Despite some of Africa's most recognizable names Tanzania has long lived in the shadow of Kenya but is now opening to the world as never before. Tanzania Facts explores some of what makes the country what it is today.
Capital: Dodoma [although many still consider Dar es Salaam (above), to be the capital. There are no nice images of Dodoma.]
Languages: Kiswahili and English are the official languages of Tanzania although English is used in business and education.
Best time to visit: Tanzania can be visited year round but there are certain areas that are closed during the rains. March/April and November.
Currency: Tanzania shilling [Tsh]
Tanzania is one of the most appealing countries on the continent, boasting four of Africa's most iconic names in Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar. The legendary Great Wildebeest Migrations occur on the Serengeti Plains.
Tanzania is also blessed with spectacular landscapes that host some of the continent's most amazing creatures, including chimpanzees and one of the largest bird checklists, making it ideal for an African Safari.
The history of Tanzania is also fascinating, in particular the human history of the last 400 years. Trading along the coast, slavery and colonialism are all dramatically illustrated in the many ruins and monuments in the country.
09.12 1961 was the independence of Tanganyika from British control and on the 19.12.1963 Tanzania came into being through the coming together of Tanganyika and Zanzibar to form the United Republic of Tanzania.