Tanzania - the Land of the Maasai
At 947,300 square kilometres, Tanzania is the World's 31st largest country. Located just south of the equator, Tanzania is probably one of the oldest known inhabited areas on Earth, based on fossil remains that date back over two million years. Tanzania was then populated by Bushman hunter-gather communities and about 2,000 years ago, Bantu-speaking people began to arrive from western Africa. Most recently, the Maasai, Nilotic pastoralists arrived and continued to immigrate into the area through to the 18th century.
Tanzania is a very diverse country with over 120 ethnic groups and equally diverse ecosystems. In fact, it is believed that a main reason why Tanzania remains such a peaceful country in a volatile region is because of the large number of ethnic groups who live far away from each other and have traded harmoniously over the years. For decades, visitors have enjoyed the magnificent national parks and conservation areas from Mt. Kilimanjaro, Ngorongoro Crater to the Serengeti. While traditional wildlife safaris always leave visitors with truly stunning images in their minds, it is the beautiful and fascinating people who leave visitors with warm feelings in their hearts that last a life-time.