Pwani is one of the 26 regions of Tanzania. Kibaha serves as the region’s capital. The region is bordered to the North by the Tanga Region, to the East by Dar-es-Salaam and the Indian Ocean, to the South by the Lindi Region and to the West by the Morogoro Region.
According to the 2002 Tanzania National Census, the population of the Pwani Region was 889,154.
The Pwani Region contains 6 districts: Bagamoyo, Kibaha, Kisarawe, Rufiji, Mkuranga, and Mafia.
Travel to Pwani
Facts and figures on Pwani at a glance
Region name: Pwani (Coast Region)
Status: Primary administrative region
Population: 1,098,668 people
The regional headquarters of Pwani (Coast Region) is located in the regional capital Kibaha (Kibaha) with a population of 23,651 people.
The distance as the crow flies from Pwani‘s regional capital Kibaha to Tanzania’s capital Dodoma (Dodoma) is approximately 358 km (222 mi).
Tanzania Car Rental
Tanzania Car rental is popular because a car can get you places you can’t get to by public transportation. It also gives you the freedom to travel when you want and to stop wherever you like. Because buses to remote areas are not very frequent, you can cover more ground in a shorter time with a car.
The other alternative is flying. This is a great time saver if you have the extra money and don’t necessarily need a car to this area. Some of the internal carriers do offer packages where you can have unlimited flights for one or two weeks for one flat price.
There are many airstrips that these airlines fly to and traveling to a remote part of the area and it is much better to fly than to drive or endure the 8 – 12 hour bus ride. Depending on where you are staying you can arrange for a private chartered flight to other more remote airstrips, check with the lodge you are going to stay at for more info.
Self Drive in Tanzania
Tanzania has an extensive network of roads, mostly sealed and passable throughout the year. You may have problems on unsealed roads, particular in the game reserves, during the rains if you don’t have 4 wheel drive.
Driving is on the left hand side and although not required it is convenient for you to have an International Driving Licence. You can drive on your own valid licence but you need to get it endorsed at the Road Transport Office in Dar es Salaam.
As well as all the major international car hire firms, there are numerous local ones as well and it is worth shopping around for the best deal.
Always compare the inclusive insurance. Most companies require renters to be over 18 years of age and under 70 and must have held a licence for at least 2 years
Personal Safety in Tanzania
Tanzania is generally a peaceful country.
However, just like in any other country visitors are advised to be on the alert for handbag snatchers and pick pockets. Exercise caution by keeping your vehicle locked, never leaving valuables when parking in towns.
Cameras, electrical equipment, tickets, passports and excess cash can be left in the safe at your hotel when you are out sight seeing.
The climate of Tanzania is as varied as its physical structure. Climatic conditions vary from the tropical humidity of the coast, through the dry heat of the hinterland and northern plains, to the cool air of the plateau and mountains.
Despite Tanzania’s equatorial position, Mt. Kilimanjaro is perpetually snow-capped.