Tanzania occupies a total land of 364,898 square miles in East Africa, south of Kenya and Uganda, and east of Burundi, Rwanda and Congo—with an estimated population of 50 million people (slightly less than twice that of Texas). English and Kiswahili are both official languages; ethnic composition include native Africans, Asians, Europeans and Arabs. These groups have diverse religious believes including 35% Islam, 30% Christians, and about 35% indigenous and other religions.
Tanzania has three of Africa’s best-known lakes—Victoria, Tanganyika, and Nyasa. It is also the home of Mount Kilimanjaro (19,340 feet), a snow-caped, highest point on the continent. Tanzania’s Serengeti reserves is the continent’s most diverse and largest concentration of plains animals–a breathtaking spectacle that features more than one million wildebeest, 500,000 gazelles and 250,000 zebras on the move.
The famous Olduvai Gorge, the cradle of mankind is in northern Tanzania; it is an internationally recognized for Louis and Mary Leakey’s famous discoveries of early humans. Research at Olduvai has produced an unparalleled wealth of archaeological data for the study of some key phases of early human evolution.
In recent years, Tanzania has enjoyed economic growth in upward of 7%. While agriculture has been the mainstay for many Tanzanians (80%), the government has launched an industrialization program, currently inviting investors from outside the country.