About Tanzania

  • Language: Swahili
  • Currency: Tanzanian shilling (Ts)
  • Exchange Rate: 2500Ts- $1USD
  • Time Zone: East Africa Time (GMT+3)
  • High Season: May-October
  • Visa Requirements: Most countries need a visa to enter Tanzania (except for those with passports from surrounding countries). You may also need a yellow fever vaccine.
  • Electricity: 250v with 3-prong plug like the UK, or sometimes 2-prong like Europe. Power surges are common.
  • Emergency: 111 for ambulance and fire, 112 for police.
  • Transportation: Buses are the cheapest way to get around, but are slow, and often uncomfortable. Flights are best if going to the 3 main hubs: Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, or Kilimanjaro. Trains are also available but can be unreliable.
  • Accommodations: Some international  hotels are available in major cities like Dar es Salaam, small hotels and guesthouses are most popular. , and AirBNBs are popular.
  • For families: You may need to bring all formula, diapers, and baby supplies as you may not be near stores that have supplies, or supplies you’re used to.

Tanzania Itineraries

1 Week in Japan

2 Weeks in Japan

3 Weeks in Japan

4 Weeks in Japan

1 Week in Okinawa

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Books to Read Before Visiting Tanzania

Before traveling, I always recommend travelers look beyond the Top 10 Lists or bucket list items and read books from another culture to better immerse yourself into the culture and traditions of that place. While guidebooks and travel blogs provide valuable insight...

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Suggested Reading


ParadiseAbdulrazak Gurnah

Sold by his father in repayment of a debt, twelve-year-old Yusuf is thrown from his simple rural life into complexities of pre-colonial urban East Africa. Through Yusuf’s eyes, Gurnah depicts communities at war, trading safaris gone awry, and the universal trials of adolescence. The result is what Publishers Weekly calls a “vibrant” and “powerful” work that “evokes the Edenic natural beauty of a continent on the verge of full-scale imperialist takeover.

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Whitbread Award, Paradise was characterized by the Nobel Prize committee as Abdulrazak Gurnah’s “breakthrough” work. It is at once the chronicle of an African boy’s coming-of-age, a tragic love story, and a tale of the corruption of African tradition by European colonialism.

A Girl Called Problem

A Girl Called ProblemKatie Quirk

Thirteen-year-old Shida, whose name means “problem” in Swahili, certainly has a lot of problems in her life — her father is dead, her depressed mother is rumored to be a witch, her family bears the weight of a curse, and everyone in her rural Tanzanian village expects her to marry rather than pursue her dream of becoming a healer. 

So when the elders of Litongo make a controversial decision to move Shida’s people to a nearby village, Shida welcomes the change. Surely the opportunity to go to school and learn from a nurse can only mean good things. Nonetheless, mysterious calamities plague Shida’s people after their move. Desperate to stay, Shida must prove to her people that life can be better in their new home.

Uhuru Street

Uhuru StreetM.G. Vassanji

Uhuru Street is M.G. Vassanji’s stunning book of linked stories, set within the Asian community of Dar es Salaam. With delicate strokes, and with irony and humour, Vassanji brings alive the characters who live and work in the shops and tenements of Uhuru Street; among them: Roshan Mattress, so called because of her free and easy ways; a street-wise orphan fighting for survival; a Goan dressmaker who entertains her employers with local gossip; and a servant who opens up the world for the children in his charge, until he oversteps his bounds and has to leave. As the younger generation searches for a new destiny, and the older fiercely holds on to the past, Uhuru Streetresonates with the moment of moving on, of leaving the place where we have roots, knowing that things will never be the same.

lonely planet tanzania

Lonely Planet Tanzania

Lonely Planet Tanzania is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Listen to the sound of pounding hooves as wildebeest stampede across the Serengeti, pick your beach from over 100 km of Indian Ocean coastline, and track chimpanzees in Tanzania’s remote western parks – all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Tanzania and begin your journey now!

The tree where man was born

The Tree Where Man Was Born– Peter Matthiessen

A finalist for the National Book Award when it was released in 1972, this vivid portrait of East Africa remains as fresh and revelatory now as on the day it was first published. Peter Matthiessen exquisitely combines nature and travel writing to portray the sights, scenes, and people he observed firsthand in several trips over the course of a dozen years. From the daily lives of wild herdsmen and the drama of predator kills to the field biologists investigating wild creatures and the anthropologists seeking humanity’s origins in the rift valley, The Tree Where Man Was Born is a classic of journalistic observation.

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