Reasons to Visit
It is extremely easy to add some beach relaxation in Zanzibar after a tiring safari on the mainland; the beaches are stunning and diving is excellent. You don't have to travel far either as the island is only a 30 minute flight from Dar Es Salaam. Tanzania is therefore the ideal location to combine a safari and beach break.
Tanzania has some of Africa's most famous and best national parks and reserves where you are guaranteed fantastic big cat sightings. The Serengeti, Selous and the Crater are just some of the best game viewing areas to visit.
Tanzania has more than 1,000 species of birds and some spectacular places to view them. Lake Natron is also the only known breeding ground for East Africa's millions of lesser flamingos which cover the lake between August and October.
The Mahale Mountains - towering almost 2km above the shore of Lake Tanganyika are home to some of the last remaining wild chimpanzees. There are currently around 900 which are habituated to humans, and tracking them is a magical experience.
One of the highlights of the Serengeti National park is the great annual migration which passes through this amazing wilderness. Up to 1.8 million wildebeest and zebra have been counted doing their annual trip in search of the sweet grasses and the rains.
Tanzania has an evocative mix of people and cultures with 120 ethnic groups making up the diverse population. The largest group are the Sukuma but perhaps the most memorable are the Maasai who you will often see in Northern Tanzania herding their cattle, goats and sheep.
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Tanzania’s safari areas can be divided into the northern, southern and western ‘circuits’.
Each circuit encompasses a number of parks:
We recommend that you focus on just one or possibly two circuits in order to have time to relax as well as explore.
Knowing the country well, we can recommend different ways to explore, such as flying from one camp to another or exploring on guided camping safaris.
The official languages are KiSwahili and English but more than 100 different languages are spoken across Tanzania. Almost everybody involved in the tourism industry, either directly or indirectly, will be able to speak some English.
The traditional gratuity to safari guides or camp staff is not included in the price of your tour and is completely discretionary. If you want to tip because you have received good service, a brief guideline is as follows:
The currency of Tanzania is the Tanzania shilling (TSh). The current exchange rate is approximately US$1=1000TSh (GB£1=1500TSh). Hotels will accept payment for food and drinks in either US$ or TSh. Some restaurants and shops in the tourist areas may also accept payment in US$.
Due to a spate of forgeries, nobody in Tanzania, including banks, will accept US$100 notes, so it is best to carry smaller denominations.
Credit cards are accepted at some of the major hotels but a 5-10% surcharge will usually be added. There are very few ATM's in Tanzania. Do not rely on credit cards other than as a back-up.
Conservative casual wear is generally acceptable everywhere, but revealing clothes should be avoided since they may cause offence, particularly in towns and villages in the coastal areas where there is a very strong Muslim element. In Zanzibar particularly you will need to cover your knees and shoulders.
Our country specialists can advise on any safety concerns you may have. For current information, please refer to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website.
'Barefoot over the Serengeti' by David Read or 'Memoirs of an Arabian Princess from Zanzibar' by Emily Said-Ruete.
'Commando Hamza Kalala and Bantu Group' is legendary in the Tanzanian music scene has remained true to his roots, fusing local rhythms with newer influences to produce irresistible beats with lyrical wizardry. 'Islanders Band' are one of Zanzibar’s most popular bands, playing the African traditional music with zouk and rumba music influences thus creating it’s unique style.
'Africa the Serengeti' narrated by James Earl Jones is based on the great migration, and was initially released for Imax theatres. 'Globe Trekker Video: East Africa: Tanzania and Zanzibar' is a narration of traveller Ian Wright, from Zanzibar, via the Selous game reserve to the Serengeti.
M'chuzi wa nyama is a lovely curry dish! It is quite yellow in color, and the sauce is smooth and velvety. It is the combination of all the spices which makes this great dish. Use a good quality curry and make it with any meat. It is frequently served with beef in East Africa. Try it with lamb or veal as a change.
Tanzania's Kilimanjaro beer, named after one of the countries most popular highlights.
'Pole pole' (Slowly slowly).
Big wide friendly smiles, Kilimanjaro, great migration, lions, wildlife, expansive beaches.
Tinga Tinga artwork, scarves, kikoys, animal carvings, coffee, tea.
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