If you close your eyes and conjure up the quintessential romantic image of Africa, what you’ll most likely imagine is Tanzania: the drama of the wildebeest migration along a seemingly-endless savannah; the incongruous snow and glaciers of Mt Kilimanjaro; the iconic and statuesque Maasai warriors; the exotic palm-fringed beaches on the spice islands of Zanzibar.

tanzaniaAt a glance

Full Name: United Republic of Tanzania
Capital City: Dar es Salaam
Area: 945,090 sq km(364,899 sq miles)
Population: 35,922,000
Time Zone: GMT/UTC + 3 ()
Languages: Swahili, English
Religion: 45% Christian, 40% Muslim, 15% indigenous beliefs
Currency: Tanzanian Shilling (TSh)
Country Dialing Code: 255


 must seeMust See’s and Must Do’s

Conquer Mount Kilimanjaro, Experience wilderness seclusion at Selous Game Reserve, Explore Lake Manyara National Park, Feel the beautiful isolation of Lake Natron, Have a history lesson at the National Museum, Peruse Mwenge Carvers’ Market, Reach the summit of Mount Meru, Relax on Zanzibar’s beaches, Safari in the Serengeti, Scuba dive off the Swahili Coast, Spot the Big Five in Ngorongoro Crater, Stroll through Stone Town, Take a trip back in time at Bagamoyo, Take in the beauty of Tarangire National Park, Walk on the wild side in Ruaha National Park, Watch bull fighting on Pemba.


fun_factsFun Facts

Once upon a time, the ancestors of the wild elephants that live in Tanzania today didn’t roam on the land, they swam in the water!
Tanzania shares it national anthem with South Africa and Zimbabwe.
Tanzania is the home of the coconut crab, the largest crab in the world and reportedly one of the most delicious
The world’s earliest human skull was found in the Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania.
Time is different in Tanzania. The work day starts at 6am in Tanzania but is called the 1st hour. So when they say that church is at 10 (the 10th hour) it actually means 4pm.

SeasonsBest time to go

High Season (Jun–Sep)
Weather is cooler and dry.
Hotels in popular areas are full, with high-season prices.
Animal-spotting is easiest, as foliage is sparse and animals congregate around dwindling water sources.

Shoulder Season (Oct–Feb)
Weather is hot, especially December through to February.
From late October, the short rains (mvuli) fall and the kusi (seasonal trade wind) blows.
High-season prices from mid-December to mid-January.

Low Season (Mar–May)
Heavy rains make secondary roads muddy and some areas inaccessible.
Some hotels close; others offer discounts.


EventsMajor Events

Kilimanjaro Marathon (February)
Wanyambo Festival (January)
Unification Day (April)
Zanzibar International Film Festival (July)
Serengeti Cultural Festival in Mugumu (July)
Mwaka Kogwa – Shirazi New Year (July)
Bagamoyo Festival of Arts and Culture (September)


MoneyMoney and Costs

Tanzanian Shilling (TZS; symbol TSh). Notes are in denominations of TSh10,000, 5000, 2,000, 1,000 and 500.Most top-end hotels, safari lodges, airlines and tour operators accept Visa and MasterCard (American Express and Diners Club less so), though a commission of 2-5% is usually charged.
1 AED =3.68 TSh


visaVisa Info

Tourist visas are required for UAE Nationals.

Consulate of Tanzania in Dubai :
Street # 12, Umm Al Sheif Road, Tel : +971 4 394 0200, Website : www.tanbizdubai.com

Tanzanian Embassy in Abu Dhabi :
Madinat Zayed, 14th Street, Villa No. 27
Behind Najda Street, Tel: +971 2 631 3088








Landscape of the ridge at the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania


mt kilimanjaro