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Interesting Facts about Tanzania

Name: Tanzania’s official name is the United Republic of Tanzania


Populations:The population of Tanzania is 58,457,779.

Languages:The national language of Tanzania is Swahili. There is a total of 126 languages spoken in Tanzania.

Local Chitchat: Good Morning: Habari za asubuhi (Swahili)

Thank you: Asante  (Swahili)

Thank you very much: Asante sana (Swahili)

Popular sayings: Pole Pole-Slowly Slowly

: Hakuna Matata -No worries

Food: Some regular Tanzanian mainland foods are mshikaki (marinated beef), chapati (a kind of bread), wali (rice), samaki (fish), ugali (maize porridge), nyama choma (grilled meat), and ndizi-nyama (plantains with meat). Spicy foods are common along the coastal regions of Tanzania. These regions also use a lot of coconut milk.

Currency: Tanzanian Shilling



Must do’s:

  • Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Serengeti
  • Ngorogoro Crater
  • Tarangire National Park
  • Lake Manyara National Park
  • Zanzibar-Old Fort, Chumbe Island, Colobus monkeys, Stone Town, Spice Route

✓ Tanzania, the largest country in East Africa, contains the highest mountain (Kilimanjaro) and the deepest lake (Lake Tanganyika) in Africa.

Ruaha National Park holds 10% of the world’s lion population.

The Selous Game Reserve, 54,000km² in size, is the largest protected wilderness reserve in Africa, with over 440 bird species.

It has the largest population of African wild dogs in Africa.

In 1960, Jane Goodall began the study of the behaviour of free-living chimpanzees in the Gombe National Park of Tanzania that still stands as the longest-running study of its kind in the world.

Zanzibar never fails to evoke the exotic, the magic of ancient times, from early explorers and missionaries, to slave traders and colonial rulers. All this is mirrored in Stone Town and its historical architecture and the rich ethnic mixture of its culture.

Tanzania has over 130 ethnic groups

Coffee is Tanzania’s largest export crop and is an important aspect of its economy.

Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of the band Queen, was born in 1946 in what is now Tanzania. His birth name was Farrokh Bulsara.

Tanzania actually has an island called Mafia. It is governed from the mainland and the economy there is based on subsistence agriculture, fishing, and the marketplace in Kilindoni