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Information on Tanzania
Tanzania is a large compact of land in Eastern Africa lying between the great lakes namely Lake Victoria, Lake Tanganyika, Lake Nyasa and the Indian Ocean. Lying just South of the Equator, Tanzania comprises of the Mainland and the Island of Zanzibar. The nation has a population of 33.5 million, crosscutting a range of ethnic groups and different nationalities from all corners of the world.
Tanzania is in many ways still representing Authentic Africa. In an age when the world is shrinking through globalization and advanced technology, whenever more resources are being depleted from the wild lands, there remain a few areas that truly stir this imagination. Tanzania is perhaps the last place left; having steadily defied man?s imprint on the land and still offers safari of magic splendor in its ageless landscape, a canvas of wildlife, wilderness and wonder.
Moshi: An agricultural town in the region of Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa?s tallest mountain. Most of our projects are based in and around this cool and laidback city. Arusha is less than an hour?s drive away.
Dar Es Salaam:
The ?HAVEN OF PEACE? formerly was the capital city of Tanzania, but after moving the capital to Dodoma, the city remained as the commercial center. This is also the main Sea Port and the center of the Coastal Circuit.
Raised from the humble surroundings of a fishing village just over a century ago, Dar Es Salaam is now a bustling city with a population of over three million inhabitants. Besides the beach, Dar es Salaam has the following interesting places to visit: The National Museum, Mnazi Mmoja Park, Kariakoo Market, Nyumba ya Sanaa and Museum Village.
Discover the wonders of the world?s most recently discovered precious gemstone ? ?Tanzanite?. At one thousand times more rare than diamonds, Tanzanite ? which ranges in color from rich royal blues to delicate hues of violet ? is the rarest gem of all! Found only in the foothills of the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro.
Arusha: Arusha is the safari capital of Tanzania, a bustling, vibrant city and the major urban center in the Northeastern part of Tanzania. Masai morans/warriors in full regalia stroll the streets, mingling with tourists.
Arusha is the headquarters of the East African Community and a number of regional head offices including the United Nations Crimes Tribunal on the Rwanda genocide. The curio markets crammed between the Clock Tower and India Road are filled with high quality crafts, and are far much cheaper than the curio shops outside of town.
The primary industry of the region is agriculture, with large vegetable and flower producers sending high-quality produce to Europe. Small-scale agriculture was badly hit by the coffee crisis of recent years and is now largely subsistence farming. Arusha has several factories including a brewery, tire and fiberboard plant, and pharmaceuticals. Tourism is one of the principal industries, with the city playing host to numerous safari companies, hotels and lodges.
Among Arushas notable districts are the Central Business Area, located by the Clocktower, Sekei in the North-West which is largely residential with a vibrant nightlife, Njiro, a rapidly-growing suburb in the South, and Tengeru, a lively market-town in the East.
Arusha has a lively music scene, notably Tanzanian hip hop, blending Maasai and Swahili influences with western music, locally known as Bongo Flava.
Within the city, omnibuses are the regular mode of transport. Arusha is served by Kilimanjaro International Airport, some 60km East, approximately half-way to Moshi. The airport provides international and domestic flights. Arusha Airport is a small domestic airport in the West of the city. There are no passenger train services to or from Arusha but there are regular coaches (buses) to Dodoma and Dar Es Salaam and Nairobi, Kenya.
Zanzibar: Located in the Indian ocean and a two-hour boat ride from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania?s largest city are the Islands of Ungunja and Pemba often collectively referred to as Zanzibar.
Zanzibar is a special province with its own state like government complete with a president and a popularly elected house of representatives, but it remains part of and under the umbrella of Tanzania.
Zanzibar is a tourist?s paradise, with lots of old architectural sites to behold, warm quiet waters to swim, dive or snorkel in, wetland ecosystems, spice farms, expansive and white sandy beaches and a most friendly people.
Zanzibar is Africa?s home of spices and lots of spice farms and gardens abound on this Island. Cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper and many other spices are grown in the Island.
Tanzania is an undiscovered and barely touched unique travel destination in Africa. It is a land of many wonders with unparalleled diversity of fauna and flora. Significant features include Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest permanently snow-capped mountain in Africa, the exotic Islands of Zanzibar, the finest game sanctuaries of Serengeti, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, Ruaha, Mikumi, Selous and Mafia marine park. The scenery, topography and very friendly people support the growth of excellent cultural tourism, beach holidays, game hunting, historical and archaeological ventures and some of the best wildlife photographic safaris on the continent. Karibu (welcome to) Tanzania!