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10 Fun Facts about Tanzania

Posted June 8th, 2012 by

Check out these 10 fun facts about Tanzania:

Giraffe at Mikumi National Park by Jim Lewis

  1. Tanzania is just a little bit more than twice the size of California.
  2. Over 120 languages are spoken in Tanzania. Most of these are Bantu languages, a category of over 535 languages and dialects that are spoken throughout Africa.
  3. Mpingo trees (a.k.a. Africa blackwood trees, commonly seen in Tanzania) are the most expensive hardwood tree in the world.
  4. The world’s earliest human skull was found in the Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania.
  5. Tanzania has the largest concentration of wildlife animals per square kilometer, with more than 4 million wild animals and representatives of 430 species and subspecies.
  6. Once upon a time, the ancestors of the wild elephants that live in Tanzania today didn’t roam on the land, they swam in the water! Dugongs were sea cows that lived in Tanzania in sheltered waters 55 million years ago. They grew about 3.5 meters in length and lived to be about 70 years old.
  7. Mount Kilimanjaro is located in Tanzania. At 19,341 feet above sea level, it is the largest mountain in Africa.
  8. Tanzania shares it national anthem with South Africa and Zimbabwe. It’s titled “Mungu Ibariki Afrika” (God Bless Africa) and was composed by Enock Sontonga.
  9. Tanzania is divided into 26 regions (mikoa), 21 on the mainland, 3 on Zanzibar Island and 2 on Pemba Island. These are further divided into 99 districts (wilaya)! That’s a lot of parts and pieces to divide a socialist country into. The stacks of paper must be huge.
  10. Tanzania is the home of the coconut crab. This crab, the largest crab in the world (and reportedly one of the most delicious), can be found on Chumbe Island of Zanzibar.

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Sunset at Mikumi National Park by Jim Lewis

15 Responses to “10 Fun Facts about Tanzania”

  1. Dorothea says:

    This is a amazing. I learned so much about Tanzania. It’s beautiful. Let’s go there one day.

  2. Thank you for the fun facts about our Country. Just for your information, as to now Tanzania mainland has 26 Regions, and 133 Districts.

  3. jamie(boy) says:

    this really helped me on my power point of Tanzania well it didn’t really help me but these facts made me make about 3 pages just of fun facts so thxs i will tell you what i got as a grade when i get my grade(probably less the 10 days)

  4. Angelicaa says:

    HIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII! Tanzania is an amazing country!

  5. Lauren says:

    This is awesome and it helped a ton… thanks!

  6. Lauren says:

    I needed a few more facts for my report and this did it! Tanzania is awesome! And I didn’t know that they had crab! :) Thanks for this!

  7. Zamin says:

    Guys this is just part. Me being a native, it is amazing. I have been to UK, Canada and some other countries but none beats Tanzania. In terms of life style, it is simple. The economy is on a constant growth. So it is pretty much good

  8. Torrie says:

    These are cool facts and i needed more for my blog these are interesting :]

  9. Autumn says:

    I love Tanzania and i am taking a trip there and i needed some information about there so i can see what i can do THANKS!!

  10. Elmari says:

    Thank you very much.

  11. Carmon says:

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    I’m quite certain I’ll learn many new stuff right here!
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  12. mariah says:

    this site rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. mariah says:

    this site rocks! I have a school project to do and this will get me a awesome report. GO TANZANIA!!! YA!

  14. Michael says:

    So, dugongs became elephants?

    I can’t even type that with a straight face!

    If anyone believes that, call me. I have oceanfront property in Minnesota to sell you.

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