|If you don’t like Tanzania for its adventures, you will fall in love with it for its people. The people of Tanzania are known for their peace-loving nature, their generosity and their respect for others, local and foreign. It is said that the mainland portion of what is now Tanzania was named by a British civil servant in 1920, from the Swahili words tanga (sail) and nyika (bright arid plain). Thus what was known formerly as German East Africa became Tanganyika Territory. In 1964, Tanganyika was joined with Zanzibar, an offshore archipelago of islands, to form the present United Republic of Tanzania.|
|Because of a unique combination of historic and cultural factors, Tanzanians share strong feelings of national pride and cohesion. This sense of nationalism has served to keep the country at peace for over two decades.
Tanzanians have been able to resolve most internal problems without resorting to violence because of a shared language, the lack of political or economic dominance by any ethnic group, and a strong respect for one another. A visit to a Maasai or Chagga village will teach you how the locals live and you will admire their pride in simple basic things that make the Tanzanian society the most friendly you will find anywhere.