card doesn’t charge a Foreign Transaction Fee.)
  • If you happen to take a day trip around Arusha pre- or post-safari, you can use your card to grab food at some restaurants (not all), or to buy things at some local shops.
  • If you are heading to Zanzibar, credit cards are accepted at many hotels, as well as quite widely throughout the restaurants located in and around the capital of Stone Town.

Note: credit card terminals, especially outside of the main cities, operate using mobile signal terminals, which sometimes cannot connect for whatever reason. If this is the case, their card processing system will be down for the time being, and you’ll either need to try again later or pay in cash.


Have any other questions regarding using credit cards while on safari? Just let us know and we’ll be happy to answer and and all queries you may have.

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