Maps of the world give a distorted view of things. The countries nearer the poles are enlarged relative to those nearer the equator and so if you look at a map of the earth Tanzania looks much smaller than it is in reality and the UK and USA look much larger than they really are.
There is an interesting website that attempts to rectify this error and I have used it in this blog to show how big Africa and in particular Tanzania are. The website called
superimposes a scale sized map of one country onto another.
The maps below were created using this site.
Here is a map of the UK for reference
Having spent 14 hours on the road yesterday traveling from Kigoma to Mwanza it is worth looking at how far it would mean in Britain – the map has been rotated to fit the journey.
On this scale a journey from Mwanza to Kigoma is like traveling from Lincoln to St Austell (in Cornwall) via Brighton.
A trip from Mwanza to Dar Es Salam is equivalent to a journey from from John O’ Groats in the North of Scotland to Thanet in Kent.
Luckily we can fly to Dar at a reasonable cost.
Our travels from Mwanza to Mbale and Jinja via Bukoba and Kampala at Easter (including Murchison Falls in the North) were all taken by bus.
This would be the equivalent of a journey from London to Middlesborough via Bristol, Liverpoool and Manchester with a hop across to Northern Ireland.
Notice that Lake Victoria fills most of Southern and Central England.
A trip to Moshi where we will meet the Mums at Christmas is like a journey from Edinburgh to Southend via Ayr and Blackpool.
We will fly this December but we went the opposite way by bus in the summer.
For our epic journey of Eastern and Southern Africa – a map of Britain won’t do so instead a map of the USA
We traveled from Mwanza to Zomba then to Livingstone (Victoria Falls) and back again.
This was the equivalent of a journey from the North of Ohio via Washingston DC to Southern Alabama and on into Texas.
This shows how vast Africa really is and perhaps how much smaller the USA and UK are really.
If you want to see how big your country is compared to any other part of the world check out the site for yourself
I love maps, and this is a fantastic post!
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