*New Tanzania Facts Added 9/12/2020 (see below)
Tanzania, despite a wealth of natural resources, is among the world’s poorest countries.
The landscape of Tanzania has been described as the setting for a cast of wildlife spectaculars,including the greatest of natural double-acts, Ngorongoro and the Serengeti, scene of the annual animal migration which involves more than two million animals.
Tanzania’s people, range from Maasai pastoralists armed with spears to cosmopolitan city dwellers.
Karibuni! Means “welcome” in Swahili.
Tanzania is bordered by the countries of, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Malawi and it borders the Indian Ocean to the East.
Tanzania measures 364,898 square miles in area and contains the highest mountain in Africa, Mt. Kilimanjaro. It also has the deepest lake on it’s western border, with a depth of up to 1,174 feet.
The topography of Tanzania includes, volcanic and ancient crystalline mountains, rolling table land, from great lakes to endless grasslands, dense miombo woodland to palm,coral sands.
The main geographical feature is the Great Rift Valley. It is visible from space and stretches from Jordon to the Zambezi, and is more than 6,000 miles long.
In 1961, Tanzania won their independence from Britain. A torch was placed at the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro by the first president, Julius Nyerere. He declared the torch would “shine beyond our borders, giving hope where there was despair, love where there was hate, and dignity where before there was only humiliation”.
*New Facts added 9/12/2010:
The currency in Tanzania is the Tanzanian Shilling. 1.00 US Dollar is worth approximately 1522.00 (Ts).
Accommodations in Tanzania start as low as US $7.50 per day, (although probably not recommended), and can be as high as US $2,000 per day.
Public transportation in Tanzania is not highly rated. It is recommended that you splurge for a driver. The third highest cause of death is from traffic accidents, behind AIDS and malaria.