Tanzania Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Diane Sieverson

Diane has taught all subjects at the elementary level, was the principal of a K-8 private school and has a master's degree in Measurement and Evaluation.

There are many countries in Africa and Tanzania is one of them. Come learn about this African country, where to look for it on a map, how big it is, what languages the people who live there speak, and some other neat facts about Tanzania.

Where is Tanzania?

Imagine being on a safari. You spot a lot of elephants lumbering through the trees and grass. As you go along, you spot giraffes, zebras, and hippos, too! You are on the African continent in a country called Tanzania!

Serengeti National Park in Tanzania
Serengeti National Park in Tanzania

Tanzania (pronounced tan-zuh-KNEE-uh) is the biggest country in East Africa. It has a coast along the Indian Ocean and 3 islands called Zanzibar, Mafia, and Pemba. You will find this country right below the Equator. Tanzania is so big that Colorado could fit inside Tanzania about 3 ½ times!

The capital city of Tanzania is Dodoma (pronounced doe-DOE-mah). You will find this city close to the middle of country if you look on a map.

Life in Tanzania

If you want to go on a safari, you'll have to exchange your US dollars for Tanzanian schillings so you can pay your guide.

The official language of Tanzania is Swahili (pronounced swah-HEE-lee), but people speak a lot of other languages there, too, including English, so you might not need a translator to ask for directions.

Many people who live in Tanzania don't have a lot of money and are fishers or farmers who catch and grow their own food to survive.

Things to See in Tanzania

There are many animals that live in Tanzania, including the wildebeest, lions, leopards, and rhinos. Many are in danger of disappearing forever in the wild and are protected in parks and preserves. One famous reserve is the Serengeti National Park where these kinds of animals live in their natural surroundings.

Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro

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