Interesting Facts

  • Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, is located in Tanzania.
  • The name ‘Tanzania’ comes from joining the words ‘Tanganyika’, the country’s old name, and ‘Zanzibar’, an island off the coast of Tanzania.
  • While Dodoma is the official capital of Tanzania, Dar es Salaam is the country’s commercial centre – and the largest city in Tanzania.

Key Market Alerts

  • Rental are typically paid in US Dollars not in the local currency (Tanzanian Shillings).
  • Rentals in Tanzania are typically paid bi-annually or annually in advance.
  • A withholding tax of 10% - 15% is payable by the lessee on leases.
  • Malaria is endemic to Dar es Salaam and other low lying parts of the country.

An Overview of Tanzania

Tanzania’s economy has been seen steady growth and looks set to continue to do so. Tanzania’s major exports are gold, sisal, cloves, coffee, cotton, cashew nuts, and tobacco.

The capital es Dar es Salaam. Tanzania’s neighbouring countries include Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique; with an Indian Ocean coastline.

Living in Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam houses a large expatriate community. Its attraction lies in the natural beauty of its coastal location and proximity to holiday destinations such as the island of Zanzibar. The layout of the city can pose some challenges for getting around from the preferred peninsular suburbs to inland areas. A vehicle is essential and four wheel drives are recommended due to poorly maintained roads.

Housing in Dar es Salaam

Areas favoured by expatriates include Masaki, Msasani Peninsula and Oyster Bay, Mikocheni A, Mikocheni B, Ada Estate, Kawe and Mbezi. Each area has its advantages and disadvantages in terms of location, property type and affordability.

A variety of housing types are available in Dar es Salaam – including apartments, free standing houses, maisonettes, and townhouses. Secure compounds offer a range of facilities – including pools, gyms, tennis courts and security.

Schooling in Luanda

The academic year in Tanzania is from January to December, with 4 terms. International schools follow the academic calendars of their home countries. There are a number of international and private schools in Dar es Salaam, covering American, British and French curricula as well as International Baccalaureate.

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