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December 27 - January 10 Mission trip to Tanzania, Africa

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Facts about Tanzania, Africa

  • Tanzania is just a little bit more than twice the size of California.

  • Over 120 languages are spoken in Tanzania. Most of these are Bantu languages, a category of over 535 languages and dialects that are spoken throughout Africa.

  • Mpingo trees (a.k.a. Africa blackwood trees, commonly seen in Tanzania) are the most expensive hardwood tree in the world.

  • Tanzania has the largest concentration of wildlife animals per square kilometer, with more than 4 million wild animals and representatives of 430 species and subspecies.

  • Mount Kilimanjaro is located in Tanzania. At 19,341 feet above sea level, it is the largest mountain in Africa.

  • Tanzania shares it national anthem with South Africa and Zimbabwe. It’s titled “Mungu Ibariki Afrika” (God Bless Africa) and was composed by Enock Sontonga.

  • Tanzania is divided into 26 regions (mikoa), 21 on the mainland, 3 on Zanzibar Island and 2 on Pemba Island. These are further divided into 99 districts (wilaya)! That’s a lot of parts and pieces to divide a socialist country into. The stacks of paper must be huge.

  • Tanzania is the home of the coconut crab. This crab, the largest crab in the world (and reportedly one of the most delicious), can be found on Chumbe Island of Zanziba

  • Population: 36,481,000

  • Capital: Dar es Salaam (administrative); 2,683,000—Dodoma (legislative); 155,000

  • Area: 945,087 square kilometers (364,900 square miles)

  • Language: Kiswahili, Kiungujo, English, Arabic, many local languages

  • Religion: Christian, Muslim, indigenous beliefs

  • Currency: Tanzanian shilling

  • Life Expectancy: 45

  • GDP per Capita: U.S. $600

  • Literacy Percent: 78