Tanzania formerly known as “Tanganyika “ is full of remarkable features as well as unforgettable natural attractions and home to over 120 tribes with more than 120 different local languages. The different landscapes include mountains (including Africa’s highest mountain – Mount Kilimanjaro), forests, endless savannah plains, deep craters and gorges, Miombo woodlands, arid flatlands and white sandy beaches.
Tanzania poses to have a wide variety of national parks and game reserves which are visited by large numbers of travellers from near and far every year than any other East Africa countries . From elephants to lions and birds – there is something for everyone. With names like the world-famous Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater or the Selous Game Reserve, visitors are spoilt for choice. The annual migration of wildebeests, zebras and gazelles is an experience not to be missed. Furthermore Tanzania is a bird watchers paradise and boasts with over 1000 different species in different locations around the country.
But Tanzania is not just about safari but also about the Indian Ocean and its beautiful beaches. To the east of the country lies the Zanzibar Archipelago, a group of islands and islets, that are dominated by the famous spice islands of Zanzibar (Unguja) and Pemba. Mafia Island is further south from Zanzibar and is said to be a hidden gem in the Indian Ocean. Watersport enthusiast can satisfy their every need and kite surfing, diving, deep sea fishing, kayaking and snorkeling are just a few of the activities on offer.
Here are some quick facts about the country:
Size: 945,203 sq km (364,898 sq miles) four times larger than Great Britain.
Capital: Dodoma – but chosen purely because it’s in the centre of Tanzania. Dar es Salam is considered the business capital and it is also the largest city with a population of 4 million plus.
Religions: Christian 35%, Muslim 35% and natural religions 30%. These figures are not confirmed due to the fact that Tanzania’s people pride themselves in living in harmony with each other.
Climate: Tropical – the days are quite hot with up to 35 degrees with the evenings being rather cooler. In regions like Ngorongoro it can get quite cold at night.
Food and Drinks:
Tanzanian cuisine is influenced by several different cultures such as Indian, Bantu and Arabic. The use of exotic spices, fresh coconuts and fresh vegetables will take your taste buds on a safari of its own!
Accommodations : Hotels ,Lodges luxury tented lodges and basic campsites
Tanzania Destinations :
- Arusha National Park
- Lake Manyara National
- ParkMikumi National Park
- Mount Kilimanjaro National Park
- Mount Meru
- Ngorongoro Conservation Area
- Ruaha National Park
- Selous Game Reserve
- Serengeti National Park
- Tarangire National Park