Who We Are
- Population: 57 million (2016, according to the World Bank)
- Official language: Swahili
- Area: 364,900 sq miles
- Currency: Tanzanian Shilling
- Calling code:+255
- Capital city: Dodoma
- Biggest city: Dar es Salaam
How To Get Here
- By land across the borders with Malawi, Zambia, Kenya, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
- By Air to Kilimanjaro International Airport and Mwalimu Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam. Connection with KLM, British Airways, Ethiopian, Emirates And Qatar Air.
Documents to Bring
- Medical insurance
- Tanzanian Visa (available at the airport and borders)
- Address book so you can send fabulous postcards to friends and family
- Vaccination records just in case you need to visit the doctor or hospital. You will want to know exactly what vaccinations you’ve had, especially the yellow fever vaccine (that is the most important one).
- First aid kit
- Anti malaria medicine and bug repellent
- Cash and credit card. There are also ATM machines, which gives out shillings
- Maps, guide book
A Bit of History
Tanzania was a country known as Tanganyika. Tanganyika attained its freedom from the British colonial rule on December 9, 1961.
After independence in 1961, the freedom torch was carried by soldiers to the summit of Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa and third highest in the world. This is why today the summit of Kilimanjaro is know as Uhuru, a swahili word which means freedom.
On April 22, 1964, the first president of Tanganyika (the late Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere) and the first president of Zanzibar (the late Sheikh Abeid Amani Karume) united the two states to form the Tanzania we have today.
Zanzibar is an island off the east coast, located in the Indian Ocean, rich in spices and more tropical, with an Arab influence and Muslim population.
Tanzania is the birthplace of mankind, footprints of the human species from three million years ago were found at Olduvai Gorge, near Ngorongoro Crater.
Who We Are Today
Tanzania is wealthy in resources and full of adventure, opportunity, and hospitality. Tanzania is home to the biggest wildlife animals such as lions, elephants, buffaloes, leopards and rhino, and birds of prey, such as vultures and eagles. Tanzania is home of the “safari” since in Swahili, safari means ”journey. There’s no better place to enjoy the enriching wildlife experience than Tanzania.
The land is rich in agriculture and, most importantly, and abundantly, coffee and bananas!
Swahili, or Kiswahili, is the official language, but people often speak one or more of 120 local tribal languages.
Tanzania offers hundreds of miles of palm-fringed, white sand beaches in the exotic islands of Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia, as well as relaxing and friendly cities.
Tanzania has something to offer for everyone, whether it is wildlife, adventure, culture or simply relaxing on the beach.