Diplomatist Special Report - Tanzania Tanzania 2018 - Page 56

Marine Resources Tanzania boasts of exceptional, world-class marine assets with about 804-kilometre long coastline of fi nest unpolluted beaches in Africa, offering unlimited opportunities for water sports and leisure. Beach resorts in the island of Zanzibar are featured as single destination attractions and, frequently, as an add-on to the wildlife safaris. Pemba and Mafi a Marine Park are pristine islands promoted mainly for their coral reefs and for big game fi shing. SCUBA divers who have dived in the Red Sea, Australia and other parts of the Indian Ocean have described diving sites in Pemba, Mafi a and parts of Zanzibar as world-class. Deep-sea fi shing is done mainly in Mafi a and the Pemba channel (a 2400-ft. deep channel separating the island from the mainland). Many of Tanzania’s lakes and rivers are suitable for freshwater fi shing, with Lake Victoria one of the best known for the same. 7-year-old Indian boy creates a new world record of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro A free-standing, snow-covered dormant volcano, majestic Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa at 19,341 feet (5,895 meters). Recently, a seven-year-old boy from Hyderabad, India scaled the highest peak in Africa, the Uhuru peak of Mount Kilimanjaro. Samanyu Pothuraju, along with his coach, unfurled the Indian flag at a height of 5,895 meters above the sea level on April 2. He has become the youngest mountaineer in the world to scale Mt Kilimanjaro. The trek began on March 29 when the team started from the base point. It took about five days for the team to reach the peak. Everybody says that you need no experience to climb Kilimanjaro. That is correct as in that you need no climbing experience. There is no technical skill required at all. It really is nothing more than an uphill walk. (With possibly a bit of scrambling on the “Barranco Wall”, depending on the route you choose.) 56 •TANZANIA Rich history All around the country there are fascinating reminders of Tanzania’s rich, colorful and stunning history. The major historical sites include: Stone Town in Zanzibar Town on the world renowned spice island; Bagamoyo town which was the major centre for ivory and slave trade and later became the capital city of Tanganyika during the German colonial rule. Kilwa, a small coastal town about halfway between Dar es Salaam and the border with Mozambique, is the springboard for the island of Kilwa Kisiwani, which was once East Africa’s most important trading center. The Kilwa ruins are among the best examples of Swahili architecture and the marine setting is beautiful. The Olduvai Gorge, northwest of the Ngorongoro Crater, has provided signifi cant fossils (some discovered by the Leakeys) related to early hominids as well as hominid footprints at Laetoli estimated to be 3.7 million years old. Stone age ruins at Isimila, near Iringa are one of Africa’s most important historical sites. The People and Cultural Diversity In spite of having more than 120 tribes, each with their own language, cultures and traditions, there is a sense of oneness created and enhanced by the Swahili language spoken by every Tanzanian citizen from rural to urban spaces. Tanzanian culture has been a solid foundation for