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"Tanzania was formed as a sovereign state in 1964 through the union of the theretofore separate states of Tanganyika and Zanzibar."

"As early as 5000 bce, San-type hunting bands inhabited the country. According to most reputable surveys, Tanzania’s population includes more than 120 different indigenous African peoples."

Tanzania History Timeline

Fun Facts and Trivia:

"Tanzania was among the first African countries to gain independence. It was liberated on December 9, 1961 from British colonial government."

Legal System

Customs and Culture:

"Tanzanian society is divided along many lines. The traditional elite includes descendants of kings and paramount chiefs, who, after independence, lost their traditional titles. The modern elite includes many individuals in the government, successful businesspeople, and highly educated individuals. With the advent of the HIV-AIDS epidemic and the decrease in social services, the poorest families are no longer able to care for all of their children and relatives."

Start Preparing for Your Trip

Vaccinations: Routine vaccinations, Hepatitis A, Typhoid

Visas: Required

What to Pack"Loose fitting garments that can be worn in layers will ensure your comfort day and night, and you should bring only clothing that you do not mind getting soiled."

When You Arrive

Water Safety: Drink bottled water

Currency: Tanzanian shilling Exchange Rate

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Destinations. Places to Go. Facts.

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Food and Recipes
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Dar es Salaam and Mikumi National Park


"In the 1860s Sultan Sayyid Majid of Zanzibar developed a humble East African fishing village into a port and trading centre, and named the site Dar es Salaam (Haven of Peace). When the sultan died the town sunk again into anonymity until the 1880s, when Dar es Salaam resurfaced as a station for Christian missionaries, then as a seat for the German colonial government. Since then the city has remained Tanzania’s undisputed political and economic capital, although the legislature was transferred to Dodoma in 1973."

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