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Exchange rate: 1 USD = 2233 TZS (shillings) (March 2017) USD is widely accepted but cannot be withdrawn from ATM machines; Tour companies expect payment in USD; Businesses often use an easy exchange rate of 1USD = 2000 shillings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