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Tanzania is home to diverse landscapes, flora and fauna that make it a thrilling and adventurous vacation destination. It’s a safe country when compared to its neighbors, so it’s easy to visit and you’ll have a great time there!

It’s home to many different national parks and has a great variety of marine and land animal species!

Here are 7 fascinating things you never knew about Tanzania that will make you love the country even more!

 

  • Tanzania is home to the highest mountain of African, Mount Kilimanjaro!

Mount Kilimanjaro is actually a dormant volcano, which means it can erupt any time in the future, although the possibility of an eruption is very low! Not only that, but Mount Kilimanjaro is also the tallest free-standing mountain in the world!

You can attempt to climb Mount Kilimanjaro or just take a hike to its base camp when you’re in Tanzania to get stunning views!

  • Origin of humans

The Olduvai Gorge is located in Tanzania. It translates into “the Cradle of Mankind”. It’s at this Gorge that archaeologists found the oldest known human remains! These fossil findings played a significant role in determining the origins of the human race. Hence, humans are thought to have originated from Africa.

  

  • Tanzania is home to the largest intact volcanic caldera of the world, the Ngorongoro Crater, which is located inside the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to over 400 bird species along with other diverse animal species. The Big 5 of Africa can be found here. The crater itself is stunningly beautiful and there are many accommodation options in the area for you to choose from!

 

  • The shortest recorded war in history took place in Zanzibar, Tanzania.

The war lasted about 38-45 minutes. It was a war between the United Kingdom and the Zanzibar Sultanate!

Zanzibar lost the war and this war marked the beginning of heavy British influence on Tanzania!

 

  • Tree-climbing lions

Can you imagine lions climbing trees and then chilling up there in the trunks of the trees? Well, that’s exactly what you can witness at Lake Manyara National Park and Tarangire National Park in Tanzania!

These two national parks are home to tree-climbing lions that attract tourists from all over the world!

 

  • There are over 120 ethnic tribes in Tanzania, all of which live peacefully in the country.

Unlike its neighboring countries, Tanzania doesn’t face civil wars even though it’s home to over 120 different ethnic tribes! It’s a peaceful country where all the different tribes live together in harmony. Each tribe has its own norms and traditions. Don’t forget to visit the Village Museum in Dar es Salaam where you can explore huts that represent different tribes and also witness their cultural dances!

 

  • Largest land crab

The coconut crab is the largest crab that lives on land, and is also the largest arthropod that lives on land!

It can be found in Zanzibar. It’s also very delicious to eat so don’t forget to try it out!

So, what are you waiting for? Visit Tanzania for an experience of a lifetime! Don’t worry if you’re solo because a safari in Tanzania is perfect for solo travelers. Here’s why!

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