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See also African National Parks
A large central plateau makes up most of the mainland (at between 900m and 1800m) and the mountain ranges of the Eastern Arc and the Southern and Northern Highlands cut across the country to form part of the Great Rift Valley.
A land of geographical extremes, Tanzania has the highest peak – Mount Kilimanjaro, the lowest point – the lakebed of Lake Tanganyika, and shares the largest lake – Lake Victoria - on the African continent.
===By plane=== There are two major airports; one in Dar and one in Kilimanjaro, in addition to several smaller airports. KLM and BA have daily flights from Europe.
Tanzania is a country with great national parks where you can see some of the finest African flora and fauna ==Talk== Tanzanians speak Swahili and, to some extent, English. Smaller regional languages are also very common. ==Buy== There are many markets in tourist cities that sell standard "African" goods. Beaded jewelry, carved soapstone and Masaai blankets make interesting gifts. Be aware that most "ebony" wood is fake (shoe polish), and make sure to bargain hard for everything. Masks are not typical of most East African groups, and the ones you will find in the markets are either imported from West Africa, or are strange things made just for tourists. ==Eat== Produce is often of very high quality. Meat and milk can be difficult for Western systems, so be sure that all meat is cooked through. At hotels, you will not have any trouble, but if you venture into small villages, make sure that all water is boiled before drinking, and all fruit/veg is peeled before eating. Local dishes include Mtori (cooked beef and bananas) and Ugali (a polenta-style corn dish). ==Drink== Boil water before drinking. Konyagi is a wonderful gin-like beverage, sold only in Tanzania. Tusker, Kilimanjaro and Safari beers are western-style and very good. Locally produced banana-beer is also sometimes found. Traditionaly, you will drink this out of a hollowed gourd. Guests drink first, and then pass to the elders. ==Sleep== Sunrise and sunset are always the same time (about 6) at the equator.
==Stay safe== Be very careful driving. Some 90% of all accidents involve drunk drivers.
As in most African countries, the AIDS/HIV infection rate is high. Do not have unprotected sex in Tanzania or anywhere.