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Tanzania

Tanzania is a large country, twice the size of California, lying on the Indian Ocean coast located just south of the equator in East Africa. It nestles south of Uganda and Kenya and north of Mozambique and Zambia. Its western border is hugged by the Dem Rep. of Congo, Rwanda and Burundi. With a population of 39 mil, Swahili is the most popular language spoken, with English being the primary language of commerce. The capital Dodoma, lies almost in the centre of the country. Its main attractions are the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, Mount Kilimanjaro (the highest mountain in Africa) and for Zanzibar with its gorgeous beaches and romantic capital called Stonetown, built by Arab slave traders and spice merchants.

Climate

  • Having a tropical climate the rainy season to avoid is from March – May and November and December. Roads and parks can be closed.
  • June – November are the best times for safari
  • For the beaches, January and February as well as July – Oct.

Currency

  • The Tanzanian Shilling is their currency $US 1/1,633Tzs
  • The US Dollar is the best currency to use whether in cash or travellers cheques.

Transport

  • Roads poor and potholed. If hiring a car it is recommended to shut all doors and windows.
  • Rail – a link from Kapiri Mposhi in Zambia to Dar es Salaam takes 2 nights.
  • Air – to visit northern Tanzania it is best to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport which has daily flights from Amsterdam.
  • To visit Zanzibar, southern and western Tanzania fly into Dar es Salaam. There are regional flights to and from neighbouring countries.
  • Bus – several bus services are available to all neighbouring countries but many taking over 20 hours on poor roads.
  • Visas are required (valid for 6 months) and obtained from the Tanzanian Embassy web site (also at the airport)
  • Single entry US$50 or UD$ 100 double (if you intend visiting a neighbouring country for a few days.)
  • No immunization needed
  • Malaria prophylactics recommended.

Safety rules for travelers

  • Make a copy of your passport and have it in your luggage
  • Don’t walk on your own at night or on beaches
  • Don’t wear jewellery
  • Don’t carry a lot of cash on your person
  • Beware of thieves posing as police officers