If you’re planning to visit the East African nation of Tanzania, you’re in for a treat. Highlights here include the Serengeti National Park where you can spot ‘Big 5’ wild animals, plus the offshore tropical islands of Zanzibar and Mafia. Here are some useful travel facts:

  • The capital of Tanzania is Dodoma, although the nation’s biggest city and commercial hub is Dar-es-Salaam. Highlights in Dar-es-Salaam include Coco Beach and nearby Bongoyo Island.
  • The local currency is the Tanzanian shilling (currency code: TZS). That said, US dollars are widely accepted as payment in the country’s tourist areas.
  • The most common languages in Tanzania are Swahili and English. If you’re keen to test your Swahili, basic phrases include ‘jambo’ (‘hello’) and ‘kwa heri’ (‘goodbye’).
  • Tanzania’s time zone is GMT+3, East Africa Time. Be sure to take this time difference into account for your reservations, and to give you time to recover from any jet lag!
  • Tanzania is home to the famed Mount Kilimanjaro. This is the highest single free-standing mountain in the world, and reaches 5,895 metres (19,340 ft) above sea level!
  • Traditional cuisine here includes ‘nyama choma’ (grilled meat), ‘mshikaki’ (marinated beef), and ‘ugali’ (maize porridge). ‘Mbege’ is a beer made from bananas!

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