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The name “Tanzania” was created as a clipped compound of the names of the two states that unified to create the country: Tanganyika and Zanzibar.] It consists of the first three letters of the names of the two states (“Tan” and “Zan”) and the suffix, “ia” to form Tanzania.

The name “Tanganyika” is derived from the Swahili words tanga (“sail”) and nyika (“uninhabited plain”, “wilderness”), creating the phrase “sail in the wilderness”. It is sometimes understood as a reference to Lake Tanganyika.

The name of Zanzibar comes from “zenji”, the name for a local people (said to mean “black”), and the Arabic word “barr”, which means coast or shore.

 Tanzania is a country with a varsity of  beautiful nature ,marvelous landscape and a large spectrum of  cultures.

To get the fullest of Tanzania’s holidays it is good if you know some facts about this country before you travel to,

which includes:

  1. About National Park.

Tanzania is the most renowned  destination for the Africa wildlife safaris. Your tour to this destination will never be completed without visiting any of her National parks.

Animals are abundant in these  destinations with some exceptions like when you visit  Ngorongoro crater you can spot all big 5 animals at ease  (elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos and buffalos).

At Tanzania there are some wildlife species which you  can be guaranteed to spot them, wherever you visit any of park, game which are abundant   include giraffes, zebras, gazelles, antelopes, impalas, kudu, wildebeests, waterbucks, hippos, cheetahs, hartebeests, hyenas, warthogs among others.

 Serengeti national park, Ngorongoro conservation area, Lake Manyara national park, Tarangire national park, Nyerere park (formally known as Selous game reserve), Katavi national park, Ruaha national park, Mahale mountains national park  are popular Wildlife destinations among others.

2.About  beaches

Tanzania is the only country in eastern Africa which has a long coastline which is approximately 800 km long.This  extended  from the Kenyan border in the north to the Mozambican border in the south.

Zanzibar is the most popular beach holiday destination in the country .These beaches  has a  beautiful white sand beaches and is a tropical destination with a number of activities carried out.

Surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming with the dolphins, boat rides on the Indian ocean, nature walks, visiting the prison island, visiting the spice plantations, a stone town tour among others are some of the activities available at Zanzibar.

Other Beautiful beaches in Tanzania include Mafia , Pangani and Bagamoyo.

3. About Her People .

Tanzania is a culturally diverse country with over 120 different tribes.However the most popular communities include the Maasai people, Hadza bushmen, the Chagga, the Datoga and many others. 

4. Currency used .

Tanzania is using  Tanzania shillings (TSH) as  the currency  but some hotels and other points of sales are  accepting US dollars as a mode of payment while on a safari. 

5.Religion in Tanzania

A big part of the population of Tanzania is made up of Muslims and Christians with some communities which have their own local beliefs . 

It is also advised that during a safari in Tanzania you should dress decently as a sign of respecting the culture of the local.

6.Highest mountain in Africa in Tanzania.

The highest mountain in Africa is also found in the northern part of Tanzania. That is  Mount Kilimanjaro which is at an altitude of 5895 meters.This mountain is so popular among treekers where it invites over 8000 climbers annually. 

7.Neighboring East African countries .

Tanzania is part of East Africa and is neighbored by Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Burundi.

Therefore by being in Tanzania you may combine Tanzania  tours with other destinations across East Africa such as Uganda and Rwanda for gorilla trekking and Kenya for more game viewing excursions.

8. About Climate

There are two seasons in Tanzania.  Rainy season and the dry season. The dry season is from June to October and is also considered the best time for safaris in Tanzania while the rainy season is from mid-March to May and also from November to January.


Swahili is a mostly spoken language of Tanzania. However, there are some few people who know other international languages like English , French ,Spanish etc .

Don’t worry, we are going to give you a Guide who has mastered your language .

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