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Tanzania is a peaceful country, and is strikingly beautiful. It is also one of the poorest places in the world. In 2016 it had a peaceful democratic election and one of the  president’s goals is to eliminate corruption.  To date he has also made education through secondary school free, although students must wear uniforms and in some cases supply their own books.

The largest country in East Africa, it is surrounded by Kenya, Uganda, The Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Mozambique, Malawi, and Zambia.  Somalia is not far away.  Tanzania is slightly larger than the state of Texas and four times the size of Great Britain.  It is slightly smaller than the large West African nation of Nigeria.

About 80% of Tanzanians derive their income from some level of the agricultural industry chain. Oil and mineral resources are still largely undeveloped, though beginning to attract significant foreign investment.

The country’s real riches are its many national parks that are home to one of the most awesome array of exotic animals and birds in the world.  The highest peak in Africa – Mt. Kilimanjaro – is located here, as is the longest lake in the world – Lake Tanganyika.  Its northern border is defined in part by Lake Victoria. These wonderful natural resources make toursim one of Tanzania’s largest industries.

The United Republic of Tanzania comprises the former British protectorates of Tanganyika and Zanzibar.  It was established in 1964, three years after gaining independence.  Despite repeated strife experienced by its various neighbors, Tanzania has enjoyed peace and stability throughout its 50+ year history.  Its 100+ tribes live together in harmony, with a common language (KiSwahili) and a culture that focuses on doing what’s best for the country.

Tanzania’s largest and best known city is Dar es Salaam.  Situated on the coast, Dar is the nation’s commercial center and the home of most foreign embassies.  The country’s capital is Dodoma, which is near its geographic center.  Most safari tours begin in the third largest city, Arusha, not far from the base  of Kilimanjaro and just a few hours’ drive from Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Serengetti Plains, home to the world’s most famous animal migration.

Tanzania

Tanzania is peaceful. There are over 120 different tribes that make up the population, but no tribe is a dominant proportion of the population.