Lela Mkiza
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Updated on Nov 09, 2019 Useful Info

How to get a prepaid sim card in Tanzania

Selecting a prepaid sim card might be hectic for a foreigner visiting Tanzania. Well, worry no more. The following is all you need to know about prepaid sim cards in Tanzania.

The 5 main network service providers in Tanzania




Zantel and,


  • Vodacom has the largest market share in Tanzania while Halotel has the least market share.
  • Accordingly, Vodacom has the widest network coverage in Tanzania.
  • If you happen to visit Zanzibar, then Zantel would be the most preferred network service provider, since it has the widest coverage in the island.
  • If you happen to visit Serengeti National Park or areas around Ngorongoro then I'd recommend using Airtel instead.

Where to find your prepaid sim card in Tanzania

  • The easiest and certainly the best way to acquire a prepaid sim card is immediately after arrival at the airport in Dar es Salaam.
  • Companies such as Vodacom have a booth just near the arrival section.
  • You'll only spend at most 5 minutes to have your sim card registration completed and your card fully functional.
  • Alternatively, you can purchase any sim card in shopping outlets countrywide or,
  • Purchasing one from vendors at the streets with umbrellas branded the name of the network service provider.