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Tanzania Destination Information

Location:- Tanzania is located in Central East Africa with about 1,400km of coastline along the Indian Ocean. It is well situated geographically bordering Burundi, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is the economic hub of East Africa providing natural access and commercial links to eight countries. Tanzania is the right platform for Businesses vying to develop or expand opportunities in the wider region

Area Total:- 945,087 sq km ,includes the islands of Mafia, Pemba, and Zanzibar Land boundaries: 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

Climate:- Varies from tropical along coast to temperate in highlands

Terrain:- Plains along coast; central plateau; highlands in north, south

Elevation Extremes:- lowest point: Indian Ocean 0 m;highest point: Kilimanjaro 5,895 m

Natural resources:- Natural gas, gold, diamonds, Nickel, cobalt, copper and base metal, gemstones (apatite, niobium, tanzanite) iron ore, coal,hydropower, tin, phosphates, fisheries and forests

Geography - note:- Kilimanjaro is highest point in Africa; bordered by three of the largest lakes on the continent: Lake Victoria (the world's second-largest freshwater lake) in the north, Lake Tanganyika (the world's second deepest) in the west, and Lake Nyasa in the southwest People

Population:- 39,384,223 note: estimates for this country explicitly take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS; this can result in lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality and death rates, lower population and growth rates, and changes in the distribution of population by age and sex than would otherwise be expected (July 2007 est.)

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 note: Kiswahili (Swahili) is the mother tongue of the Bantu people living in Zanzibar and nearby coastal Tanzania; although Kiswahili is Bantu in structure and origin, its vocabulary draws on a variety of sources including Arabic and English; it has become the lingua franca of central and eastern Africa; the first language of most people is one of the local languages

Capital City :- Dar es Salaam Time difference: GMT+3 (3 hours ahead of London, Uk; GMT) note: legislative offices have been transferred to Dodoma, which is planned as the new national capital; the National Assembly now meets there on a regular basis.

Travel : - Visa In Tanzania, visas are required by most foreign nationals whether visiting for a holiday or to conduct business. Tanzania does permit visa free travel for a period of up to three months to some foreign nationals, mainly those from African and Asian countries however in most cases, with the exceptions of Kenya and Uganda, these visitors will still to obtain entry permit clearance. A Global Visas immigration will be able to advice you of the exact visa requirements for citizens of your country of residence travelling to Tanzania. Kindly Contact Tanzania Embassy in your Country or Contact us for assistance and more information.

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