Best Time to go: July to October
Best For: Mt Kilimanjaro (Tanzania); Beach Resorts (Zanzibar)
Tanzania fulfills everyone`s dream of Africa: the wildebeest migration along an infinite savannah; the incongruous snow of Mt Kilimanjaro; proud Masai warrior tribes; exotic beaches along the spice islands of Zanzibar. It`s all here in Tanzania.
The famous Serengeti National Park is found in Tanzania, and a safari through the vast plains is a must – especially during the famed wildebeest migrations (November to May).
The colourful marine life surrounding the coral islands of Zanzibar and Pemba makes for an ideal place to go scuba-diving and snorkelling. As the highest peak on the African continent at 5,895m, Mt Kilimanjaro has taunted avid explorers with its snow-capped peak for decades.
As the epicentre of the historical spice trade, Zanzibar is the place to do a tour of its many spice and fruit plantations. The endless plains of the Serengeti come to life in the early hours of the dawn, and seeing the park waken from a hot air balloon is one of the world`s great natural spectacles.
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Capital: Dodoma (DOD) / Zanzibar City (Stone Town)(ZNZ)
Currency: Tanzania Shilling(TZS)
Language: Kiswahili & English
Dialling code from SA: + 255
Time Zone: UTC/GMT +3 hours (1 hour ahead of South Africa)
Side of the Road: Left
Plugs: 230 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs are mostly UK-style square three-pin, but round three-pin plugs are also in use.
Drinking Water: All water should be regarded as being potentially contaminated.
Health: There are some good private hospitals in Dar es Salaam and Stone Town on Zanzibar, but facilities are rudimentary outside of these and medicines are often unavailable. Travellers climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro are at risk for altitude sickness. Travel insurance is recommended, but hospitals will want to be paid up front.
Customs: Zanzibar is a predominantly Muslim society and beachwear should be reserved for the beach. Women should cover their arms and legs outside of the beach and the tourist resorts. Respect to religious customs should be shown during the month of Ramadan.
Offences / Laws: Smoking in public places is illegal
Duty Free: The following items may be imported into Tanzania by travellers over 18 without incurring customs duty:
• 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
• 1 bottle of alcoholic beverages.
• 580ml of perfume.
Prohibited Imports: Unlicensed firearms and ammunition. Plants and plant products require a phytosanitary certificate.
Prohibited Exports: The export of gold, diamonds and tanzanite unless bought from a licensed jeweller is prohibited. Exporting souvenirs made from wildlife skins (this includes reptiles), shells and coral is forbidden.