The United Republic of Tanzania is in East Africa on the Indian Ocean. To the north are Uganda and Kenya; to the west, Burundi, Rwanda, and Congo; and to the south, Mozambique, Zambia, and Malawi. Its area is 342,100 sq mi (886,039 sq km); total area: 364,898 sq mi (945,087 sq km) 1. Tanzania contains three of Africa’s best-known lakes—Victoria in the north, Tanganyika in the west, and Nyasa in the south. Mount Kilimanjaro in the north, 19,340 ft (5,895 m), is the highest point on the continent. The island of Zanzibar is separated from the mainland by a 22-mile channel.
Zanzibar is a part of the United Republic of Tanzania and consists of two main islands of Unguja and Pemba and a number of small islands. The Islands are located 40 km off the mainland coast of East Africa in the Indian Ocean. The two main islands are 40 kilometers apart, separated by 700 meters deep Pemba Channel.
Tanzania is an East African country known for its vast wilderness areas. They include the plains of Serengeti National Park, a safari maker populated by the “big five” game (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino), and Kilimanjaro National Park, home to Africa’s highest mountain. Offshore lay the tropical islands of Zanzibar, with Arabic influences, and Mafia, with a marine park home to whale sharks and coral reefs.Tanzania is three hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+3).
Currency in Tanzania
Tanzania’s currency is the Tanzanian shilling (TZS). Check exchange rate http://www.bot.go.tz
Food in Tanzania
The food served in Tanzanian safari camps varies, but is often delicious – its equivalent of a reasonable restaurant in Europe or America.
In Tanzania’s towns and villages, the food is usually simple. Plain grilled meat, nyamachoma, is very popular, and often served with sauce, rice, chips, plantains or ugali (cornmeal or cassava mush). Indian cuisine is also wide spread. The locally brewed beer is good, including Kilimanjaro,Serengeti, Castle lite, Safari, and imported beers, (e.g. Tusker from Kenya) and wine are also excellent.
Health in Tanzania
Tanzania is a tropical country and vaccines are sensible (typhoid, polio, tetanus and yellow fever). Malaria is common and occurs all year round; you must take anti-malarial measures, especially in areas below 1800m!
Weather and climate in Tanzania
Tanzania has a tropical type of climate and is divided into four main climatic zones notably: the hot humid coastal plain; the semi-arid zone of the central plateau; the high-moist lake regions; and the temperate highland areas. In the highlands, temperatures range between 10ºc and 20ºc during cold and hot seasons respectively. The rest of the country has temperatures usually not falling lower than 20ºc. The hottest period spreads between November and February (25ºc – 31ºc) whereas the coldest period is often between May and August (15ºc – 20ºc) this depending on where you are in Tanzania, the weather and climate varies considerably.
The climate of the islands of Zanzibar is tropical and humid. Average maximum temperature is about 30ºC recorded during the hot season November to March, while average minimum temperature is 21ºC, recorded during the cool season of June to October. Humidity rate is high ranging from 50’s to 80’s and slightly higher in Pemba than Unguja.
Taking children to Tanzania
Tanzania’s safari lodges are suitable for children; Tanzania’s beach destinations are generally very good for relaxed family getaways.
Language in Tanzania
Kiswahili and English are the official languages and spoken by most people living in Tanzania; as well as this, there are many ethnic groups, speaking localized languages and dialects.
Laundry in Tanzania
Virtually all camps and lodges have a laundry service, although sometimes, because of religious taboos, women’s underwear cannot be included.
Zanzibar’s beaches are equally splendid and the perfect place to relax, the island surrounded by crystal blue water, there are many opportunities to dive, snorkel, swim or just relax on the beach.
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