tranzania

People originated from an eclectic mix of traders

 

Trazania which from east African country  which has mostly wilderness area which includes the plains of Serengeti National Park, a safari mecca populated by the “big five” game (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino), and Kilimanjaro National Park, home to Africa’s highest mountain.  some of known unknown things are

  • Being a former European colony, Tanzanians have adopted football and rugby as their favorite sports.
  • . The de-facto national dish of Tanzania is the humble Ugali. It’s a simple porridge made with either maize, millet, or sorghum flour.
  • In Tanzania, even the lakes are sculptors. Lake Natron, a highly alkaline water body, is known to turn birds and other animals into ghastly stone statues.
  • Mpingo trees, found in Tanzania is the costliest timber in the world. It’s used to make elegant furniture and fine musical instruments.
  • In fact, the Mpingo trees is also known as the music tree of Africa, as its wood has been used to make traditional musical instruments since ancient times.
  • Tanzania has a weird solution for raiding elephants that stray into farmlands – “Throw condoms filled with chili powder at them”, and it totally works. Looking at the brighter side, earlier they used to throw spears.
  • Freddie Mercury, the frontman vocalist, and songwriter of rock band Queen, was born in Zanzibar, Tanzania
  • Tanzanians love hip hop music and has created Bongo Flava, which is an amalgamation of international styles like reggae, afrobeat, blues, rasta and dancehall with local musical traditions like taarab and dansi.
  • Tanzania has an island called the Mafia. How cool is that!! The other two major islands are Zanzibar and Pemba.
  • The three islands of Tanzania are a favorite holiday destination for lovers of all things tropical. Scuba diving, local seafood, and all night long beach festivals attract tourists in a large number.
  • The GDP of Tanzania is $47.18 billion, which is grossly inadequate given its size. In comparison, the top three richest men in the contemporary world earn more than its GDP.
  • The country has designated 25% of its land to wildlife sanctuaries and national parks. It’s among the highest in the world, and the total area is greater than the size of Germany.
  • . The principal foreign export of Zanzibar is cloves. Also known as the Spice Islands, it is the largest producer of cloves in the world.
  • Tourism is one of the most vital parts of the Tanzanian economy. Over 2 million tourists visit this East-African nation each year and its growing every year.
  • Tanzania is slowly industrializing and has started exporting shoes and cigarettes apart from cash crops and mineral resources.
  • The minerals industry remains the core sector through which the government pays its bills. Gold is a major mineral and Tanzania is the third largest African producer of the mineral, after South Africa and Ghana.
  • Mount Kilimanjaro is Tanzania’s poster boy. The iconic mountain is the highest peak in Africa and a place of amazing beauty.
  • One of the key reasons for poverty is the low pace of urbanization. More than 80% of the population lives in rural areas, which lack basic civic amenities like electricity, sanitation facilities, and education.
  • Tanzania receives close to 5000 million dollars of aid from the world, most of it being paid by the UK and the US.
  • Major corruption scandals have however neutralized the international aid and many countries have toned down direct payment to the Tanzanian government.
  • Kyle Maynard, who has no legs and no arms, became an inspiration for millions, when in 2012 he crawled up to the highest peak of Mount Kilimanjaro without any prosthetics or help.
  • According to the Guinness World Records, the highest delivery point of the humble pizza is in Mount Kilimanjaro. The pepperoni pizza was delivered at 5897 m (19,341 ft.) after traveling 745 km over 4 days.
  • Tanzania may have untold geographical riches but remains submerged in poverty. Despite being surrounded by three of the largest lakes of the world, water scarcity has turned into a nightmare for rural areas. As of 2009, nearly one-third of the country had no access to clean drinking water.
  • Farms and cattle depend solely on rain and years of drought years bring mass starvation and famine. The 2010 Global Hunger Index ranks the food situation as “deeply alarming”.
  • The most famous national park of Tanzania is the Serengeti National Park when a million wildebeests cross over to the Masai Mara National Park in Kenya. This migration is so epic, that it is named as one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
  • As a tourism booster, the government has set up hot-air balloons in the Serengeti National Park.
  • Mount Kilimanjaro is a world in itself, with a staggering five different types of climatic zones, from hot tropical forests to arid snowcapped peaks. In comparison, the whole of the US has a total of 7 climatic zones.
  • Mount Kilimanjaro is a lone wolf and likes to stand alone. Geographically speaking, it is a free standing mountain, meaning it’s not a part of any mountain range. In fact, it’s the tallest free-standing mountain in the world.
  • A German geologist named Hans Meyer was the first person to climb the Mount Kilimanjaro in October 1889. From then, a number of amazing feats have been accomplished, over the climbing of this mountain.
  • Bernard Goosen from South Africa was the first person to scale to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro on a wheelchair. This was an extraordinary feat, but the next achievement will blow up your mind.
  • Nearly 40% of the whole population lives in extreme poverty, and nearly 60% lives below the World Bank designated poverty line of $1.25 a day.
  • Tanzania is made up of 130 tribes, each significant in their own way. Each of them is culturally distinguished by their unique masks, hand-woven baskets, batiks, poetry, items carved out of ebony or rosewood, etc.
  • Zanzibar, a port city of Tanzania, is a cosmopolitan hotspot which dominates East African culture. Its long history with Arab rulers, Indian workers, Portuguese traders and European colonizers have created a unique blend of traditions, cuisine, music, dance forms, and arts.
  • Dar es Salaam, a city in eastern Tanzania, is the largest city in the country. It’s also the largest Swahili-speaking city in the world and has given birth to many great men in Africa’s history.
  • . Tanzania is a friendly country in diplomatic circles, but the country did declare war on neighboring Uganda on October 30, 1978. Tanzania totally owned the Ugandans and won a victory after 5 months.
  • The 1978 war was actually caused by a shady bar-fight. It all started when a single Ugandan soldier crossed over to Tanzania for a drink, but ended up firing at locals. Classic drunkard!!
  • The flag of Tanzania consists of a black and yellow band, diagonally cutting out two triangles. The upper portion is green in color while the lower is blue.
  • The flag carries in it the 4 elements of Tanzania’s daily life. The green represents nature’s beauty, the yellow represents the mineral deposits of the country, the black represents the people, while the blue represents the great lakes.
  • The problem was Kinjikitile Ngwale believed himself to be possessed by the spirit of a snake and claimed that a “magical” portion called “maji” would turn German bullets into powder. He was hanged a month later for treason.
  • Zanzibar, being so cool, gets to have its own flag. The colors of the flag remain the same as that of Tanzania, but the style is different.
  • Before Tanzania merged with Zanzibar in 1964, it was known as Tanganyika and had its own flag – a green background cut into half by a black and yellow band.
  • The world’s longest river, the Nile is most synonymous with the world’s first civilization – The Egyptian Civilization. This river originates from Lake Victoria, Tanzania.
  • Lake Victoria also happens to be the largest tropical lake and the second largest freshwater lake in the world.
  • Kinjikitile Ngwale was an interesting man living in Tanzania during the 1900’s, who led a revolution against the German colonizers. The uprising was known as Maji Maji revolution and is an important moment in the country’s history.
  • A number of NGOs both local and international help in various social problems like education and food security.

 

 

 

 

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