Tanzania
The Safari Nation

Tanzania is located east of Africa’s Great Lakes, north of Mozambique and south of Kenya; it has a coastline at the Indian Ocean in east. The nation is bordered by six other African countries: Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia, it also shares maritime borders with the Comoros and the Seychelles. It has shorelines at three of the Great Lakes: Lake Victoria, Lake Tanganyika and Lake Nyassa (Lake Malawi).

 

The country occupies an area of 945,087 km², compared it is about three times the size of Italy or slightly larger than twice the size of California.

Tanzania has a population of 50.1 million people, capital is Dodoma, largest city, chief port, major economic and transportation hub and de facto capital is Dar es Salaam, spoken languages are Swahili and English (both official), Arabic (widely spoken in Zanzibar).

What to see & do

Tanzania has almost 38% of its land reserved as protected areas, one of the world’s highest percentage. Tanzania boasts 16 national parks and is home to a large variety of animal life. Among the large mammals, include the Big Five, cheetahs, wildebeest, giraffes, hippopotamuses and various antelopes. Tanzania’s most well-known wildlife attractions are located in the northern part of the country and include the Serengeti National Park, Tarangire National park and Lake Manyara National Park. The Serengeti National park encompasses the world-famous great migration of animals. The Serengeti National Park is the most popular park in the country and had the chance to host more than 330,000 visitors in 2012.

 

The north is also home to the Ngorongoro Conversation Area. The Ngorongoro Conversation Area includes the Ngorongoro Crater, which is an extinct volcanic caldera with lions, hippopotamus, elephants, various types of antelope, the endangered black rhinoceros and large herds of wildebeest and Zebra. Olduvai Gorge, considered the seat of humanity after the discovery of the earliest known specimens of the human genus, Homo habilis as well as early hominidae, such as Paranthropus boisei also lies within the conservation area. Further north is Lake Victoria, on the Kenya–Uganda–Tanzania border. This is the largest lake in Africa and is the source of the Nile River.

 

In the west, separating Tanzania from the Democratic Republic of the Congo is Lake Tanganyika. This lake is the second oldest and second deepest lake in the world after Lake Baikal in Siberia. The western part of Tanzania also includes the Mahale, Katavi and Gombe national parks, the latter of which is the site of Jane Goodall’s ongoing study, begun in 1960, of chimpanzee behaviour. The country is also particularly rich in plant diversity; the Tanzania National Parks Authority has an entire national park the Kitulo National Park dedicated to flowers. There is a wide variety of biomass across the nation.

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.

 

Explore your options and discover the best places to visit with our list of the top attractions in Tanzania.

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