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National Symbols of Tanzania

  The National Flag

Bendera ya Tanzania
Ratio length to breadth: Three to two, e.g. 3ft. x 2ft., 6ft. x 4ft. 12ft. x 8ft.
Description: Green - Golden - Black and Blue, having the black center stripe centred on diagonal rising from flag-mast to top edge of the fly, two smaller golden stripes dividing the upper triangle portion which is green and the lower triangle portion which is blue.
Proportions of colours: Black center stripe, centred on diagonal of flag of 6ft. x 4ft., is 13/48 of fly and 13" wide. Golden stripes are each 1/16 of fly and 3" wide.
Colour Code and Significance:

B.S. No. 2660: 1955
Black: B.S. No. 9-103 - the People
Green: B.S. No. 0-010 - the Land
Blue: B.S. No. 0-012 - the Adjoining Sea
Golden: B.S. No. 0-002 - the Mineral wealth

Uwiano wa Urefu / kwa Upana:-


Tatu kwa mbili, mfano ft.3 x ft.2, ft.6 x ft.4, ft.12 x ft.8

Ina rangi za Kijani, Dhahabu, Nyeusi na Bluu ambapo rangi nyeusi imepita katikati ya bendera kuanzia pembe ya chini kwenye mlingoti na kuishia pembe ya juu kulia. Rangi hii huigawa bendera katika sehemu mbili zenye umbo la pembe tatu. Rangi nyeusi imetenganishwa na pember tatu ya juu yenye rangi ya kijani na pembe tatu ya chini yenye rangi ya bluu kwa mistari miwili midogo yenye rangi ya dhahabu.

Viwango vya rangi na maana zake.

Nyeusi - Kiwango na. 9-103 - Watu
Kijani - Kiwango na. 0-010 - Ardhi
Bluu - Kiwango na. 0-012 - Bahari + Maziwa
Dhahabu - Kiwango na. 0-002 - Madini

Uwiano wa Rangi:

Rangi nyeusi kwa bender ya Ft.6 x ft.4 ni 13/48 kwenda juu na Ft.13 upana. Mistari ya dhahabu ni 1/16 kwenda juu na 3" upana kila mmoja.


The Tanzania National Anthem

Kiswahili Version

Free English Translation

Mungu ibariki Afrika.
Wabariki viongozi wake.
Hekima Umoja na
Amani hizi ni ngao zetu
Afrika na watu wake.

God bless Africa.
Bless its leaders.
Let Wisdom Unity and
Peace be the shield of
Africa and its people.

Ibariki Afrika,
Ibariki Afrika,
Tubariki watoto wa Afrika.

Bless Africa,
Bless Africa,
Bless the children of Africa.

Mungu ibariki Tanzania.
Dumisha uhuru na umoja
Wake kwa waume na watoto.
Mungu ibariki Tanzania na watu wake.

God bless Tanzania.
Grant eternal Freedom and Unity
To its sons and daughters.
God bless Tanzania and its People.

Ibariki Tanzania,
Ibariki Tanzania,
Tubariki watoto wa tanzania.

Bless Tanzania,
Bless Tanzania,
Bless the children of Tanzania.


The Tanzania National Coat of Arms

The central feature of the Coat of Arms is a Warrior’s Shield which bears a Golden portion on the upper part followed underneath by the United Republic flag of Green, Golden, Black and Blue; and a red portion under which are wavy bands of blue and white.

The Golden portion represents minerals in the United Republic; the red portion underneath the flag symbolizes the red soil of Africa; while the wavy bands represent the land, sea, lakes and coastal lines of the United Republic.

Superimposed features on the Shield are flames of a burning torch which signifies freedom, enlightment and knowledge; a spear signifying defence of freedom and crossed axe and hoe being tools that the people of the United Republic use in developing the country.

The Shield is set upon a representation of Mount Kilimanjaro.  On each side of the Shield there is an elephant tusk supported by a man on the right and a woman on the left.  At the feet of the man is a clove bush and at the feet of the woman is a cotton bush – thus indicating the theme of co-operation.

The United Republic motto – Uhuru na Umoja – is written in Kiswahili and it means ‘Freedom and Unity’.


The Uhuru Tourch


The Uhuru Torch symbolizes freedom and light.  It was first lit on top of mount Kilimanjaro (5,890m) in 1961.  Symbolically to Shine the country and across the borders to bring hope where there is despair, love where there is enemity and respect where there is hatred.  Yearly there is the Uhuru Torch race, starting from different prominent places.

A glimpse look at Tanzania National Parks

Some news and pictures from state house's blog