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Home to Africa's iconic Mt. Kilimanjaro and an incredible array of fascinating wildlife, any trip to Tanzania will create a lifetime of memories. Extraordinary views and lush valleys dense with tropical rainforest are on offer to all those wishing to trek to the top of Africa's highest mountain, while the National Parks of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro crater provide visitors with great opportunities to view the vast array of animals and birds that populate this beautiful African country.

Discover the incredible landscapes and warm hospitality of Tanzania on one of our group tours. Whether you want to join us on our ascent of the iconic Mt Kilimanjaro or simply visit the Serengeti National Park to experience some of the very best wildlife viewing in the world, you'll look back at your tour to Tanzania as the trip of a lifetime. For the perfect end to your stay in Tanzania why not spend a few nights exploring the beautiful islands, beaches and tropical blue waters of Zanzibar.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is it safe to visit Tanzania?

In general, Tanzania is a safe place to visit if you take precautions and follow the government travel advisories. You should avoid isolated areas and take taxis at night.

What is the official currency of Tanzania?

The currency used in Tanzania is the Tanzanian shilling (TZS), which is subdivided into 100 senti (cents).

When is the best time of the year to visit Tanzania?

The best wildlife viewing months are during the dry season from late June to October. If you want to see the wildebeest migration in the Serengeti, the best time to visit is during June and July.

Should you tip in Tanzania?

Tipping in Tanzania is not obligatory and should always be dependent on the quality of service. For those working in the service industry, tipping can make up an important part of their income.

Is the tap water safe to drink in Tanzania

The tap water is not safe for drinking in Tanzania. To avoid getting sick, you should only drink bottled water or filtered water.

TOUR REVIEWS

I had an amazing time on the trip. Everything was incredibly well organized and planned out to a tee. Our tour guide, Big Mo, was amazing and super knowledgeable. I couldn't have imagined a better trip to Egypt!
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I was pleased and impressed with the experience in booking and obtain all necessary documents in a timely manner. I am looking forward to my tour and hope the ground experience it just as good. This trip is my dream/bucket list trip.

Ant provided excellent service. He always responded as quickly as he could, attending to the questions I had for him. He was also very patient and pleasant. I depended on his knowledge and service to make the trip.
I liked the service and the tour guide & driver on the tour. They were professional and provided very good service. I thought 1-2 hotels on the trip were not quite 4-star. It also happened that this group of people was always late for schedule and our walk pace was too slow. It really needs the guide to make people on schedule and be punctual for the activity. Overall I think the time management of this tour needs improvement.

I purchased my rid tour as part of a group coupon. Is obituary hesitant but my tour was great. The staff at Encounters were professional and helpful. I had a lot of questions but no one made me feel like a pest. Good experience.
I always wanted to go to Morocco and I finally got to go last September. I'm glad I chose this tour group. They were professional and attentive. Good times!

Encounters Travel did such a superb job in organizing this tour. I had never heard of them before going on the Maldives Magic tour, however now I will recommend them to friends/family and use them for my future planned trips.
Our tour is what made the trip that much more memorable. Rather than being plopped at a westernized resort, we were able to get a taste of how the locals live, eat and entertain themselves. We stayed in quaint guesthouses on the islands amongst the locals, ate authentic Maldivian cuisine (one day even with a Maldivian family who made us breakfast), and viewed a traditional dance/singing performance which was absolutely delightful. This was a trip of a lifetime that I will never forget.

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Tanzania Country Guide

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Factfile


Time: GMT+3
Dial Code: +255
Area: 945,087 km²
Elevation: The lowest point in Tanzania is the Indian Ocean at 0m | The highest point in Tanzania is Mount Kilimanjaro at 5,895m (19,341 ft.)
Population: 59,091,392 (2018)
Capital: Dodoma
Governemnt: Republic, Presidential system, Unitary state, Federal republic, Constitutional republic
Language: English, Swahili

Tanzania, officially the United Republic of Tanzania, is a country in Eastern Africa, located in the African Great Lakes area. The country borders Uganda and Kenya to the north, Burundi, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia to the south, and the Indian Ocean to the east.

The population of Tanzania is made up of a variety of linguistic, ethnic, and religious groups. The official capital city, Dodoma, is where the National Assembly, the president's office and some government ministries are located. The sovereign state of Tanzania is a presidential constitutional republic.

In the northeast, the landscape of Tanzania is mountainous and forested. Three of Africa's Great Lakes are partly within Tanzania, including Lake Victoria, Africa's largest lake, and Lake Tanganyika, the continent's deepest lake.

The Zanzibar Archipelago is located on the eastern shore, which is humid and hot. On the Zambian border, Kalambo Falls, on the Kalambo River, is situated. This is the second highest uninterrupted waterfall in Africa. Tanzania also has 16 national parks.

There are over 100 languages spoken in Tanzania, which makes the country the most linguistically diverse in East Africa. There is no official language in Tanzania, although the national language is Swahili. Around 10% of Tanzanians speak Swahili as a first language and up to 90% speak it as a second language. English is used as a medium of instruction in secondary and higher education.

Highlights

  • Lushoto – a highland town, and a convenient base for hikes in the nearby hills.
  • Mahale Mountains National Park – positioned on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, the park is a protected area for chimpanzees.
  • Selous Game Reserve – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Africa's largest wildlife reserve.
  • Mafia Island – part of Mafia's Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, this island is a world-class diving destination.
  • Kilwa Kisiwani – a small fishing village and a UNESCO World Heritage Site off the southern coast.
  • Lake Victoria – the largest lake in Africa with fresh water, home to more than 200 species of fish.
  • Katavi National Park – Tanzania's third-largest national park with unspoiled wilderness areas and large herds of buffalo.
  • Tarangire National Park – an underrated park with the highest concentration of elephants in the world.

Tips

  • Tanzania is a malaria risk area, so take precautions and consult your doctor beforehand.
  • Don't flaunt your valuables and keep an eye on them in busy areas.
  • The best months to climb Kilimanjaro are January, February and September.
  • Learn some simple phrases of Swahili to engage with the local people.
  • Throughout the country, especially along the coast, women should avoid sleeveless tops.
  • Pack light, comfortable clothes that are neutral coloured for game drives.
  • Avoid eating salad, as it might have come into contact with unhygienic water.
  • When it comes to tipping taxis, you should round it up to show appreciation.

Small Group Tanzania TOURS

Overland Tanzania TOURS

TAILOR-MADE Tanzania TOURS

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Our tailor-made tours seek to create a personalised experience – one that is completely exclusive to you. By taking all your interests and requests into consideration, we design an itinerary that ticks off your specific boxes. If you are after adventurous exploration, cultural immersion, a relaxing escape or a balanced blend of everything, we can make it happen.

A highlight of our tailor-made tours is that the itinerary is flexible and incorporates plenty of free time – so you can do some exploring on your own. Our local, friendly guides, experts in their country’s history and culture, will be happy to adjust the activities or your schedule as you travel.

If you are a group of friends, a large family or a company, our tailor-made tours are an ideal, stress-free option. You can even select your own hotels or make use of our recommended accommodation. We have a varied selection of sample holiday itineraries to choose from, either as they stand or as a base for inspiration.

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Ngorongoro Conservation Area

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Tanzania – A Wildlife Paradise

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It helps to remember that Tanzania's name is two old African states spliced together.

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