Tanzania is the largest East African country, covering an area of 945,203 square kilometers with such a perfect location, perched on the edge of the African continent, and facing the Indian Ocean, Tanzania’s weather and climate leave nothing to be desired. Warm and sunny days followed by cool and pleasant nights, and whether you’re on an African safari or enjoying the tropical beaches, the temperatures are always friendly and gentle.
Sun-filled and lovely days are not all that Tanzania has to offer. On the contrary, the country’s borders hold a huge number of people and more than 130 tribes whose varied cultures and traditions make up the rich tapestry that is Tanzanian culture.
Though Tanzania is a country rich in culture and traditions, its history is also one of treasured heritage and pride. From the early days of humanity’s history, man has called the land of Tanzania home – its green mountains, its scrubland plains.
Tanzanians enjoy a climate of freedom and peace in our daily lives, and value community and togetherness very highly. Religion is an expression of community and culture, and one that binds us all as citizens of our country and the people around us. Tanzanians practice Christianity, Islam, and traditional African religions in tolerance and understanding.
LANGUAGE AND CULTURE
The official language is Kiswahili, which spoken all over the country, and various local languages abound. Although English is the second official language, it is widely spoken and understood in the cities.
Tanzania’s culture is a result of African, Arab, European and Indian influences. The African people of Tanzania represent about 130 tribal groups. The Tanzanians are friendly people, to foreigners and amongst themselves. Politeness, respect, and modesty are highly valued.
Immodest attire, public affection, and open anger are disrespectful to the Tanzanian people. In Zanzibar, it is important for women to dress modestly out of respect for Muslim cultural beliefs. Men should not wear shorts on the main island, and women should wear dresses that cover their shoulders and knees though most of the area in the main land have adapted western culture.