An afternoon on the Serengeti
Tanzania Travel Fast Facts
Getting there: regular flights from major cities to international airports in Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro
What to see: Lake Victoria, Mt. Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti Plains, Mafia Island, Zanzibar, Ngorongoro Crater, Olduvai Gorge, Lake Manyara Currencies: Tanzanian shilling
Official language(s): Swahili, English
As the popular African destination of many people's dreams, Tanzania instantly captures the imagination. It is Africa at its most wild and free.
That's not to say that the country lacks creature comforts - far from it.
Count on Tanzania to put out the welcome mat with accommodations ranging from luxury hotels and resorts, to safari campers and solar-powered tent lodges from which to view the Africa of legend.
The one concern upon arrival in Tanzania is...where to begin:
Close to 1 million visitor arrive in the country each year, a majority of which touch down at the international airport in the fomer capital, Dar es Salaam. From there, it is easy to book passage to Tanzania's unforgettable natural wonders.
• David Livingstone was a Scottish explorer and one of the first outside Tanzania to see Victoria Falls, which he promptly named after Britain’s queen.
• Beef and pork are rare and expensive in Tanzania, but try the local dishes available at hotels and restaurants including crocodile, filet of antelope, and fried warthog!
• Tanzania is famous for African blackwood or mbingo carvings. Other souvenirs to bring home from Tanzania include Maasai tribe fabrics and blankets, local tribal wood carvings, paintings, and pottery sold at street stalls and craft markets.
• The chimpanzees at Gombe National Park of Tanzania were made famous by the pioneering work of Jane Goodall, who in 1960 began her behavioural research program that now stands as the planet's longest-running study of chimpanzees in the wild.
• Zanzibar's Chumbe Island is home to the coconut crab, the largest crab on earth, known for climbing coconut trees and cracking coconuts with its powerful foot-long claws.
More about Tanzania travel & tourism around the Web:
Tanzania Tourist Board - The official site complete with guides to top attractions, itinerary planner, guides to game reserves
and national parks, best diving & snorkeling sites on the Swahili coast, historical and cultural background, practical travel
advice, maps & photos, plus a comprehensive list of all tourism businesses approved and licensed by the Tanzania Tourist Board.
Tanzania travel guide - Hit the ground running with this nitty-gritty Wikitravel guide to the country with information on what to see and do, how to negotiate roads and traffic, local customs & social etiquette, safety advice and insider tips on foods to eat
and markets to shop.
Travel Information - Lonely Planet guide featuring the
best that Tanzania has to offer with advice on what to see and
do, getting around, maps & photos, and special focus on Dar
es Salaam, Serengeti National Park, Mt Kilimanjaro National Park
plus recommended game reserves and conservation areas.
Africa - Travel Guide & Tourist Information - From
The Africa Guide, with recommended tour companies offering safaris
& mountain climbing expeditions plus an extensive directory
of hotels and travel packages, maps, photos, practical travel
tips, related links.