About Tanzania

Tanzania is a unitary republic composed of 26 regions. It is the largest country in East Africa and includes the spice islands of Zanzibar, Pemba, and Mafia Islands. The country also has the highest Mountain in Africa which is Kilimanjaro at 5,895(19,340 feet). Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano and snowcapped even though it is near the Equator. The national name for the country is Jamhuri ya Muungano WA Tanzania and this is in Kiswahili which is their local language. The country is bordered by Uganda and Kenya in the North, Burundi, Congo and Rwanda in the West, Mozambique and Malawi in the South and the Indian Ocean on the East. Dar es Salaam is the administrative capital, but Dodoma is the designated future capital and current home to Tanzania's legislature.

Attractions:
The Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park are the tourism best attractions and are rich in wildlife. Other tourist destinations include: Kilimanjaro National Park, Lake Manyara National Park for the tree climbing lions, Tarangire National Park, Mt. Meru, Serous Game reserve and so on

Accessibility
Tanzania can be accessed by land using bus, Matatus or Train from Kenya, Rwanda, Mozambique, Malawi, Burundi and Uganda. Tanzania can also be reached by air using regional and international Flights such as Precision Air, Air France, KLM via Kilimanjaro, Kenya Airways and British Airways via Nairobi to Dar es Salaam. Gulf Air flies direct to Zanzibar. Other airlines include: Turkish Airways, Qatar Airways, Air Uganda, Fly 540 and South African Airways. Tanzania can also be reached by Sea where the landing coast is Dar es Salaam.

Passports and Visas
Most travelers entering Tanzania must have a valid Passport and Visa. Visas should be obtained in advance, although airport visas are available. Tanzania does permit visa free travel for a period of up to three months to some foreign nationals especially those from African and Asian countries however in most cases, with the exceptions of Kenya and Uganda; these visitors will still have to obtain entry permit clearance. Global Visas immigration will be able to advice you of the exact visa requirements for citizens of your country of residence traveling to Tanzania.

Health:
All visitors wishing to travel to Tanzania are requested to contact the nearest Tanzanian Diplomatic Mission or travel health advisor well in advance of their intended date of departure.

Money:
The official unit of currency is the Tanzanian shilling (TSH). The USD and traveler cheques are acceptable in many places around town. Credit cards are accepted only in big hotels and usually a surcharge of at least 10% will apply. Only USD notes issued above 2002 are accepted here. Banks are usually open from Monday to Friday from 8.00 to 12.00 and from 13.00 to 17.00 as well as Saturday from 9.00 to 12.00.

Language:
The official languages are Kiswahili and English. Others that are used national wide are Kiungujo, Nyamwezi, Arabic, and many more.

Driving:
Driving is on the left side. Visitors without experience of African roads are advised to stick to the drivers & vehicles organized by our company. Self drives are only accepted if you have an international recognized driver’s license.

Climate and When to visit
The rainy seasons start from November, April and May and during this period, Safaris are possible but sometimes it can get hard to access the remote areas. The mass migration moves from Kenya into the Serengeti in Tanzania in December, January, February, and March. That can be the best time to travel in Tanzania. Off-peak season can be a very relaxing time simply because the lodges are less crowded and the game reserves not involved in the migratory pathways have as much game as normal.

 

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