Tanzania is the largest country in East Africa with its capital in the city of Dodoma. The best time to visit Tanzania is during the dry season – one of its climate seasons, the other being the rainy season – great for safari tours and wildlife viewing. There are more than 120 ethnic tribes in Tanzania, with the 4 largest ethnic groups being the Sukuma, Chagga, Haya and Nyamwezi. Its religion is predominantly split between the Christians and the Muslims. Most of the dishes that make up the Tanzania cuisine are typical all over East Africa; its popular foods are coconut bean soup, rice, maize porridge, plantain soup and beans. There are 130 languages spoken in Tanzania while Swahili and English are its two official languages.
Due to its vast landmass, getting around Tanzania by plane is the quickest and most convenient option. Public transport is cheap and getting around the cities is relatively easy, you can take the bus, taxi, minivans, trains, car rentals and ferries. Tanzania is generally a safe country for travelers to visit; it is advised to avoid isolated areas, especially isolated stretches of beach in cities and tourist areas.
Festivals in Tanzania are a great way to get to know Tanzanian culture and enjoy its cultural diversity. Some of the interesting festivals and events you should attend are: the Kilimanjaro Marathon and Karibu Travel and Tourism fair, the largest tourism fair in East Africa, held at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro and the crater of Mount Meru. There is also the Mwaka Kogwa Festival, Serengeti Cultural Festival, Wanyambo Festival and Mzalendo Halisi Music Festival.
Tanzania, one of the most popular tourist destination in Africa, is home to some of Africa’s most famous national parks, safaris and wildlife viewing adventures. Some of its fascinating attractions include:
Ruaha National Park: is the largest national park in the country. The park is filled with wild dogs, lions, leopards, elephants, cheetah, giraffes, zebras, impala, bat eared foxes and jackals, the park offers visitors an opportunity to get up close and personal with nature and enjoy the wildlife.
Serengeti National Park: as the largest national park in Tanzania, the Serengeti attracts thousands of tourists each year.
Large herds of antelope as well as lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, bat eared fox, hunting dog and jackal are also found in Serengeti National Park. Nearly 500 species of bird have been recorded on the Serengeti.
There are over 10,000 hotels and apartments to stay in Tanzania, so you will be spoiled for choice especially when in Dar es Salaam.
Common Questions Travellers Ask About Tanzania
Is it safe to travel to Tanzania?
Tanzania is a safe place to travel to, the people are warm-hearted and generous and are eager to help and assist visitors. It is recommended to be watchful and cautious in tourist areas, such as Arusha, Stone Town (Zanzibar), and Dar es Salaam.
What languages are spoken in Tanzania?
Swahili and English are the official languages and spoken by most people living in Tanzania, also its diverse ethnic groups, speak the local languages and dialects.
Is the tap water safe to drink?
The tap water is unsafe to drink and you shouldn't drink it unless it is filtered and purified. It is better to carry along bottled water, which is cheap and widely available throughout the country.
What currency is used in Tanzania?
The currency of Tanzania is known as the Tanzanian Shilling
What traditional gifts can you buy while in Tanzania?
There are many markets in the tourist cities that sell Beaded jewelry, carved soapstone, and Masai blankets which make interesting traditional gifts to carry along with you while leaving Tanzania.
What are the mobile network operators and internet service providers in Tanzania
There are 6 mobile network operators and also quite a number of internet service providers in Tanzania. You can checkout the
list of networks operators in Tanzania
and also details about each of them.