“Karibu” means “welcome” in Swahili, the most widely spoken language in Tanzania, and indeed, all of East Africa. Tanzania is the largest and most peaceful country in East Africa, covering 945,087 km², a quarter of which is set aside for natural resource conservation. Tanzania is home to some of the richest wildlife areas in Africa, and with Kilimanjaro, Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Zanzibar already household names around the world, there is still plenty to offer.
Not only is Tanzania famous for trekking and and safaris in the northern circuit national parks, but also the country is truly a land of extremes, which many people do not know about. Mt. Kilimanjaro is the highest point on the African continent while Lake Tanganyika in the western part of the country is the second deepest fresh water lake in the world. Lake Victoria to the north is the largest fresh water lake in Africa in terms of surface area while Selous Game Reserve in the south of the country is the largest protected area on the planet. Tanzania is bordered by the Indian Ocean on its eastern shores, the warmest ocean on earth, where the exotic spice islands of Zanzibar are found just offshore. There are roughly 1120 ethnic communities in Tanzania, representing several of Africa’s main socio-linguistic groups. In short, Tanzania is undoubtedly the tourist and cultural capital of East Africa. Karibu Tanzania!