Frequently Asked Questions About Tanzania
What part of Africa is Tanzania located in?
Tanzania is located in the eastern part of Africa on the shore of the
Indian Ocean. It s one of 53 independent countries in the African
continent. The islands of Zanzibar and Pemba (Tanzania Islands)
are just offshore. Tanzania is neighbors to Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo,
Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique.
Map of Tanzania - Source Merriam-Webster’s Atlas.
What is the language of Tanzania
The official language in Tanzania is Swahili which is spoken all
throughout the country. Primary Education facilitated through the
compulsory Universal Primary Education (UPE) philosophy in the sixties and
adult education programmes in Tanzania enabled this interesting
achievement. This language is also spoken widely in Kenya, Uganda,
Burundi, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda.
International media houses have taken advantage of the huge Swahili
audience by having Swahili broadcasts, including Voice of America (VOA) Swahili
Service, Radio Deutsche Welle Germany Swahili Service, and BBC Swahili
In Tanzania, Swahili is also the official Government language although
English is also extensively used to facilitate non-Swahili speakers in
Government, multi-national institutions, expatriates and foreigners.
English is widely spoken and understood by many Tanzanians.
English is the language in some English medium primary schools, all
secondary schools and colleges and universities. Graduates from Tanzania
Institutions of Higher learning have acquired sufficient English language
proficiency to join universities and colleges in the UK, USA, Canada,
Australia and other English speaking countries.
Where is Mount Kilimanjaro?
Mount Kilimanjaro is located in the northern part of Tanzania.
At 5895 metres (19,340 feet) above sea level, it is the highest mountain
in Africa. It is permanently snow capped. The highest point of the mountain
is called the Uhuru (Swahili for Independence) peak. Many also refer to this
peak as Kibo.
Is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro a feat achieved only by professional
No, Mount Kilimanjaro can be climbed by any person who is physically fit.
There are designated trek routes and professional guides and teams with
porters who carry the climbers luggage and belongings during the climb.
The entourage is well equipped and also conversant with emergency
procedures. The ascent to the top of the mountain normally takes three
days and the descent two days. Evenings are spent in camps for dinner,
sleeping, resting and acclimatization for altitude. Climbing begins each
day in the early morning.
Many people from all over the world of different age groups and
physical fitness with no previous mountaineering experience have successfully
climbed the mountain. A number of not-for-profit organizations have
also been able to benefit from funds raised by different groups doing
the climb. Among them, CARE International UK, Make-A-Wish Foundation of
Canada, Canadian Breast Cancer Network, Save the Children, AIDS Walk
Africa, ALS Society of Canada, Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation
Alzheimer Society of British Columbia.
What are the best National Parks and Conservation Areas to visit in
Tanzania is endowed with some of the best parks in the world. Depending on
your interests, budget limitations, and duration of stay, visits to some
of the conservation areas can be the fulfillment of a life-long dream. For
luxury travel, safaris, naturalist and
researcher interests, exchanging wedding vows, or just being a tourist, whatever your interest you will find this in Tanzania. Your tour
operators will be your best guide.
Tanzania has many designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites - Ngorongoro
Conservation Area, including the Ngorongoro and Empakaai Craters and
Olduvai Gorge designated in 1979 ; Ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani and Ruins of
Songo Mnara designated in 1981; Serengeti National Park designated in
1981; Selous Game Reserve designated in 1982 ; Kilimanjaro National Park
designated in 1987 and The Stone Town of Zanzibar designated 2000.
On a Tanzania Safari one can engage in the following activities... game
viewing (the big five and many other wildlife animals) in the national
parks in the Northern circuit and southern Tanzania; witnessing
unbelievable migration of wildlife; climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and
Mount Meru; holidaying on the beautiful islands of Zanzibar, Pemba and
Mafia; swimming, diving, snorkeling, fishing, boating, bird watching,
walking tours, cultural tours and much much more.
Where is Zanzibar located?
Zanzibar (referred to as Unguja ) and the island of Pemba together with
many nearby smaller islands are part of Tanzania. These Islands are on the
eastern coast of Tanzania Mainland in the Indian ocean and only one and
half hour by hydrofoil or fast passenger boats from Dar es Salaam to
Zanzibar. There are regular international flights to Zanzibar. From Dar es
salaam and Kilimanjaro International airports in Tanzania and Mombassa in
Kenya, there are regular domestic and charter flights to Zanzibar. There
are also flights from Zanzibar to Pemba. There are as well ocean passenger
vessels which ply from Zanzibar to Pemba.
Zanzibar is a world holiday destination and was named the best Island
destination in "Africa And The Middle East" by the reputed worldwide
publication - "Travel + Leisure Magazine".
I am interested in doing a combined safari of Tanzania, Kenya and
Uganda during my vist to Tanzania. Could you advise me if this is
Most of the tour operators listed in the “Travel and Tours Classifications
“ of this website organize East Africa tours and certainly could organize
one for you. They could also be able to work out a combined tour of
Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, Botswana, South Africa or other
countries in East, Central and Southern Africa. The choice is yours. You
need to provide details to them so they could organise the safari of your
I am an investor. What are the areas and opportunities for investment
The government websites and the official Tanzanian Embassies in the
countries they are located, the TRA, and some other international websites have
all the relevant information you would need. These and many other links
listed on this website in the “Important Links”
section including ZIPA and PSRC are very comprehensive, and detailed. Information from these
resources is helpful to prospective domestic or international investors.
I am interested in pursuing higher education in Tanzania. Can you name
which institutions I can join?
For a student, this is the best time in one’s life to gain the valuable
international development experience. Tanzania has some of the best
universities and colleges one can imagine. Education in Tanzania can
firstly be achieved at a relatively much less cost and more importantly
many institutions of Higher learning have recognition, affiliations and
collaborations in specified fields with world known Institutions and
universities. The Ministry of Education in Tanzania has a list of all
approved local Institutions of Higher Learning. Medium of instruction is
English and the institutions appeal equally to undergraduate students
aspiring for studies in Sciences, Liberal Arts, Accountancy, Business,
Information Technology, professional degrees in law, medicine, dentistry,
nursing.; also extremely well equipped resources and equipment,
professorial supervision and support exist for those wishing to pursue
Masters programmes, research and doctorate dissertations and degrees.
I am a professional science teacher and want to get international
development work experience by working in schools in Tanzania. Are there
organizations I can contact?
There are many work opportunities, both paid and volunteer based for
professionals in different fields. The links in the “Education" and “Important
Links" sections have valuable
resources if you would like to find more information about who to contact.
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