Senior Travel to Tanzania

Aug 3rd, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Seniors.  Any idea where Tanzania is located in Africa?  Take a look at this interactive map and come long on an exciting trip to a country’s eastern borders that lie on the Indian Ocean. Mainland Tanzania falls into three major geographical zones-a narrow lowland coastal strip along the Indian Ocean; a vast interior plateau; and a number of scattered mountainous regions. It is the largest country in East Africa. Here you will find Mount Kilimanjaro National Park.

The United Republic of Tanzania is a country in East Africa bordered by Kenya and Uganda to the north, Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west, and Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique to the south. The country’s eastern borders lie on the Indian Ocean. The United Republic of Tanzania is a state composed of 26 regions (mikoa), including those of the autonomous region of Zanzibar. Tanzania was formed out of the union of two sovereign states namely Tanganyika and Zanzibar.

Tanzania is one of the oldest known inhabited areas on Earth; fossil remains of humans and pre-human hominids have been found dating back over two million years. More recently, Tanzania is believed to have been populated by hunter-gatherer communities, probably Cushitic and Khoisan speaking people. About 2,000 years ago, Bantu-speaking people began to arrive from western Africa in a series of migrations. Dar-es-Salaam is the former capital and largest city of the republic. The Tanzanian legislature moved to the new capital of Dodoma in 1996, but many government offices still remain in Dar-es-Salaam.

Do visit the Serengeti National Park that is most famous for its extensive game reserves. Important mineral deposits include gold, diamonds, gemstones, coal, and natural gas. The economy is based largely on agriculture; major crops include cotton, coffee, corn, rice, cloves, sisal, cashews, and tobacco. Industries include food processing, textiles, cement, and brewing. The total population is nearly 37 million. Tanzania’s population is concentrated along the coast and isles, the fertile northern and southern highlands, and the lands bordering Lake Victoria, the second largest fresh water lake in the world. Check out a lion of two for me, okay?  jeb



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