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Trip Start Jun 04, 2006
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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

We came back to Arusha for another night of camping. We also had a chance to go to the Masai museum. Some of us went on the optional tour of the Masai village, but Steve and I didn't go. We felt that what we would see will not purely true and perhaps somewhat the reality would be hidden to attract more tourists. And our theory was partlt proved by those who went and told us about it. The safari jeep that took us to the Serengeti National park and Ngorongoro Crater had about 7 of us. There was me and Steve. Larissa from Canada, who had been living and working in Camaroon before this. Lara from Canada, Tova from the US and Aviv also from the US. All of us decided not to go to the Masai village and we went to the museum instead.

The name of Tanzania is made up from an amalgamation of TANganyika and ZANzibar. It is the largest country in East Africa (although not in Africa as a whole, Sudan is 3 times larger). It's landmass covering an area of just over 945,000 sq km (including zanzibar). This makes Tanzania about the size of France, Germany and Switzerland combined; 3 times the size of the entire British Isles or one-tenth the size of the whole of the USA. It's population at the last official census was 31.3 million, with approximately one third being classified as "urban". Agriculture forms roughly half of the GDP and agriproducts such as coffee, tea, tobacco, cashewnuts, sisal and cotton some 75% of export earnings. Dodoma in central Tanzania is the political capital of the country although Dar es Salaam is the effective trading and business capital, with its safe harbour (Dar Es Salaam, means heaven of peace), international airport and population of some 1.75 million.
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