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Giraffe in Lake Manyara national park, Tanzania
Giraffe in Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania.
Image: Fanny Schertzer

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Location map of Tanzania. Where in Africa is Tanzania?
Location map of Tanzania
Destination Tanzania, formerly known as Tanganyika. In 1964, Tanganyika united with the Island of Zanzibar to form the United Republic of Tanzania, the largest of the East African countries and sadly one of the poorest countries in the world.

Tanzania is located east of Africa's Great Lakes north of Mozambique and south of Kenya, it has a coastline at the Indian Ocean in east. The nation is bordered by six other African countries: Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zambia, it also shares maritime borders with the Comoros and the Seychelles. It has shorelines at three of the Great Lakes: Lake Victoria, Lake Tanganyika and Lake Nyassa (Lake Malawi).

The country occupies an area of 945,087 kmĀ², compared it is about three times the size of Italy or slightly larger than twice the size of California.

Tanzania has a population of 50.1 million people, capital is Dodoma, largest city, chief port, major economic and transportation hub and de facto capital is Dar es Salaam. Spoken languages are Swahili and English (both official), Arabic (widely spoken in Zanzibar).

United Republic of Tanzania

Country Profile

Shortly after independence, Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged to form the nation of Tanzania in 1964.

One-party rule came to an end in 1995 with the first democratic elections held in the country since the 1970s.

Zanzibar's semi-autonomous status and popular opposition have led to two contentious elections since 1995, which the ruling party won despite international observers' claims of voting irregularities.
(Source: CIA - The World Factbook)


Official Name:
United Republic of Tanzania
Swahili: Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania
short form: Tanzania
former: United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar

ISO Country Code: tz, TZA

Local Time = UTC +3h
Actual Time: Fri-July-19  14:51

Country Calling Code: +255

Capital City:
Dar es Salaam (executive)
Dodoma (legislative)

Other Cities: Arusha, Mwanza, Mbeya, Mtwara, Stonetown, Zanzibar

Type: Unitary Republic.
Independence: Tanganyika 1961 (from UK-administered UN trusteeship),
Zanzibar 1963 (from UK).
Union formed 1964.
Constitution: 1982.

Location: Eastern Africa, bordering the Indian Ocean, between Kenya and Mozambique.
Area: Tanzania mainland: 945 000 km² (378 000 sq. mi.); Zanzibar: 1,658 km² (640 sq. mi.).
Terrain: Coastal plains; a central plateau; highlands in north and south.
Highest point: Kilimanjaro 5 895 m.

Climate: Varies from tropical to arid to temperate.

Nationality: Tanzanian(s); Zanzibari(s).
Population: 50.1 million (2016) includ. Zanzibar.
Ethnic Groups: mainland - native African 99% (of which 95% are Bantu consisting of more than 130 tribes), other 1% (consisting of Asian, European, and Arab); Zanzibar - Arab, native African, mixed Arab and native African.
Religions: mainland - Christian 30%, Muslim 35%, indigenous beliefs 35%; Zanzibar - more than 99% Muslim.
Languages: Kiswahili (Swahili, Kiunguja), and English (both official), Arabic (widely spoken in Zanzibar), many local languages.
Literacy: male: 85.9%, female: 70.7% .

Natural resources: Hydropower, tin, phosphates, iron ore, coal, diamonds, gemstones, gold, natural gas, nickel.

Agriculture products: Coffee, sisal, tea, cotton, pyrethrum (organic insecticide), cashew nuts, tobacco, cassava (tapioca), bananas, fruits, vegetables; livestock.

Industries: Agricultural processing (sugar, beer, cigarettes, sisal twine); diamond, gold, and iron mining, oil refining.

Exports - commodities:
gold, coffee, cashew nuts, manufactures, cotton.

Exports partners: India 21.4%, China 8.1%, Japan 5.1%, Kenya 4.6%, Belgium 4.3% (2015)

Imports - commodities: consumer goods, machinery and transportation equipment, industrial raw materials, crude oil

Imports partners: China 34.6%, India 13.5%, South Africa 4.7%, UAE 4.4%, Kenya 4.1% (2015)

Currency: Tanzanian Shilling (TZS)

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Official Sites of Tanzania

Government of the Republic of Tanzania
Official Online Gateway of the United Republic of Tanzania with information abut the country.

Diplomatic Missions
Permanent Mission of the United Republic of Tanzania to the UN
Official website of Tanzania's mission to the United Nations.
Tanzania High Commission in South Africa
Official website of the High Commission.
Tanzania Embassy in the US
Washington D.C.
Tanzania Embassies Abroad
Address list of Tanzania Embassies Abroad.
Foreign Embassies in Tanzania
Address list of foreign missions accredited to Tanzania.

East African Community (EAC)
Tanzania is a meber state of EAC a regional intergovernmental organization.

National Bureau of Statistics
Official Tanzania statistic.

Tanzania meteorological Agency
Tanzania weather.


Map of Tanzania
Political Map of Tanzania.
Administrative Map of Tanzania
Map showing the Administrative regions of Tanzania, with regional capitals.
Map of Zanzibar and Pemba Islands
Zanzibar and Pemba Islands map.

Google Earth Google Earth Tanzania
Searchable map/satellite view of Tanzania.
Google Earth Google Earth Dodoma
Searchable map/satellite view of Tanzania's designated capital city.
Google Earth Google Earth Dar es Salaam
Searchable map/satellite view of Tanzania's former capital city.
Google Earth Google Earth Zanzibar and Pemba Island
Searchable view of Zanzibar and Pemba Island.
Google Earth Google Earth Kilimanjaro
Satellite view and map of Kilimanjaro.

Political Map of Africa
The 54 countries of Africa.
Map of Africa
A Relief Map of Africa.

Bismarck Rock formation in Lake Victoria nearby Mwanza city.
Image: Prof.Chen Hualin

Tanzania News

The Arusha Times
Weekly News from Tanzania.

The Citizen
Tanzanian news.

Tanzania Daily News
Tanzania's oldest newspaper online.

IPP Media - The Guardian
Local and international News in English and Kiswahili.

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Market scene in Tengeru, Tanzania
Tengeru market. Tengeru is a market-town in northern Tanzania, in the Arusha Region.
Image: Fanny Schertzer

Arts & Culture

Sukuma Museum
Sukuma culture.

Culture and history of the Sukuma.

Business & Economy

Bank of Tanzania
Central Bank of the United Republic of Tanzania.
Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange
Official website of Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange.
Tanzania Investment Centre
Investors guide to Tanzania.

Tanzania Chamber of Commerce Industry & Agriculture
TCCIA's mission is to strengthen the private sector in Tanzania.

Sugar Board of Tanzania
Government body of the sugar industry.

Tanzanian Business Directory
Search and find Business Contacts in Tanzania.

Yellow Pages Tanzania
Business online directory.

Air Tanzania
The Wings of Kilimanjaro - Destinations: in Tanzania--Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro, Mtwara, Mwanza, Zanzibar, and Comoros archipelago, Entebbe (Uganda), Johannesburg (South Africa).

Zanzibars Premier Aviation Company.
Mount Meru - Arusha - Tanzania
Tanzania - Mount Meru
© Photo: TTB
Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Ngorongoro Crater is located 180 km (110 mi) west of Arusha and 320 km (200 mi) north of Dodoma in the Crater Highlands area of Tanzania. The crater is the world's largest volcanic caldera, formed by a large volcanic explosion about two to three million years ago. The region in and around the crater is today the Ngorongoro Conservation Area official website a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Image: epcp

Travel and Tour Consumer Information

Destination Tanzania - Travel and Tour Guides

Tanzania is one of Africa's premier tourist destination. With attractions like Mount Kilimanjaro, the Great Lakes, Ngorongoro, Serengeti National Park, and the islands of Pemba and Zanzibar, to name only some.

Tanzania Tourist Board
Tanzania Tourist Board Official Website.

The Official Tourism Portal for Tanzania.

Tanzania National Parks
Official website of Tanzania's National Parks: Arusha, Mount Kilimanjaro, Lake Manyara, Serengeti and all the others.

The National Park's Official Site - Serengeti includes parts of northern Tanzania and southern Kenya.

lions in a tree on the Serengeti prairies, Tanzania
A group of lions in a tree on the Serengeti prairies.
Image: Prof.Chen Hualin


Mzumbe University
Official website of the University at Mzumbe, a public university in Morogoro.

University Of Dar Es Salaam
The first University of Tanzania consists of six faculties, five institutes and two colleges, established in 1970. The university offers Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral degrees.

Environment & Nature

African Blackwood Conservation Project (ABCP)
Replenishing African Blackwood, the premier wood of choice for fine concert-quality woodwind instruments.

Lake Victoria Environmental Management Project
Objective of the Project is to restore a healthy, varied lake ecosystem.

Flamingos in one of Tanzania's National Parks
Flamingos at Ngorongoro Crater
© TTB 


History of Tanzania
History of Tanzania and Zanzibar on Tanzania's government site.

History of Tanzania
Wikipedia article about Tanzania's history.


Tanzania startpage for East Africa
Designed by University of Dar es Salaam Computing Centre.

Sources and additional Information on Tanzania

Amnesty International: Tanzania

Africa South of Sahara (Karen Fung) Tanzania

African Studies Tanzania

BBC Country Profile: Tanzania

FAO: Tanzania

GlobalEDGE: Tanzania

The Heritage Foundation: Tanzania

Human Rights Watch - Tanzania

OEC: Tanzania

Reporters Without Borders: Tanzania

Wikipedia: Tanzania

The World Factbook -- Tanzania

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