Welcome to Tanzania

Tanzania has several national parks, mountain peaks, and beaches on the island, offering a breath-taking view. You can indulge yourself in scuba diving, trekking, hiking, camping, snorkelling, and other such fun activities to make your trip to Tanzania

Featured Overland Adventures in Tanzania

Country Quick Facts


Tanzania, officially called the United Republic of Tanzania, is an East African country located in the south of Uganda and southwest of Kenya. It shares its coastline with the Indian Ocean to the east. Two states came together to form present-day Tanzania: Tanganyika and Zanzibar. Tanganyika was named after Lake Tanganyika means to sail in the wilderness. This sovereign state of Tanzania is the second-most populous country. Three great lakes of Africa lie partially in this densely forested country located entirely below the equator. Dar-es-Salaam is the former capital of Tanzania and the largest city in East Africa.

Area: 947,303 km2 
Population: 56,313,438 
Capital: Dodoma 


Lying just below the Equator, Tanzania has an Equatorial climate. However, due to significant variations in the topography, large variations can be observed regarding the weather within the country. Except for the highlands where the temperature fluctuates from 10 to 20° C in hot and cold seasons, the temperature of the remaining country hardly touches 20° C. Two rainfall seasons exist in north and east of Tanzania. Vuli-short rains befall from October to December and masika- long rains befall from March to May. The rest of the country experiences monsoon from April/May to October.

People & Language

The inhabitants of Tanzania are friendly and polite to the visitors. They take extreme pride in their culture and traditions. Handshake is a way of greeting the people in Tanzania. The national language of the country is Swahili. English, Swahili and Arabic are the officially recognised languages of this multi-lingual country. Four African languages are extensively used in Tanzania viz. Bantu, Cushitic, Nilotic, and Khoisan. In addition to this, Tanzania shows the linguistic diversity in East Africa, with over 130 languages prevailing in the country. Zanzibar uses Arabic as a co-official language, while English is used during foreign trading.


Time: Tanzania follows a single time zone in the entire country:

Tanzania Standard Time falls in East Africa Time Zone (EAT), which is 3 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time. (GM0054 +03:00)
Electricity: Electricity in Tanzania is supplied at 223V and 50 Hz. Two types of plug systems are in use here: Type D containing three round pins in a triangular pattern and Type G with two flat parallel clips and a pin for grounding. 

If you are from the US, Canada, or South American countries, you will need a voltage converter, as the standard voltage of your appliances would be fit for the voltage range 100-127 V. However, if you are from the United Kingdom, your adaptor will fit in as the UK also operates on 230 V.

Weight & Measurement: The International System of Units has been standardised in Tanzania by the Tanzanian Bureau of Standards.

Telecommunications: The internet became popular after the onset of the Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System in 2010. This introduction improved the efficiency of data connectivity by increasing its speed from 90 to 200 kbit/s at lowered costs. At present, the data speed of about 3.6 to 4.2 Mbt/s is readily available in the country. The government poses no restrictions to internet access, but certainly monitors any website criticising the government. Police also pays attention to internet usage to prevent cybercrimes in the country.


The official currency of Tanzania is the Tanzanian shilling, with the currency code issued by ISO 4217 as TZS. The Tanzanian shilling is available in the forms of coins and banknotes. The available denominations of coins are 50, 100, and 200 shillings while that of notes is 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, and 10,000 shillings. ATMs can be located easily here, where VISA, MasterCard, or American Express cards are accessible.

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Culture & Lifestyle

Tanzania came into existence by the amalgamation of two states. After becoming a single country, the President felt that the citizen should possess a national identity, and this lead to identity transformation in Tanzania. Most of the literature of Tanzania is oral. Some of the forms of verbal literary works consist of poems, riddles, proverbs, folktales, and songs. These are jotted down in Swahili or English language.

Literature is not developed much in the country owing to costly books. The popular music includes traditional African music or taarab. Hip-hop bongo flava is also widespread amongst the natives. Tanzania is famous for its enamel-bassed paintings, in which animals and flowers are drawn in a colourful design. 

This country gave skilled sculptors who gave rich legacies like Makonde carvings. Christianity is followed by most of the Tanzanian people, which is over 60%. Islamism comes second with a 36% populace practising it. 
The minority includes traditional African religions and Indian religions like Buddhism, Hinduism, and Sikhism. Football is the most popular sport in the country. The natives also indulge themselves in other games like basketball, netball, volleyball, boxing, and rugby.

Overlanding in Tanzania

This country gave skilled sculptors who gave rich legacies like Makonde carvings. Christianity is followed by most of the Tanzanian people, which is over 60%. Islamism comes second with a 36% populace practising it. 

The minority includes traditional African religions and Indian religions like Buddhism, Hinduism, and Sikhism. Football is the most popular sport in the country. The natives also indulge themselves in other games like basketball, netball, volleyball, boxing, and rugby.

Urban Adventure in Tanzania

Tarangire national park

The Tarangire River crosses this park; hence, it is named Tarangire National Park. Being the primary source of fresh water, all surrounding animals inhabiting the calving areas, concentrate here during the dry season. The park has a large number of elephants. Large herds of zebra, Cape buffalo and wildebeest can be encountered if you visit this park in the dry season. In addition to this, Giraffe, vervet monkey, banded mongoose, olive baboon, and many other animals reside here. Lion, leopard, cheetah, honey badger, and African wild dog are some of the predators present in Tarangire national park. More than 500 bird species can paint the sky colourful in this park. It is just two hours away from Arusha. A paved road connects this park to Arusha. Lake Manyara national park is located in the vicinity.

Mount Meru

Mount Meru, The second largest mountain in Tanzania, is located in the Arusha city. It can be seen from Mount Khilimanjaro on a clear day. You can reach here through Momella route up to Momella Gate to the eastern side of the Mount Meru. It used to have many active volcanoes whose evidence can be seen from the craters developed on the surface. It has fertile slopes, which has facilitated the forests to grow that are house to over 400 species of birds, monkeys, and leopards. Sunrise from Mount Meru can make you praise nature! 

Amboni Caves, Tanga

These limestone caves are located 8 kilometres corm Tanga city, and you can easily reach here via Tanga-Mombassa road. These 900 metres long caves are believed to have formed in the Age of Dinosaurs. A group of 10 caves exists here; however, only one cave is accessible to the tourists. This cave also attracts not only tourists but also even geography students. One such attraction is Popo flight. You can find many bats in this cave. And if you happen to present here until evening, you can see them looming over the cave entrance! Another distinctive feature of this cave that attracts the tourists is its rocks! Yes, you read it right; rocks in this cave are in unique shapes like sofa, ship, crocodile, elephant, Africa's map, and head of a male lion!

Mesereni Snake Park, Arusha

If you are thinking of visiting a quiet area, then this park can give you one. This unique snake park can be accessed by the route reaching Serengeti and Ngorongoro crater from Arusha. This snake park contains many poisonous, dangerous, and deadly snakes along with non-poisonous ones too. The fatal snakes like Black and Green Mamba, the Egyptian cobra, and many others can be found here. Be prepared. Don't get scared if a snake suddenly pops out in front of you! If you visit on Sunday, you can see the snakes being fed. Other reptiles such as crocodiles, tortoise, and others are also kept here in the cage. You can get a guided tour of this park to know about every reptile present in this park. If you visit this incredible park around three, you can get a chance to feed a crocodile; or actually, touch a baby crocodile. You can travel to Masai Museum from here and even enjoy a camel ride. You can relax at the camping site here while enjoying a barbeque!

Mnemba Beach, 

Mnemba beach, the largest island of Zanzibar archipelago, is a single island opposite Muyuni beach. Oval reefs surrounding this triangular island are declared as Marine Conservation area. A variety of corals live here and sometimes turtles, dolphins, and other large species can also be spotted. Mnemba beach is a privately owned island that is 90 minutes away from Stone Village and a 20-minute boat crossing. The marine reserve comprises of four different habitats having species of Indian Ocean Wildlife. Endangered Green Sea Turtles are given protection in Nesting place. Humpback whales, three species of dolphins, whale sharks, migratory shorebirds, and almost 600 species of coral reefs are monitored and preserved here. Between February and September, a green sea turtle can be spotted laying eggs on the beach.

Azania Front Lutheran Church, Dar es Salaam

This church, located in the city centre, is one of the major tourist attractions in the city. It has served as a cathedral for the local populace. It is very close to the ocean and is constructed facing the harbour. Built by German missionaries, you will find Bavarian-style architecture in the construction of this church. It has a red-tiled roof, and tiled canopies cover the windows and bright white walls.

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