FAQs: Local Information about Tanzania

To help you, we've put together a list of our most frequently asked questions together with the answers. Of course, if you have any other questions that need addressing, don't hesitate to contact us here and one of our helpful representatives will be able to advise.

Local Information

Yes, English is widely spoken although there are over 100 different languages spoken across Tanzania and Zanzibar. The official languages are KiSwahili and English.

Mostly, you will eat at your lodge or camp and food will be of a very good standard. It is generally local cuisine as we think you will enjoy completely immersing yourself in Tanzanian life, however, if you have any specific requests or allergies it is a good idea to advise us before you travel. This is because lodges bring food in especially so need to organise their food in advance. Some of the places you will be staying at are a long way from main towns so we won’t be able to get food supplies at short notice.

When you stay in bigger towns, there are more options to eat out at restaurants. There are lots of Indian style restaurants because there is a large Indian population. Additionally, you’ll find pizzerias and continental restaurants. The seafood along the coast is normally superb and something we really recommend you try.

The local-style cuisine tends to be stew based. It includes rice, chapatti, Ugali (maize porridge) or Matoke (cooked banana). There are lots of beef, chicken, goat and bean stews. Coastal and lake towns often serve fish. As a note, Swahili cuisine tends to be spicier than Tanzanian cuisine.