Tanzania, officially called the United Republic of Tanzania. Tanzania is a
country in East Africa bordered by Kenya and Uganda to the north, Rwanda,
Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west, and Zambia,
and Mozambique to the south. The country's eastern border lies on the Indian
It is the major seaport for the country and its landlocked
Tanzania is a state composed of 26 regions, including those of the
semi-autonomous region of Zanzibar.
The head of state is President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, elected in 2005. Since
1996, the official capital of Tanzania has been Dodoma, where Parliament and
some government offices are located. Between independence and 1996, the main
coastal city of Dar es Salaam served as the country's political capital.
Today, Dar es Salaam remains the principal commercial city of Tanzania and
the de facto seat of most government institutions.
Tanzania in Africa map.
The giraffe, Tanzania's venerated icon and national symbol.