Fun Facts About Tanzania – From Tourism to Democracy!

Welcome to Tanzania – A Peaceful Nation in Africa!


Did you know- This land is a modern country in East Africa since the 1960s. The United Republic of Tanzania is surrounded to the west by Rwanda (a French-speaking country), Burundi (one of Africa’s smallest states), Zambia (an English-speaking nation), and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (former Zaire), to the north by Uganda and Kenya (an English-speaking republic), to the east by the Indian Ocean, and the south by Mozambique (a Portuguese-speaking nation), and Malawi (an English-speaking republic). Due to its unique geography, it is one of the most diverse nations in the world, from tropical rainforests, islands, rivers and deserts to mountains, waterfalls, volcanoes and lakes.


Did you know- The 31-year of Marxist dictatorship ended in 1992 when Tanzania set up a new Constitution, which established a multi-party system. Then, during the following years, on November 23, 1995, Benjamin William Mkapa became the country’s first democratically elected Head of State. From then onwards, it has held multiparty elections.


Did you know-This republic –among the first black states on Earth– has been an independent nation for over half century. During the latter half of the 20th century, Tanzania, with Julyus Nyerere as Head of Government, became one of Africa’s first independent countries. In the previous centuries, Tanzania, a little-known nation in the world, was settled by the United Kingdom, Germany, and Portugal. By this time, the country was long known as Tanganyika.

Tanzania & U.S.A

Did you know- Tanzania and Washington have good diplomatic relations. On August 26, 2000, Tanzania was visited by President Bill Clinton.

Ernest Hemingway

Did you know- On the world stage, the United Republic of Tanzania gained fame when America’s author Ernest Hemingway, 1954 Nobel Prize & 1953 Pulitzer Prize, published his famous book “Green Hills of Africa” (“The Snows of Kilimanjaro”) in the mid-1930s.


Did you know- The nation’s national parks, tropical rainforests, birdlife, and stunning islands have made Tanzania world-famous as a tourist spot. Like its neighbours Kenya, Uganda and Zambia, this English-speaking country is home to several wildlife sanctuaries and nature refuges, where there are over 80,000 elephants. On the other hand, it is home to the Ol Doinyo Lengal Volcano, Africa’s fourth-highest volcano. In the 21st century, the United Republic of Tanzania continues to exhibit one of Africa’s most important ecological projects.


Did you know-Agriculture is the mainstay of the nation’s economy. Under this atmosphere, Tanzania is one of East Africa’s leading producers of coffee. However, the economy is based on seven main exports: coffee, cotton, sisal, cloves, cashew nuts, minerals and tobacco.

Multi-sport Events

Did you know- In July 1980, the National Olympic Committee, backed by the Soviet government, sent a huge delegation to Moscow, the home to the 22nd Olympic Games.

Famous Persons

Did you know– This land is home to five notable persons: Tanzania ‘s former leader Julyus Nyerere (known as the “conscience of Africa); Jane Goodall, naturalist; Filbert Bayi, a world-class runner in the mid-1970s; Gertrude Mongella, President of the UN Conference on Women in late 1995; and finally Salim Ahmed Salim, one of the most respected international leaders on the continent of Africa.

Ethnic Groups

Did you know- The Sukuma -the country’s largest ethnic group– make up 13 percent of the population. Despite having more than 100 ethnic groups, the African nation has become one of the developing world’s most peaceful countries since the-mid 1990s. Unlike several countries in the world, Tanzania has never had a civil war.


Did you know- This tropical nation made its first international appearance in 2007 when Miss Tanzania Universe, Flavia Matata, placed sixth in the Miss Universe Pageant in the United Mexican States. Miss Matata was one of East Africa’s most beautiful girls in the 2000s.

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