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Perched on the edge of the African continent, and facing the Indian Ocean, Tanzania is East Africa’s largest country.  It is home to the world famous Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain which attracts visitors from far and wide, all keen to test their endurance and courage by climbing its lofty heights.  Almost a quarter of this country is made up of protected national parks and reserves.

Dar es Salaam is the largest city and the political and economic capital of Tanzania. Located in a quiet bay off the Indian Ocean coast, the city has grown in economic importance to become a prosperous centre of the entire East African region.  The National Museum, the Village Museum, and many colourful markets are well worth a visit. Numerous s historical landmarks, including St. Joseph’s Cathedral, the White Father’s Mission House, the Botanical Gardens, and the old State House make for an interesting walking tour around the waterfront and city centre.

Mount Kilimanjaro

The coast of Tanzania is perhaps most famous for the Zanzibar Archipelago made up of the main island of Unguja (commonly known as Zanzibar), Pemba Island and about 50 smaller surrounding islands and coral reefs.  One of the best kept secrets of the Indian Ocean, Zanzibar enchants and beguiles with its oriental mystique and forgotten exoticism - the very name evokes the Spice Islands and the dhow trade, sultans and palaces built of limestone and coral against the palm trees and the crashing surf. 

Zanzibar island is steeped in fascinating and colourful history – swashbuckling pirates, buried treasures, traders, seafarers and explorers – Arabian princesses like Princess Salme- and a notorious Arab port where you can still see how they auctioned the slaves.  Zanzibar island is characterised by beautiful sandy beaches with fringing coral reefs and the magic of historic Stone Town – said to be the only functioning ancient town in East Africa.

The emerald isles of Pemba, north of Zanzibar, offer far more than fantastic fishing, diving and snorkelling.  Filled with a mosaic of magnificent forests, swamps, mangroves and lagoons, the islands are scattered with ruined Mosques and tombs, dating back to the 10th century Arab conquest.  Until the 19th century, Pemba was a crucial staging post in the Arab-controlled slave trade.  Panga ya Watoro, a breach on this green ‘Clove Island’, is a major nesting ground for four endangered species of turtle.

Both Zanzibar and Pemba are reputed to have some of the best diving in the world and the coral reef structures that surround these islands ensure that the marine life is abundant.  Good visibility (20-60 metres) and a year-round average water temperature of about 27°C ensure an unforgettable diving experience.

But sun-filled and beautiful days are not all that Tanzania has to offer. On the contrary, the country’s borders hold a vast number of people and tribes whose varied cultures and traditions make up the rich tapestry that is Tanzanian culture. Although Tanzania is a country rich in culture and traditions, its history is also one of treasured heritage and pride. From the early days of mankind's history, man has called the land of Tanzania home - its verdant mountains, its scrubland plains……


WEATHER   Back to top

Tanzania’s weather and climate leaves nothing to be desired. .  While the coast tends to be more humid and the central plateau drier, Tanzania enjoys pleasant and comfortable weather all-year round.
Warm and sunny days are followed by cool and balmy nights, and whether you’re on safari on the Serengeti plains or enjoying the tropical beaches of Zanzibar, the temperatures are generally welcoming and gentle.

Tanzania’s equatorial climate brings two seasons of rain each year: the masika, or long rains that fall from mid-March to the end of May, and the mvuli, or short rains, that come intermittently throughout November and parts of December, and sometimes stretch into early January. During the long rains, heavy showers fall in the early mornings but usually clear up by mid-day, with the weather often remaining clear and sunny until late afternoon. By evening, impressive cloud formations build, breaking sometime after dark and the rain often continues throughout the night. During the short rains, light showers in the mornings and late afternoons are punctuated by stretches of clear weather and beautiful rays of sunlight.

Please go to our Weather Page for current forecasts and more.

GOOD TO KNOW    Back to top

Time:  Local time in Tanzania is GMT +3 hours

Electricity:  230 volts, 50Hz. Square or South African round three-pin plugs are used

Language:  Swahili & English are the official languages.  Arabic, Italian and several indigenous languages are also spoken.

Telephone dialling codes:  The international country dialling code for Tanzania is +255. The outgoing code is 000, followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 00027 for South Africa).

Currency / Money:  The Tanzanian Shilling is the official currency.  Travellers cheques and major credit cards are accepted at most upmarket hotels and restaurants.  Major currencies can be exchanged in the larger towns. ATM’s are in major cities only.

Note:  Please go to our Currency Converter for the latest rates

Tipping:  While tipping is at the travellers own discretion, restaurant waiters providing good service should be tipped around 10%.  Guides, porters and cooks in the wildlife parks, safari lodges and on safari trips expect tips. The amount is discretionary according to standard of service.

Passports & Visas:  Most passport nationalities require a visa for Tanzania, and should be obtained in advance.  Please ensure that your passport is valid for more than 6 months after your departure from Tanzania and that you have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

Note:  Entry requirements change, sometimes with little notice.  Please CHECK with your World Wide Travel West Coast consultant regarding updates at the time of making a travel enquiry.

Health Requirements:  The information shown below is general with regard to health requirements.  These do change on a regular basis so check with your World Wide Travel West Coast consultant at the time of making a travel enquiry.

  • Compulsory vaccinations:  Yellow Fever
  • Recommended vaccinations:  Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Tetanus & Meningitis
  • Precautions:  Malaria Prophylaxis & advisable to drink bottled water


Note:  The information shown below is general with regard to health requirements.  These do change on a regular basis so check with your World Wide Travel West Coast consultant at the time of making a travel enquiry

General:   Visitors to Tanzania & the Archipelago islands of Zanzibar should be aware that it is a predominantly Muslim area and a modest dress code, especially for women, should be respected when away from the beach and in public places. Topless sunbathing not accepted.



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