Tanzania

Which of the following countries doesn't have shores on the Atlantic Ocean?

Considering Portugal, Uruguay, Senegal and Tanzania, the answer is: Tanzania.

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Located in East Africa, Tanzania is home to the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro, as well as the world’s second deepest lake, Lake Tanganyika. The country has an exceptionally rich array of wildlife, including cheetahs, lions, elephants, hippos, giraffes, and zebras.

Lions, tigers, giraffes, oh my! With over 30% of its landmass designated to national parks, Tanzania is a haven for gorgeous natural landscape and large varieties of animal life. Home to the acclaimed Serengeti National Park, Tanzania is home to over 70 species of large mammals and 500 bird species, to name a few.

Photo credit: US Department of State.

The region also hosts the legendary Great Migration: each year around the same time, the circular great wildebeest migration begins in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area of the southern Serengeti in Tanzania and loops through the Serengeti National Park towards the Masai Mara reserve in Kenya. Determined by the availability of grazing, the initial phase lasts from approximately January to March, when the calving season begins. This stage is indicated by plenty of rain-ripened grass available for the 260,000 zebra that precede approximately 1.7 million wildebeest. Hundreds of thousands of other plains game animals, including 470,000 gazelles, find their way across the great plains.

Other ecological wonders of Tanzania include Lake Tanganyika, the world's second largest freshwater lake by volume and depth. This lake is so large that it belongs to four different countries: Tanzania, Burundi, Zambia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Lake Tanganyika holds about 8% of the world's freshwater supply.

The cuisine of Tanzania reflects it diverse wildlife and rich growing conditions. In Tanzania, you can sample wild game like crocodile, warthog, antelope, or even ostrich. Other local favorites include tilapia, pilau rice, and samosas. Tanzanian food is known for its use of spices in traditional recipes, such as coconut, cardamom, garlic, and turmeric.  

Learn more about the culture and wildlife of Tanzania here.  


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