In Eastern Africa, one great place to go is Tanzania. It shares its borders with countries such as Kenya, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique, as well as having its eastern border lie along the Indian Ocean. The state of the United Republic of Tanzania consists of 26 different regions. It has many things to offer the traveller, including Mount Kilimanjaro, the exotic islands of Zanzibar and the Serengeti National Park.
Food and drink in Tanzania is exciting and varied. There are numerous restaurants especially in the major cities and towns, serving many differing styles of food. Typical Tanzanian cuisine consists of things like grilled meat, sometimes with spicy curry sauces as well as rice and chips. ‘Ugali’, a mush of cornmeal or cassava, is a common accompaniment to a dish and is a good plate filler. Due to the large amounts of meat found in local cuisine, the Indian minority of Tanzania have created their own vegetarian options. There are a lot of Indian restaurants especially in Dar, Moshi, Nairobi and Arusha which are great if you are on a budget.
In this country, you will find many of the common, world-brand soft drinks and a lot of juices. Juice stalls are common, although you may want to be careful, as some can be unhygienic. If you want to sample something new, coconuts are very popular, especially along the coast, and their nectar is delicious. In Tanzania, a lot of local beers are brewed, including ‘mbege’ which is made from bananas.
As far as Tanzania accommodation goes, there are a lot of options. If you specifically want to go on a safari, there are a lot of safari lodges, especially around Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar and the Serengati. If you want something a bit more relaxing, try a beach hotel, such as the Ras Michamvi Beach Resort, found in Zanzibar.
In Tanzania, there is a lot to see and do. From tasting great new food, to sampling local beers, your taste buds are in for a treat. Your eyes will also not be disappointed, as the scenery is great, and a safari is sure to amaze. If you are planning a trip here, visit MyDestination.com/Tanzania and enjoy your stay!
By Rosalea Collinge