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Tanzania
Discover the rich culture, diverse wildlife, and stunning landscapes of Tanzania

What is there to see in Tanzania?

Tanzania is a wonderful country full of tourist attractions. Reserves and national parks cover more than 44% of its territory. Tanzania has 22 national parks, 22 reserves, 27 controlled conservation areas and marine parks. Also on its territory is the famous "roof of Africa" - Mount Kilimanjaro.
In addition to beautiful natural attractions, Tanzania is also famous for its cities and towns, where there is plenty to do and see. Many of Tanzania's coastal towns were founded as port cities and from them valuable goods were transported across the Indian Ocean on sailing ships. On the mainland, many inland towns were important rest stops for trade caravans traveling to Central Africa or Lake Victoria, or returning back to the East African coast. There are many small towns in the northern highlands where you can experience the culture and history of the locals.
The coast of Tanzania is famous for its Zanzibar Archipelago, a group of islands where Swahili civilization and trade flourished until the mid-20th century. Zanzibar attracts attention with its oriental exoticism, and the very name of the island is associated with spices and trade dhows, sultans and palaces built of limestone and coral against a backdrop of palm trees and crashing surf. Tanzania's islands aren't just Zanzibar, however. Throughout the archipelago are uninhabited islands and sandbanks where you can find slave caves and colonists' graves, as well as ruins of sultan palaces and magnificent plantations.

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What places to visit in Tanzania?

Dar es Salaam
Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam (or Dar, as the locals call it) is the country's old capital and one of the largest cities in the region. The city was named "Peaceful Shelter" in Swahili for a reason - the harbor where the city later appeared allowed even large ships to shelter from storms. That is why the Zanzibar sultan decided to establish the city on the site of a small fishing village, which later became the capital of the country. As in most African cities, the individual neighborhoods of Dar es Salaam are quite different from each other, both in architecture and in the standard of living of their inhabitants. However, the business districts around the colorful Kariakou Market and Clock Tower, as well as the boulevards of the government quarters in the north of the city, are not very different from the outskirts. There are almost no slums in the city, but the average standard of living is not high either. Among the sights you will see: the palace of Sultan Majid, Clock Tower, Askari Monument in honor of those who died on the fields of the First World War, St. Alban's Anglican Church (1926) and others.

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Kilimanjaro
Kilimanjaro

"The Crown of Tanzania" is Mount Kilimanjaro, which translates to "the mountain that sparkles" in Swahili. It is incredibly beautiful and has become the symbol of Tanzania. Rising above the flat plains, covered with a snow cap, it attracts the attention of thousands of tourists. Every year about 15 thousand people try to conquer this mountain, but only 40% of them reach the top. The diameter of the base of the mountain is 60 km, and its height is 5890 meters.

But tourists are rewarded at the top of the mountain. You will see the unique eternal ice (Kilimanjaro is located south of the equator). You can also see the inner Reiche Crater (1.3 km in diameter), where you can observe signs of volcanic activity, including smoke and the smell of sulfur. If you look down from the summit, you can see 7 well-defined trails that can be used to climb to the peak of the world natural attraction.

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Zanzibar
Zanzibar

Zanzibar is a sanctuary island that was formerly known as "Spice Island". It is located 40 kilometers off the mainland coast. It is one of the most charming places in the Indian Ocean and one of the oldest trading centers in the world. The island has been known since the time of the Sumerians and Assyrians. In the Middle Ages, the land was taken over by the Arabs and the Sultan of Oman even set up his residence here. The Arab influence is still noticeable on the island - the architecture is clearly dominated by Arab motifs, the majority of the population is Muslim and speaks Arabic (most Zanzibarians come from the ethnic group "Bantu", but the influence of Arab blood in the local phenotype is clearly visible even to the naked eye). More than half of the island's territory is occupied by plantations of cloves, cinnamon and other spices, which have brought the island its fame and make up the vast majority of its exports. The remaining territory is covered with tropical plants.

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Tanganyika
Tanganyika

Tanganyika is one of the oldest and deepest lakes on the planet, located in Central Africa. It is the second deepest lake on the planet after Lake Baikal, and its water is so clear that visibility reaches 30 meters. Lake Tanganyika is the longest freshwater lake in the world, its length is 673 kilometers.
The lake is located on the border of four countries: Tanzania, Burundi, Congo and Zambia. However, the greatest interest is the local flora and fauna. The eastern and western parts of the lake shores are occupied by plantations of various spices and jungles, where monkeys and exotic birds live. On the northern shore there are savannahs where antelopes, buffaloes, giraffes, zebras and elephants graze. The lake itself is home to various species of molluscs, including rare ones found nowhere else on the planet.

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