Tanzania in brief
Tanzania, as well as Kenya are the most popular East African holiday destinations. Tanzania is generally slightly more expensive than Kenya, but the camps and lodges tend to be more exclusive.
The spectacular Ngorongoro Crater is a big draw along with the vast Serengeti and Mount Kilimanjaro which caters to the adventurous traveller as well as groups climbing for good causes.
In addition, sites such as Olduvai Gorge in Northern Tanzania have some of the oldest human settlements and fossils up to 2 millions years old and is often referred to as the, "Cradle of Mankind".
Zanzibar and Pemba are off the coast to tick your beach holiday boxes and are easy to combine with a traditional safari.
Do you want to mix a safari with Zanzibar?
Go on, ask the traveller.
Tanzania history & Culture
Tanzania is a diverse culture with Christian and Muslim communities making up approximately 30/40% of the population each. The rest is a mix of world religions including indigenous religions.
On the island of Zanzibar, Islam makes up about 98% of the population.
Tanzania was formally created in 1964 and previously had been under the control of German East Africa, and the British. Zanzibar has other influences having been under control by the Portuguese, The Sultanate of Oman and lastly the British.
Included in the public holidays are both Christian and Muslim festivities such as Christmas, Easter and Eid. On the island of Zanzibar in particular, travellers need to respect the observance of Ramadan, particularly in the capital Stonetown.
In 1498, Vasco de Gama was the first European to reach the shores of Tanzania. In 1871, Henry Morton Stanley greeted the Scottish missionary who had been lost to the outside world for years with the now infamous line ‘Dr. Livingstone I presume?