Tanzania is undoubtedly one of Africa's most peaceful countries. It has a diverse mix of races and cultures living harmoniously united by a common national language - Kiswahili. English is widely spoken and used as an official language. Tour guides are conversant in a number of the major international languages, such as French and Spanish.

The country is a land of contrasts. The northern circuit of tourism comprises a series of National Parks such as the Serengeti National Park, which is the largest in the country, the Ngorongoro crater (often called the 8 th Natural Wonder of the World), the Lake Manyara National Park (with the famous tree climbing lion), the Tarangire National Park (with giant baobab trees and elephant) and the Arusha National Park (with Ngurdoto, Momela Lakes and Mount Meru). The land stretches to the contiguous Kilimanjaro region, home

to Mountain Kilimanjaro the highest mountain in Africa and the world's highest free standing mountain. The Kilimanjaro is also generally accepted as the highest ‘walkable' mountain in the world. Tanzania has three international airports. A well-maintained all weather road network connect the major tourist towns within and outside the country.

Currency: Tanzanian Shilling. It is advisable to carry American dollars, Euro, or pound sterling, with you. Although it is always safer to carry traveler's cheques with you, your dollar, euro, pound sterling bills fetch better rates at the bureaux de change. Money changers also accept other major convertible currencies such as the yen. Traveler's cheques are only exchangeable in some places including all of the major banks. Major credit cards are accepted in the larger hotels but it is advisable to carry cash or traveler's cheques.

Local Time: GMT + 3

Electricity: 230 Volts Ac, 50 Hz

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