Capital | Dodoma
Population | 42,746,620 (July 2011 est.)
Area | 945,087 SQ KM
Official Language | Swahili, English
Holidays | Union Day (Tanganyika and Zanzibar), 26 April (1964)
Currency | Shilling (TZS)
Time Zone | UTC +3
Best Time to Visit | Late June to October
Connecting with the Culture | Conquering altitude, cold and fatigue on Kilimanjaro. Rediscovering some of the world’s oldest hominid fossils. Wandering lost in the alleys and mayhem of Zanzibar’s Stone Town. Basking in a superb Serengeti sunset. Succumbing to the beating drums on a steamy African night. Forgetting time under the billowing sail of an ancient dhow. Seeing the mass migration of wildebeest.
Read | Emily Said- Ruete’s Memoirs of an Arabian Princess—an autobiographical glimpse into the life of a Zanzibari princess who eloped to Europe.
Listen | to Music from Tanzania & Zanzibar, Vol 2 by various artists—a reflection of Zanzibar’s Afro-Arab culture.
Watch | the spectacular IMAX documentary Kilimanjaro—To the Roof of Africa directed by David Breashears.
Eat | pilau (a tasty meat and rice dish full of the Spice Island’s aromatic produce) or ugali (a bland staple made from maize or cassava flour, eaten with a sauce).
Drink | Konyagi—a potent white-rum-style drink.
In a Word | Hakuna matata (no worries, not a problem)
Characteristics | Cunning baboons; mosquito nets; the Big Five; fragrant spices; Arabian palaces; wildlife safaris; endless dusty plains; traditional Maasai; grinning children; white beaches.
Surprises | Some local buses don’t break down; large bottoms are considered beautiful.