Tanzania  " Before the time it self "                                    
It all began in Tanzania, the cradle of human species. Tanzania is a land of contrasts. From the snow-capped peak of Mt Kilimanjaro to the endless plains of the Serengeti, from the sun-kissed islands of the Zanzibar Archipelago to the gentle shores of Lake Victoria, the country contains immense cultural and natural wealth. It was here on the dusty floor of Olduvai Gorge, that early man left his first footprints. It was here, on palm-fringed Zanzibar, that Swahili traders welcomed dhows and trading boats from across the Indian Ocean.  

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For millennia, Tanzania has played an essential part in the life of the African continent. The great wildebeest migration alone comprises the largest movement of land animals on the planet. With over 25 % of the country's total landmass dedicated to wildlife parks and conservation areas. Tanzania remains wholeheartedly committed to the preservation of Africa's great wilderness and incredible range of animal species.

The republic of Tanznia is one of Africa's  most peaceful countries. Home to flourishing democracy and prospering economy, the country is known for it's peace and security. A well -maintained infrastructure and three international airports connect it's bustling commercial centres and ensure easy transportation, whether by air or by road. Tanznia's  people are a diverse mix of traditional tribes, village farmers and cosmopolitan professionals united by a common language, Swahili and a strong sense of national community.

Thousand of visitors from around the world choose Tanzania each year as the destination for their African safari. Serengeti National Park is indoubtedly the most famous of the country's  national parks, the annual wildebeest migration attracting thousands of visitors each year. For sheer African magic, the Ngorongoro Crater - often called " the 8th Natural Wonder of the World " - is a must see. Deep within the ancient caldera, herds of gazelle roam besides sated lions, endangered black rhino and elusive  cheetah are often spotted through the early morning mist.

Still, the big-name parks aren't all the country has to offer. The elephants of Tarangire National Park and the rare tree-climbing lions of Lake manyara also reward the discerning traveller. On the Indian Ocean shore the Saadani Game Reserve is the most recently protected  area to receive international attention. Famed for it's views of elephants playing in the ocean surf, Saadani and other  lesser known national parks offer equally rewarding experiences for guests willing to wander off the beaten track.

But the magic of safari isn't all our great country has to offer. Sandy beaches and Swahili culture along the Indian Ocean coast are also a main attraction for visitors who want to end  their experience of the African bush with some well-earned relaxation, Zanzibar-style. For the more intrepid adventures , a climb to the rooftop of Africa, Mt Kilimanjaro, is the highlight of a safari itinerary. Longer treks through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, through the magical Gol Moutains or up the active volcano of Ol Donyo Lengai, are a fantastic way to experience little visited parts of the country in a new way.

Tanzania has a wealth of diverse groups that make up it's national community. Hunter-gatherer tribes and fierce Maasai co-exist in the northern wilderness , and lesser known peoples like the Wadorobo and the Iraqw also make up the collage of the country. Cultural tourism has become a popular choice for many visitors to Tanzania, with different programmes and itineraries on offer around the country. From day-hikes on the slopes of Mt. Meru to honey collecting in the Usambaras, discovering local culture is a highlight for any visitors in Africa.

So come to Tanzania  - experience the warmth of our people, the magic of our wilderness and the sheer wonder of our wildlife.

Karibu Tanzania ( Welcome to Tanzania ) - the authentic  Africa.

STATUTORY CHARGES AT THE AIRPORTSRepublic of Tanzania ( A union between Tanganyika and Zanzibar )

Dodoma (political capital);  Dar es Salaam (business capital )

National Assembly  Bunge  (274 seats)

National day: 26 April  ( Unions Day )

National Anthem:
  Mungu ibariki Africa  ( God bless Africa )

Uhuru na Umoja  ( Freedom and Unity )

Administrative areas:
  26 Regions

nglish (Official for business, administration and higher education)
Kiswahili ( Official )

Indigenous languages ; Sukuma, Gogo, Haya, Tumbuku, Masaai, etc

Currency: 1  Tanzanian Shilling ( TZS ) = 100 Cents

otes      500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000 and 10,000  TZS.

Coins           5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 TZS. 

                            5, 10, 20 and 50 Cents

Population: 37,500,000

Airport Tax and Security Fee
Taxes and Security Fees are not included in the flight ticket price, and they can be change with short notice.

Domestic Flights

Airport Tax                 T.Shs  5,000 per passenger.  ( Approx. USD 5 )
Security Fee              T.Shs  1,000 per passenger


International Airport Departure

Airport Tax                 USD   30

Security Fee              USD     8

Please note ! 

That all airlines strictly observe the 15 kg per pax limit, on bags on internal flights in light aircraft, and prefer soft or duffel bags, not hard plastic or aluminium suitcases.

Official name: United

Ethnic groups: More than 130 tribes ,  99 % Africans.
Most well known are the Chagga for climbing
Mount Kilimanjaro with out  problems. They also are successful in businesses and education. Makonde tribe have earned the highest reputation world wide for their unique carving and sculpture style. Masaai tribe with their unique dressing- and nomad culture, often fronts the marketing of Tanzania. The Indian population in the country has a significant role in the economy. There are so many tribes in this country that we can not mention them all.

Mainland      47 %   Protestant     Zanzibar   96 %   Muslims

                   32 %   Muslims                         4 %   Hindus
                   21 %   Traditional

Rivers : Ruva, Rufiji, Ruaha, Pangani, Wami, Mkondoa, etc. 

Mountains: Kilimanjaro and Meru  the most prominent ones.

Victoria, Tanganyika, Malawi, Nyassa, Rukwa, Manyara.

Airports: 123 ( with 11 paved runways )

Roads: 88,000 km ( 3,700 km paved roads )

Railways: 3,690 km

The flag of Tanzania was adopted in 1964. It derives from the flag of
Tanganyika and Zanzibar. The flag is divided diagonally by a yellow-edged black band from the lower hoist-side corner. The upper triangle (hoist side) is green and the lower triangle is blue. The green color in the flag represents the natural vegetation present in the country. The golden color represents the mineral deposits of the country. The blue color represents the numerous lakes and rivers and the Indian Ocean.

The Coat of Arms of Tanzania comprises a warrior’s shield which bears a golden portion on the upper part followed underneath by the flag of
Tanzania. The golden portion represents minerals in the United Republic; the red portion underneath the flag symbolizes the rich fertile soil of Africa; while the wavy band represent the land, sea, lakes and costal lines of the United Republic. In the golden part of the flag there appears a burning torch signifying freedom (UHURU), enlighten and knowledge; a spear signifying defense of freedom and crossed axe and hoe being tools that the people of the Tanzania use in developing the country. The shield stands upon the representation of Mount Kilimanjaro. Elephant tusks are supported by a man and a woman, with a clove bush at the feet of the man and a cotton bush at the feet of the woman indicating the theme of co-operation. The UnitedRepublic motto – “ Uhuru na Umoja “ – is written in Swahili and means “ Freedom and Unity “.  

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