Located in East Africa, Tanzania borders several countries: Kenya to the north; Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of Congo to the west; and Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique to the south. Tanzania is the largest country in East Africa with the highest peak (Mount Kilimanjaro), the lowest point (Lake Tanganyika) and the largest lake (Lake Victoria), on the continent.
Since Tanzania lies below the equator, the coolest months occur during the northern hemisphere’s summer, but year round the weather remains pleasant and comfortable. I ventured to Tanzania during May which fell during the rainy season. Luckily, the long rains and heavy rain showers occurred during the early mornings and cleared up by mid-day. Honestly, I was expecting more rain but it was mostly sunny while I was there.
Christianity and Islam are the predominant religions of Tanzania. About 40-45% of the population practice Christianity, about 35-40% practice Islam. The rest of the population adhere to traditional beliefs, most of which center around ancestor worship and nature-based animism. IVHQ the volunteer program I worked with suggested that volunteers bring church clothing, unfortunately I was unable to go to the 5 hour long mass.
For more information about Tanzania, visit their official website: Tanzania Tourist Board.