Tanzania- A Germany old colonial empire and then the British.
The name Tanzania -Is a merge of the two separate East African states (Tanganyika and Zanzibar). Most likely, it may be the only country with a blend name. The “Tan” comes from Tanganyika and the “Zan” from Zanzibar. This popular destination for travelers, its known for its exotic wildlife and rich culture. Simply put, this is one of the most iconic safari destinations in the world, largely due to its many world-class game spotting. Tanzania is home to many of the best and biggest parks in Africa, and some of the most varied and unique landscapes, the Serengeti, Mount Kilimanjaro, and Zanzibar. Populated by a warm Swahili culture.
Here are some of the amazing facts about Tanzania that you may not know.
- Most Tanzanians favour drinking tea in the morning as a breakfast beverage and coffee in the evening.
- Over 35 Percent of Tanzania land is reserved for Conservation and National Parks.
The country has some of the best national parks in the world. The Serengeti National Park is one of the most famous and best-loved parks and is home to over one million species of large mammals. It’s also a World Heritage Site and has also had the honour of being named a 7th world wonder.
3.Tanzanians national language is Swahili
This multilingual nation with over 120 tribal languages spoken, most of them originated from the Bantu family. The Kiswahili language (Swahili) is widely spoken across the country and it’s the official language of Tanzania. English is also widely spoken.
Some of the basic Swahili phrases:
- Hello - Hujambo -
- How are you?: - Habari gani
- What is your name? - Jina lako nani?
- My name is... - Jina langu ni...
- Goodbye - kwa heri/ kwa herini
- Thank you - Asante
- No, thank you - Hapana asante
4. Tanzania- The home to the tallest mountain in Africa (Mount Kilimanjaro)
Tanzania is probably best known for Mount Kilimanjaro. It is the highest mountain in Africa. Almost every type of ecological system can be found here. If you’re a hiker, it is worth climbing. This dormant volcano provides a breath-taking hike. Standing some 5,895 meters above sea level, this mountain is the tallest in Africa, and the highest freestanding mountain in the world.
- The world’s largest mammal migration
The great migration occurs in July and August, when over a million of wildebeest, zebras and antelopes make their way through the grasslands of Serengeti in Tanzania and the Masai Mara Kenya to search for fresh grass and water. while starving crocodiles and predators wait in the river. The Serengeti National Park, one of the highly visited tourist destinations, the big five can be found here (elephant, buffalo, Lion, leopard, and rhino).
- The world’s densest population of wildlife in Ngorongoro Crater
Natural Wonders of Africa -It’s must-visit destination in Tanzania, there are approximately 25,000 animals living in the park. Located in northern Tanzania between the Serengeti and Lake Manyara,
The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is home to the volcanic Ngorongoro Crater and is full of many different wildlife including elephants, black rhino, black-maned lions, ostrich, and zebra. The lakes here are home to thousands of flamingos during the rainy season.
- Zanzibar beaches – Among the most beautiful in the world
Just off the coast from the city of Dar es Salaam. Famous for the white sand, blue water, and swaying palms. When you are diving or snorkelling you will encounter amazing sea creatures such as seahorses, whitetip reef sharks and turtles among the corals.
The historical heart of Zanzibar -The city of Stone Town is known for its narrow alleyways, Arabian townhouses, and a busy port.
Tanzania history plays an essential role in elevating our understanding of our own evolution - as the earliest human skull in the world was discovered in Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania 2 million years ago by the East Africa archaeologist, Dr. Leakey.
The shortest war ever fought in human history was the Anglo-Zanzibar War (1896). A brief conflict between the British Empire ( United Kingdom) and the East African island sultanate of Zanzibar was fought in 1896. It lasted only 40-45 minutes before Khālid's forces surrendered.
There you have it!