Tanzania and Zanzibar – Info to Get Your Planning Started

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Population: 49.25 +/- million

Capital city: Dar es Salaam

Major airports: Dar es Salaam (DAR), Kilimanjaro (JRO), Arusha (ARK)

Main tourist draws: Safari in Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park, Kilimanjaro National Park, beaches of Zanzibar

Best time to visit: For climbing Kilimanjaro, January is hands-down the best time. Routes will be more crowded, but weather wise, January is the time to go. Zanzibar is warm and has beautiful weather year round.

Exchange rate: 1 USD = 2233 TZS (shillings) (March 2017) USD is widely accepted but cannot be withdrawn from ATM machines; Tour companies expect payment in USD; Businesses often use an easy exchange rate of 1USD = 2000 shillings

Travel Insurance: Even if you don’t book a tour, I recommend getting travel insurance to cover you while in Tanzania. Areas of this country are still developing and the tourism industry is too. I recommend World Nomads. They have great coverage and two policies to choose from. I was able to get the basic policy and it still covered me while climbing Kilimanjaro.

Local cuisine: Let’s just say it ain’t about the food. Lots of bread and attempts at bland Western cuisine, but on safari you’ll likely get five star service and 3 course meals; trekking Kili means 3 course meals that are filling and good, resorts on Zanzibar had the best food on my trip and there are a wide range of restaurants in Stonetown, but Indian food was the best.

Beer: Kilimanjaro, Safari (my fave), Serengeti, but none of them are really worth writing home about

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Mary Lyons

I have had incredible travel opportunities since moving overseas eleven years ago. I created this blog to share my experiences, what I’ve learned, and my mistakes and frustrations, in hopes of entertaining readers and helping people to create and plan their own travel opportunities.

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