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Tanzania

Background

Tanzania

Shortly after achieving independence from Britain in the early 1960s, Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged to form the nation of Tanzania in 1964. One-party rule came to an end in 1995 with the first democratic elections held in the country since the 1970s. Zanzibar's semi-autonomous status and popular opposition have led to two contentious elections since 1995, which the ruling party won despite international observers' claims of voting irregularities.

About

Tanzania is the largest country in East Africa, bordered by Kenya and Uganda to the north; Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west, and Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique to the south.

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TanzaniaParadise City Hotel 

Azikiwe Rd,Benjamin Mkapa Pension Tower
Dar Es Salaam 06090
Tanzania

Location. Located in central Dar es Salaam, Paradise City Hotel is near the airport and close to Dar es Salaam International Conference Centre, Askari Monument, and Azania Front Lutheran Church. Nearby points of interest also include Atiman House and St Joseph's Cathedral. Hotel Features. Dining options at Paradise City Hotel include 2 restaurants. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. This 4.5 star property has a business center and offers audiovisual… more »

TanzaniaSea Cliff Resort & Spa 

West Coast
1763 Malawi Road
Mangapwani
Tanzania

Price (US$): $275 - $520 / night

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Location. Sea Cliff Resort & Spa is located on the beach in Mangapwani and attractions in the region include Chapwani Island, Prison Island, and Livingstone's House. Regional points of interest also include House of Wonders and Forodhani Gardens. Hotel Features. Dining options at Sea Cliff Resort & Spa include 4 restaurants. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available. The hotel serves a complimentary hot and cold buffet breakfast. Recreational amenities… more »

TanzaniaMelia Zanzibar 

P.O. Box 3140
Kiwengwa
Tanzania

Price (US$): $539 - $619 / night

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Location. Melia Zanzibar is located on the beach in Kiwengwa's East Coast Zanzibar neighborhood, close to Mapenzi Beach and Kiwengwa Beach. Hotel Features. Dining options at Melia Zanzibar include 5 restaurants. A beach bar, a poolside bar, and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a health club, a sauna, and a children's club. The property's full service health spa has massage/treatment rooms and beauty… more »

TanzaniaMashariki Palace Hotel 

Nyumba wa moto cn 239
PO Box 3904 Shangani
Zanzibar Town
Tanzania

Price (US$): $191 - $402 / night

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Location. Connected to the airport, Mashariki Palace Hotel is located in Zanzibar Town's Stone Town neighborhood and close to House of Wonders, Old Fort, and Forodhani Gardens. Other points of interest near this luxury hotel include Anglican Cathedral and Slave Market. Hotel Features. Mashariki Palace Hotel's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. The hotel serves a complimentary cooked to order… more »

TanzaniaMatemwe Lodge 

Matemwe Village PO BOX 1111
Matemwe
Tanzania

Price (US$): $508 - $509 / night

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Location. Matemwe Lodge is located on the beach in Matemwe's East Coast Zanzibar neighborhood and attractions in the region include Mapenzi Beach, Kendwa Beach, and Nungwi Beach. Regional points of interest also include Mnarani Natural Aquarium and Kiwengwa Beach. Hotel Features. Matemwe Lodge features a poolside bar and a bar/lounge. Guests can enjoy a complimentary evening social on select days. Complimentary wireless and wired high speed Internet access is available in public areas. For a… more »

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Tanzania

Full name
United Republic of Tanzania
Capital
Dar es Salaam
Location

Eastern Africa, bordering the Indian Ocean, between Kenya and Mozambique

Geographic coordinates

6 00 S, 35 00 E

Area comparative

slightly larger than twice the size of California

Border countries

Burundi 451 km, Democratic Republic of the Congo 459 km, Kenya 769 km, Malawi 475 km, Mozambique 756 km, Rwanda 217 km, Uganda 396 km, Zambia 338 km

Coastline

1,424 km

Climate

varies from tropical along coast to temperate in highlands

Terrain

plains along coast; central plateau; highlands in north, south

Lowest point

Indian Ocean 0 m

Highest point

Kilimanjaro 5,895 m

Natural resources

hydropower, tin, phosphates, iron ore, coal, diamonds, gemstones, gold, natural gas, nickel

Population

41,892,895

Ethnic groups

mainland - African 99% (of which 95% are Bantu consisting of more than 130 tribes), other 1% (consisting of Asian, European, and Arab); Zanzibar - Arab, African, mixed Arab and African

Religions

mainland - Christian 30%, Muslim 35%, indigenous beliefs 35%; Zanzibar - more than 99% Muslim

Languages

Kiswahili or Swahili (official), Kiunguja (name for Swahili in Zanzibar), English (official, primary language of commerce, administration, and higher education), Arabic (widely spoken in Zanzibar), many local languages

Government type

republic

Independence

26 April 1964; Tanganyika became independent 9 December 1961 (from UK-administered UN trusteeship); Zanzibar became independent 19 December 1963 (from UK); Tanganyika united with Zanzibar 26 April 1964 to form the United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar; renamed United Republic of Tanzania 29 October 1964

National holiday

Union Day (Tanganyika and Zanzibar), 26 April (1964)

Chief of state

President Jakaya KIKWETE (since 21 December 2005); Vice President Dr. Ali Mohammed SHEIN (since 5 July 2001); note - the president is both chief of state and head of government

Head of government

President Jakaya KIKWETE (since 21 December 2005); Vice President Dr. Ali Mohammed SHEIN (since 5 July 2001)

Internet country code

.tz

Internet users

678,000 (2009)

Airports

124 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar

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