Tanzania is an East African country known for its vast wilderness areas. This is home to Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest Mountain in Africa.
Dar e Salaam
59.7 million (2020)
Three foods you need to try in this country:
- Chipsi mayai (chips and egg),
- Ugali (thick mealie meal porridge),
- Nyama choma (grilled meat),
- Variety of teas
What the country is known for :
- Zanzibar beaches
- Spice farms
- The Masaai tribe,
- National parks such as the Serengeti
- The largest mammal migration
More About Tanzania
I visited Tanzania in 2017, pulled by the desire to see those pristine white beaches, in the flesh, and explore the spice farms on the island of Zanzibar. Tanzania is a vibrant country filled with diverse cultures. English is not spoken widely outside of the touristy places and therefore was grateful that Swahili, the official language, almost sounds like one of the Zimbabwean languages, Shona, meaning I was able to pick up a few words here and there and use sign language for the rest. Some words even mean the same thing, for example, ‘moyo’ means heart in both languages and ‘nyama’ means meat.
Due to its proximity to the sea, and the spice farms around Zanzibar, the seafood is absolutely delightful. On the mainland, drinks and nyamachoma, don’t forget the kachumbari (onion and tomato salad), as the sun goes down is the perfect way to get the night started. After all the talking, take yourself to a local spot and let your body follow the beat all night long as the DJ spins a combination of local and international music.
Tanzanians are known to be some of the friendliest people in Africa, and I will attest to that. In spite of my poor attempts at Swahili, I always managed to find someone to help me when I was lost or in need of help.
|How much?||Kiasi gani?|
|Do you speak English?||Unaongea kiingereza?|
|Where is the toilet?||Choo kiko wapi?|
|May I please have some water?||Naomba maji?|
|I would like some food please||Ningependa chakula tafadhali|
|Where can I get a taxi?||Naweza kupata teksi wapi?|
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I always try and immerse myself in the local food culture. In many parts of Asia and South America, I have found that street food is very much part of the culture. As the diligent