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Tanzania is a friendly country in Western Africa. Full of amazing landmarks and sites, Tanzania is a dream country to visit for every enthusiastic traveler. Save the date in your travel calendar for a trip to this great place — surely, you would not be displeased by it.
Tanzania is a pretty safe country, but, it is not prone to criminals, that is why we do not recommend you to go out in town with big amounts of cash in your wallet. Use only official and verified taxi services, provided by your hotel while traveling.
Also, before coming to the country make sure that your credit cards will not be blocked by your bank. It is also very useful to have copies of your passport and other documents on hand. Never change your money in the streets, because of сounterfeit currency cases.
Vaccination is not something that legally required to be done before traveling into this country, but we must warn you that it is way safer to do those procedures before going anywhere. You can check CDC or WHO sites to learn about vaccines that you will need to do. Consult your doctor or other health care provider about the proper vaccination plan.
African food is very different from our usual Western cuisine. An abundance of unique components and unusual ways of preparing food makes Tanzanian cuisine very fun to taste. There is a cool service in Tanzania, where you can take a special food and spices trip. This trip includes exploring traditional cuisine and enjoying a Swahili lunch.
A challenge for your regular taste palette, a traditional African meal Nyama Choma is largely popular in Tanzania. A whole goat is grilled on an open fire and it is served while it is still cooking. The dish is chewy, oddly flavored but amazingly delicious.
Something more familiar to us, but still with African quirk — Mchuzi wa samaki. Curry based dish, made from whole fresh fish with lemon, coriander, and onions. It sounds heavenly but quite unusual to have fish in such a dish. However, served with white rice, Mchuzi wa samaki would not leave you indifferent.
Speaking of exotic food — what about cooked plantains (close relatives to bananas)? In Tanzania, you can try a magnificent stew Ndizi na nyama made from plantains and meat. Quickly simmered dish with curry powder, tomatoes, and coconut milk, make a combination to die for. If you have to choose one meal to try in Tanzania it should be Ndizi na nyama.
Now we are about to explore the good stuff! Toto once sang in his immortal song: “I bless the rain down in Africa”. The song was about this true wonder of our time, National
Park Serengeti. It can be extremely quiet and peaceful in one moment and then, everything`s changed and you see thousands of different animals walking, running and screaming around you. Serengeti shows the wildlife in its full savage beauty and offers you to explore it until the end of times.
Climbing Kilimanjaro is a dream of a wast majority of tourists in Africa. A lot of tour operators offer climbing adventures, so you can ask there about regular or tailored for your needs trip. Make sure that you choosing a respectable tour operator that can put together a happy and safe trip for you.
The best season to visit Kilimanjaro is undoubtedly more cold months if you are sensitive to hot weather. However, in January and February (it is summer in Southern Hemisphere) you can take a fairly comfortable trip with the right equipment.
The astonishing Zanzibar Archipelago is a beautiful mix of Arabian and African cultures that represents all the finest parts of the African continent. White sandy beaches green landscaping are residing side by side there.
One of the most fascinating attractions in Zanzibar is Stone Town — ancient ruins of the enchanting old town. Stone Town is part of Unguja, the capital of Zanzibar, and you can here visit a big traditional market. There you can purchase marvelous local souvenirs and appetizing foods. Try traditional spice production to explore Tanzania’s culture to the fullest. Also, we encourage you to take a guided tour to the spice farms, to witness this part of Tanzania personally.
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15 November 2020 8 min. Abe Moshi
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