Population and Swahili

Tanzanian culture is very accessible. The people are known to be among the friendliest in Africa. Tanzanian people are eager to help and very polite. They love children and enjoy a friendly chat with tourists. You will find that they are very interested to know where you come from, what your daily life is like and what your family background is. Public displays of affection between men and women are considered inappropriate. When touring the country, you can speak English with your tour guide and the Tanzanian people who work in the accommodations. However, the majority speak only Swahili. It will be highly appreciated if you can speak a little Swahili, so learning a few words is worth the effort.


Tanzania is one of the safest countries in Africa and East Africa. We do, however, recommend that you engage the services of a guide if you want to explore the country, the city or the market, whether during the day or in the evening. They know their way around, they know the country, they speak the language and they can help you when you want to buy souvenirs or other items of your interest. Walking the streets alone at night is not recommended. On any tour, it is always wise to listen to your inner voice, your intuition. Theft does happen in Tanzania. It is therefore advisable to protect your valuables at all times by using common sense precautions.


How to dress

In view of their religious beliefs and culture, Tanzanian people always dress modestly. In the privacy of your accommodation or at the beach, you need not concern yourself with any dress code, but if you mix with the local population, it is appropriate to wear clothes that cover the body, especially shoulders and legs. This is a simple courtesy that shows respect for the local population. 


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