Travel

Airports

The mainland of Tanzania has 26 airports: two international and 24 domestic. The Tanzania Airports Authority (TAA) operates all the airports except for Kilimanjaro International, which is managed by the state owned Kilimanjaro Airport Development Company (KADCO). There are two Zanzibar airports and they are under the jurisdiction of the Zanzibar Airports Authority.

Ground transport

The public transport system in Tanzania is limited and most visitors would either rent a vehicle or use Taxi services. For long journeys, ground transport is provided by express bus companies. These express buses run to a fixed timetable and tickets are usually bought in advance.

It is recommended that you ask fellow passengers what the correct fare is before handing any money over to the ‘conductor’ to avoid rip-offs. In addition to buses, there is Tanzania’s indigenous dalla-dallas: minibuses plying routes around and between neighbouring towns.

Hotels

There are numerous types of accommodation in Tanzania ranging from very low budget camping and guesthouses to upmarket luxury hotels, lodges and tented camps. Most hotels have two tariffs, one for locals and people living in Tanzania (commonly known as the ‘resident’s rate’) and a more expensive one for foreigners.

Dining

Tanzanian food is, on the whole, unsubtle, but tasty and filling. Major towns would have restaurants that offer different international cuisines.

Tipping

Tipping is considered courteous.

Tourist attractions

Tanzania is home to some of Africa's most famous national parks and the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro rising above the Serengeti. For those who want to take a break and spend some time soaking up the sun, the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar beckon. The most common destinations are: Mount Kilimanjaro, Serengeti National, Zanzibar Beaches, Ngorongoro Conservation, Lake Manyara National Park, Mafia Island, Tarangire National Park and Pemba Island.