The Tanzania Experience
Mild equatorial weather practically year-round… a safe, peaceful country with friendly people… and natural attractions such as Zanzibar, the beaches of the Indian Ocean, the Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Tanganyika, Mt. Kilimanjaro, and fifteen national parks including the legendary Serengeti, home of the Great Migration and Africa’s most varied and concentrated population of wildlife… there is no better place in Africa to experience a safari than Tanzania. In fact, according to a massive survey conducted by SafariBookings.com, Tanzania is the best safari country in Africa.
And did you know that two of Travel + Leisure’s 2012 Top 10 Hotels of the World are located right in Tanzania?
- Mild weather – Because Tanzania is located near the equator, the tropical weather remains mild year-round, without the cold winters you might find in southern Africa.
- Safe and politically stable – No political upheaval or unrest
- Friendly people – Interactions with local communities are among the most memorable
- Sound economy, based on agriculture and tourism
- Vast geographic natural resources – Zanzibar, the beaches of the Indian Ocean, the Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Tanganyika (Africa’s second largest lake), Mt. Kilimanjaro (Africa’s highest mountain), and fifteen national parks including the legendary Serengeti, home of the Great Migration.
- Diversity of wildlife – Over 300 species of mammals and nearly a thousand species of birds can be found in Tanzania.
- The Great Migration of wildebeest, zebra and antelope takes place in the Serengeti and draws thousands of visitors each year.
- Easy access – Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) is serviced most conveniently by Delta/KLM, but Ethiopian Airlines, Turkish Airlines and Qatar Airways also offer flights into Kilimanjaro.
Some Facts about Tanzania
Established in 1964 with the union of Tanganyika and Zanzibar, the United Republic of Tanzania is located in east Africa, bordered by Kenya and Uganda to the north; Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west; and Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique to the south. The country’s eastern border lies on the Indian Ocean. Tanzania is a socialist country with a single ruling party system.
The economy of Tanzania is primarily agricultural but tourism is a growing segment.
There are around 36 million people in Tanzania, including more than a hundred tribal groups.
Swahili is the official language of Tanzania, but English remains widely spoken and is the principal language of commerce.
The two principal religions within Tanzania are Christianity and Islam, the latter boasting more followers, especially along the coast and in Zanzibar. However, there are many tribes that do not follow either religion, instead preferring to worship the ancient spirits of their choice.