Happy Independence Day TZ – 50 years!
Siku ya Uhuru, “Independence Day” is celebrated as a national holiday in Tanzania on 9th December each year. On this date in 1961, the East African nation of Tanganyika gained independence from Great Britain. In 1964, Tanganyika united with several islands in the Indian Ocean, including Zanzibar and Pemba, to form the United Republic of Tanzania.
Today, Tanzania will celebrate its 50th anniversary of independence from Britain with a number of activities. The Tanzania Tourist Board, Tanzania National Parks and Zara Tanzania Adventures are hosting a grand Kilimanjaro expedition, The Kilimanjaro Uhuru Climb, with 200 climbers from around the world, Dec. 4 to 7. The climbers will use four different routes to scale the mountain and will all meet at Uhuru Peak on the eve of Independence Day, Dec. 9.
The Expedition will honor the efforts of Tanzania’s first president, Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere, in tourism development and his campaign to spearhead Tanzania’s independence and African unity.
On Dec. 4, the Nyerere Day Relay Marathon will run from Mwanza on Lake Victoria to Butiama Village, the birth place of the founding father of the nation, Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere. One hundred runners will participate in the 192-kilometer event. Runners will run in groups of 10. Each group will run a 19-kilometer lap. The event is organized by Capital Plus of Dar es Salaam. The celebrations will climax with Independence Day Celebrations at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Dec. 9.