Category: General Questions

Can I go out to a good restaurant in Tanzania?

The number and variety of restaurants is improving. In cities and towns with some tourism traffic (Daressalam, Moshi, Arusha, Karatu, Zanzibar town) you can find good Swahili, African, Indian, Chinese and Italian restaurants. Many older restaurants serve typical English food but the variety is widening and many other influences are appearing in menus. Please contact us for any question you need to know about.

What souvenirs can I buy in Tanzania?

There are many smaller curio shops and local markets in the towns. We want to encourage you to buy at local shops to support local economies. Be careful when buying antiques that you receive a stamped certificate from the seller in case you are asked to prove your purchase at the airport. Sometimes in the countryside you will be offered goods from local countryside people for sale. When buying souvenirs,…

Will I be able to speak to people in English in Tanzania?

The official and spoken languages of the country are Swahili and English. Many people have English as their second language as they were taught this at school. All Tanzanian working in the tourism field can communicate in English. In the countryside, or when communicating with children, local women or individuals of lower school education, it might however be difficult to speak in English. It is appreciated by locals if travelers…

Should I give a tip?

Tipping is not a local custom in Tanzania; it is common only amongst tourists and expatriates who live in the country. Giving monetary gifts to friends or relatives is common, however, both in the city and in the countryside. As tourism is growing in the country locals who work in the tourism industry are getting used to the notion of tipping and sometimes even expect a tip from clients. Tips…

Can I send emails/make phone calls/send postcards from Tanzania?

Internet cafes have hit Tanzania and especially in the central area of the cities. Prices are cheap, but the connection speed is sometimes disappointing. There are post offices where you can buy stamps, envelopes and postcards. The post is reasonably reliable although it may take some time to reach its destination, however courier services such as DHL are available. Telecommunications in Tanzania is generally good. You can even use your…

What currency should I carry with me?

The official currency of Tanzania is the Shilling. Smaller amounts of money are usually paid in Shilling, whereas larger amounts of money are paid in US$. Currently 1 US$ was worth approximately 2,275 Shillings. Money can be exchanged at the Bureau de Change which can be found at any larger town and in the airports. Make sure that they change your money at the rate which is written in front…