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Tanzania Information Directory

Tanzania Information Directory

General Information

Spread out south of the Equator over an area half the size of Western Europe, Tanzania is a land of boundless fascination and diversity. 

Tanzania is bordered to the east by the Indian Ocean and to the west by the deep lakes of the Western Rift Valley.  It is in this country that some of Africa’s most beautiful come to life - snow-capped Kilimanjaro, rhinos silhouetted against the Ngorongoro Crater, wildebeests in the Serengeti Plains and white sands stroked by Indian Ocean breezes.

Much of Tanzania’s mainland consists of a central highland plateau cushioned between the eastern and western branches of the geological fault known as the Great Rift Valley.

Tanzania is known for its fairly harmonious and understated demeanour.  In contrast to Kenya and other neighbours, tribal rivalries almost do not exist. Religious frictions are also minimal, with Christians and Muslims living side by side in moderate co-existence.  Tanzanians are fastidious in their politeness and courtesy.  They are offended if this is not reciprocated – greetings are essential.

Wherever you go in Tanzania, take the opportunity to get to know Tanzanians, as it is they who will unsurprisingly wind up being the highlight of any visit.  It is a modern, progressive state with a rich cultural and historical heritage.

About a quarter of Africa’s large mammals live on the plains of Tanzania.  The country has a large elephant population, its big cats – especially lions, which are routinely seen in the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater – its large herds of wildebeests, buffalos and zebras.  Tanzania is also home to over 1000 bird species, many of which of endemic.

Follow the coastline south into a Swahili culture where little has changed over the centuries, journey through rolling hills along the Tanzania-Zambia highway.

The most popular areas have well defined main roads, and hotels and restaurants to suit every budget.  Elsewhere, and especially in the south and west, you will find yourself well off the beaten track, surrounded by a wild and yet peaceful Tanzania that is far removed from western development.

The coolest months are from June to October and the warmest from December to March.  There are 2 rainy seasons:  Masika long rains from mid-March to May and the Mvuli short rains during November, December and into January.

Tanzania has one of the highest proportions of protected land of any African country.  In the recent years great progress has been made to involve communities in conservation.  Some local communities are now stakeholders in numerous lodges and other tourist developments.

Tanzania’s unequalled collection of protected areas include 14 national parks, 14 wildlife reserves, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA), 2 marine parks and several protected marine reserves.

Activities in Tanzania

  • Serengeti National Park – One of the World’s greatest wildlife spectacle – The Great Migration
  • Zanzibar Archipelago – follow the appeal of the Spice Islands back through the centuries on Zanzibar
  • Mount Kilimanjaro – Admire it with your camera or climb the mighty mountain
  • Picture-perfect beaches – Take your pick of the beautiful beaches
  • Mahale Mountains National Park – Spend time with wild chimpanzees – in one of the country’s most remote corners
  • Ruaha National Park – Game viewing begins the moment the plane touches down
  • Balloon Safari’s – Serengeti viewed by floating above

Para-gliding, Kite Surfing, Equestrian Safaris are only a few Activities that are on offer in this amazing country.

Please view our Activity Directory for more information on all that is on offer.

Accommodation in Tanzania

There is a wide range of accommodation available in this country.  Ranging from Hotels, guest houses, bed and breakfasts, game lodges and so much more.  Please view our Accommodation Directory for more information on places to stay.


The country's business community is thriving thanks to tourist interest. 

There are many shops, stalls, souvenirs, local products and top quality restaurants to choose from.

Please go to our Business Directory for a full list of all the businesses in the country.