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The local market.

The local market.

Tanzania is the largest country in East Africa. It is bordered by Kenya and Uganda to the north; Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west; Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique to the south; and by the Indian Ocean to the east. Tanzania is the 13th largest country in Africa (by land mass) and the 31st largest in the world.
 
Tanzania has a population of 51 million. It is the sixth most populous country in Africa. Many maps denote Dar es Salaam as the capital of Tanzania, but it is not. The capital is Dodoma. Dar es Salaam is the largest city, a principal port, and commercial hub.
 
The country does not experience four distinct seasons, but rather a hot season, rainy season, and cooler season. The hottest season extends between November and February (25–31 °C or 77.0–87.8 °F) while the coldest period occurs between May and August (15–20 °C or 59–68 °F). The rainy season occurs from March to the beginning of May.
 
European colonialism began in mainland Tanzania during the late 19th century when Germany formed German East Africa, which gave way to British rule following WWI. The mainland was governed as Tanganyika, with Zanibar (a nearby island) remaining a separate colonial jurisdiction. Following their respective independence in 1961 and 1963, the two entities merged in April 1964 to form the United Republic of Tanzania.

 

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Fun Facts

  • The prominent tribe, the Maasai, is located in Northern Tanzania.
  • Tanzania is the only country in Sub-Saharan Africa to never have experienced a civil war.
  • One US dollar is the equivalent of 2100 Tanzanian Shillings. The largest bill is 10,000 TSH – the equivalent of $4.75, and no one is swiping cards here, which amounts to wads of cash in your backpack.
  • The precious metal Tanzanite is mined in of Tanzania.
  • Tanzania is home to two renowned tourism destinations – Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, and the wildlife-rich national park – the Serengeti. 
  • The world’s earliest human skull was found in the Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania.
  • The largest mountain in Africa is in Tanzania: Mt. Kilimanjaro, standing 19,341 feet above sea level. And ironically, in Swahili, the “Kilima” in Kilimanjaro actually means small mountain!
  • Tanzania shares its national anthem with South Africa and Zimbabwe. It’s titled “Mungu Ibariki Afrika” (God Bless Africa).
  • Tanzania is a little more than twice the size of California.

Town Center - Chalinze

Town Center – Chalinze

Local area

 

Boko area

Boko area
 

Another local area