Tanzania Travel Guide

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Tanzania Highlights

  • Pro
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     Amazing wildlife and scenery 

  • Con
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     Agressive hustlers 

  • In a nutshell
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     An African Safari Dream 

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Zanzibar Island

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418,948,0

Dar es Salaam

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159,349,13

Mwanza

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69,37,0

Zanzibar Town

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245,643,26

Moshi

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58,101,9

Arusha

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42,106,34

Serengeti National Park

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139,497,1

Kilimanjaro National Park

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163,320,0

Jambiani

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33,114,11

Mikumi National Park

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22,105,0

Sengerema

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33,26,0

Ngorongoro

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143,484,1

Paje

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23,15,0

Dodoma

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9,17,0

Bagamoyo

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5,15,0

Lake Natron

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16,16,0

Mbeya

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3,15,0

Katesh

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15,16,0

Usangi

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6,9,0

Selous Game Reserve

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15,43,0

Lake Manyara National Park

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24,118,0

Bukoba

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4,7,0

Kigamboni

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3,5,0

Iringa

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7,3,0

Banda Kuu

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20,71,0

Tarangire National Park

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12,59,0

Tanga

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2,2,1

Ruaha National Park

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4,51,0

Longido

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12,13,0

Kilwa Masoko

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2,3,0

Karatu

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3,11,0

Dar es Salaam

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0,0,23

Bwejuu Island

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0,0,1

Pongwe

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10,26,1

Morogoro

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1,5,0

Pangani

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5,4,0

Njombe

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Mto wa Mbu

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2,7,0

Marangu

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3,5,0

Zanzibar Island

See all 418 Zanzibar Island Tips
  • Bribes

    Zanzibar Island Warnings and Dangers

    It is true that many of the police in Zanzibar are friendly and non-threatening. However, most of them will do what they can for a bribe. They either hope you just give them a "tip" when they pull you over (for no reason) or will come up with some real (or fake) violation to fine you for. If this happens, ask them to write a ticket and tell them...

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  • Fair Tade

    Zanzibar Island Shopping

    I have been to Stone Town quite a few times and to be honest never really felt the calling for souvenir shopping. But on my last 2 trips there I came across a curio shop at the top of Kenyata road, so when you come out of Livingstones Restaurant you turn right up toward the Post Office. Just past the Post Office on the left hand side in front of...

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  • THE MEETING PLACE

    Zanzibar Island Nightlife

    Forodhani Gardens are the focal point of Stone Town. They are set on the edge of the port and right in front of the Old Arab Fort. During the day this is where you meet friend or find a guide to help you negotiate the confusing maze of Old Town streets nearby. Or a guide may find you. Handicraft sellers can sometimes be found early on it the day as...

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Dar es Salaam

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Mwanza

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  • By Bus to Bujumbura

    Mwanza Transportation

    Nyehunge Express has every day a bus going close to the Rwanda and then close to the Burundi (3 km) border leaving from the Nyrgezi bus terminal 11 km out of Mwanza at about 5 am then going to the ferry close to town center where you can also bord at about 6 am arriving a bit after 2 pm. You can get the ticket at the former bus terminal close to...

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  • Shrike safaris

    Mwanza Things to Do

    Definitely something to try, if you can afford it. While you are in Mwanza you may organize your safari to Serengeti ( only 2 hrs drive to the entrance gate). The less expensive excursions to reserves and parks are specialized, of a shorter duration, and worthwhile. If there's one trip that will change your perspective on life, it's an African...

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  • Be aware of Police Traps

    Mwanza Tourist Traps

    When me and my gf went to see the Bismarck's Rock, on our way along the shore, there was a shield leaning against a rock on our path written in suaheli. Shortly after passing this sign a big female police officer appeared, demanding us to follow her and sit down under a tree. Around were few more police officers, few guys without uniform and an all...

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Zanzibar Town

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  • Wonderful view,wonderful food

    Zanzibar Town Restaurants

    On a windy terrace overlooking the sea, an exclusive ambiance for lunch or dinner. Now open at external guests,the very interesting cuisine is a mix of Italian and Swahili, using only organic and selected products like extra virgin olive oil from a little farm in Tuscany, whole flour for the home made bread and pasta, brown sugar with selected...

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  • Chumbe Island Coral Park

    Zanzibar Town Hotels

    Chumbe Island, Tanzania

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • THE SHORTEST WAR IN HISTORY

    Zanzibar Town Local Customs

    Zanzibar fought the world’s shortest war against the British Empire – and lost after 38 minutes. Sultan Hamad bin Thuwaini had been cooperation with the British when he suddenly died on 25 August 1896. His nephew, Khalid bin Bargash, seized power at the expense of another would-be pro British Sultan. Khalid was ordered to step aside by Britain. He...

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Moshi

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  • Good!

    Moshi Restaurants

    Our guides took us into this place on the way back from climbing Mt Kilimanjaro. After a week of campsite food (brilliantly produced by Aloise & Ernest, but still campsite food), it was wonderful to get a decent burger and a cold beer.We were 11 altogether, and Jonas (chief guide) was smart by phoning in our order as we drove into town from...

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  • Marangu Hotel

    Moshi Hotels

    PO Box 40, Marangu, Moshi, Tanzania

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • not so good

    Moshi Restaurants

    My guidebook (Bradt’s) tells me this hotel restaurant is a good bet.Before going, a colleague enthused about the fact that the local Rotary club meets there and that the toilets are quite nice.Hmmm. OK, to be fair, 10 of us arrived unannounced for lunch. Not easy to deal with. But to be honest, the food took best part of 90 minutes to arrive. Mine...

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Arusha

See all 42 Arusha Tips
  • Safari

    Arusha Things to Do

    When you´re visiting Arusha in Tanzania you definitely have to go on safari. I visited two national parks, Lake Manyara and Tarangire. Both were very nice in different ways. I would say that Lake Manyara has more animals, at least big animals, but have to keep your eyes open to see them in the bushes. Tarangire is more open. It is big steppes with...

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  • The African Tulip

    Arusha Hotels

    Excellent service at the hotel and top accommodation. The safari trip for 8 persons to Lake Manyare,...

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  • Serengeti National Park

    Arusha Things to Do

    It’s famous. Famous for its herds of wildebeest and zebra. Famous for their mass migrations. Famous for the predators who feed off them.It’s enormous. A mixture of longer grassland which looks empty - maybe it is, or maybe the grass is hiding stuff - and shorter grassland with acacia which is full of life.On our first day we say a lion feeding at a...

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Serengeti National Park

Kilimanjaro National Park

  • PRIVATE EXPEDITIONS - DISHONEST/NO...

    Kilimanjaro National Park Warnings and Dangers

    I travelled to Kilimanjaro on 16th August with Private Expeditions. During the booking stage - they had provided me with an agreement form which asked for NO medical conditions and NO medical history - therefore I rang them to explain about my condition and I was told that so long as my doctor agreed (I have a letter from my doctor) and so long as...

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  • Some Essentials

    Kilimanjaro National Park What to Pack

    Do not bring a wheeled bag; a duffel bag or backpack is preferable as the porters will carry them on their head or back of their neck. I used a duffel bag which had hidden backpack straps, needed lots of souvenier room. You'll also want a dayback in which you'll carry your day to day essentials like your water, sunscreen and camera. Hiking boots,...

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  • Gear for Kilimanjaro

    Kilimanjaro National Park What to Pack

    You will need two bags - one main pack (carried by a porter) and a day bag big enough to hold your wet weather gear, camera, nibbles and water. I had a 22 litre day bag and this was fine. Remember, the bigger the bag the more gear you may end up stuffing in it! Starting from the bottom - as you are walking for several days your boots and socks are...

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Jambiani

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  • Kitesurfing for beginners

    Jambiani Things to Do

    East coast of Zanzibar is the perfect spot for learning kitesurfing. It is windy, has almost no waves (because of the reef protecting it from the wide ocean) and has beautiful sandy lagoons with thousands of share meters of blue water just over white sand.The place very popular with kite surfers is Paje - there are at least 5 schools/centres and...

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  • Blue Oyster Hotel

    Jambiani Hotels

    This place on the beach seems to be open by someone in Germany. That would explain why their website...

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  • RASTA ALL DAY, RASTA ALL NIGHT

    Jambiani Nightlife

    Bob Marley still lives! Want an exotic cold drink or just an ice-cold beer. Want to Chill Out? This is the place. The large bar is open on all sides and the bar stools are buried in the sand. Padded benches and tables are also available. Service is friendly and inquisitive. When they ask how your day was, they want details! The guys are superb and...

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Mikumi National Park

  • Time to take photos

    Mikumi National Park Favorites

    The best time to take photos , what every photografer knows, is the early and late hours of the day. So , ask for a early rising, go to 4 hours of safari and come back to breakfast, and then drive to the lakes and pools to see the wildlife that came to drink.

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  • Rats removing landmines in Morogoro near...

    Mikumi National Park Off The Beaten Path

    Better than the Movie "Ratatouille" and real!Source: http://www.apopo.org/newsite/content/index.htmDate 02 March 2008APOPO was initiated in response to the global landmine problem. In the mid 90s it was well recognized that most mine clearance techniques in use were slow and expensive. APOPO’s overall objective is to develop an efficient method for...

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  • Entrance of Mikumi National Park

    Mikumi National Park Favorites

    The main entrance of Mikumi National Park is conveniently located at an exit of one of Tanzania's main highways, from Morogoro to Iringa. Park fees are low compared to the more famous parks in the north of Tanzania.Park gates open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. The maximum speed inside the park is 50 km/h, though most of the time you will be driving...

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Sengerema

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  • Go further out and visit a rural health...

    Sengerema Things to Do

    If it is at all possible you should try visiting some of the rural dispensaries or clinics close to Sengerema. Sengerema has a hospital, so most people go here if they live close by. But for the majority of Tanzanians, hospitals are not an option. In stead they have to go to witch doctors or rural clinics. I tell you it is a different world. Small...

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  • Taxi in Sengerema

    Sengerema Transportation

    It's good to have a reliable taxi driver in Sengerema. If anything happens you can always call him and get him to pick you up. Trust me when I say that standing as the only mzungo in pitch darkness outside the broken off-road, preparing to spend the night in the middle of nowhere is NOT funny... You soon realise it's essential to have a good...

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  • Greetings

    Sengerema Local Customs

    Try learning a bit of swahili. It's amazing the kind of good-will that follows from a few frases. You do have to learn the greetings, though. No way about it. ALL elders should be greeted with a bow (!) and a "shikamoo" (Literally I hold your feet). If children or young women say shikamoo to you, you have to reply with "marahaba or...

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Ngorongoro

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Paje

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  • Kite Surfing

    Paje Sports & Outdoors

    Paje seemed a popular place to kite surf during high tide. The wind is quite strong as the tide turns and a number of people took to the sea. Was fun watching them aproach and jump over the local fishing boats in the water.

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  • Armed robberies

    Paje Warnings and Dangers

    Although during my stay in Paje I had not encountered any trouble at all I do feel I should post a warning about a number of the hotels along the beach in this area including Crystal (where I stayed). I am aware of a number of armed robberies that have allegedly taken place, where men have walked up from the beach and held up the tourists in the...

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  • No ATM

    Paje Favorites

    There is no ATM in Paje so you need to take all the money you need with you otherwise you'll be taking a long trip back to Stone Town to get more out. I don't believe there are any any the neighbouring villages either (Jambiani or Bweju) but I'm not 100%... Better to be prepared though.

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Dodoma

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  • Don't make pictures without permission

    Dodoma Tourist Traps

    Don't make pictures without asking or 'people might get reactive' - as one of the locals put it. On the other hand: some won't mind at all, they'll even become enthousiastic and call out loud 'picha, picha' (which is Swahili for 'picture') - the trouble is you can never tell what kind of reaction to expect...

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  • The market in Dodoma

    Dodoma Things to Do

    The market in Dodoma ; my wife, Jennie, wearing her African dress, and my brother-in-law, bwana Gerrit

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  • Gay Life

    Dodoma Things to Do

    I frequent Dodoma from abroad. I have found some gay life that would be only shared with gay guys visiting Dodoma and Dar Es Salaam. Tanzania does not acknowledge homosexuality, but as in any society it still exists. However, confidentiality has to be maintained and at times guys are not sure of, or are unaccepting of, their sexuality. but i have...

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Bagamoyo

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  • Kaole ruins

    Bagamoyo Things to Do

    The Kaole ruins are the remains of a Shirazi trading town. They date back to the thirteenth century. The ruins are of two mosques and several tombs. The buildings were constructed using coral stones. The site claims to be home to the first mosques in east Africa. In addition to the ruins, there is a small museum.The entrance fee is very low, but it...

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  • German hanging place

    Bagamoyo Things to Do

    The German Hanging Place is the site where the German colonial government hanged Africans who rebelled against the German colonial government in the late nineteenth century. There is a small, not very well maintained memorial.In the background of the picture, the Boma is visible. The Boma was the residence of the German colonial governor.

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  • German cemetry

    Bagamoyo Things to Do

    Bagamoyo was the capital of German East Africa in the late ninetienth century. The German cemetery overlooks the beach and the Indian Ocean. There are about 20 graves, mostly of German soldiers.

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  • Jan 17, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Our daughter will be traveling to Tanzania this summer with a group called GIVE -- Growth International Volunteer Excursions. They will be involved in a service project and recreation mostly on and around island of Zanzibar, then to Arusha and Kilimanjaro. Any advice appreciated.

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