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Basic Swahili when travelling in East Africa!

A few basic words in Swahili or Kiswahili for you to learn before travelling to East Africa

Below are a few basic words in Swahili or Kiswahili for you to learn before travelling to East Africa. Swahili serves as a national or official language in Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda

Jambo – Greeting
Thafadali – Please
Karibu – Welcome
Asante Sana – Thank you very much
Hakuna Matata – No Worries
Hamna Shida – it does not matter
Lala Salama – Sleep Tight
Pole Pole – Slowly (used a lot when climbing Kilimanjaro)
Pole Sana – So sorry for that
Chai – Tea
Rafiki – Friend
Kwaheri – Goodbye
Water – Maji

Animal – wanyama
Buffalo – Nyati / Mbogo
Cheetah – Duma / Chita
Elephant – Tembo / Ndovuh
Giraffe – Twiga
Hippo – Kiboko
Hyena – Fisi
Leopard – Chui
Lion – Simba
Rhino – Kifaru
Warthog – Ngiri
Wildebeest – Nyumbu
Zebra – Punda milia