How to send money to Tanzania using Safaricom MPESA

You took a little vacation to Tanzania, and rightfully so, it is a beautiful place. There are so many places to go, you decide to do it all, after all, you only live once. You get on random shopping sprees and before you know it, you’re on the rocks, you’re broke. You hit up your boys and they are willing to sort you out..but you’re in Tanzania man, how do they sort you?

MPESA has in the 10 years of operation, greatly eased the hustle of monetary transaction. It has become a part of our daily lives. We depend on mobile money to pay for everything; shopping, gas, meals and also to remember family and friends. Gone are the days of money orders and so many procedures to send and receive money.

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Sending money to Tanzania


To send money from Kenya to Tanzania from your Safaricom MPESA line, follow these 5 simple steps.

  1. Go to M-PESA and select Lipa Na M-PESA.
  2. Select Pay Bill and enter business number 255255.
  3. Under account number, enter the Tanzania recipient’s mobile number in the format 2557XXXXXXXX
  4. Enter amount you wish to send in Ksh.
  5. Enter your M-PESA PIN and confirm the transaction.

In Tanzania, if the money was sent via M-Pesa, it will go directly into your Vodacom M-Pesa account. You should be fully registered on Vodacom M-Pesa to do this. You do not need to know the exchange rate, it will be converted automatically and the prevailing exchange rate indicated on the transaction confirmation.