Tanzania Union Day:
Tanzania was made up of Tanganyika and Zanzibar in 1964. People have lived there for over 2 million years, and 2,000 years ago were making steel in a blast furnace.
From 1840 Zanzibar was a centre for the Arab slave trade, with 90% of the Arab-Swahili population enslaved. Later Germany came conquering about, creating German East Africa.
During WWI Britain tried to sneak in, but the Germans led a guerilla campaign against them – it didn’t matter, as Germany lost the war and Britain took their African colonies anyway. From 1961 Britain gave it independence.
The country is very mineral-rich, and perhaps famous for tanzanite mining.
Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, is there – so why not go to your local highest point, have a picnic and figure out how much higher you would have to go to reach the top of Kilimanjaro.
The Serengeti is also there: we love a Safari game which involves hiding Baby’s stuffed African animals around the house, then she goes off to explore with some cardboard binoculars and a pretend camera.
The national language is Swahili.
Their arts style, using brightly coloured bicycle paint and often featuring African animals, is called Tingatinga – have a go at some brightly coloured animal paintings yourself.