“A journey of a thousand miles begins with deciding where to go” Anonymous
Population and Culture
The population in Tanzania is approximately 39.4 million. Tanzania is home to over 120 distinct ethnic groups, coexisting in complete harmony with one another.
While each tribe has its own unique language, Swahili (and English) are the official languages of Tanzania. Swahili is most commonly spoken around the major cities while tribal dialect is used in local villages. Most people are fluent in both. English is not as widely used, especially if you’re travelling off the tourist track. Most people are accepting of this and love it if you ‘have a go’ with any Swahili you may have managed to pick up along the way.
Tanzanian people have an undeniable warmth and sincerity, making it impossible not to feel welcome in their presence. They are extremely polite and place great importance on respect and greetings, never being too busy to stop for a chat and acknowledging each other as they pass in the street. The dignity of the Tanzanian people and the true beauty of their culture are the very reasons most people fall in love with Tanzania and more often than not the number one motivator for a return visit.