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Tanzania

Tanzania is the biggest (land area) among the East African countries (i.e. Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda and Burundi).

Tanzania has a spectacular landscape of mainly three physiographic regions namely the Islands and the coastal plains to the east; the inland saucer-shaped plateau; and the highlands.

The Great Rift Valley that runs from north east of Africa through central Tanzania is another landmark that adds to the scenic view of the country.

The country has the largest concentration of wild animals. It also has pristine sandy beaches and Africa’s highest and snow-capped mountain, Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Tanzania is home to the world famous National Parks and Game Reserves;  Ngorongoro Crater, Selous Game Reserve, Gombe Stream, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Mikumi, Arusha, Ruaha, Saadani, Udzungwa Mountains, and Mkomazi Game Reserve, and many more.

With a population of over 56 million people comprised of several ethnic, linguistic and religious groups, Tanzania is one of the most politically stable countries in Africa.

The national language is Swahili (official), but English (official, primary language of commerce, administration, and higher education) and Arabic (widely spoken in Zanzibar) are used as well.

The country relies on agriculture, tourism and mining for the majority of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The country has a promising growing middle class, however many Tanzanians rely on subsistence farming.

“To witness that calm rhythm of life revives our worn souls and recaptures a feeling of belonging to the natural world. No one can return from the Serengeti unchanged, for tawny lions will forever prowl our memory and great herds throng our imagination.”
George Beals Schaller

American Conservationist & Author

If I have ever seen magic, it has been in Africa.

John Hemingway

Tanzanian culture is a delightful mix of influences with over 120 tribes. Tanzania is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. From the tall graceful Maasai warriors, the ancient ways of the Hadza bushmen, the resourceful agricultural practices of the Wameru, the artistic talents of the Makonde to the Chaga farmers and traders. Each of the 120 different tribes in Tanzania have their own distinct ways of life but together, they gracefully unite to form Tanzania.

Tanzanian people are generally very friendly and welcoming to foreigners. The country itself is beautiful and diverse; you can relax on a beach in Zanzibar and explore Stonetown; swim with whale sharks off Mafia island; climb to the roof of Africa, Kilimanjaro’s Uhuru Peak; visit Jane Goodall’s wild chimpanzees in Gombe; visit the Selous, Africa’s largest game reserve; and of course experience Tanzania’s famous safaris in the Serengeti and the magical Ngorongoro Crater.

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