Discover the soul of Africa, with fastjet. One of the oldest known inhabited areas on Earth, Tanzania is a tourist's delight. From hot air balloon rides over the Serengeti to game drives within Ngorongoro Crater, and beautiful beaches calling to be explored, you'll never be short of things to do. It also offers entrepreneurs fantastic opportunities to build successful businesses, so it really is a must-see for all.

Where to stay

Whatever your preference, Tanzania has the perfect accommodation option. From affordable guest houses to premium 5-star international hotel chains, your choice is only restricted by what you're willing to spend. At the lower end of the scale a basic room can be as little as Tsh 10,000 (approx US$6.30) per night, whereas a night at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Dar es Salaam can cost hundreds of dollars.

 

How to get around

A popular mode of transport in and around Tanzania is a dala dalas (a type of minivan). It's easy to know what your ride will cost as the fares are placed on the side of the van. Prices range from Tsh 100-350. Keep in mind that they do become over crowded easily, particularly during morning and afternoon rush hours, so if you don't like being cramped they might not be your best choice.

Taxis are another good option, just make sure you only get into those with a yellow or green stripe down the side. We'd also suggest negotiating your price before leaving, as they are not metered and you might get a nasty surprise on arrival at your destination.

For longer distances, you can travel via bus or train, but it's best to book in advance as they fill up quickly. Alternatively, if you prefer charting your own course, you can always hire a vehicle while in Tanzania. Ask for a map book or Garmin to avoid getting lost.

 

What to eat

When in Tanzania, try the local delicacies. Chips Mayai is a speciality that can be found at nearly every African food stand. Try it with pili pili hot sauce. Other common local dishes are Mtori, cooked beef and bananas, and Mchicha, a delicious vegetable stew made with either meat or fish. Indian food is also quite popular, and readily available.

 

Budgeting

Generally, you could look at spending US$ 20-30 a day for a basic room, local food and public transport. Midrange expenses are around US$ 40-150 per day, and a top-end visit will come in at around US$ 150-500.

 

Local currency

Credit cards are not widely accepted in Tanzania so we suggest bringing enough cash to cover your stay. US dollars can easily be changed for Tanzanian shillings, but are also accepted.