Tanzania lies on the East African Coast between 1 and 11.45’ latitudes South of Equator and 29.20’ and 40.35’ longitudes east. Tanzania covers 945,087 sq km and share boarders with Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Malawi, Burundi and Indian Ocean.
Tanzania is blessed with spectacular scenery, prolific wildlife and a superb coastline. Its rich history, cultural heritage, idyllic beaches and wildlife safari complemented by the warm hospitality of the charming people, make for a most memorable experience.
Tanzania is divided into: Coastal plain, Maasai steppe, Miombo woodland, Highland plateau, Savannah, Semiarid, Volcanic highland and Great Rift Valley.
Tanzania is a land of spectacular beauty. It has highest African peak with snow capped Mt Kilimanjaro.
It has Coastline of 800 Kms with palm fringed white beaches, and Islands like Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia. It has Great lakes like Lake Victoria (the largest of all African Lakes, is also the second widest freshwater body in the world & Source of River Nile), Lake Tanganyika (world largest and 2nd deepest Lake in Central African) and Lake Nyasa, and Great Rivers like River Ruaha, and River Rufiji. Climate is warm and humid in coastal region regulated by sea breeze where temperature range is 30 to 24 degrees Centigrade on coastal and 22 – 24 degrees Centigrade on highland.
Hottest months are from October to March and long rainy season is from March to June and short rainy season is on from October to January.
Languages: Kiswahili and English
Religion: Christians and Muslims
Visa : Obtained at Tanzanian Embassies & consulates as well on arrival.
Communication : 3 International Airport –Mwl J.K Nyerere (Dar es salaam),KIA and Zanzibar , also local air charter operate small fleets of turbo – prop aircraft daily to Game parks, Sea port for Zanzibar sea ferries and bus services through out the country. Also covered landline and mobile network throughout country and covered with internet services on major town
Currency : T. Shillings, can be exchanged at Banks or bureau de change. Visa cardholders can access to local currency 24hours at ATM. Some places USD are accepted.
Health: Advised to take anti malarial 2 weeks before safari. Recommended vaccination against Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid.
Clothing: Comfortable, hard wearing footwear and light clothing for day time and warm covers for night.
Cuisines: Both Local and International foods. Coastal areas are rich in sea food (Prawns, Lobsters, Crabs, wide varieties of fish). Also fresh seasonal fruits are available (mango, Water melon, Orange, Pineapple, Tangerine) and fresh vegetables.
Accommodation: Huge diversity of accommodation from luxury and fine lodges and hotels, cottages and camps and fly camps.
Shopping: Tingatinga paintings, makonde carvings, beaded Masai necklaces, basket ware, precious jewels (Tanzanite)
Activities in Tanzania
Balloon Safari: Serengeti National park.
Bird watching: 1,000 species at game parks
Game viewing / Photographic Safari: Tanzania is rich in wildlife safaris in natural habitat.
Caving: Amboni Caves.
Deep sea fishing: Mafia, Zanzibar, Pemba, and Kilwa.
Sea Diving: Indian Ocean provides superb opportunities for Scuba. Coral reef can be viewed.
Mountain Climbing: Mt Kilimanjaro, Mt Meru, Mt Udzungwa, Mt Usambara.
Water Sports: Coast, Islands and lakes provides wide varieties of water sports including scuba, diving, snorkeling and surf-boarding and water skiing.