Dar es Salaam. Tanzania’s Serengeti, Kilimanjaro and Tarangire National Parks have been voted the best spots for outdoor enthusiasts, raising the country’s profile as a top tourist destination.
The three main national parks, all located in Africa’s richest tourist circuit, feature prominently among the top 25 national parks in the world, thanks to the opinions of travelers via the Trip Advisor platform.
“The Serengeti becomes the number one destination for outdoor enthusiasts in Africa and the third in the world for 2022,” writes the Trip Advisor.
Travelers have also chosen Tarangire and Kilimanjaro National Parks as the best destinations in the world.
According to the publication made in the e-Turbo News (eTN), the Travellers’ Choice Award is given every year within the framework of the Trip Advisor program.
The Conservation Commissioner of the State-run Conservation Authority – National Parks of Tanzania (Tanapa), Mr. William Mwakilema received the news with gratitude, saying it was a vote of trust for Tanzania destination from global consumers.
“We have worked longer to conserve these national parks, we are extremely happy that the world has finally recognized our scrupulous efforts,” explained Mr Mwakilema.
Tanapa’s Assistant Commissioner for Conservation in charge of the business portfolio, Ms Beatrice Kessy, was also shocked by the news, who said global consumers had been unbiased in recognizing Tanzania’s natural beauty.
Outside visitors to the Serengeti should be prepared to be amazed by the vastness of the national park where the landmass stretches forever. While at the park, they can witness the famous annual Serengeti migration, the largest and longest overland migration in the world.
The vast plains of the Serengeti comprise 1.5 million hectares of savannah, home to the largest remaining untouched migration of two million wildebeest as well as hundreds of thousands of gazelles and zebras engaging in an annual 1,000 kilometer circular trek long covering the two adjacent countries of Tanzania. and Kenya, as their predators follow them.
Located above 8,850 feet, Kilimanjaro National Park, in turn, protects Africa’s highest peak and the tallest freestanding mountain in the world, rising nearly 20,000 feet (5,895 meters) .
On the ascent, the foothills of the mountain turn into lush forests, home to elephants, leopards and buffaloes.
Higher up, moors covered with giant heather, then alpine desert lands. Higher still comes the ice and snow that Kilimanjaro is famous for. A hike to the summit, namely Uhuru Peak, takes six to seven days.
Ms Kessy said the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, a top tourist destination located around 5,895 meters above sea level, attracts around 50,000 climbers from around the world each year.
Named after the river that runs through its beautiful landscape, Tarangire National Park offers visitors a unique experience of Tanzania.
The park is home to the largest population of elephants in the country. You can see herds of up to 300 digging the Tarangire Riverbed during the dry seasons.
It also features other native wildlife ranging from impalas to rhinos and buffalo hartebeest.
Although game drives are a popular attraction in the region, discovering native vegetation like baobabs or the trees of life as they are known and the park’s intricate network of swamps delight nature lovers.
With nearly 1.5 million tourists visiting the country each year, wildlife tourism in Tanzania continues to grow, earning the national coffers $2.5 billion, or about 17.6% of GDP, consolidating the position of the industry as the main source of foreign currency.
Additionally, tourism directly provides Tanzanians with 600,000 jobs, not to mention more than a million more who also derive their income from the industry value chain.
Although the industry was hit hard after the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020, national and regional stimulus packages have apparently started to bear fruit.