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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.
The currency used in Tanzania is the Tanzanian shilling (TZS), which is subdivided into 100 senti (cents).
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.
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.
The tap water is not safe for drinking in Tanzania. To avoid getting sick, you should only drink bottled water or filtered water.
I liked the fact we were met at the airport and helped thru customs and getting a visa and then upon leaving taken to where we needed to go. Its always tough to figure out where everything is in a foreign airport when you do not travel much
We had a wonderful time and great memories. We felt safe the whole time and would recommend this trip to anyone of any age as long as you can walk a lot. They are with you from arrival to departure and any problems that arose the guides would try their best to solve. They also showed remarkable patience for other people in other groups we saw that were acting like idiots.
Trip booked through Groupon at a Great offer price - Encounters was nothing but professional from the start. I even purchased insurance - extra days and got the best flights from my local airport- Great experience
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.
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!
Took care of every single detail from prior to our arrival in Cario until we we're dropped of at the airport a week later.
Our hotels, tours, meals, and tour group we're all wonderful.
Our tour guide was wonderful!
The price was great and the people wonderful!
Dial Code: +255
Area: 945,087 kmÂ²
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)
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.
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Travelling to Greece will have you leaving the Mediterranean country with a deep love for tasty traditional cuisine. Greek culture has some of the world's most delicious food, from hearty slow-cooked meat dishes to rose-flavoured cakes for dessert.
If you love Cairo, it will love you back! Its beautiful chaos can be both infuriating yet beautiful all at the same time - the magnificence of the city will overwhelm you with its beauty and frenetic atmosphere.
Cambodia has become a popular tourist destination in recent times. It has emerged from the shadows of a war-torn past to become a sought-after destination for lovers of nature, culture, and history. Cambodia features many of fascinating sites and landmarks to see and experience.
Every couple wants a fairy-tale honeymoon that they'll remember forever. Beautiful landscapes, enchanting settings, exciting activities, lots of romance... At Encounters Travel, we know just where to find all of this- and more. We've picked our top 5 destinations for that perfect honeymoon experience.
On a tour with Encounters Travel, you will be swept up on exciting, action-packed travel experiences in some of the world's most awe-inspiring destinations.
Our small group tours are perfect for those looking to experience culture, history, nature, and adventure. Group sizes range from between 12 to 20 travellers, giving you a chance to meet new people and make new friends. You can also engage and connect with your guide well, allowing a more meaningful experience.
These are 5 of our most interesting and exciting small group tours on offer in 2019.
There is nothing quite like travelling solo. Exploring new places and experiencing new things by yourself can be an eye-opening and almost life-changing adventure. However, one thing that often puts people off travelling solo is the single supplement. We have put together a helpful guide with all you need to know about single supplements, so that you can book your solo trip with complete confidence.
Visas are required for most nationalities of travellers to Egypt. Only nationals of certain Arab countries are exempt. Several options are available to travellers when acquiring a visa for Egypt. We have put together a comprehensive guide that will provide you with important information to make the process smooth and easy.
Visas are required for most nationalities of travellers to Cambodia. Only nationals of a few countries are exempt. Several options are available to travellers when acquiring a visa for Cambodia. We have put together a comprehensive guide that will provide you with important information to make the process smooth and easy for you.
Nationals from most countries are required to obtain a visa when travelling to Jordan. Only nationals from a small selection of countries are exempt from purchasing a visa for Jordan. We have put together a comprehensive guide that will provide you with important information to make the process smooth and easy for you.
Visas are not required for all nationalities of travellers to Morocco. Only nationals of certain countries are required to obtain a visa when travelling to Morocco. We have put together a comprehensive guide that will provide you with important information to make the process smooth and easy for you.
Visas are required for many nationalities of travellers to Vietnam, except for nationals of about 24 countries, who are exempt from obtaining a visa. Those who require a visa have several options available to them. We have put together a comprehensive guide that will provide you with important information to make the process smooth and easy for you.
We've just launched our 2020 dates in some of our most popular destinations and to celebrate, we're giving you discounts on them!
Is seeing the endangered Mountain gorillas of Uganda on your bucket-list? Then take advantage of this amazing deal!
The Maldives is truly a slice of heaven on earth. From sparkling blue waters to infinite beaches, from colourful coral reef palaces to vibrant local culture, the Maldives offers the chance for a coastal holiday that is relaxing, thrilling, and fulfilling all at once.
There are very few places in the world that can carve a deep, lasting impression on a traveller – India is one of these places.
Thinking about travelling to Africa to experience its wild beauty? Here's some inspiration just for you.
Interested in booking one of our small group tours but you're not sure what to expect? This handy guide will provide you with everything you need to know.
Find out all the details about Egyt's latest discovery right here!
Egypt is much more than just its famous pyramids! In this article, we dissect what this beautiful country has to offer.
Travelling to Israel? Then its very important to now about Shabbat!
South African cuisine is a lot like the countries diversity and rich history - with delicacies coming from the Cape Malay to recipes deriving from the Dutch settlers.
Find the best places to visit with our list of the top 5 things you simply have to see during your Egypt tour.
Jordan is one of the most intriguing destinations to visit in the Middle East. Rich with historical significance and natural splendour, it offers numerous exciting attractions.
The complex and fascinating country of Morocco offers a wealth of historical, cultural, and natural attractions for the intrepid traveller. We’ve chosen our top 5.
Planning a Maldives tour? Get some insight into the local cuisine you're more than likely to come across!
Croatia’s stunning natural beauty, fascinating historical sights and delicious food has made the country a firm favourite amongst travel enthusiasts. Whilst you can enjoy a trip to Croatia all year round, it is important to know which season best suits your own travel interests and goals.
Have you ever wanted to travel to a country with breath-taking beaches, pristine desert landscapes, noble historic sites, scenic cities and mouth-watering food? Then be prepared to add Israel to your bucket list.
Thinking about planning a trip to South Africa? Here's 10 reasons why the Garden Route should be part of the conversation.
South Africa in January is often believed to be the peak season of the summer. The activities and the places to visit aren’t short on excitement, so there’s absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t plan your trip at the start of the year in this dazzling country.
The Cape Winelands offers a myriad of attractions to suit a wide range of individual interests. Situated just 40km east of the city of Cape Town, the Cape Winelands lies shadowed by a mountain range which creates an unforgettable backdrop for the myriad of wineries scattered throughout the region. The sunny blue skies, lush vineyards, world-class wineries, restaurants, art galleries, historic towns and Cape Dutch farmsteads make this region seem as though it is from a fairytale. There is no shortage of things to do in this magnificent area, so we’ve created a handy guide to help you put together your itinerary for visiting the Cape Winelands:
At Encounters Travel, we bring the world to you. We offer tours in 38 different countries, from the most famous and popular destinations, to the lesser-known, hidden gems. These are some of our best tours to be experienced during the month of February.
A great travel photo reveals some aspect of that place’s true character that, though it may have been hidden, seems to have always been there. So why not take a trip around the world - from the Great Pyramids of Giza to the Blue City of Morocco, and more, with our favourite travel photos of January 2020.
The landlocked nation is a paradise for adventurous types, although it also features an abundance of culture with beautiful palaces, temples and shrines adorning the Kathmandu Valley, gorgeous mountain vistas overlooking Pokhara, and national parks rich with wildlife.
The vibrant city of Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and is the second biggest city in the country. Hanoi encompasses an interesting mix of the East and the West with visible traces of the country’s rich history. Vietnam was invaded by the Chinese for a long time, later by the French and also by the Americans in the 20th century. Hanoi was named the 8th most popular destination in the world in 2016 by TripAdvisor and is a highly sought after destination for visitors from all over the globe due to its rich historical and cultural heritage, breath-taking scenery and delicious cuisine. Hanoi boasts a myriad of places to see and things to do, so we’ve compiled our top 10 suggestions on the best things to do in Hanoi.
March is the start of one of Nepal's two annual peak tourist seasons and it's also when the temperatures have truly warmed up after winter – with the thawing of many high-altitude trekking trails, river levels primed for whitewater rafting, and some exciting cultural festivals.
The village itself is small, with lots of plants, trees and charming lampposts. Strangely enough, this place will remind you of Hanoi in Vietnam. There you will also find beautiful buildings in the old style. But unlike Hanoi, Bandipur is much less touristy.
Located amid rugged desert canyons and mountains in what is now the southwestern corner of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Petra was once a thriving trading centre and the capital of the Nabataean empire between 400 B.C. and A.D. 106. Here's everything you need to know before your visit.
From stunning natural landscapes to world-renowned historical and religious sites, Jordan is truly a hidden gem of the Middle East. Jordan will leave you feeling touched by the generosity and kindness of its people.
Turkey has decided to become visa-free for UK & Schengen travellers!
We asked a few of our Encounters travellers to share at least one of their best and most memorable travel photos from their January trip – tours ranging from Incredible India, Jordan on a Shoestring, Pharaonic Encounters, and more.
The beautiful little country of Nepal offers a wide range of trekking options, ranging from short and easy treks to strenuous and lengthy ones. Each year, Nepal welcomes a large number of visitors who flock to the country for its eye-catching scenery, fascinating cultures and welcoming locals. Here are our top 10 reasons to trek in Nepal:
Jordan is safe and hospitable, however, it suffers guilt by association due to its location in the Middle East. Travellers who take the time to discover and explore this peaceful and friendly nation are rewarded with a warm welcome from locals.
We chat to Mariah Alves, a travel consultant here at Encounters Travel, who shares here lock-down experience and which travel destination she misses the most.