• Tanzania MapThe Great Rift Valley, which runs through the middle of Tanzania, was formed twenty million years ago; it was created when the earth's crust ripped apart.
  • Tanzania shares Lake Victoria with Kenya and Uganda. The lake is one of the world's largest lakes.
  • Lake Tanganyika is one of the world's deepest lakes forming a natural border between Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • Rock Art found in Tanzania dates back to the Stone Age.
  • The Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania is a huge crater which is home to many wild animals.
  • Large herds of animals roam the Serengeti Plains. An annual migration of gazelles, wildebeest and zebras (followed by their predators) happens to find water and suitable grasslands.
  • Zanzibar was the main slave trading port in East Africa. Dar es Salaam has one of the world's largest natural harbours.
  • The name "Dar es Salaam" means "haven of peace".

Arusha, Northern Tanzania Safari capital is the hub for many of the wonderful parks and famous landmarks found in Tanzania. Africa fifth largest mountain, Mt. Meru is situated just below Arusha on the eastern corridor of the Great Rift Valley.

The climate in Arusha is cool and dry for the majority of the year as it is located on the slopes of Mt. Meru, the rainy season falls in April and May, with the heaviest rains falling in April.

Just a one hour drive from the Kilimanjaro airport, Arusha is an access point for the Serengeti, Mount Kilimanjaro, Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Olduvia Gorge as well as its own Arusha National Park and many other National Parks. Arusha Airport in the western part of the city serves more than 87,000 passengers annually. This allows visitors the opportunity to travel by plane to the parks and famous landscapes, as well is the connection point for flights to Zanzibar, a popular beach destination to enjoy after your wildlife safari.

Many festivals are held annually in Arusha and this growing international city plays an important role in the agriculture industry for Tanzania exporting large amounts of vegetables and flowers to Europe, it is also the soul source for Tanzanite.

Dar es Salaam is the largest city and the political and economic capital of Tanzania. Located in a quiet bay off the Indian Ocean coast, the city has grown in economic importance to become a prosperous centre of the entire East African region. Its bustling harbour is the main port in Tanzania. Its industrial area produces products for export and use throughout the country. Government offices all have their main base in Dar es Salaam, and diplomatic missions and non-governmental organizations in the country all have a presence in the bustling urban city.

Restaurants, shops, office buildings, and government buildings are all a common features of Tanzania's urban centre. During German occupation in the early 20th century, Dar es Salaam was the centre of colonial administration and the main contact point between the agricultural mainland and the world of trade and commerce in the Indian Ocean and the Swahili Coast. Remnants of colonial presence, both German and British, can still be seen in the landmarks and architecture around the city. The National Museum, the Village Museum, and many colorful markets are well worth a visit. Numerous historical landmarks, including St. Joseph's Cathedral, the White Father's Mission House, the Botanical Gardens, and the old State House make for an interesting walking tour around the waterfront and city centre.

Seven kilometers north of the city, to Bongoyo Island Marine Reserve offers good snorkeling and diving sites for those who want to explore the water. The reserve boasts beautiful beaches, secluded islands, and many varieties of marine species. Although the variety and population of coral and fish species are not as numerous as other sites on Zanzibar, Pemba, and Mafia Island, the Bongoyo Island Marine Reserve is well worth a visit and is a great way to spend a day out and see the coast.

Moshi is the coffee producing centre of the country, nestled at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro, All around the town and on the slopes of Kilimanjaro vast plantations of coffee blanket the area. Coffee is a mainstay of life in Moshi. The seasonal coffee auctions (when wholesale coffee is bidded for by international buyers, packaged, and sold) is an event not to be missed if you are in town. Moshi's coffee roasting factory and sugar plantations are also of central importance to the regions economy, and can be seen outside of town.

Cultural tourism programmes can arrange short hikes and day-trips to tribes and villages, and also tours of nearby crops and coffee farms. Walks around Moshi town and a trip to the coffee auction is an activitie of interest to passing visitors. The main reason visitors come to Moshi is to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, the mountain whose thick clouds and snow-capped peak towers over the agricultural town. Climbing expeditions depart from the town into Kilimanjaro National Park early in the morning, before the clouds that cluster daily around the mountaintop have risen, and when the air is fresh and cool. Whether you are in Moshi to scale to the top of Africa or to learn more about coffee growing and production, Moshi is a quiet haven of tranquil peace whose quiet streets offer a warm welcome in a beautiful setting.