Tanzanian units of measurement

A number of units of measurement have been used in Tanzania to measure length, mass, capacity, etc. The metric system was adopted in Tanzania from 1967 to 1969.[1]

System before metric system

A number of units were used.


Several units were used in Zanzibar


One ohra was equal to 0.571 m (22.48 in).[2]


One bazla was equal to 15.525 kg (32.226 lb).[2] One mane was equal to 2.0071 lb.[2] One franzella of 36 rotoli was equal to 35.2822 lb.[2]


One djezla was equal to 257.4 l (7.305 bushels).[2]


  1. Cardarelli, F. (2003). Encyclopaedia of Scientific Units, Weights and Measures. Their SI Equivalences and Origins. London: Springer. p. 7. ISBN 978-1-4471-1122-1.
  2. Clarke, F.W. (1891). Weights Measures and Money of All Nations. New York: D. Appleton & Company. p. 83.
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