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KipeAre you able to greet someone in Maa {Maasai Language} or Swahili? When our guests arrive in Tanzania, one of the first things they ask our knowledgeable travel guides at Kipe Adventure is this one. One of the easiest ways to have a more genuine vacation experience in Tanzania is to be able to welcome locals. Learning how to say hello in Maa and Swahili will help you communicate with new people and their culture, no matter how simple the words are.

In Tanzania, Swahili (also known as Kiswahili) is the first language of most locals. Although your Kipe Adventure guides always speak fluent English – and the majority in the tourism business also speak English extremely well! – it is still well worth learning a few words of the local language. Here we take a look at some of the most important phrases to learn in Swahili before your trip to Tanzania.

 

 

How to say hello in Swahili and Maa { Maasai Language}

Karibu Tanzania! This means welcome to Tanzania and is probably one of the very first Swahili phrases you will hear upon arrival in Tanzania. But how do you reply?

Maa               Swahili                              English

Keiya   –         Habari               –              Hello

 Supai   –       Habari Yako     –             How are you 

Sidai   –         Nzuri sana        –               Very fine thank you. 

Many Swahili terms are spoken phonetically, but easy-to-understand definitions of any challenging ones are provided in travel guides like Lonely Planet’s Swahili phrasebook! Understanding these informal conversations from the amiable Tanzanians only requires a small amount of work. Even if you pronounce half of the words utterly wrong, making the attempt to speak the local tongue will always be seen as a sign of interest in and respect for the culture.

1. Say hello in Swahili

How to say hello in Swahili as well as how to say please and thank you in Swahili! A few manners always go a long way.

Hello Habari
How are you? Habari yako / Habari gani?
(Very) fine thank you/Cool Nzuri (sana) / Poa / Safi
Please Tafadhali
Thank you (very much) Asante (sana)
Welcome Karibu
Goodbye Kwaheri
Good night Lala salama
Ok Sawa {Powa

2. Directions & useful words

Useful local phrases when it comes to directions and getting around Tanzania.

Right Kulia
Left Kushoto
 Behind Nyuma
Front Mbele
Up Juu
Down Chini
Let’s go! Twende!
Hotel Hoteli
Car Gari
Where is the supermarket? supermarket iko wapi?

3. Animals 

The five iconic wild creatures of East Africa’s ecosystem are known as the “Big Five.” Without going on a Tanzania safari to view the amazing wild creatures, what vacation to Tanzania is complete?

Elephant Tembo
Buffalo Mbogo
Rhino Kifaru
Lion Simba
Leopard Chui

Congratulations! You should now be able to say hello in Swahili and have a lot more Kiswahili words in your pocket. Are you prepared to begin organising your own Tanzanian holiday? Reach out to Kipe Adventure to start honing your Swahili right away!

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Jean-Philippe B
Jean-Philippe B
2023-12-18
Perfect J'ai adoré le service impeccable que Kipe m'a offert, il m'a organiser un safari selon mes demandes et mon budget. Ce fut une expérience mémorable. Je recommence fortement
Moon B
Moon B
2023-12-13
Great trip My experience with Kipe Adventure was nothing short of excellent. I highly recommend them to anyone looking for an adventure of a lifetime. From their attention to detail and impeccable planning to their commitment to sustainability, Kipe Adventure truly stands out as the epitome of excellence in the adventure travel industry. I can't wait to plan my next trip with them.
Cristian A
Cristian A
2023-12-07
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2023-12-06
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Mst A
2023-12-06
Kipe Adventure in Babati offers an exhilarating experience, blending nature and excitement seamlessly. Kipe Adventure in Babati offers an exhilarating experience, blending nature and excitement seamlessly. With diverse landscapes, from lush forests to rugged terrains, it caters to thrill-seekers and nature enthusiasts alike. The immersive journey, guided by expert locals, promises a memorable exploration, showcasing the beauty and charm of the Babati region.
Judy G
Judy G
2023-12-06
An unforgettable experience Where can I start listing the wonder of experience that was this? I was very surprised in how carefully planned everything here is and how Kipe Adventure cares about giving wonderful experiences to the clients, and it seemed very adorable too! I can say they really enjoy their work. My family and I learned many things here, from things about nature, to Maasai cultural aspects and animals that I have never seen. I loved how they tell everything in a way that leaves you wanting to know more and completely entertaining, it was an adventure in which I took many photos in my camera and I would have like staying longer. Thanks for the amazing experience.
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2023-12-06
Una experiencia única en la vida A dream come true, to be able to travel to Africa and be lucky enough to find this tour operator and even more attended by the Masai natives themselves, a unique experience!
Jas M
Jas M
2023-12-06
memorable visit My friends and I spent a week in Tanzania. We visited Materuni waterfall, coffee farm in Materuni village, Duluti lake, walking safari in Arusha national park, Serengeti national park. The visit was truly wonderful. Kipe is a very experienced tour guide and always ready to answer any questions. We also got to visit the school that Kipe founded and opened for the children of his village, the Oltukai Community Development Foundation. During our time with Kipe, we learned a lot about the animals that live on safari, Maasai culture, and even some Swahili words and phrases. This was a memorable visit for us
Priyanka N
Priyanka N
2023-12-06
Amazing adventure My experience, a week-long tour of Athens, was superb. We saw not only the usual tourist sites, but several that were certainly off the beaten track. The visits to the National Archaeological Museum and the Acropolis Museum, as well as several smaller ones, were fascinating. Museums can be overwhelming, but our guides pointed out the most significant items and explained their context and meaning. The organization of the tour and the accommodations were excellent and the meals, superb. Our 2 guides, both archaeologists, were enormously knowledgeable, did a wonderful job of sharing their knowledge, and were charming companions, as well.
Natalia M
Natalia M
2023-12-05
it is the best experience I think this experience is very good, it is the best, without a doubt I highly recommend it because I have looked at several options and their prices are the best in the entire market, for me they are very good and I really recommend them to everyone.

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