Tanzania is the largest country in East Africa.It offers some of the best wildlife safari opportunities on the continent, famous parks such as the Serengeti, and one of Africa’s most magnificent sights, Mt. Kilimanjaro (the roof of Africa) – it is not only is the highest mountain on the African continent but also the tallest free – standing mountain in the world (19,336 feet’s). Kilimanjaro is one of the world’s most accessible high summits a beacon for visitors from around the world.

Know before you go

As you plan your trip, and before you travel, we recommend that you check the latest Foreign Office advice on the places that you’re going to, regardless of where you are traveling to or how you are traveling.

We urge you to do this, as we recommend that all our travelers keep themselves up to date with the current foreign office advice on their destination countries.

Tanzania is the largest country in East Africa, bordered by Kenya and Uganda to the north; Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west, and Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique to the south. The country’s eastern border is formed by the Indian Ocean. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, is in northeastern Tanzania.

History of Tanzania

Tanganyika was colonized first by Germans (the 1880s until 1919), then the British (1919 to 1961). It served as a military outpost during World War II and provided financial help as well as munitions. Mwalimu Julius K. Nyerere became Prime Minister of British-administered Tanganyika in 1960 and continued as Prime Minister when Tanganyika became independent in 1961. He went on to become the first president of Tanzania, after the unification of Tanganyika and Zanzibar on April 26, 1964. Mwalimu J.K. Nyerere introduced African socialism or Ujamaa, which emphasized justice and equality.

Tanzania is a result of the unification of Tanganyika (the mainland) and the Zanzibar islands. Tanganyika and Zanzibar united on 26th April 1964, forming the United Republic of Tanzania. Tanganyika became independent from the British in December 1961 and Zanzibar became free through a revolution on 12th January 1964.

Time in Tanzania

There is no time difference between winter and summer months in Tanzania; it’s always three hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+3).

Currency in Tanzania

Tanzania’s currency is the Tanzanian shilling (TJS).

Tanzania’s International Dialing Code

Tanzania’s International Dialing Code is +255.

Food in Tanzania

Indian, Middle Eastern, and local African ingredients and cooking techniques are all fused together to form the base of Tanzanian food.

Chipsimayai is Swahili for “chips and eggs” and is a favorite comfort food in Tanzania. In it’s purest form, it is nothing more than frenchfries.

Some typical mainland Tanzanian foods include wali (rice), ugali (maize porridge), chapati (a kind of bread), nyamachoma (grilled meat), mshikaki (marinated beef), samaki (fish), pilau, biriyani, and ndizi-nyama (plantains with meat).

Traveling in Tanzania

The Mane Tours has a fleet of safari vehicles to transport you comfortably for your safari.

Health in Tanzania

The health system in Tanzania follows the pattern of government structures of leadership in the form of hierarchy. There are different levels of services.

The HIV/AIDS epidemic also puts a huge strain on Tanzania’s healthcare system. Around 1.2 million adults (aged 15 or over) live with the disease, accounting for over 5% of the adult population.

It’s vital that you always check the latest recommendations with your own doctor or travel clinic before you travel. As long as you stay up-to-date with your vaccinations and take basic preventive measures, you’re unlikely to succumb to most of the possible health hazards.

The 2010 maternal mortality rate per 100,000 births for Tanzania is 790. … In Tanzania there are only two midwives per 1,000 live births, and the lifetime risk of death during delivery for women is one in 23.

Language in Tanzania

The official languages of Tanzania are Swahili and English.

Tanzania Visa

Visas are available when arriving in Tanzania at airports and border posts.  The visa process is a straightforward procedure. After arrival, you will have to complete a visa form and then wait in line at the immigration windows with your passport and cash in USD. Please allow extra time for this process!

The price for a Tanzanian visa depends on your nationality. Please check prior to traveling to Tanzania what the cost is, so you have USD cash on hand.  You can also ask us or the nearest Tanzanian embassy. The maximum stay in Tanzania on a tourist visa is 90 days.

Weather and Climate

Tanzania has a pleasant tropical climate but has large regional climatic variations influenced by several factors, including altitude. Temperatures drop by about 6.5°C for every 1,000m you climb (or 3.5°F per 1,000ft). The hottest and most humid part of the country is on the coast.