Tanzania, the largest country of East Africa and favourite destination for many travellers, is best known for its exotic wildlife and ancient tribes. However, there are many interesting things about the country that are still unknown to many. To celebrate Tanzania independence day, Gifted54 brings you a list of 8 interesting facts about this country.

  1. “Tanzania” is a portmanteau word made with the names of the two states that unified to create the country: Tanganyika and Zanzibar.
  2. The earliest human skull in the world was discovered in Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania.

    Olduvai Gorge

    Olduvai Gorge

  3. Mt Kilimanjaro located in Tanzania, is the highest mount in Africa and the highest free standing mountain in the world.
  4. The world’s largest volcanic crater — Ngorongoro, is situated in Tanzania.

    Ngorongoro

    Ngorongoro

  5. The Ruaha National Park located in Central Tanzania hosts the largest population of wild elephants in Eastern Africa.
  6. The largest crab in the world – the coconut crab, can be found in the Zanzibar archipelago.

    Coconut crab

    Coconut crab

  7. Tanzania has the largest concentration of animal in the world with more than 4 million wild animals in its periphery.
  8. Tanzania has the most expensive hardwood tree in the world, the Mpingo tree known as the African Blackwood tree.