Tanzania

Tanzania is an East African country known for its vast wilderness areas. This is home to Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest Mountain in Africa. 

Capital City

Dar e Salaam

Currency

Tanzanian Shilling

Total population:

59.7 million (2020)

Languages spoken:

English, Swahili

Cultural dos:

Dress conservatively, especially on Zanzibar since the island is mostly Muslim.

Cultural don’ts

Don’t take photos, especially of Masaai people without asking for permission first

Continent:

Africa

Top three foods the country is known for:

  • Chipsi mayai (chips and egg), 
  • Ugali (thick mealie meal porridge), 
  • Nyama choma (grilled meat), 

Bonus

  • 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. The pull for me was visiting Zanzibar to see those pristine white beaches in the flesh and exploring the spice farms. Tanzania is a vibrant country filled with diverse cultures. English is not spoken in a lot of non-touristy places and therefore was grateful to that Swahili, the most spoken language, almost sounds like the Zimbabwean language, 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. 

Tanzania is home of the biggest mountain in Africa and has seen many an adventure traveller visit with the desire to traverse its 5,896m to its peak. There are also various opportunities to see wild African animals with large game parks such as the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater, where the big five (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, rhino) can be easily spotted going about their day. . Around May-July after having given birth to their offspring, there is the great migration, where wildebeest start getting ready for their 800km long trek towards the Masai Mara in Kenya, in search of greener pastures. Experiencing this is a wildlife enthusiast’s dream.

A visit to Dar es Salaam is an interesting and colourful experience. The city is home of one of the biggest ports in East Africa and therefore the markets are busting with a combination of local and imported goods. If you don’t speak Swahili, I highly recommend a guide to help with communicating and helping you with the negotiation dance. 

A ferry ride away from Dar es Salaam, is the island of Zanzibar. The ferry arrives in Stonetown which is of great historical and artistic significance as it was the centre for the spice trade and the slave trade in the 19th century. In its architecture and artistic representation, the city has diverse influences from Swahili, and a unique combination of Arab, Persian, Indian and European elements. For this reason, the town was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. One can get lost exploring the narrow streets of Stone Town. Due to the number of influences on the island, the food options are varied. There are inviting night markets where people sell food, and some from family recipes that have been passed down for generations. The rest of the island has more natural offerings, with the beautiful beaches with fairly warm water and opportunities to see interesting water creatures such as corals, fish and turtles. So many options for water sports can be explored. 

Tanzanians are known as some of the friendliest people in Africa, and I will attest to that. Inspite of my poor attempts at Swahili, I always managed to find someone to help me when I was lost or in need of help. 

 

 

 

English

Swahili

Hello

Habari

Goodbye

Kwaheri

Please

Tafadhali

Thank you

Asante

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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