Tanzania Safari Holidays Factfile
Capital: Dodoma (the principal city is Dar es Salaam).
Population: 34.6 million
Language: Kiswahili, English.
Time: GMT + 3.
International dialling code: + 255
Visas: Required by UK citizens.
Country Representative in UK: Tanzanian Embassy, 3 Stratford Street, London WC1 1AS. Tel: 0207 569 1470.
Voltage: 240 AC, 50 Hz.
Money: Tanzanian Shilling (TSh). For the up-to-date exchange rate please visit the OANDA Currency Converter website
Vaccinations: There are no mandatory vaccinations required. Recommended: BCG, Cholera, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Meningitis, Rabies, Typhoid, Yellow Fever. For up-to-date information please consult your local G.P. or visit the MASTA website
Guidebook: The Lonely Planet Guide to Tanzania.
Food and Drink: During your safari all meals are included. These tend to be of international standard in both quality and variety of food, although some local dishes may be included. Both traditional African and international cuisine will be served, and Indian dishes are also widely available. Many of the ,meals will be buffet-style, with a wide choice. Tanzanians are very keen meat-eaters. Goat is the most common meat but you will also see chicken, beef and the occasional game animal such as ostrich on offer. Due to the mild climate, Tanzania is blessed with a cornucopia of natural produce, so fresh vegetables are usually available (and delicious sea food in the coastal resorts). There is a huge variety of tropical fruit – mangoes, papayas, pineapples, passionfruit, guavas, oranges, bananas and coconuts are found everywhere, and quality is excellent.
Tanzania produces both coffee and tea, although (outside the top hotels and game lodges) it is surprisingly difficult to find a decent cup of either drink! Juices, on the other hand, are usually of good quality.
Tanzania has a thriving brewing industry and beer is very popular throughout the country. In addition to the Kenyan brands such as Tusker you will find good Tanzanian beers – Kibo Gold, Serengeti and the slightly more expensive Castle Lager.
Although drinking water is usually safe, we nevertheless recommend buying bottled mineral water outside the cities.