Tanzania

Tanzania is nation in central East Africa bordered by Kenya and Uganda to the north, Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west, and Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique to the south. The country’s eastern borders lie on the Indian Ocean.

Tanzania is a vast country blessed with big game and idyllic beaches. The annual wildebeest migration crosses the Serengeti in the north, and in the south is the vast wilderness of Selous.

This incredible wildlife spectacle is just one of Tanzanias many attractions. Other attractions include the Ngorongoro Crater, the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro which is the highest free standing mountain in the world, the Selous Game Reserve, the largest game reserve in Africa and the exotic spice islands of Zanzibar and Pemba. Tanzania combines very well as a safari destination with neighboring Kenya and is easily accessible to Uganda and Rwanda to see the amazing gorillas.

The name Tanzania is a portmanteau of Tanganyika and Zanzibar. The two states united in 1964 to form the United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar, which later the same year was, renamed the United Republic of Tanzania.

Geography

At 945,087 km, Tanzania is the world’s 31st-largest country (after Egypt). Tanzania is mountainous in the northeast, where Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, is situated. To the north and west are the Great Lakes of Lake Victoria (Africa’s largest lake) and Lake Tanganyika (Africa’s deepest lake, known for its unique species of fish). Central Tanzania comprises a large plateau, with plains and arable land. The eastern shore is hot and humid, with the island of Zanzibar lying just offshore.

Tanzania contains many large and ecologically significant wildlife parks, including the famous Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park in the north, Selous Game Reserve and Mikumi National Park in the south and Gombe National Park in the west is known as the site of Dr. Jane Goodall’s studies of chimpanzee behavior. The Kalambo water falls in southwest Tanzania’s region of Rukwa. The Falls are the second highest in Africa and are located near the southern tip of Lake Tanganyika.

Environment

Tanzania has considerable wildlife habitat, including much of the Serengeti Plain, where the white-bearded wildebeest and other bovids participate in a large-scale annual migration. Tanzania is also home to 130 amphibian and over 275 reptile species. Tanzania has developed a Biodiversity Action Plan to address species conservation. Lake Natron is northern Tanzania is the largest breeding site for the threatened Lesser Flamingo, a huge community of which nest in the salt marshes of the lake. Areas of East African mangroves on the coast are also important habitats.

Find attached samples of some of the safaris we offer in Tanzania.

 

Tanzania Packages

Tanzania Packages

Language and Culture

Tanzania has more than 126 ethnic groups and each ethnic group has its own language. No language is de jure official, but Swahili is the de facto national language, used for inter-ethnic communication and for official matters. Tanzania is one of the few African states in which a local language has gained importance to the disadvantage of the ex-colonial language.

The music of Tanzania stretches from traditional African music to the string-based Taarab to a distinctive hip hop known as bongo flava. Tanzania has its own distinct African rhumba music.

Tanzania has remarkable position in art. Two styles became world known: Tingatinga and Makonde. Tingatinga are the popular African paintings painted with enamel paints on canvas. Usually the motivations are animals and flowers in colourful and repetitive design. The style was started by Mr. Edward Saidi Tingatinga born in South Tanzania. Later he moved to Dar Es Salaam. Since his death in 1972 the Tingatinga style expanded both in Tanzania and worldwide. Makonde is both a tribe in Tanzania (and Mozambique) and a modern sculpture style. It is known for the high Ujamaas (Trees of Life) made of the hard and dark ebony tree.

MDUNDIKO- This is a form of dance which takes place during wedding ceremonies. It is a call out to nearby neighboring streets inviting them to come and celebrate with the family and friends of the Bride and Groom. A group of men lead by A Drummer playing different types of musical instruments i.e. drums, trumpets and many other followed by a women, men and children dancing as they walk heading towards the house in which the wedding takes place. This will be followed by a big feast and celebrations.

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