Quick facts

Capital: formerly Dar es Salaam, but it is now transferring to the smaller Dodoma

Transport: there are buses that connect major cities. But I’d recommend flying between Zanzibar and the mainland, and getting shuttle around by tours or safari company.

Currency: Tanzania Shillings, but they also take USD sometimes. 10000 shillings = 4.3 USD = 30 HKD.

Sim Card: people recommend Vodacom or Airtel sim card, which you can buy on the ground.

Handy Apps: Google map works well for Tanzania and most tour operators will communicate via whatsapp.

Language: there are three official languages in Tanzania and one of them is English. Swahili and Arabic are the other two.

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