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Tanzania

  • Getting there: Tanzania's main airport is Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR), located 13 kilometres southwest of Dar es Salaam. Buses cross Tanzania's borders with Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Zambia.
  • Capital city: Dodoma.
  • Population: 54.844 million.
  • Religion: A third identify as Christian, another third as Muslim. The remaining third practice one of the country's numerous indigenous religions.
  • Language: Swahili, English.
  • Currency: Tanzanian shilling (TZS).
  • Climate: Tanzania has a tropical climate. The coast is hot and humid, while the northwest highlands are cool and temperate. Two rainy seasons occur with the shorter one lasting October to December and the longer rains, March to June. The central plateau remains arid through the year.
  • Transport: Public transport which comprises buses, trains and ferries is normally chaotic and crowded. Distances are long in Tanzania; do not try and cover too many places at once.
  • Best time to travel: If visiting for the wildebeest migration, the best time would be between November and August. General game viewing is best during the dry season from June to October. Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro is ideally done between July to October or January to March. Avoid the coast during the rains.
  • What to wear: It rarely gets very cold in Tanzania so wearing lightweight clothing (in cotton or linen), is recommended to stay cool. Short sleeved shirts and shorts are advisable, especially on safari. Temperatures can get quite chilly at night or early morning safari starts so have something warm around for those times.
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