When my wife and daughter in April 1995 reached the peak 4,095 metres (13,435 ft) of South East Asia´s highest mountain Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia, Borneo, they was quite clear for the next challenge: Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, the highest peak in Africa at 5,892 metres (19,331 ft).They have not started to plan for a tour to reach that high so far, but Rikke did at least see the mountain on a safari in Kenya in the beginning of 2005. Some of her photos from the experience is shown at the end of this post.
Tanzania is the latest flag registered on my visitor list, and shortly after my blog about Madagascar.
Tanzania is a country in central East Africa bordered by Kenya and Uganda to the north, Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west, and Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique to the south. The country's eastern borders lie on the Indian Ocean.
The economy of Tanzania is mostly based on agriculture, which accounts for more than half of the GDP, provides 85% (approximately) of exports, and employs approximately 80% of the workforce.
The name Tanzania is a portmanteau of Tanganyika and Zanzibar. The two states united in 1964 to form the United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar, which later the same year was renamed the United Republic of Tanzania.
I addition to Kilimanjaro the north and west are represented by the Great Lakes of Lake Victoria (Africa's largest lake) and Lake Tanganyika (Africa's deepest lake, known for its unique species of fish)
The flag of Tanzania was adopted in 1964. It derives from the flags of Tanganyika and Zanzibar. The flag is divided diagonally by a yellow-edged black band from the lower hoist-side corner. The upper triangle (hoist side) is green and the lower triangle is blue.
* The green colour in the flag represents the natural vegetation present in the country.
* The Golden colour represents rich mineral deposits of the country.
* The Black colour represents the native swahili people of the country
* The blue colour represents the numerous lakes and rivers and the Indian ocean.
Tanzania contains many large and ecologically significant wildlife parks, including the famous Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park in the north, and Selous Game Reserve and Mikumi National Park in the south. Rikkes photos are from Kenya.
The next new visitor flag will be my number 150 showing how fast the internet and blogging communities are developing. Compared to my one and a half years old flag-map post, my todays world-map shows an impressing distribution of contacts.