In this post, we’ll talk about Africa’s hidden paradise where you’ll find Africa’s most beautiful beaches. We’ll learn about Tanzania people, Tanzania language, Tanzania religion, Tanzania map, and we’ll be checking if Tanzania is a country or a city, if Tanzania is safe to visit, what to do in Tanzania while you are there, sightseeing places to visit in Tanzania!
Introduction to Tanzania
Africa is a wonderland that has a lot of interesting countries in it, each being unique and absolutely stunning.
But most people in western countries have no idea how underrated Africa is! Tanzania in East Africa is a stunning country with lots of Tanzanian culture and beautiful white-sand beaches. Tanzania is the birthplace of Freddie Mercury.
There’s a lot more to Tanzania (AKA Zanzibar) which we’ll discuss in this post!
Recent history of Tanzania
Tanzania colonization by the United Kingdom
Tanzania was occupied by the British Army in early 1900 where the UK could overcome the Germans who were controlling Tanzania at the time.
Anglo – Zanzibar war, the shortest war in the history
The shortest war in history goes back to August 27, 1896 when The British Army decided to annex the Sultanate of Zanzibar, an island in Tanzania. This war only lasted between 38 to 45 minutes and at last the UK took over the Zanzibar island.
Tanzania independence from the United Kingdom
Tanzania could gain independence from the United Kingdom on 9 December 1961.
People in Tanzania
Ethnic groups in Tanzania
About 99% of the 56 million population of Tanzania is of African descendants, from more than 125 different African tribes but there’s a minority of Arabs, Europeans, and Persians living in Tanzania as well.
Shirazi people (AKA MBwera) in Tanzania
The Persians are called “Shirazi People” because it’s believed they come from a beautiful romantic city in Iran called Shiraz a few centuries ago! Shirazi people in Tanzania are proud of their roots and they still feel connected to Shiraz, Iran. Shirazi people are the most successful businessmen and businesswomen in Tanzania and often live on the Swahili coast (mainly in Zanzibar).
Official language in Tanzania
English, Swahili, and Arabic are the three official languages of Tanzania while more than 100 local languages are being spoken in Tanzania, making it the most linguistically diverse country in East Africa.
The minority of Arabs in Tanzania still speak Arabic while for unknown reasons, Shirazi people cannot speak Persian anymore!
Religion in Tanzania
The main religion in Tanzania is Christianity with more than 60% of the population identifying as Christian. The second-largest religion in Tanzania is Islam.
Tanzania is a secular state which enables Muslims to freely practice their beliefs. Muslims in Tanzania can even choose to go to an Islamic court in terms of their family-related issues.
About 2% of Tanzanians practice Indigenous beliefs.
What to do in Tanzania
Whether you like to travel to Africa for African beach resorts, African safari tours, or African cultural vacations, Tanzania is the perfect place for you to go! Tanzania has many beautiful islands with white sand beaches and top Tanzanian beach resorts and hotels, as well as rich jungles in Tanzania for Safari trips, and countless cultural sites that are sprinkled everywhere in Tanzania!
Dar es Salaam, the Largest city in Tanzania
Dar es Salaam is a thriving city in Tanzania on the Swahili coast that is a good example for a modern African city in East Africa. Dar es Salaam has skyscrapers, markets, beaches and lots of parks to offer!
Zanzibar, the world-class Tanzanian Beach resorts and hotels to book online
Zanzibar island, also known as Unguja, is a gorgeous Tanzanian island with lots of stunning Tanzanian beaches and world-class resorts to make you a beautiful memory from your trip to Zanzibar, Tanzania.
Arusha Cultural Heritage Centre in Arusha, Tanzania
Tanzania has more than 125 different African tribes in it, and each of those tribes has specific traditions and costumes. If you don’t have enough time to explore the whole of Tanzania, visit Arusha Cultural Heritage Centre in Arusha where they showcase a piece or two from each Tanzanian tribe.
Arusha Cultural Heritage Centre had hosted some visitors like Norway’s King Harald, Queen Sonja and Princess Märtha Louise, South Africa’s Thabo Mbeki, and Zanele Mbeki, and United States’s Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.
Mikumi National Park in Tanzania
Tanzania is not short of National parks. This biodiverse East African nation is home to precious national parks such as Mikumi National Park, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and Mount Kilimanjaro.
Mikumi National Park is home to Giraffes, Zebras, elephants, baboons, and a lot more. The recommended time for visiting Mikumi National Park is the dry season from May to November when the weather is hot and you can have the Safari trip of your life!
15 thoughts on “The Ultimate Travel Guide to Tanzania”
Thank-you. I partly grew up in TZ, I still regard it as (a) home, and love visiting it.
You should’ve had an interesting childhood then!
Thank you for your comment! 😊
My friend volunteered at an orphanage there. She loved the whole experience!
Wow! Good for her! That’s awesome to hear! I’d love to do such thing someday!
Yeah. Me too!
What a colorful and beautiful bird. Lovely place.
Right! It’s fascinating!
Thanks for your comment!
Everything about Tanzania sounds wonderful. I wish I could visit.
You will when it’s the right time!
Thank you for your comment! Glad to see you here!
You are getting very close to home 🙂
lol! Where is home then?
But we still identify as East Africans. 🙂
That’s awesome! I love Uganda and its thriving young population!
Glad to have you here!
Thank you! You are either very well traveled, or your brain is full of global knowledge from all the reading you do. Either way, we the readers sure benefit from your adventures.
Actually, it’s a combination of both. I’ve visited a lot of places and constantly research about the other ones!
Thank you for your thoughtful comment! 😊