Everything you need to know about Tanzania: news, reviews, in-depth analysis, opinion and more
Tanzania: African Country Comprising Two Sovereign States
Arab traders in around 700 AD first settled in Tanzania. In 1500 Portuguese explorers visited Tanzania and by the 17th century the Portuguese controlled the whole Tanzania. In 1885 Burundi and Rwanda, Tanganyika became the colony of German East Africa. After World War I these provinces were administered by Britain under a League of Nations mandate and later on as a UN trust territory. Zanzibar was declared independence of Oman in 1861 but in 1890 it became a British protectorate. Tanganyika became a sovereign state in 1961 and became a Republic the following year. Zanzibar became independent in December 1963 and the People's Republic of Zanzibar was established after the revolution of 1964. The two sovereign republics formed the United Republic of Tanzania on 1964.Tanzania Profile: Overview of Facts and Figures
Geographical Information on Tanzania:
Tanzania is a country located in East Africa bordered by Kenya and Uganda from the north, Rwanda Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo from the west, and Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique from the south and the Indian Ocean from the east.
Culture, Cuisine and Tradition of Tanzania:
Tanzania is one of the most culturally diverse countries in all of Africa because of the presence of 120 tribes. In Tanzania one can find tall graceful Maasai warriors, the ancient Hadza Bushmen and also the Wameru agriculturists. Tingatinga and Makonde are the two styles of paintings that have became popular through out the world. Makonde sculpture also has significant impact on global culture.
The most common meals from the Tanzanian diet include all the local plants and fruits such as rice, Wheat, corn, beans, cabbage, nuts, bananas, mangos, pineapple and coconut. Chicken is consumed in many styles with rice or the traditional ugali. On the coastal areas, people prefer to eat fish with rice. On special occasions duckling meat is served.
Economy of Tanzania:
The economy of Tanzania is largely based on agricultural plantations of cash crops like coffee, sisal, tea, cotton, pyrethrum, cashews, tobacco, sugarcane, and cloves are practiced and grown basically for the purpose of export. Most of the population are engaged in subsistence farming, growing corn, wheat, cassava, bananas, fruits, and vegetables. Refined petroleum, fertilizer, aluminum goods, and construction materials are also produced along with diamonds, tanzanite, and other gemstones. The main hurdle in the growth of Tanzania economy is the lack road and rail connectivity domestically. Also the wise spread corruption remains the main problem for Tanzania government. Lack of infrastructure and capital is the major problem for Tanzania economy.
Tourist Attractions of Tanzania:
Despite lack of tourist infrastructures Tanzania has enough potential to attract tourists from across the world. Tanzania's most famous attraction is Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain and the only freestanding mountain in the world that can simply be walked up. In addition to its beautiful landscape, Tanzania is also famous for its multicultural heritage
Serengeti National Park: is one of the largest national parks in Tanzania as well as in the world.
Gombe Stream: is actually a national park built to protect the wildlife specially the endangered chimpanzees. Apart from these there are other source of entertainment like hiking and swimming.
Major Sight-seeing Places in Tanzania include:
Hyderabad, May 22 (IANS) Netxcell Limited, a leading telecom technology services provider, Wednesday announced its association with Funmobile, a leader in the mobile content domain in west Africa.
Washington, May 19 (ANI): An Australian scientist is planning an expedition to the Wessel islands in July and will revisit the location where five coins and an old map might reveal findings recreating Australia's history.
Washington, May 16 (ANI): Discovery of two fossils from the East African Rift has provided new information about the evolution of primates, according to a study.
Lusaka (Zambia), May 14 (IANS) The Zambia Cricket Union (ZCU) named a 14-member squad for the ICC Africa U-19 World Cup Qualifiers (CWCQ) Division 1 tournament Tuesday.
Abu Dhabi, May 11 (IANS/WAM) Nine students from the Abu Dhabi Women's College have returned from Tanzania following a successful trip to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the world's fourth highest mountain.
New Delhi, May 5 (IANS) Zimbabwe wants Indian firms supplying it generic medicines to produce the drugs locally so that its pharmaceutical sector could grow, the country's helath minister, Henry Madzorera, has said.
Washington, April 30 (ANI): Many scientists believe that predecessors to dinosaurs missed the race to fill habitats emptied when nine out of 10 species disappeared during Earth's largest mass extinction 252 million years ago.
Nairobi, April 29 (IANS) Pakistan has become a leading importer of Kenya's goods in Asia region, reports Xinhua.
Washington, Apr. 26 (ANI): Global attitudes regarding domestic violence have changed dramatically during the first decade of the 2000s, according to a new study.
New York, April 25 (ANI): A senior Commonwealth advisory group should recommend the organization shift the venue of its November 2013 Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) from Sri Lanka unless the government makes prompt, measurable, and meaningful progress on human rights, Human Rights Watch said today.
Johannesburg, Apr 23 (ANI): For world's leading express mail service DHL, transporting anything from lions to livers to specially prepared food and lifesaving medicines is becoming increasingly common.
Sydney, Apr 23 (ANI): Come August, and the new poster car for the electric vehicle Venturi VBB-3 will take to the famous Bonneville salt flats, with the aim of shattering its own record.
Beijing, April 20 (IANS) At least 152 people were killed and more than 3,000 others injured Saturday when a devastating earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale struck southwest China's Sichuan province, adjacent to a region where an 8.0-magnitude quake in 2008 left 69,000 people dead while 18,000 are still missing.
Mumbai, April 16 (IANS) The Pharmaceuticals Export Promotion Council of India (Pharmexcil) will host a three-day pharma convention from April 24, an official said Tuesday.
New Delhi, April 12 (IANS) As many as 30 officials from 19 countries are attending a course on emerging poll challenges at the India International Institute of Democracy and Election Management (IIIDEM) of the Election Commission of India, officials said Friday.
Moscow, April 4 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A zoo in Russia's Yekaterinburg city has welcomed a new resident, a baby aardvark, the first such anteater-like animal to be born in Russia, the zoo reported on its website.
Beijing, April 1 (IANS) Chinese President Xi Jinping's maiden foreign tour as head of state was "historic and fruitful", Xinhua commented Monday, a day after the visit ended.
Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), March 31 (IANS) The number of people killed in the 16-storey under construction building collapse in the Tanzanian city of Dar es Salaam has risen to 20, police said Saturday.
Dar es Salam, March 30 (IANS) At least three people died and 17 seriously injured when a 16-storey underconstruction building collapsed in Tanzania's commercial capital city of Dar es Salaam Friday, Xinhua reported.
Dar El salam (Tanzania), March 30 (IANS/WAM) The United Arab Emirates (UAE) wants to develop friendship and cooperation with Tanzania, as existing in various economic, political, social, cultural spheres between the two nations.
Dar es Salaam, March 29 (IANS) Over 60 people were trapped when a 16-storey building collapsed Friday in downtown Dar es Salaam.
Moscow, March 24 (IANS) Chinese President Xi Jinping wrapped up his state visit to Russia, the first foreign destination after he took office this month.
Moscow, March 22 (IANS) Visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin Friday held talks over the further development of their countries' comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership.
Moscow, March 22 (IANS) China's new President Xi Jinping arrived in the Russian capital Friday for a state visit, his first foreign trip after assuming office last week.
Beijing, March 19 (IANS) Chinese President Xi Jinping said here Tuesday that China will adhere to the path of peaceful development.
Washington, Mar 19 (ANI): Now people can easily climb the world's most famous mountains, like Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa and Mt. Everest and Aconcagua in South America with the help of Google Maps.
New Delhi, March 19 (IANS) Several African countries are seeking Indian investment in tertiary healthcare and supply of affordable medicines to its population.
Moscow, March 19 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Chinese President Xi Jinping will discuss energy partnership during his maiden overseas visit to Russia, as leader of the world's most populous country, the Kremlin said Monday.
New Delhi, March 18 (IANS) Indian investments and knowhow are crucially important for boosting farm sector growth and ensuring food sufficiency in Africa region, senior ministers of several African countries said Monday.
London, Mar 14 (ANI): A group of scientists have used an Apple iPhone 4S to diagnose intestinal worm infections in schoolchildren in Tanzania's rural area.
New Delhi, March 8 (IANS) 'Solar grandmothers' from as far as Africa and Latin America Friday marked International Women's Day with song and dance as they celebrated the Indian government's unique initiative that has helped light up their lives and homes and of many others.
Nairobi, March 4 (IANS) Kenya is hanging on to hope it will be able to turn around the tide and clinch their first victory in the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cricket League Championship and Intercontinental Cup in Dubai next week.
Gaborone, Feb 21 (IANS) Botswana's cricket national team will depart for Uganda Thursday to compete in the International Cricket Council (ICC) - Africa Cricket Association (ACA) Twenty 20 Division One tournament that starts Sunday.
New Delhi, Feb. 20 (ANI): The Informal Working Group on Energy Security, which is a forum comprising officials from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), line energy ministries, Planning Commission and representatives of public sector enterprises, met here on Wednesday.
Kampala (Uganda), Feb 19 (IANS) Uganda has named an 18-man squad that will defend its title when the International Cricket Council (ICC) Africa T20 tournament kicks off here Feb 23.
Form Four Results have been declared. With the declaration of Certificate of Secondary Education Examination CSEE those who have sat for the examination are feeling relieved.
Moscow, Feb 14 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia's state-run arms dealer Rosoboronexport is supplying air-defence missile systems and maintenance equipment to Syria but not combat aircraft, the company's director has said.
Hyderabad, Feb 13 (IANS) Sitting on cash reserves of Rs.22,000 crore, National Mineral Development Corporation, India's largest iron ore producer, is looking to acquire more assets overseas.
London, Feb 6 (IANS) Nineteen films will be shown at the 17th edition of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival here next month.
London, Feb.6 (ANI): The 17th edition of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival will be presented in London from March 13 to 22, 2013.
New Delhi, Feb 2 (IANS) It was a feast for the eyes as well as a lesson in climate change for children who viewed this exhibition at the Chinmaya Mission in the national capital.
New Delhi, Feb 1 (IANS) India is an important ally of Norway on environment and related issues, says the country's Indian-born Deputy Minister for International Development Arvinn E. Gadgil.
Nairobi, Jan 31 (IANS) Kenya will play Libya in Tunis next week minus their midfield maestro McDonald Mariga of Inter Milan.
New Delhi, Jan 28 (IANS) In a scientific breakthrough that promises improved grain yields, greater drought tolerance and disease resistance, a global research team, including Indian scientists, has completed sequencing of chickpea (black gram).
Moscow, Jan 22 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia sold a record $15.16 billion worth of weaponry in 2012 to countries including India, Myanmar, Vietnam, Venezuela and in the Middle East, a federal military agency has said.
Nairobi, Jan 21 (IANS) Nigeria and South Africa qualified to represent Africa in the men's and women's category during the forthcoming World Wheelchair Tennis Championships scheduled for May in Turkey.
New Delhi, Dec 29 (IANS) The government Saturday termed as "totally incorrect" a report in Britain's Guardian newspaper alleging that fake medicines from India were being sent to Africa, adding India "interacts extensively" with African countries "to provide quality medicines at affordable prices".
Washington, Dec 25 (IANS) Rapid environmental changes may have driven human evolution, occurring one after the other in east Africa about two million years ago, American researchers say.
Washington, December 25 (ANI): Researchers at Penn State and Rutgers University suggest that a series of rapid environmental changes in East Africa roughly 2 million years ago may be responsible for driving human evolution.
London, Dec 24 (ANI): China is suspected as source of fake and substandard drugs that are making it difficult to cure malaria in various African countries, a report has revealed.
Washington, December 14 (ANI): The findings of a new study may lead to rethinking how and when our ancestors left Africa to colonize the globe, it has been claimed.
New Delhi, Dec 12 (IANS) Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) Vinod Rai has been re-elected chairman of the panel of external auditors of the United Nations (UN).
Washington, December 5 (ANI): Scientists believe that a set of fossilised bones, which has been kept for more than half a century in the Natural History Museum in London, belongs to the earliest-known dinosaur.
Washington, Dec 4 (IANS) Male chimps are quite choosy about forming coalitions when it comes to siring offspring, especially in keeping aggressive rivals at bay.
New Delhi, Dec 4 (IANS) Targeting exclusion and poverty, an Indian NGO is aiming to motivate 100,000 volunteers and one million citizens in the next five years to ensure inclusion and equality for all in the areas of health, education, livelihood and disability.
Washington, December 4 (ANI): A new study has found that male chimpanzees with central positions in the coalitionary network are most likely to father offspring and increase in rank
Nairobi, Nov 29 (IANS) The Kenyan government has signed $3.5 million agreement with Tanzania?based Investment Climate Facility (ICF) for Africa for the implementation of an electronic platform that will facilitate import and export of goods at Kenya's points of entry.
Melbourne, Nov. 20 (ANI): Jessica Biel has revealed that her honeymoon with hubby Justin Timberlake was "like magic."
Kampala, Nov 14 (IANS) The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) Wednesday said it plans to garner regional support to jointly host the coveted Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
London, Nov 14 (ANI): The peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro, the world's highest free-standing mountain, could be gone by 2060, scientists have claimed.
Washington, November 10 (ANI): RTS,S malaria candidate vaccine can help protect African infants against malaria, results from a pivotal, large-scale Phase III trial, have suggested.
New Delhi, Nov 6 (IANS) Qatar Airways is offering customers across India and around the world with great savings to more than 100 destinations during its latest three-day global sale.
Los Angeles, Nov 4 (IANS) Newly-wed couple singer Justin Timberlake and actress Jessica Biel opted to honeymoon among the African wildlife.
Maputo, Nov 4 (IANS) Two Indian warships have docked in the Mozambican capital as part of a goodwill visit.
Gurgaon, Nov 2 (IANS) India Friday pitched for more robust "cooperative regionalism" among countries which share the Indian Ocean, a new theatre of maritime competition, and lauded the inclusion of the US as a sixth dialogue partner of the 20-member regional organisation.
Gurgaon, Nov 2 (IANS) Against the backdrop of the Indian Ocean emerging as a new theatre of maritime competition, India Friday pitched for more robust "cooperative regionalism" among 20 countries along its rim in the area of maritime security. The US joined the 20-member regional body as its sixth dialogue partner.
Gurgaon, Oct 28 (IANS) In the scrambled alphabet of global geopolitics bristling with new power clubs such as BRICS and IBSA, the IOR-ARC, a 19-member grouping of Indian Ocean littoral states, will be brainstorming to find a new acronym that captures more pithily and imaginatively the growing importance of this strategic resource-rich region.
Gurgaon, Oct 26 (IANS) Delegates from over 19 countries will be attending the Indian Ocean Rim - Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC) meet here from Oct 29 to Nov 2, a government official said Friday.
New Delhi, Oct 22 (IANS) With piracy becoming a growing trans-national security threat, ministers from 19 littoral countries of the Indian Ocean will gather here for an annual meeting later next month to map out new pathways of economic and security cooperation.
Washington, Oct 8 (ANI): Cheryl Cole was convinced doctors were trying to kill her when she was being treated for malaria, because she was so delirious from the potentially life-threatening illness.
New Delhi, Oct 7 (IANS) Indian women should fight for reservation in parliament as more representations would translate into policies that could change the country's social fabric, speakers of African parliaments say.
Washington, October 4 (ANI): A fragment of a child's skull discovered in Tanzania shows the oldest known evidence of anaemia caused by a nutritional deficiency, researchers say.
New Delhi, Oct 3 (IANS) Speakers from six African nations are among 12 women presiding officers in the capital to attend a meet on gender-sensitive parliament.
Copenhagen, Oct 3 (IANS) Chloroquine, an efficacious old drug, is once again beginning to work against malaria, one of scourges most widespread in the world.
Washington, October 3 (ANI): A study at the University of Copenhagen has shown that the previously efficacious drug chloroquine is once again beginning to work against malaria.
Kampala, Sep 26 (IANS) Top African pop star and song writer Grace Nakimera has composed a corporate anthem to mark 20 years of Kiboko group, an Indians-run industrial house.
New York, Sept 12 (ANI): With no nutritional value at all, the bedazzling fruit of the Pollia condensata plant attracts birds for its looks alone.
Ottawa, Sep 11 (IANS) Indian-origin journalist Sultan Jessa has been presented with the Queen Elizabeth diamond jubilee medal by Canada's Governor-General David Johnston at a special ceremony here in recognition of his remarkable service.
New Delhi, Sep 10 (IANS) One of the world's fastest half-marathoners Ethiopian Atsedu Tsegay has confirmed his participation for the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon.
Kuala Lumpur, Sep 10 (IANS) Nepal registered its fifth consecutive victory in the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cricket League (WCL) Division 4 tournament, defeating Denmark by 25 runs at the Kinrara Academy Oval in Kuala Lumpur.
Nairobi, Aug 7 (IANS/EFE) The first secretary at the Venezuelan Embassy entered a plea of not guilty here Monday at his arraignment on charges he murdered the mission's charge d'affaires, Olga Fonseca.
Washington, August 2 (ANI): A new study has revealed that levels of sleep problems in the developing world are far higher than previously thought and are approaching those seen in developed nations, linked to an increase in problems like depression and anxiety.
Melbourne, July 26 (ANI): Australian hurdler Michelle Jenneke, who has enthralled the world with her pre-race warm-up dance routine, is not just blessed with beauty and a bubbly personality but also turns out to be brainy.
Washington, July 26 (ANI): Modern adults burn as many calories as their hunter-gatherer forebears, meaning that the obesity epidemic cannot be blamed on our lack of exercise, a new study has revealed.
Washington, July 24 (ANI): Results of a Phase II clinical trial has shown that a novel tuberculosis (TB) combination drug regimen could be more effective than existing treatments.
No matter where they live in the world, non-resident Indians, particularly the older generation, will cheer for Indian participants at the London Olympics. Even those born in their countries of residence will follow the medal tally of the Indian teams although they support the teams of their adopted country.
Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), July 19 (IANS) Twenty-seven bodies were retrieved from the Indian Ocean off Tanzania after a ferry with over 280 people on board capsized Wednesday.
Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), July 18 (IANS) A ferry with over 250 passengers, including 31 children, Wednesday sank near Chumbe island off the coast of Tanzania in eastern Africa, Xinhua reported.
After a tumultuous period following the hockey debacle at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, India fielded a relatively young but talented side for the Moscow Games where barring skipper Vasudevan Baskaran and goalkeeper Bir Bahadur Chhetri, the rest made their debut.
Copenhagen, July 10 (IANS) A third of the world's population, living in developing countries, carry a dormant tuberculosis (TB) bug, which remains a lifelong risk. But the risk of TB breaking out is four times as likely if a person also suffers from diabetes, says recent research out of the University of Copenhagen.
London, July 9 (ANI): British terror suspect Samantha Lewthwaite, who is on the run from police in East Africa, is in Somalia recruiting and training all-women terror squads, according to a blog.
London, July 9 (ANI): British terror suspect Samantha Lewthwaite, who is on the run from police in East Africa, is in Somalia recruiting and training all-women terror squads, according to a blog.
New York, June 24 (ANI): An airline has reimbursed a Swedish woman after she was given no choice but to sit across a corpse for much of a 10-hour flight to Kenya.
New Delhi, June 22 (IANS) Indian telephony major Bharti Airtel said Friday it will invest $25 million in Malawi to develop a 3G network and introduce a mobile commerce service, Airtel Money.
Lilongwe (Malawi), June 22 (IANS) Police in northern Malawi have found bodies of some 48 of the 60 Somalis and Ethiopians who were drowned in Lake Malawi earlier this week. The rest are also feared to be dead, Xinhua reported citing local media.
London, June 21 (ANI): Famous climber Spencer West has reached the top of Africa's highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, with just the help of his hands.
New Delhi, June 20 (IANS) Envoys of 25 African countries and charge d'affaires of 11 others assembled at the Hyderabad House here Wednesday to take stock of the ongoing partnerships between India and Africa under the umbrella "INDIAFRICA: A Shared Future" people-to-people initiative of the public diplomacy division of the ministry of external affairs.
London, June 14 (ANI): Freddie Flintoff, who has been wrestling crocs in Australia, drinking goat's blood with Masai warriors in Tanzania and camping in the Borneo jungle with killer creepy crawlies in the Discovery Channel series 'Freddie Flintoff Goes Wild', has revealed that at the start he couldn't even put his own tent up.
Washington, June 13 (ANI): Since 1990, annual maternal deaths have declined by almost one half and the deaths of young children have declined from 12 million to 7.6 million in 2010, according to a new report.
Islamabad, June 11 (IANS) Pakistan has launched an investigation into the alleged smuggling of wild animals, including elephants and lions, from Tanzania in southeastern Africa.