Festivals and Events
More than 120 tribes inhabit Tanzania with Christianity and Islam popular religions. This cultural mix makes for an interesting selection of festivals and events that take place during the year, alongside sporting events that attract people from all over the world. Here are some of the most popular.
Starting in 2002 this event offers competitors to run in a marathon, half marathon and fun-run in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro. Professionals and amateurs from around the world participate with the route following well-paved roads.
Dar es Salaam Goat Races
This fun charity event first began in 2001 and has since raised hundreds of thousands for Tanzanian organisations that improve the life of local communities. Visitors can place a bet on the racing goats who are coaxed along the racetrack by 'jockeys'. Live music, fancy dress and entertainment add to the sense of fun.
Bagamoyo Arts Festival
Taking place over 6 days, this annual event showcases the best of Tanzanian art and culture with music and dance performances, acrobatics displays, sculpture exhibitions and workshops. It takes place in the town of Bagamoyo on Tanzania's northeastern coast.
Tanzacat Catamaran Race
Africa's largest sailing regatta takes place over 10 days in Dar es Salaam and ends with a race to the island of Zanzibar. During the event over 50 catamarans race on a variety of Olympic-standard courses with vantage points along the coast where visitors can watch.