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Money / ATMs / simcard in Mwanza

Money / ATMs / simcard in Mwanza

The local currency is Tanzanian Shilling (Tzs). Many hotels require payment in US$, in particular for accommodation, but also for food and drink and for tours. Taxis and car rentals are also paid in US$. You do need Tzs if you go shopping s or eat at local restaurants  in Mwanza (recommended!) and for petrol if you rent a car. Tzs come in notes of 10,000, 5,000, 2,000 and 1,000 shillings. Coins used here are 500, 200, 100 and 50 Shilling.

The Government recently closed all exchange bureaus in Most Cities a while ago, but now are opened again  . At present, one can only exchange money at the local banks, and many other centers in town.

The exchange bureaus inside the airport arrivals and departures halls are still open 24/7. Bring $100 and $50 notes for best rates. NB: latest news is that only US$ notes printed after 2013 will be exchanged!   For an indication on current exchange rates check https://crdbbank.co.tz/exchange-rates/

The bigger hotels, restaurants and car rentals have credit card facilities. A surcharge of 5% is applicable. Be aware that at many places credit cards are not accepted.

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ATMs: You can only draw Tzs against your credit card or a card with a Visa or Mastercard logo. An ATM is at the airport parking lot, there are a few other ATMs in MwanzaTown. Most ATMs have a maximum payout of Tzs 400,000 per withdrawal. You can use your credit card multiple times until your daily withdrawal limit on your credit card is reached. You might have to visit different ATMs though.

The majority of ATMs are in Mwanza town and big Shopping Centers, these are the ONLY locations of ATMs in Mwanza town and other areas around the city (beware, they frequently run out of money especially on weekends!):

Petrol costs Tzs 1885 per liter for Super (August 2020) and is paid in Tzs.  You can also pay in US$ but you’ll get a really bad exchange rate.

Simcard/internet: You can buy a simcard at the airport or in Mwanza town (cheaper). A Vodacom with 12 GB apparently costs US$ 20 at the airport. Vodacom has the best coverage on the Mwanza, but going outside consider Airtel or Halotel (Ask your in country contact for specific advice.

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