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The purpose of this category is to house websites related to the hospitality industries of Tanzania. Hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, guesthouses, vacation rentals, lodges, hostels, campgrounds, and other guest accommodations are the focus of this category.

The economy of Tanzania is the second largest in East Africa. Although its economy is currently dependent largely upon agriculture, its government is taking steps to encourage international investment in the nation, including movement away from socialist controls toward private sector participation. Economic opportunities bring business travel to the country, which brings the added benefit of supporting Tanzania's business hotels.

China has demonstrated an interest in developing Tanzania's mineral deposits, including investments in its coal, iron ore, and gold mining operations. Chinese, and other foreigners coming into the country will be investing in Tanzania's hotels and service economy, as well.

Another driver of visitors to Tanzania is tourism. Almost forty percent of the country has been set aside for conservation, including sixteen national parks, almost thirty game reserves, and forty controlled conservation areas. Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, is in northeastern Tanzania. Kilimanjaro National Park brings in about $50 million each year, and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, further to the northwest, is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

Guest accommodations in Tanzania range from dingy rooms with communal bucket baths to impressive safari and island lodges, and 5-Star luxury hotels, and everything in between. The choices in guest lodging are very good in the larger cities in in the more popular tourist areas, but may be limited in other parts of the country.

July, August, and the Christmas and New Year holidays are considered to be the high season for Tanzania's more expensive hotels, so a peak-season surcharge may be attached to the regular high-season rates from late December to early January. During the low-season, March to early June, it might be possible to negotiate a significant discounts.

Some visitors to Tanzania may opt to carry a tent and save money on camping fees, as well as to allow for flexibility. Parks in Tanzania will probably have public or special campsites, and most of them will also offer simple huts or cottages, sometimes referred to as bandas. Some parks have hostels for student groups, or for overflow in the event that other guest facilities are full.

Public campsites will probably have pit latrines for toilets, and there may or may not be a source of water nearby. Most of Tanzania's public campsites are said to be in reasonable conditions, and some are deemed pleasant.

Special campsites are smaller, more expensive, and generally more remote than public campsites. The function of a special campsite is to allow campers to spend the night in a more pristine place. Reservations are generally required, and most will reserve a campsite exclusively for a group.

Permanent tented camps remain in one place from season to season, offering comfortable beds and most of the comforts of a hotel room.

Most towns in Tanzania will have at least one guesthouse, but they are not at all equal. On the lower end of the scale, a guesthouse might consist of a cement-block room with poor ventilation, a foam mattress, shared bathroom facilities, mosquito net, and a fan. Others may be cleaner and brighter, and perhaps include a private bathroom, and possibly running water. Nevertheless, they may be good choices for someone visiting Tanzania on a budget, or who finds himself partway between one place and another.

In some parts of Tanzania, water can be scarce during the dry season, so budget accommodations may provide nothing more than a bucket bath, and some won't have hot water available.

Although we use the word "hotel" here, and it will be recognized as such in Tanzania's urban areas, in Swahili the word that translates to "hotel" doesn't mean accommodation; rather, it means a place for food and drink. The more common word used in Tanzania for an accommodation is "guesti," which means guesthouse.

There are a lot of mission hostels and guesthouses, intended primarily for missionaries and mission organization staff, although some will accommodate travelers.

In the coastal areas, there may be guest bungalows, also known as bandas, which are thatch-roof cottages with wooden or stone walls.

Larger towns and urban cities will have a range of hotels. On the bottom end are midrange hotels with self-contained rooms, hot water, and a fan or air conditioner. In the larger cities, or high-trafficked business or tourist regions, there are fine hotels and lodges with all of the convenience and amenities you might expect to find anywhere else in the world.



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