The largest country in the East Africa, Tanzania is bordered by Kenya and Uganda to the north; Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique to the south; and Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west. Tanzania is deemed as the land of safaris. Just imagine thousands of wildebeests on a stampede across the plains, hundreds of hippos huddling altogether in Katavi National Park, and chimpanzees swinging from treetop to treetop. Wherever you go, chances are, you will be greeted with the great unknown of the wild. Welcome to Tanzania, the land where wildlife is enchanting, white sand beaches are exhilarating, and people are ever amicable and cordial. Perhaps the warmth and kindness of the people speaks for the whole of Tanzania itself, which might a heartstring and will lead you coming back for more. If so, be prepared to say “karibu tena, Tanzania!” which translates to “welcome again, Tanzania!”
What to see & do
Admittedly, Dar es Salaam may not be included in your top list of places. However, since it is a necessary stop on the way going to Zanzibar, best come prepared to be unprepared and expect the unexpected. For sightseeing, you can visit the Azania Front Lutheran Church, or the Karimjee Hall, a former parliamentary building which comes in hand for seminars. You can also visit the Makumbusho Village Museum and admire all the houses in the village, which are intricately constructed to the types of houses built by various ethnic groups across Tanzania.
The capital Dodoma, which was designated since 1973, also offers little sightseeing, yet big on appetite. You can opt to shop in Yashna’s Supermarket, the biggest shop in the centre which has pasta, canned vegetabes, chocolates, biscuits, frozen cheese, ground coffee, and some cosmetics. You can also opt to shop in the Two Sisters, which has an array of cheese, dark bread rolls, homemade delicious yogurt, frozen foods, canned goods, pasta, wine, chocolates, candies, crisps, and Indian cuisine snacks. You can treat yourself and dine at New Dodoma Hotel, which offers excellent European, Tanzanian, and Asian food.
How to get around
Travel around Tanzania via bus, deemed as the most common way to get around the country. Almost all buses go in and out of Dar es Salaam. If you are lucky enough, you can also board better intercity buses which provides you with complimentary drinks and biscuits. In the city of Dar, minibuses called Dala-Dalas also takes you to most places within the city. For cheaper alternatives of getting to and fro within city limits and destinations, you can hail a three-wheeled tuktuk, which are locally fondly called as baby taxis which can get past traffic jams. If you want to get past the hassle, you can simply hail a taxi, which is the most convenient way to get from one point to the other in a snap.
How to get there
You can get into Zimbabwe by simply booking a flight with Skyscanner, your online source of cheap flights and tickets. Tanzania has two major airports, the first of which is the Julius Nyerere International Airport, formerly known as Mwalimu Julius K. Nyerere International Airport and Dar es Salaam International Airport in Dar es Salaam, and the other one is in Kilimanjaro International Airport in Kilimanjaro, located halfway between Arusha and Moshi.
Julius Nyerere International Airport is being served by airlines such as Air Excel, Air Tanzania, Auric, Air, Coastal Aviation, Comores Aviation, EgyptAir, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Ewa Air, Fastjet, Flightlink, flydubai, Interair South Africa, Kenya Airways, KLM, Lam Mozambique Airlines, Malawi Airlines, Oman Air, Precision Air, Qatar Airways, Rwandair, South African Airways, Swiss International Air Lines, Turkish Airlines, and ZanAir. The aforementioned airlines fly to a number of domestic and international destinations, notable of which are Dubai, Cairo, Zurich, Doha, Istanbul-Atatürk, and Johannesburg-O.R. Tambo. Meanwhile, Kilimanjaro International Airport is being served by airlines such as Airkenya Express, Coastal Aviation, Condor, Ethiopian Airlines, Fastjet, flydubai, Kenya Airways, KLM, Precision Air, Qatar Airways, Regional Air Services, RwandAir, Safarilink Aviation, and Turkish Airlines, which flies to a number of destinations such as Nairobi-Wilson, Arusha, Manyara, Serengeti, Mwanza, Entebbe, Kigali, Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam, Franfkurt, Addis Ababa, Dubai-International, Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta, Amsterdam, Kigoma, Doha, and Istanbul-Atatürk.
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