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Tanzania represents, and contains, every part of Africa. It is Africaà¬¡nd of contrasts. From the snow-capped peak of Kilimanjaro to the endless plains of the Serengeti, from the sun-kissed islands of the Zanzibar Archipelago to the gentle shores of the Great Lakes, Tanzania contains immense cultural and natural wealth. It was here, on the dusty floor of Olduvai Gorge, that humankindà¥¡rliest relatives walked, leaving their footprints behind as a mark of humanityà¢¥ginning. It was here, on the palm-fringed beaches of Zanzibar, that Swahili traders welcomed dhows from across the Indian Ocean.
For a millennia, Tanzania has played an essential part in the life of the African continent. The great wildebeest migration alone comprises the largest movement of land animals on the planet. With over 25% of the countryà´¯tal landmass dedicated to wildlife parks and conservation areas, Tanzania remains wholeheartedly committed to the preservation of Africaà§²eat wilderness and incredible range of animal species. The Republic of Tanzania is one of Africaà¯st peaceful countries. Home to a flourishing democracy and prospering economy, the country is known for its peace and stability. A well-maintained infrastructure and three international airports connect its bustling commercial centres and ensures easy transportation, whether by road or by air. Tanzaniaà°¥ople are a diverse mix of traditional tribes, village farmers and cosmopolitcan professionals united by a common language, Swahili, and a strong sense of national community.
Serengeti National Park, one of the most well known of all wildlife areas, attracts thousands of visitors each year for the annual wildebeest migration, and Ngorongoro crater ?often called the 8th Natural Wonder of the World ?is a must-see for ità³¨eer beauty. Deep within the ancient caldera, herds of gazelle roam beside sated lions, and endangered black rhino and elusive cheetah can be spotted through the early morning mist.
Tanzania is a multilingual country. There are many languages spoken in the country, but no one language is spoken natively by a majority or a large plurality of the population. The Bantu Swahili language and English, the latter of which was inherited from colonial rule, are widely spoken as lingua francas. They serve as the two official working languages.
The shilingi is the currency of Tanzania. It is subdivided into 100 senti (cents in English). The Tanzanian shilling replaced the East African shilling on 14 June 1966 at par.