If you think about Tanzania you probably visualize wildlife, Mount Kilimanjaro or the tropical island Zanzibar. However, Tanzania is so much more than that. Tanzania in 20 pictures gives you an insight into Tanzania’s daily life, from street views to nature.

Most of the Tanzanian women still wear traditional dresses and skirts, especially during celebrations.

The graceful Maasai are well known for their colourful robes – the shuka- and their jumping dance. These semi-nomadic people still drive their cattle onto the savanna, although an increasing number of Maasai live in urban areas nowadays.

Alongside the road there are often deep ditches. It allows the water to move away from the road surface during the rainy season, however the ditches can be very tricky in the dark.

They sell everything on the side of the road – from vegetables and fruit to clothes and coals.

… and beds and furniture.

On the back of a motorcycle (piki piki) you can transport anything: a goat, fridge, sofa or dozens of eggs.

How many loaves of bread can you transport on one bicycle?

Take the bull by the horns and put him in a (small) truck.

The Tanzanian wedding cake. A piece of roasted goat for every guest.

In the month of December certain trees flower, such as the beautiful red Flamboyant Tree and the purple Jacaranda.

Tanzanian women carry everything on their head. From bundles of firewood and stacks of socks to baskets of fruit and buckets of water. At a young age children are already taught to carry things on their head.

Due to the fertile soil, there are a lot of banana fields and coffee plantations in Tanzania.

Most of the fruits produced in Tanzania come from small-scale farmers. They sell the fruits alongside the road or at markets. Popular local fruits are bananas (red and yellow), mangoes, oranges and papaya. The taste of fully-ripe fruit is wonderful!

They say there’s no better way to understand a culture than through its food. A few local dishes you must certainly try in Tanzania: pilau (flavoured rice with meat), chapatti (type of wrap), yama choma (grilled meat), mandazi (donut), ugali (cornmeal porridge), ndizi kaanga (fried banana) and chipsi mayai (French fries omelet).

If you take a walk around a coffee plantation or in the forest there is a big chance you spot some monkeys. The small vervet monkeys can be quite funny and timid, contrary to the perky baboons.

Camping in the wilderness with an unexpected visitor.

Tanzania offers plenty of outdoor activities such as horseback riding, hiking, canopy walking, fishing, mountain biking or canoeing on the lakes. Sometimes with very special spectators ☺.

When schools close, at the end of the afternoon, you see lots of students on the streets. In Tanzania all students have to wear a uniform to school, even when it’s dirty or has holes in it, otherwise they are sent home. The average number of students in one class (public school) is 66. However in some parts of the country the average class size is three times as many.

This is what you see when you leave the city behind: endless plains with rolling hills, acacia trees and Maasai boys driving their cattle to nearby pastures.

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