Tanzania, the largest country in East Africa and home to two of Africa’s most talked about reserves, the Serengeti and the Ngororongo Crater. More importantly world renowned for its annual migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra followed closely by their predators. This is one of the most dramatic wildlife spectacles on the planet. But it is equally famous for being home to Africa’s highest mountain, Mt Kilimanjaro, the Great Rift Valley, the legendary Spice Islands, and the rich Swahili culture.
Situated just below the equator between the great lakes of Africa and the Indian Ocean, Tanzania is a land of many faces and many cultures. “Jambo” is one of the very first words you will hear on entering Tanzania – this is Swahili for hello, welcome. The locals say it with such pride and enthusiasm that you will definitely feel their welcome and leave knowing at least one Swahili word. Jambo!
Tanzania’s main airport is Julius Nyere International Airport which is around 13km south of Dar es Salaam, their administrative and commercial capital city. But many visitors are able to fly directly into Kilimanjaro International Airport or Zanzibar International Airport from surrounding countries.
There are 120 tribes in Tanzania with Bantu languages and dialects spoken by 95% of the population. KiSwahili being the official and national language.
Reserves in Tanzania cover over 250 000sq km, in total of 25% has been set aside for wildlife conservation.