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Tanzania Travel Tips

Tanzania Travel Tips
Tanzania is an extraordinary country for travelling. Safari is a common activity. The native Tanzanians are keen travellers as well. In Tanzania you find the most stunning Game Parks and Landscapes worldwide: Serengeti, Kilimanjaro and Nogorongoro Crater. Also the other destinations are not less attractive: Ruaha, Selous, Mahale, Lake Tanganyika and the beaches on the Indian Ocean - only to mention a few. The native people are friendly with a sense of humour, very hospitable who realise that tourism is an important business for the country.
Languages: Ki-Swahili, English and Local languages.
Population: estimated to 38,417,017 Capital city: Dodoma
Currency: Tanzanian Shilling
People: Native African, Arabian, Asians and Europeans.
President: Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete Government: Republic
Religion: Christians, Muslims, Hindu and Traditional
Climate: Hot and humid
Average Temperature: 25C (77F)
What are the languages spoken?
The official Tanzanian languages are Ki-Swahili and English. There are more than 120 tribal vernaculars. Despite English is widely spoken in Tanzania, but a few basic words of Swahili are always greatly appreciated.
Where is Tanzania located?
Tanzania is situated in East Africa. On its borders you will find Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique. Tanzania also has its own independent island - Zanzibar. The island offers snorkeling, diving, lots of water activities and golden beaches
What are the religion beliefs?
Mainly Muslim, Christian and traditional beliefs. Please keep in mind that you are entering a different country with strong religious customs.
How safe is Tanzania?
Tanzania is one of the most stable countries in Africa. The first President Julius Nyerere managed it to form one balanced country and to unite the different tribes and religious believes. Criminality is comparable small however in big towns you should be cautious like anywhere in the world.
How big is the area of Tanzania?
Tanzania is 945 087 sq. Kms in size.
How big is the Population ?
Tanzania has a population of more than 38,417,017 people. The population being Black African people divided into five ethnic groups. The rest of the population is made up of Asians, Arabs and Europeans.
What is the time zone of Tanzania ?
The standard time zone in Tanzania is 3 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +3).
What is the Capital City of Tanzania ?
The Capital Dodoma is a small town in the heart of the country. The largest and most important city in Tanzania is Dar es Salaam, and it is the political and economic capital. Dar es Salaam is located along the Indian Ocean Coast. Here you will find the various embassy offices, government offices, busy industrial areas, markets, shops, restaurants and luxury hotels. Due to the German and English occupation in Tanzania, the city still has many reminders in their buildings and landmarks of the Germans and the British. There are so many things to see in the city, from museums, historical sites and St. Joseph’s Cathedral, to vibrant markets, the Botanical Gardens, the waterfront and so much more.
What is the climate and weather like in Tanzania ?
While the weather is quite temperate to hot in Tanzania, the coastal area has a tropical climate. Temperatures on Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru can drop to below freezing. Generally dry and hot with cool nights/mornings from June-October, short rains from November to mid-December, long rains March-May but the seasons can vary.
What is the best time of the year to visit Tanzania ?
The best time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro is from August to October and from January to March. During the dry seasons of December through February, and July through September, you can enjoy the best game viewing period. Late October to mid December is when the short rains occur. The long rains start in March and end around late May.
What type of Government does Tanzania have ?
Tanzania was formed out of the union of two sovereign states namely Tanganyika and Zanzibar. Tanganyika became a sovereign state on 9th December, 1961 and became a Republic the following year. Zanzibar became independent on 10th December, 1963 and the Peoples Republic of Zanzibar was established after the revolution of 12th January, 1964. The two sovereign republics formed the United Republic of Tanzania on 26th April, 1964. However, the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania is a unitary republic consisting of the Union Government and the Zanzibar Revolutionary Government.
What is the local currency ?
The unit of currency is the Tanzanian shilling (Tsh). Foreign currency is usually accepted in most establishments in Tanzania. Most of the International Airports in the country will have banks where foreign currency can be exchanged. Traveller’s cheques are accepted. Please note that AMEX traveller’s cheques are not accepted
Can I use my credit card ?
You can use your credit card at the ATM to draw shillings. Please note that only the new USD bills are accepted.
How much should I Tip ?
A tip for exceptional service will be expected and appreciated, $15-$20 per day for driver or tour guide and $8 -$12 for a cook. At restaurants the standard tipping is 10% of the bill. For lodge and hotel staff, get advice from the manager but usually not more than 10%.
What is the Country Dialing Code of Tanzania ?
The international country dialing code for Tanzania is +255. Each city or region has a 2 digit area code.
WCan I use my Cell/mobile phone in Tanzania ?
Mobile or Cellular phones work in the main urban areas of Tanzania. Travelers should contact their service provider to ensure they have international roaming.
Is there internet connectivity ?
The internet connection is relatively fast in Tanzania and very cheap. Internet cafes are available in most of the major cities and certain hotels and lodges.
What other public communications media is there ?
Phone calls are quite expensive and not that reliable. Hotels and lodges usually offer a fax, internet and phone service. Postage stamps can be obtained at shops or hotels and there are post offices in the cities.
What plugs and power voltage is used in Tanzania ?
Tanzania uses 220/240Volts, but you will need adapters if you are using 110v equipment. Most hotels have adapters available. But it is wise to bring your own, just in case. While on safari, most of the lodges have electrical wall units for those who don’t bring enough batteries, as batteries are quite expensive in Tanzania. Also power failures, surges and troughs are common. Bring a universal adaptor and a torch (flashlight) or headlamp.
What are the Visa and Passport Requirements ?
Please note that when visiting Tanzania, you should visit your local embassy to get details on your passport and visa. Depending on your nationality you might be able to get a visa at the border or you might have to request it in your country.
Can I Travel With Children ?
Tanzanians love children and are especially helpful to mothers. However, canned baby foods, powered milk and disposable nappies may not be available outside major towns or to the parks hotel.
What are the major public holidays ?
» 1 Jan - New Years Day
» 12 Jan - Zanzibar Revolution Day
» 5 Feb - CCM Foundation Day
» 26 Apr - Union Day
» 01 May - Workers Day
» 07 Jul - Peasants Day (also called Saba Saba, which means 7-7)
» 09 Dec - Tanganyika Independence Day

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