About Tanzania

Tanzania is a country of superlatives: it is the home of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain; the world’s largest crab, the coconut crab; and the most expensive hardwood tree, the Mpingo. It’s also the country where the oldest human skull in the world was found.

Formed in 1964, modern Tanzania is a union between Tanganyika—the mainland part of the country—and the island of Zanzibar.

Tourist Information
The country is particularly well known for its wildlife and natural parks: the Mahale Mountains Park whose slopes rise up out of Lake Victoria which has a large  strip of rainforest, home to a great many chimpanzees; the 20-kilometre wide Ngorongoro Crater, Africa’s largest caldera; and the Serengeti National Park.

Tanzania’s international airports are the Julius Nyerere International Airport, Kilimanjaro International Airport, Songwe International Airport, and Abeid Amani Karume International Airport in Zanzibar. Regional flights across East Africa and local flights within Tanzania are also widely used. Hydrofoil boats operate between Dar-es-Salam and Zanzibar. Tanzania Railways Limited operates two train companies. Buses operate cheaply to destinations throughout Tanzania and East Africa.

Swahili and English are official languages. There are also about 100 local languages spoken in the country.


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