Tanzania is part of East Africa, the largest of the three (3) countries.
It' s amazing scenery is most evident in its national parks and
game reserves. Below are some of Tanzania's major parks.
country name: United Republic of
Area: 945,090 sq km (364,879 sq mi)
Capital city: Dodoma
People: 99% native African (over 100 tribes), 1% Asian, European
Languages: Swahili, English, indigenous.
Religion: 40% Christian, 33% Muslim, 20% indigenous beliefs
Government: Republic (multi-party state)
President: Benjamin William Mkapa
GDP per head: US$220
Major industries: Tobacco, sugar, sisal, diamond and gold
mining, oil refining, cement, tourism
Major trading partners: India, Germany, Japan, Malaysia,
Rwanda, the Netherlands, South Africa, Kenya, U.K., Saudi Arabia,
for the Traveler
All visitors require a visa except citizens of some Commonwealth
countries (Canada and the UK excempted), Scandinavian countries,
the Republic of Ireland, Rwanda and Sudan. For these nationalities,
a free visitor's pass, valid for one to three months, can be picked
up at the point of entry (you'll be asked how long you plan to stay
- three months is no problem). You will need proof of yellow fever
vaccination if travelling to Zanzibar.
Health: Yellow fever, malaria, bilharzia, tsetse fly, cholera, hepatitis,
meningitis, and typhoid. HIV/AIDS is a serious risk, though not
as prevalent as in Uganda. Tampons are imported and available only
in the bigger towns and cities. Locally made sanitary napkins are
Time: GMT/UTC plus three hours
Weights & measures: Metric
standard tourist season is in January and February, when the hot,
dry weather at this time of year is generally considered to be the
most pleasant. But to catch the Serengeti at its best you want to
avoid the dry season when virtually all the animals go on holiday
to Kenya. Be prepared if you're heading into the big wet, as many
roads - particularly on the south coast - can become too squishy
to drive on.
biggest annual event in Tanzania begins at the Serengeti National
Park near the Kenyan border, when huge herds of wildebeests head
for greener pastures in Kenya. Starting in April each year, more
than 2 million of these animals migrate across the Serengeti's southern
plains accompanied by zebras, antelopes, gazelles, lions and tourists.
Tanzanian Independence Day (December 9) somehow pales in significance.
Step out into the vast open plains that dominate
much of Tanzania and you suddenly feel very, very small. And so
you should. You've just joined one of the largest, wildest animal
populations in the world. Wildebeest, monkey, antelope, lion, cheetah,
crocodile, gazelle, flamingo - you name them, Tanzania's had great
White plunderers shoot them. But these days they use cameras rather
than guns. An economically poor country troubled by rowdy neighbours
and opportunistic colonial powers, Tanzania offers some of the best
wildlife spotting opportunities on the continent. Famous parks such
as the Serengeti and Mt Kilimanjaro, or the wonderful crater of
Ngorongoro, make many drab towns here well worth the stopover. Then
there's the country's very sexy appendage - Zanzibar. One of several
islands off Tanzania's coast, this former spice centre simply oozes
exotica and scented Persian bath water.