In many ways, African cultures are near-perfect opposites of Western cultures. When in a rural village, it is important to respect the local culture and people. Most of the Tanzanians you will encounter have had little exposure to foreigners. In all cases, communication is the best path to mutual understanding. If you should run into any problems, feel free to seek advice from your guide. To avoid any issues, we suggest learning a few basic phrases in Swahili beforehand, as it will help bridge the cultural gap.

  • Jambo – hello
  • kwa heri - goodbye
  • usiku — good night
  • nafurahi kukuona – nice to meet you
  • tutaonana — see you later
  • unakaribishwa — you are welcome
  • ta fadhali — please
  • asante - thank you
  • choo — toilet

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