TANZANIA'S FACTS

  • Did you know? The cheetah’s name derives from the Hindu word “Chita” which simply means “the spotted one” 
  • Did you know? Why the cheetah is not a true cat; true cats have retractable claws which are missing in the cheetah.
  • Did you know? Cheetahs are the fastest land mammal at a speed of up to 110 km/hr.
  • Did you know? Young cheetahs resemble rattles snake in color in order to scare off potential predators.
  •  Did you know? The cheetah population in Tanzania is rich because of the abundance of wildlife they can hunt and much of Tanzania is protected parks.
  • Did you know? Tanzania’s big five; Buffalo, Elephants, Leopards, Lions and Rhinoceroses.
  • Did you know? In Tanzania, game viewing is best in the dry seasons, July through October and January through March. There are two rainy seasons, the long rains fall in April, May and part of June, and the short rains come in November and part of December.
  • Did you know? The name Serengeti originated from the Masai word Siringet, referring to “boundless” or “extended plains”.
  • Did you know? If you’re walking in the bush at night, whistle or sing to alert anything or anyone in your path. The biggest danger is that you will startle an animal by suddenly bearing down on it; it will attack as its first means of defense.
  • Did you know? Most African people give and receive items with their right hand; the left hand is held open under the right forearm.
  • Did you know? An African will never converse with stranger without at least saying “hello” and passing some pleasantries first. It is considered rude to start a conversation without pleasant salutations.
  • Did you know? The first safaris were taken by Arab and Persian traders across the African continent  in the 13th century.
  • Did you know? Tanzania contains more surface water than any other African country.
  • Did you know? 25% of Tanzania’s land area is given over to protected wildlife zones, and 20% of Africa’s larger mammals are to be found within the country.
  • Did you know? Tanzania has more than 120 ethnic groups, no group is dominant.
  • Did you know? Arusha is called the safari capital because most of the safari destinations are fairly close to Arusha. Famous places such as Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, and Kilimanjaro are all in the northern Tanzania.
  • Did you know? The Hadzabe Bushmen are some of the last remaining hunter-gathers in Africa.
  • Did you know? Ol Doinyo Lengai (‘Mountain of God’ to the Masai) it is the only active volcano in Tanzania and last erupted in 1966.
  • Did you know? Tusks grow for most of an elephant’s lifetime and are an indicator of age.
  • Did you know? Elephants make low-frequency calls, many of which, though loud, are too low for humans to hear.
  • Did you know? When elephants meet at watering holes and feeding places, they greet each other affectionately.
  • Did you know? Termites them selves have a short lifespan, but their mounds can last for centuries.