The United Republic of Tanzania is a result of two East African sovereign states of Tanganyika and Zanzibar that united in 1964 to form one country. Tanzania is a land of multiple tourist attractions. From the snow-capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro to the endless plains of the Serengeti, from the sun kissed islands of the Zanzibar Archipelago to the gentle shores of lakes Victoria, Tanganyika and Nyasa, the country contains immense cultural and natural wealth.
Tanzania is one of Africa’s most peaceful countries. Home to a flourishing democracy and prospering economy, the country is well known for its peace and security. Despite being a diverse mix of ethnic groups, village peasants and cosmopolitan professionals, Tanzanians are united by common language, Kiswahili and a strong sense of national community. Thousands of visitors from around the world favour Tanzania as the destination for the famous African Safari.
With such a perfect Location, perched on the edge of the African continent, and facing the Indian Ocean, Tanzania’s weather and climate leaves nothing to be desired. Warm and sunny days are followed by cool and balmy nights, and whether you’re on safari on the Serengeti plains or enjoying the tropical beaches of Zanzibar, the temperatures are always welcoming and gentle. Consult Weather and Climate to find out when the best times to visit are, and learn more about the monsoon winds and seasonal rains.
But sun-filled and beautiful days are not all that Tanzania has to offer. On the contrary, the country’s borders hold a vast number of people and tribes whose varied cultures and traditions make up the rich tapestry that is Tanzanian culture. Read on to learn more about the Masaai culture and the customs of the Swahili Coast.
Although Tanzania is a country rich in culture and traditions, it’s history is also one of treasured heritage and pride. From the early days of mankind’s history, man has called the land of Tanzania home – its verdant mountains, its scrubland plains. Find out more about our country’s rich history, from the arrival of merchants and traders on the Swahili Coast to the peaceful political climate that exists today.
Tanzanians enjoy a climate of freedom and peace in our daily lives, and value community and togetherness very highly. Religion is an expression of community and culture, and one that binds us all as citizens to our country and to the people around us. Tanzanians practice Christianity, Islam, and traditional African religions in tolerance and understanding.
Religion defines our community and our sense of identity, but culturally, we are all Tanzanians. Our culture and our traditions can be seen in the everything we surround ourselves with and the handicrafts that are the specialties of our country. Visitors to Tanzania will find the section on Shopping immensely useful in helping them decide what to bring back for their friends and loved ones from our amazing country.