Country Description - Tanzania


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Country Description - Tanzania

  1. 1. EAST AFRICA: TANZANIA Capital: Largest city: Languages: Demonym: Currency: Calling code: Dodoma Dar es Salaam Swahili and English Tanzanian Tanzanian shilling (TZS) +255 The United Republic of Tanzania is a country in Southeast Africa in the African Great Lakes region. It is bordered by many countries like Kenya, Rwanda, Malawi, Uganda and the Indian Ocean. At 947,300 square kilometers, Tanzania is the world's 31st-largest country and the 13th largest in Africa. If you are looking for a great African adventure, look no farther than Tanzania. The country teems with wildlife, it hosts fine safaris, and, of course, it possesses a jewel in Mount Kilimanjaro. The Kilimanjaro National Park tops the list of Tanzania’s amazing sites; there are also the Tarangire and Lake Manyara national parks, the latter of which houses the Tanzania Great Rift Valley; the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, declared a World Heritage Site in 1978, and the Serengeti National Park, which boasts the greatest concentration of wildlife, as more than 3 million large animals migrate to the area each year. Tanzania also boasts a gorgeous coastline. Tanzania Lions Tanzania Crater Flag
  2. 2. EAST AFRICA: TANZANIA This country is a must whether you are of the adventurous type or just want to indulge in leisurely activities like diving, snorkeling and hot air-balloon ride at the Serengeti National Park. The heart and soul of Zanzibar, Stone Town hasn’t changed much in the past 200 years. Once one of the most important trading ports on the Indian Ocean, Stone Town became a center for wealthy traders, who built grand houses with elaborate wooden doors. Visit Livingstone’s old house, the Palace Museum, the Arab Fort, and the bazaar, and take time to wander along the narrow streets and alleyways to get a feel of this historic town. Whether you prefer standing at a distance and looking up at this massive mound of earth or tickling its back while hiking along its ridges, Mount Kilimanjaro is a site not to be missed. For the adventurous, the climb takes about five days and leads you through thick forests, peaceful grasslands, glaciers, and rocky terrain. A number of national parks play host to Great Rift Valley. The Great Rift Valley runs to just over 5,400 miles and features lakes, volcanoes, and steep gorges. It also attracts a vast array of water wildlife, such as flamingos and pelicans. If you want an authentic African safari experience, head for the Serengeti. It is no doubt one of the most visited of the national parks in Tanzania. The park is enormous, and you can tailor your trip to your wilderness comfort level. The largest lake in Africa (and the second-largest in the world), Victoria is nearly 27,000 square miles (43,452 kilometers) wide. While you’re there, visit Owen Falls (on the Ugandan side of the lake). The country also hosts the East Africa’s largest film, art, and music festival. The two-week-long carnival boasts the best parties on the island, featuring live music and dancing.