Interesting Facts About Tanzania

Tanzania has dedicated nearly 30% of its landmass to conservation as national parks, marine parks, game reserves, and forest reserves

The country’s 16 national parks encompass 42,000 square kilometers. Selous Game Reserve by itself covers 50,000 square kilometers. Boasting hundreds of endemic species and sub-species and about 11,000 species of plants, many of which endemic) and more than 4 million wild animals

Tanzania is surrounded by the three great lakes of Africa, which are, Lake Victoria, Lake Tanganyika, and Lake Malawi.

About 6% of the surface land of Tanzania consists of lakes. Lake Natron turns birds and animals into statues

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

It has one of the largest elephant populations in Africa

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

Tanzania has the highest point (Kilimanjaro) but also the lowest point of the continent, which lies at the bottom of Lake Tanganyika (358 m below sea level)

Dar es Salaam is the largest city in the country. It’s also the biggest Swahili speaking city in the world

Tanzania is home to 126 tribes, each with their own distinct culture and mores

Over 120 languages are spoken in Tanzania, with most of them being Bantu languages, which is a category of over 535 languages and dialects that are spoken throughout Africa.

One-third of Tanzanians are Christians, another third are Muslim. The remaining third pursue one of the numerous indigenous religions.

The exotic spice island of Zanzibar has some of the most stunning beaches in the world. You know that already. But do you know that Coconut crab, the largest crab in the world is also found on the Zanzibar archipelago?

Ugali, porridge-like dish made with either maize, millet or sorghum flour is the national dish of Tanzania.

The most expensive timber in the world Mpingo trees are found in Tanzania. They’re used to make elegant furniture and fine musical instruments.

The flag of Tanzania is made up of a black and yellow band, diagonally cutting out two triangles. The upper portion is green in color with the lower portion is blue in color, green represents nature’s beauty, yellow represents the mineral deposits of the country, black represents the people, while the blue represents the great lakes

Before Tanzania merged with Zanzibar in 1964, it was known as Tanganyika. The name Tanzania is a clipped compound Tanganyika and Zanzibar.

Tanzania is home to seven official World Heritage Sites