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With so many things to do, so many experiences to treasure you’ll be coming from Tanzania with many stories to tell. Most popular for its vast landscapes and mesmerising wildlife, Tanzania is one place that has something to be enjoyed by every type of traveller!

  • Summit Kilimanjaro and find yourself on top of the world!
  • Dust off your Safari hat and compass and track down the Big 5 and other local wildlife!
  • Witness magical sunsets that can only be experienced in most remotes part of Africa.
  • Indulge in a hot air balloon over breath-taking Serengeti landscapes
  • Escape to the Island Paradise island of Zanzibar!

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Nature & Wildlife

Tanzania is full of exciting, fascinating and awe-inspiring experiences. The wildlife is unbelievable, from Big Five safaris to spot the lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo and the annual migration of millions of wildebeest in the Serengeti, to the ginormous whale sharks, enigmatic African painted dogs and man’s closest relatives, the agile chimpanzees. On a smaller scale, there are fabulously funky chameleons and literally hundreds of species of beautiful birds, fantastic fish and brilliant butterflies to be seen.

For the Fit & The Active

There are plenty of opportunities to get active too, whether it is scaling the highest point in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro or the active volcano Ol Doinyo Lengai and swimming, snorkelling or scuba diving the pristine Indian Ocean. You can canoe, mountain bike, rock climb and abseil in some of the national parks, take a hot air balloon ride and there are plenty of spots that offer bush walks and night safaris to get an even closer animal encounter!

Island Paradise

The islands of Tanzania offer the traveller the ability to soak up the sun, chill out to the extreme and escape to paradise. Whether it is the spicy scents of Zanzibar or the private island of Fanjove, there are world-class beaches where you can read a book, sip a cocktail, get a massage, de-stress, and detach from every day worries.

Historical Accolades

History comes alive at the prehistoric sites of Isimila and Olduvai Gorge, a fascinating insight into our Stone Age cousin’s lifestyles. More recent historical places can be found in Kilwa at the former gold and ivory trade city, in Kigoma where European explorers mapped the ‘unknown’ and in Zanzibar where you can learn about the cruelty of the slave trade. Modern day culture can be found with visits to settlements of the Maasai people and other Tanzanian tribes.

Whatever you are looking for, you can find it in Tanzania.

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Information for visitors
Location

The United Republic of Tanzania is a country in East Africa. In the north it is bordered by Kenya and Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi in the northwest, the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the west, and Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique in the south. On the east is the Indian Ocean with many islands forming archipelagos.

Dodoma is the capital of Tanzania and can be found in the geographical centre of the country.

Short history of Tanzania

Tanzania is known as the ‘Cradle of Mankind’ due to the fact that many species of early man and prehistoric sites have been discovered in various locations across the country. From approximately ten thousand years ago, Tanzanian communities were hunter-gatherers until around six to three thousand years ago, when agriculture and livestock farming were introduced.

When the Bantu tribes arrived from Western Africa they brought with them ironworking skills and social and political organisation. Traders and merchants also sailed back and forth to Tanzania from the Persian Gulf and Western India, setting up important markets places and bustling settlements along the coast. Portuguese explorers, including Vasco de Gama, arrived in 1498 and took over Zanzibar until the Arabs from Oman seized control in the early 18th Century. This began the era of slave trade, with caravan routes being established across Tanzania through to Lake Tanganyika and Central Africa.

During the 19th century, European explorers ‘discovered’ various parts of Tanzania, most famously during the search for the source of the River Nile involving Burton, Speke, and Dr. Livingstone. In the later part of the century, the Germans began to take control. In 1886 East Africa was partitioned between Germany and the British, with the land east of Lake Tanganyika falling under German rule. However, the German regime destroyed local traditions and beliefs and resulted in a bloody uprising where over 120,000 locals died.

Following WWI the Germans handed over their overseas territories and German East Africa became Tanganyika, under British rule. After WW2, Julius Nyerere demonstrated that self-governance was due and on the 9th of December 1961 independence was granted.

Nyerere became the President in 1962 and in April 1964 Tanganyika united with Zanzibar to become the United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar, later renamed United Republic of Tanzania (a blend of Tan from Tanganyika and Zan from Zanzibar). Nyerere introduced socialism and unified the population by making Swahili the national language.

Since independence, Tanzania has experienced relative political stability, with the current ruling party CCM having been in power since independence. The majority of the population currently survive as subsistence farmers. With the assistance of foreign aid and the investment from abroad, Tanzania is now developing fast. And although infrastructure is poor, Tanzania’s mineral wealth and tourist industry are supporting a growth spurt.

Population

The total population is just over 56 million people and is expected to grow to around 62 million people by 2020.

Visa Application

You’ll more than likely need a visa to enter Tanzania; very few countries’ citizens do not. Visas can be obtained through any Tanzanian Diplomatic mission or Consulate abroad.

A visa is also easily obtained on entry and either of Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar and Kilimanjaro International airports as well as the Namanga and Horohoro entry points on the Kenyan border and through the border crossing with Zambia at Tunduma and Malawi at Songwe. Expect to pay in cash $50 USD per visa.

Whether applying before your arrival, or upon arrival, ensure your passport has at least 6 months validity from your arrival date, at least 2 blank pages for official stamps and a copy of your travel itinerary showing return flight dates and details.

Religious and Cultural considerations

Tanzania is conservatively religious, in both the Christian and Muslim faiths, which together represent around two-thirds of the population’s beliefs.

Whilst not extreme at all, it is a sign of respect for the local people and traditions if you show you are aware of the cultural do’s and don’ts:

  • Shoes should always be removed when entering a home and place of worship
  • Dress modestly in public
  • Topless sunbathing and homosexuality is illegal.

When photographing people, always ask permission first and agree on payment if required.

Health Risks and Considerations

Tanzania is in a tropical zone. Sanitation is not up to first world standards. It is strongly advised that all travellers to the region consult with their doctor and are up to date with their travel vaccines.

Yellow fever vaccination and proof thereof is required for travellers arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission.

The key to good health:

  • Get vaccinated
  • Eat and drink safely (bottled water as an example)
  • Avoid touching live animals
  • Avoid exchanging body fluids
  • Take anti-malarial meds where required
  • Prevent bug bites with lotions and long sleeves / trousers especially in the evenings
  • Reduce your exposure to germs by washing your hands
What Souvenirs to Buy

After the wonderful safari, the challenging hike or the relaxed beach holiday in Tanzania, you want to make sure you take something more home than just the photos you took. Something that will remind you forever of the places you visited, the things you did and the animals you saw.

Tanzania has a huge range of souvenirs, to suit every taste and budget. If you are looking for something to say ‘thank you’ for looking after my dog or cat, or just want to finish all your Christmas or birthday shopping for that year, you have come to the right place as there is something for everyone to be found (including for yourself):

  • t-shirts with prints
  • masks and other carvings, including animals from every material thinkable
  • recycled tyre sandals, spears and shields from the Maasai
  • tinga tinga paintings
  • jewellery
  • locally made handbags
  • coffee and tea
  • local fabrics like kikoy, kanga, kitenge and shukas
  • tanzanite, the local brilliant blue gemstone

In most lodges and hotels there will be a selection of souvenirs for sale, often from local artisans. In the cities the choice will be bigger.

But whatever souvenir you pick up in Tanzania, please be aware what you are buying. Do not buy things made of ivory, coral, shells, rhino horn, tortoise shell, rare hardwoods or wild animal hides.

If you are not sure what the souvenir you are buying is made off and if it is legal, then don’t buy it. Not only it is illegal to buy certain items, but it is also illegal to transport those items out of the country and you can get in a lot of trouble.

Instead, try to find out where things are made locally, usually by women’s groups, and buy directly from them. A great way to support the people and show them that tourism brings jobs and money to the communities.

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