A relatively large country located in East Africa, Tanzania has a total area pf 945,087 square kilometer (364,900 square miles. The area of Tanzania includes the islands of Mafia, Pemba and Unguja: the latter 2 from a semi—autonomous region called Zanzibar that is part of an official union with the republic of Tanzania.
With a coastline that spans 1,424 kilometers (883 miles), the eastern part of Tanzania boards the Indian coast while the north lies the Kenya, to the north east Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi: to the west Zaire to the southwest Zambia and finally to the south, Malawi and Mozambique. The former capital of Tanzania, Dar es salaam, is situated slightly to the north of the central point along the coastline of the Indian Ocean. The new capital Dodoma, is located slightly to the north of the center of the country.
Tanzania’s tourism sector is one of the country’s most important sources of foreign currency. Currently most of the tourism sector investment is concentrated in the northern part of the country in the so-called northern safari circuit (Ngorongoro crater, Serengeti plains and Lake Malawi). There, a number of nationally acclaimed hotels provide services to tourism from around the world, particularly Europeans.
Numerous government initiatives have sought to increase investment in the southern circuit (Selous Game Reserves, Mikumi and Ruaha National Parks) as well. Though service facilities and infrastructure in this area are poor, the areas diverse wildlife renDars it an ideal location for further tourist development.
The international donor community has helped the rehabilitation of infrastructure in the southern circuit, thereby complementing efforts put forward by the Tanzanian government.
Tourism is undoubtedly one of Tanzania’s largest aces in the hole and one of the sectors in the country with the highest growth potential, tourism is the source of substantial foreign exchange earnings and represents 14% of Tanzania’s total GDP.
The sector also provides employment for over 30,000 people and stimulates growth in related sectors such as agriculture. Visitor’s number is on the rise – Tanzania’s 600,000 visitors in 2003 represented a 10% increase over the previous year, generating revenues in excess $750 million for the country. The ministry of tourism has set goal of one million tourist visit per year by the year 2010.
Official Name: united republic of Tanzania
Area: 945,000 sq km945, 000 sq. km
Time: GMT +3
Population: 29 million
Capital City: Dodoma
Language: English and Swahili
Currency: Tanzanian shillings (Tsh)
Climate: Tropical weather prevails over most of Tanzania. The coastal area is hot and humid. I the northern circuit cool weather prevails from may to September. The hottest months for the whole country are from October to February. The long rains are from March to May and short rains from October to November. Coastal areas and the island have tropical climate, whereas the central plateau is semi-arid and the highlands are semi-temperature.
Worldwide travel packages
- Uganda gorilla safari
- Uganda gorilla tours
- Mountain gorilla safari
- gorilla trekking
- Rwanda gorilla tour
- gorilla tours in Uganda
- Zambia safaris
- Uganda safari
- gorilla safari