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Tanzania Tourism

Continent: Africa
Region: East Africa

Ideal Duration:

Best Time: July-October, December-March Read More

Currency: Tanzanian Shilling (TZS)

Budget: Moderate

"The Canvas of Natural Beauty"

Tanzania Tourism

Tanzania is one of the most ethnically, linguistically, and religiously diverse country in Africa. The people of Tanzania with their smiling faces and infectious spirits would give you a warm welcome. Tanzania continues to attract people with its beautiful ebony carvings and marvellous textiles. This country is the proud owner of Africa's tallest mountain, Kilimanjaro. Tanzania proudly flaunts its natural beauty whether its the animals, the landscapes, the beaches or it's coral reefs. Overall, Tanzania is the complete package. Whether you are an adrenaline junkie, a nature lover or someone with a zest for life, Tanzania will not leave you disappointed.

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Regions in Tanzania

Tanzania can be divided into Central Tanzania, Northeast Tanzania, Northwest Tanzania, Pembwe and the Southeast, Southern Highlands, and Zanzibar.Central Tanzania is a plateau which is where the capital city of Dodma city is located. Kilimanjaro is on the Northeast side of Tanzania. Africas's great lakes flow through Northwest Tanzania.Serengeti National Park is also located here.Pembwe and the Southeast is the hot humid region of Tanzania. It includes the former capital Dar-es-Salaam and most of the country's Indian Ocean coastline. Zanzibar is the coastal island consisting of the beautiful coral reefs.

Best time to visit Tanzania

July-October, December-March is the best time to visit Tanzania

The weather is drier so most people prefer to travel during this time. Animal spotting is easier during this time. It is a good time to visit the wildlife safaris and game parks.The rain hasn't started yet, making travelling easier.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Safaris. National Parks.Beaches.Trekking. Scuba Diving. Stone age sites.

What's Not So Great?

Sanitation. Mosquitos.

For Whom?

Adventure lovers. People who love natural beauty.

Stay options in Tanzania

Tanzania offers a variety of accommodation choices depending on your needs. Here you can find a wide range of luxury hotels, resorts, and budget hotels. For the adventure lovers, there are rondavels, huts, wildlife lodges, and campsites. Youth hostels and guest houses are also available.

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Currency of Tanzania

Tanzanian Shilling is the currency of Tanzania. Cards like Mastercard and Visa are accepted here but it is recommended that they should only be used as a backup as 10% surcharges are applied. Therefore, it is recommended that you carry cash.

Exchanging Money in Tanzania

You can get your money exchanged at a Forex office or a bank.The exchange rates at Forex offices are better than those of banks. The main banks in Tanzania are National Bank of Commerce and Standard Chartered Bank. ATM cash points are always available and provide same exchange rates as banks. The ATMs only dispense Tanzanian Shillings.

Nightlife in Tanzania

Although Tanzania isn't known for its night life, it is still quite decent. It is a lot more mellow and down to earth instead of being loud and flashy. Most of the clubs, bars, and lounges are in Dar es Salaam and Moshi town.

Shopping in Tanzania

Tanzanian cities and towns mostly sell things like animal skin drums, beaten brass and copper ware, wooden carvings, textiles, chess sets in bone, ivory and wood and ethnic jewellery.The most sought after item that captures the attention of the tourists would be the Makonde (ebony carvings).Some good souvenirs would be beaded jewellery, decorated gourds, and sarongs worn by the men and women. Bargaining is possible in the street markets. The stores stay open till evening but some Muslim-owned businesses close on Friday afternoon. However, may be open on Sundays.

Festivals of Tanzania

Tanzania is a multiethnic country where the people respect each other's religious differences. Eid-ul-Fitr, Christmas, and Diwali are celebrated here. Some of the festivals of Tanzania include the Wanyambo festival held in Dar es Salaam which explores the music, food, costumes, The unique and dance of Tanzanian people.Another such vibrant festival is the Mzalendo Halisi Music Festival which portrays traditional Tanzanian music by local performers along with art and cultural exhibitions. The Festival of the Dhow Countries features the Zanzibar International Film Festival. It takes place in early July and lasts The unique festival is Mwaka Kogwa Festival which is a four-day event in July/August that takes place in Zanzibar. Here, village men thrash each other with banana stalks to settle arguments from the previous year. Women dress up, sing and dance, a straw hut is set on fire, and a feast ensues. The Bagamoyo Arts Festival presents traditional and contemporary music and dance. The week-long event in September also includes grand exhibitions, workshops and acrobatics shows. All the adventure lovers swoon over the Kiliman adventure challenge and the Kilimanjaro Marathon which is a road race that takes place on Africa's highest mountain.

History of Tanzania

Tanzania is one of the oldest,Êcontinuously inhabited areas on earth. It can be traced back 2 million years and be proved by the fossils found in the Serengeti plain. In later years, the trade centres of coastal region and islands brought in merchant communities from India and China. The European merchant sailors came in the 1400s while the Portuguese were removed by an Afro-Arab army in 1698. Zanzibar, capital Od Sultan of Oman, became the capital of slave trade. By the 19th century, Britain and Germany sent its explorers. Germany ruled from 1886 until the end of Worl War I until Britain took over. After Tanganyika and Zanzibar gained independence in 1964, Tanzania was formed. Tanganyika African National Union (TANU) became the dominant political force under Julius Nyerere from 1964- 1985. Now, Tanzania is a one party dominant country withChamam Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party in power/ The current president, John Pombe Magufuli was sworn into office in 2015.

Hygiene in Tanzania

Malaria is something to be aware of. Travellers are advised to carry mosquito sprays and get anti-malaria pills. However, if one doesn't go out at night, and takes the necessary precautions, it can be avoided. Vaccinations that need to be taken before visiting include - Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, tetanusRabies, Typhoid, Booster Tetanus, Diphtheria and Measles. While a yellow fever vaccination certificate is not officially required to enter Tanzania unless you're coming from an infected area, carrying one is advised. One should drink bottled water only.

Customs of Tanzania

Elders are very respected in Tanzanian culture and are always greeted by saying shikamo, whereas they reply marahaba. Tanzanians do not use their left hand while eating, handing something to someone,or while handshaking. Also, one shouldn't touch anything with one's left hand, such as produce at the market. It is considered rude to let the bottom of one's foot or shoe point at someone. Feet should also not be propped up on chairs or tables. In many rural areas and in Zanzibar, women are expected to dress in a modest way; skirts below the knees and shirts with sleeves. In urban areas guidelines are more flexible and women are seen wearing long pants. For men, it is inappropriate to wear short pants. Outside of tours, tipping is not generally required for other services such as taxis, barbers and restaurants. If service is very good at a restaurant, you may conside rounding the bill to a convenient amount.

Tips for visiting Tanzania

Get anti-malaria tablets and mosquito sprays since the tropical environment does give rise to diseases like Malaria. However, the chances of encountering with malaria carrying mosquitos are only at night so it can be avoided if precautions are taken. Drink bottled water only. Make a copy of your passport and keep it in your luggage.Don't wear flashy/expensive jewellery. You shouldn't carry too much cash with you.Wear a money belt that fits under your clothes.

Culture of Tanzania

Tanzanian culture is an amalgamation of African, Arab, European & Indian cultures.Its society places a lot of emphasis on family values and strict morals. Marriages are arranged traditionally, and divorce, albeit legal, is frowned upon. Muslim law permits polygamy, but most people don't opt for it due to the expenses. Tanzania has a history of black magic known as 'Juju'. These are traditional spells, medicines, and cures that are used to cure ailments by the believers. Swahili and English are the official languages. Although, over a 100 different languages are spoken. Major religions practised in Tanzania include Islam, Christianity, and traditional African religions. Some of the other religions practised include Hinduism, Sikhism, and Buddhism.

Food of Tanzania

The native cuisine varies due to Tanzania's multi-ethnic culture. However, most of their meals consist of cereals like millet, sorghum, chickpeas cornmeal, beans, chickpeas and potatoes are eaten as main dishes. Raw and ripe plantains are served as ingredients in stews.The native population of Zanzibar eats pilaf dishes, rice cooked with spices such asÊcloves, saffron,Êcinnamon,Êfruits pomegranate juice,Êmeats. ÊThe Indian settlers brought with them their curries and wheat flour breads. The British added their own dishes including grilled meats, boiled vegetables and meat stews.East African cuisine is famous for dishes containing a variety of insects. Locusts, grasshoppers and flying ants are trapped and then are either fried or sun dried. Termites are another delicacy along with caterpillars and lake flies. Other than these, plenty on international cuisines are available in Tanzania and wonderful dishes are created using the delicious seafood , spices, and tropical fruits. Some of the famous dishes of Tanzania include Mtori soup, Mchicha, and Mandazi.

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