Are you looking for classic Africa? Most of the continent’s iconic landscapes are yours for the taking when during one of our Tanzania tours!
Experience for yourself the snow-capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro. Witness the millions of wildebeest following the rains during your Serengeti adventure. Or embrace the breathtaking views during a Ngorongoro tour. To finish? It has to be the mystical spice islands of Zanzibar!
If you are more adventurous, you can easily get away from the beaten path.
Witness unforgettable sunsets on the mighty Rufiji River in the Selous. See elephants and antelopes cavorting at the beach in Saadani.
Have close encounters with chimpanzees in Mahale and Gombe Stream. Venture into remote Katavi and Ruaha where you will rarely see another vehicle.
At the end of your Tanzania tour, relax at one of the beautiful offshore islands, where beaches take center stage and tropical coral reefs are shoaled by bright Indian Ocean fish. Bliss!
The first humans in Tanzania were hunters and gatherers and agriculture is thought to have begun around 1,000 BC. By the 4th century AD, Bantu people, with their iron tools and weapons, began migrating to Tanzania, followed by the Persians, Romans, and eventually the Arab merchants who brought Islam to the country in the 8th century.
Renowned Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama traveled to Tanzania in 1498 and captured many of the islands.
By the early 18th century, the spice island of Zanzibar was held by the Sultan of Oman, before the British took over and abolished the slave trade that was renowned in Zanzibar in the late 19th century.
The mainland area of what is known today as Tanzania, is thought to have been named by a British civil servant in 1920, derived from the Swahili words ‘tanga’ (sail) and ‘nyika’ (bright arid plain).
Independence reached Tanzania in 1961 and by the following year the country became a republic with Julius Nyerere as Prime Minister and the father of the nation. A policy of socialism was adopted but failed, causing the country to go into debt until the mid-1980s.
Today, after political and economic reform, the country is recovering and Tanzania tours have prospered. The country is not only strong but also graciously offers refuge to over a half a million civilians fleeing violence from surrounding countries.
The vast cultural diversity of Tanzania is most witnessed in the lyrics of the country’s national anthem Mungu Ibariki Afrika, which focuses on unity.
As a patriarchal, community-centric culture, Tanzania considers family to be very important. By learning the basic Kiswahili language, such as Jambo (Hello), you will be a guest who is positively received!
The majority of Tanzanians (55%) are Muslims, and there are 35% Christians, as well as a few ethnic groups with their own native belief systems.
The culture is very respectful to its different religions and Eid ul-Fitr and Christmas are usually celebrated together by all. Intermarriages are common, and it is not uncommon to find few Christians having more than one wife or Muslims drinking beer during some cultural ceremonies.
Culture in Tanzania embraces creativity. Tanzanian literature boasts few eminent writers – Shafi Adam Shafi, Chachage Seithy L. Chachage, Amandina Lihamba, Edwin Semzaba, Penina Muhando Mlama and Euphrase Kezilahabi.
Makonde sculpture is quite famous in Tanzania and the country has its own unique Tingatinga painting style. In music, in among traditional forms, you may also experience during your Tanzania tour the new genre of Bongoflava, a derivative of American hip hop.
English and Swahili are the official languages spoken in Tanzania and Swahili is the national language of Tanzania. There are a total of 128 languages spoken throughout Tanzania, with most from the Bantu Family.
Wildlife and nature are an important part of the culture, which is best experienced meeting local people during your Tanzania safari within one of the country’s spectacular national parks.
Go on your Tanzania tour with an open heart and you will have a marvelous time!
Food in Tanzania greatly varies from region to region and depends on what food products are available.
Tanzanian meals are incomplete without staple carbohydrates – rice, corn, cassava, plantains or sorghum. These are often made into a thick mash or porridge, known as ugali.
On the mainland, you can expect most meals to comprise of meat stews, but with a large immigrant population from the Indian subcontinent there are also lots of spicy curries, and biryani available.
By the coast, you can enjoy a lot of fresh seafood for surprisingly low prices during one of our Tanzania tours. Naturally, the catch of the day in Zanzibar, known as the Spice Island, is usually delicately flavored with spices and coconut milk.
Tanzania is a nation of tea, coffee and buttermilk drinkers and you can expect nyama choma (roasted meat of goat or beef) to be a popular item on the menu, which is often flavored with lime and hot pepper.
To complete a meal or for a daytime snack there is always an abundance of tropical fruit!
There is also a lively street food culture and when you are on your Tanzania tour, you may come across in the towns corn on the cob or fried plantains/sweet potatoes, being roasted on charcoal. Dried fruit, fried and dried fish, peanuts and popcorn are also available street side.
The Enchanting Travels team look forward to planning unique Tanzania tours just for you!
Experience the true wild in Ruaha, enjoy exciting bush walks and boat safaris in Africa’s largest game reserve and discover hidden gems at Selous. In Ras Kutani, your perfect island vacation dream comes true as you round off your private Tanzania tour on the pristine beach. Book before 31 March 2017 to avail this special price.
Wonder at the vast magnificence of Lake Victoria, get up close and personal with the wildlife in Serengeti and let Rubondo Island National Park take your breath away! This private Tanzania trip will cast a spell on you while you rest your head at beautiful and luxurious accommodations.
Witness the best of Kenya and Tanzania’s national parks during this epic safari! Go on walking tours and experience the stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro. Discover the vibrant flamingos of Lake Manyara and wildlife of Ngorongoro Crater, the northern Serengeti and the Masai Mara, including the renowned Big Five.
Embrace an East African safari tour that leaves you time to unwind! Enjoy balloon safaris over Kenya’s Masai Mara, then catch your breath on the magical spice islands of Zanzibar. Explore historical Stone Town and head out on a sunset dhow cruise, or go swimming with dolphins!
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