Tanzania is one of the magical and mysterious corners of the earth. Not only it is famous for its stunning wildlife and natural views but also the country boasts many other factors. The country is home to a few oldest tribal communities. It is to be believed that Tanzania is a country where humans are habituating for millions of years.

By different tribal communities, there are various languages are spoken. The ethnic groups in the country speak 126 different languages. Most of the tribal groups belong to Bantu and Nilotic people.

To simplify the language problem the govt. of Tanzania has declared 2 languages as their official language. Swahili and English are the official languages that are broadly spoken all over Tanzania. All the official documents and schools of the country are using Swahili and English as their official language.

So, being a tourist you don’t need to worry at all for the language barrier. You can find your guides, traveling company staff, hotel staff, driver all speaking English.

Apart from English & Swahili here are some major languages spoken by the ethnic groups of the country-

  • Niger-Congo
  • Bantu
  • Bemba
  • Bena
  • Chaga
  • Digo
  • Gogo
  • Haya
  • Hehe
  • Iramba
  • Luguru
  • Makonde
  • Ngoni
  • Nyakyusa
  • Nyamwezi
  • Nyika
  • Safwa
  • Sonjo
  • Sukuma
  • Swahili
  • Turu
  • Yao
  • Nilo-Saharan
  • Nilotic
  • Datooga
  • Kisankasa
  • Maasai
  • Ngasa
  • Ogiek
  • Pare
  • Luo