|Where is Tanzania|
Tanzania used to be called Tanganyika, the name changed when the semi-autonomous island state of Zanzibar joined Tanganyika to become Tanzania. This happened in 1964 after the Zanzibar revolution overthrew the Arab Dynasty. One extremely interesting character in the 19th century was a slave trader by the name of Tippu Tip who was born on the island of Zanzibar. A notorious slave trader, plantation owner and governor. Henry Stanley and David Livingston were two of the European explorers he came to know and to whom he gave assistance. His Autobiography is well worth reading, it is one of the very few accounts of early African history. Click on the link (Tippu Tip) to go to his book.
I must say that researching these posts on Africa has been extremely interesting and informative, I've thoroughly enjoyed the challenge. Back to Tanzania.
Tanzania has Eight countries bordering it with the eastern side of the country lying along the Indian Ocean coast of Africa. The countries are from the north anti-clockwise: 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.
|Tanzanian Beach (Link)|
Tanzania lies just 1 degree south of the equator so the climate and the ocean here are tropical. Want to find a beautiful, clean and uncrowded dive site? You'll like Tanzania and Zanzibar.
Most of the economy of the country comes from agriculture, about 75% of the gross domestic product is derived from this sector. Tourism is however starting to make inroads here, (excuse the pun) and there are very affordable game lodges and safari tours available.
Tanzania is home to the Serengeti national park, which you may have heard of in relation to the huge annual herd migrations numbering in the hundreds of thousands. The Ngorongoro crater and of course the Gombe national park, famous for the studies done by doctor Jane Goodall on Chimpanzee behavior.
James's impression of the people was that they are very friendly, peaceful and helpful. English isn't the preferred language when talking to each other, Swahili is, but English is one of the two official languages, so communication is no problem. Approximately 73 percent of the population is literate however that does not mean they can all read English but it won't take much to find someone who can translate.
As in any country the artists of Tanzania exemplify their culture through their artistic expression. Wood carvings have always been a favorite African art form, and now a new art form has surfaced called Tingatinga, a bright enamel repetitive animal or floral patterned style that has become popular throughout east Africa since the middle of the twentieth century.
|Tingatinga humor (link)|
Of course musicians like Bi kidude. This Grand old lady of more than 90 years still produces amazing music. Click on the link and pay her a visit, you can listen to her singing by clicking the bars on the left.
And since we are all writers I should mention a few like Godfrey Mwakikagile considered to be an authority on president Julius Nyerere and one of hie most prominent biographers. Abdulrazak Gurnah Auther of acclaimed novels such as Paradise and desertion who now lives in England and lectures at the university of Kent.
All in all, I have found researching Tanzania very interesting and I hope you too have been as enthralled as I have.
Thanks for your time and may God bless you, Geoff.
Here are the links to previous posts about Mount Kilimanjaro I mentioned earlier. Mount Kilimanjaro OK so now you know someone who has already climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, well lets say you know about him. Enjoy your climb, I'm proud to be of assistance, even if only in a small way.