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Tanzania Facts

Tanzania is an East African country known for its vast wilderness areas. They include the plains of Serengeti National Park, a safari mecca populated by the “big five” game (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino), and Kilimanjaro National Park, home to Africa’s highest mountain. Offshore lie the tropical islands of Zanzibar and Mafia Marine Park, where whale sharks swim through reefs.

Capital: Dodoma
Dialing code: +255
Currency: Tanzanian shilling
Population: 49.25 million (2013) World Bank
Official languages: Swahili, English

Points of interest

Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park is among the best-known big game safari destinations in Africa and one of the most popular tourist attractions in Tanzania. It is famous for its annual wildlife migration of wildebeest and zebra. One of the best times to visit the park is in May when the grass becomes dry and exhausted and the wildebeest and zebra start to mass in huge armies offering a spectacular wildlife show.

Ngorongoro Crater National

Ngorongoro is formed form a volcano erupting two to three million years ago which has collapsed and formed a crater. The steep sides of the crater have become a natural enclosure for a wide variety of wild animals. It is also presently one of the most likely areas in Africa to see the endangered Black Rhino. Local Maasai people are permitted to bring cattle to graze in the crater but are required to leave at the end of each day

Selous National Park

Savanna animals can be found in this reserve in greater number than in any other African game reserve, thanks to the stringent regulation by the wildlife Division of the Tanzanian Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism. Most visitors arrive by aircraft, and walking tours or river trips are permitted, though no human habitation or permanent structure are allowed.

Ruaha National Park

Located in the middle of Tanzania, the Ruaha National Park is the largest national park in the country. The park is named after the Hehe word “ruvaha,” meaning “river.” Filled with wild dogs, lions, leopards, elephants, cheetah, giraffes, zebras, impala, bat eared foxes and jackals, the park offers visitors an opportunity to get up close and personal with nature. Due to the parks somewhat rnemote location visitors can enjoy viewing the wildlife without competing with hordes of other tourists.

Tarangire National Park

Smaller than Ruaha, this national park is a paradise for bird watchers as more than 550 different species frequent the park. Tarangire is also known for its huge number of elephants, baobab trees and tree climbing lions. Huge termite mounds can be found all around the park.


Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam is the most developed city in Tanzania it has the National Museum, housing the skull of Nutcracker Man; Observation Hill and the Village Museum, with exhibits of traditional housing and crafts.


You will find the fishing village of Msasani, 8 km (5 miles) from Dar es Salaam, contains tombs dating back to the 17th century. Further south, at Kilwa Klsiwani, there are ruins of Portuguese and Arab architecture. Many beautiful beaches are within easy reach of Dar es Salaam, such as those at Kunduchi, Mjimwena, and Mbwa Maji. Kunduchi, 24 km (15 miles) north of the city, is a fishing village with nearby ruins of Persian tombs and mosques. Mbudya Island is an uninhabited island forming part of a protective coral reef which is a good place for diving, snorkelling, and fishing. Sinda Island, some 14 km (nine miles) off Dar es Salaam, also offers facilities for snorkelling and shell fishing.


The island of Zanzibar is only 20 minutes' flight from Dar es Salaam (ferries also available). Otherwise known as the "Spice Island". The Anglican Cathedral Church of Christ stands on the site of the Old Slave Market, off Creek Road, while on the seafront are the palace of the former sultan and the towering Beit-el-Ajaib (The House of Wonders). Zanzibar is a fascinating place with palaces, forts, stone aqueducts, and baths; its history as a cosmopolitan center of trade gives it a unique atmosphere. Within the vicinity lie many offshore islands ringed with coral reefs, the most famous and most visited being Changuu Island (also known as "Prison Island"). There are also many superb beaches.


  • By Ezra Gakom

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  • By Membe Mine

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