Tanzania is an East African country within the African Great Lakes region. It extends into Southern Africa and shares a border with Kenya and Uganda to the north. Also, to the west are RwandaBurundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Lastly, ZambiaMalawi, and Mozambique lie to the south. The Indian Ocean is in the east. The capital city is Dodoma.

The official languages are English and Kiswahili. Two main religious groups are Christians (40-45%) and Muslims (35-40%).

As for electricity, Tanzania uses types D and G sockets. You need to bring a travel adapter to fit the proper socket type. Check out the above-linked page to see the photos and other useful information. The standard voltage is 230 V.  Many of your devices may need a step-up transformer to match the electrical voltage.

The official currency is Tanzanian Shilling. The approximate exchange rate is 2180 Shillings for 1 US Dollar. Exchange of US Dollars, Pounds Sterling and Euros is available at banks and bureaus de change. However, US Dollars are widely acceptable in hotels, souvenir shops, and airports. Keep in mind that notes printed before 2005 may not be accepted, though. Also, make sure that bills are not torn or damaged.

Most hotels, safari lodges, airlines and tour operators accept Visa and Mastercard credit cards. However, the additional 2-5% commission can be charged. Also, budget hotels, most restaurants, and shops do not accept credit cards. On the other hand, almost every town has at least one bank with an ATM. There are also ATMs at the larger airports. The problem is that they usually withdraw money in 10.000 notes, which are hard to change. So, the best option would be to take cash with you.

Car hire is rather expensive in Tanzania. However, it is an option. Also, keep in mind, cars here drive on the left side of the road. And, except for major arteries, roads are not in a very good condition.

The nation is famous for Mt. Kilimanjaro, flanked by forests and capped by snow. Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest peak. Thus, it is a haven for climbers, who arrive at the base of the mountain droves. The mountain offers the challenges of muddy slopes, tough trails, and slippery scree. Tanzania is also a home to idyllic beaches. The country’s Indian Ocean coastline provides tranquil islands and coastal villages that will lull you into sleep with its Swahili culture.


August 15, 2016 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

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