Tanzania: A modernizing land of natural wonder and opportunity

Evening food markets at Stone Town, Zanzibar.

Story highlights

  • Tanzania is famous for its natural beauty and cultural heritage
  • Economic growth has been steady in recent years but poverty remains a sticking point

CNN's On the Road series brings you a greater insight into countries around the world. This time we travel to Tanzania to explore the places, the people and the passions unique to this African nation.

(CNN)It's far from being the most affluent country in the world, but what Tanzania lacks in financial power it makes up for in natural beauty.

Buffalo and Maasai warriors roam the wilds of the Serengeti, elephants guard the steppes of mount Kilimanjaro -- Africa's highest mountain -- and crystal-clear azure waters skirt the tropical coastline stretching out towards the country's archipelago, Zanzibar.
    Situated below the horn of Africa, and straddling Africa's east coast, Tanzania is bordered by Uganda and Kenya to the north, Rwanda, Burundi and the Congo to the west; Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique lay to the south. Tanzania's political stability means that it attracts not only tourists, but economic immigrants and refugees, too.
    Maasai people at the foot of El-Donyo Lengai, where tourism is the main source of income.