March 14, 2024

Australia vs Tanzania

Discover five eye-opening contrasts between Tanzania and Australia you may not have known.


Perhaps the most glaring difference between the countries is the size. Australia is about eight times the size of Tanzania. While Tanzania has 63.59 million people, Australia has 25.69 million.

Sports Culture

Tanzanians are passionate about football, with local leagues and matches drawing enthusiastic crowds. In contrast, Australians are known for their love of sports like cricket, Australian Rules Football (AFL), and rugby. They even have their unique version of football called "Aussie Rules"!


The staple food for Tanzanians is rice, cooked banana, beans, barbeque goat, and ugali (stiff porridge made from ground maize). Australians enjoy a wide variety of foods including beetroot, meat pies, barbeque prawns, and roast lamb.

National Animal 

The Kangaroo is Australia's national animal. It was recognised as an official symbol when it was included in the nation's coat of arms in 1908. The Masai giraffe is Tanzania’s national animal.

Iconic Landscapes

Australia's Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef system and home to amazingly diverse marine life. On the other hand, Tanzania has the tallest mountain in Africa, Mt Kilimanjaro.

Gemma, Suleiman and Winnie will be speaking at different venues in Australia over the next weeks. You can attend one of our events.


  1. When you say about Tanzanians being passionate about "football", what do you mean, please ?
    Do they mainly favour real football - Soccer ?
    I doubt that any Rugby is a minority sport ?

    How long are the two counties' coastlines - related to the length of the GBR ?
    Apart from being highest in the whole of Africa, how much taller is Mt K, T., compared with Mt K, A. ?

    1. Hi JD,

      Tanzanians LOVE soccer. It’s the most popular sport in the country. Almost every public and private school has a soccer field and a soccer team for each class. The Tanzania football league attracts the largest crowds and for the first time in history, two football clubs from Tanzania will be playing in the African Champions League (CAF) quarterfinals this year!

      Rugby? It’s not that popular here in Tanzania.

      Tanzania’s coastline is 876 km shorter than the GBR whilst Australia’s coastline is significantly longer, about 11 times the GBR.

      Mt Kilimanjaro (5895 m above sea level) is more than twice as high as Mount Kosciuszko (2,228 m above sea level).

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