Tanzania Country Information & Useful Etiquette Rules

Tanzania is an East African country situated just south of the Equator. It was formed as a sovereign state in 1964 through the union of the separate states Tanganyika and Zanzibar. It is the second largest country in East African and officially referred to as the United Republic of Tanzania.

The country is strategically located on the Indian Ocean and shares its border with eight incredible safari destinations: Kenya to the north-east; Uganda to the north; Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west; Zambia to the south-west; and Malawi and Mozambique to the south.

Population: 61 million
Area: 945,087 km²
Capital: Dodoma
Commercial Center: Dar es Salaam
Major languages: Swahili, English
Major religions: Christianity, Islam

The people of Tanzania have a rich cultural heritage with a large variety of ethnic groups, tribes and religions

Greetings & Right Hand

Greetings are an essential part. Keep it simple with a smile, a hello, and sometimes even a handshake. There is no need to rush this! Also greet everyone in the room/group as only greeting the host may be taken as ignoring the others.

Elders in Tanzania are treated with higher levels of respect as they are considered more knowledgeable and experienced. There are no obvious rules, but just show your best behavior and don’t forget the handshakes.

Keep you right hand dominant – especially when it comes to greetings, eating, and giving/receiving objects. In Tanzania it is assumed that your left hand has been used for “toilet duties”.

Pictures & Authorities

Ask for permission before you take any pictures. Members of certain ethnic groups believe that a piece of their soul is taken away. It is therefore important to be respectful and ask permission beforehand.

It is forbitten to take pictures of government house and any military compounds. Sites where photography is prohibited are not always marked.

When dealing with government authorities be respectful and avoid impatience. A lot of issues can be sorted with a smile and a good sense of humor.

Interested? Talk to an expert!

Sandra

As an adventurous European travel is in my blood! Tanzania is a fascinating country with so much to explore! It’s a pleasure to share my insider knowledge and offer first-hand advise. I take the time to listen to your ideas and create a unique safari adventure out of these – tailored to your individual requirements and designed just for you!

You are planing a trip Tanzania? You have any questions or missing some information? Don’t worry we are here to assist!

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Not sure – Talk to an expert

Michael

Let me show you my stunning home country and discover the true Tanzania – authentic and first-hand with a native at your side! As a Tanzanian myself, I am intimately familiar with the local conditions. With my experience in the bush and my passion for wildlife, I will happily design an itinerary based on your travel interests.

You are unsure if Tanzania is the right travel destination for you? Get in touch for a first chat to discuss your individual requirements!

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What would you like to explore in Tanzania?

Safaris

Tanzania is a very big country and one of East Africa’s most outstanding safari destination! Encounting wildlife in its natural habitat is an unforgettable adventure. Whether you would like to travel to the North, South, West or combine your Tanzania Safari with one of the neighbouring countries, we will be on your side to guide you!

Trekking

Tanzania’s stunning mountain ranges can be best explored on a hiking or trekking journey. Whether you are climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or one of the lesser-known alternatives, Tanzania will fascinate you with its stunning scenery! The Rift Valley and volcanoes; mountain ranges and plateaus; craters and lakes – all offer superb possibilities to immerse in Tanzania’s nature.

Beach Holidays

Tanzania’s endless coastline of palm fringed beaches, the Zanzibar archipelago and the neighbor islands Mafia and Pemba provide the perfect getaway for some relaxing beach days. Whether as a stand-alone beach holiday or a beach exentison after your safari on the mainland, we can assist to design a customized holiday just for you!

Why Book With Us?

Tanzania Specialists

Locally Owned Tour Operator
Everything is handled in-house
Extensive knowledge as we live & work on-site

Tailor-Made Journeys

Itineraries are designed to your individual taste & needs
Wide network of partners – not bounded to a property chain
Attention to every detail with excellent customer service

Responsible & Sustaibale Travel

Support locally-owned camps, lodges and suppliers
Giving back – social, economic & environmental impact
Waste management (re-fillable water bottles & humper lunches)