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Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism Lazaro Nyalandu made the announcement here when speaking to the community of Maasai Curios and Crafts Market which was burnt down to mere ashes in April last year. The move came at the time when traders of the antiques, souvenirs and hand-made crafts complained on the nuisance taxes. The minister condemned on the charges, saying it meant nothing rather than ruining government’s efforts towards boosting country’ s tourism industry. Nyalandu called upon people who are behind the “illegal” business to stop from doing so. “Curios and hand-made crafts businesses have a close relationship with the development of tourism. And this sub-sector employs good number of people in the country, hence the need to handle it with care remained imperative,” he said. “I am aware of the taxes as one of the tourists complained that one day when he was at the Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA), he was asked to pay tax amounting to 30,000 Tanzanian Shilling (16. 6 U.S. dollars) for one piece of curios, which he bought at 10,000 Tanzanian Shilling,” said Adelhelm Meru, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, The official said the government started working on the institution which is behind those charges. “As government, we cannot allow this thing to continue, these people (tourists) are spending a lot of money when they are in the country,” he said. “We are very concerned with the ongoing trend whereby some institutions which have started charging taxes on these commodities,” said Mgaya Kondo, chairperson of curios and crafts’ petty traders.

Source: Xinhua

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Going on safari in Tanzania is one of the most incredible experiences a person can have—the beautiful animals, stunning landscapes, and warm people are unforgettable. There is so much to see here, and we want to share with you just some of the amazing things to do on a safari in the beautiful wilds of Tanzania.

Cultural tourism

Meet the Maasai Tribe and Chagga people of Kilimanjaro

Tanzania is home to more than 260 tribes, though one of the best known peoples is the Maasai, partly due to their residency near many of the country’s parks, many of which you may see on safari. Spend time with them to learn about different aspects of their culture, like their coming of age ceremony eunoto, their beautiful traditional jewelry, or if you’re lucky, see one of their intricately woven Inkajijik (houses) up close.

Visit the Ngorongoro Crater

Many would argue that you haven’t seen Tanzania until you’ve seen the Ngorongoro Crater. Wide plains, dense forests, and beautiful springs are all present in this one area. And, as a conservation area, this geological wonder teems with amazing wildlife such as wildebeest, lions, and hippopotamus.

Bird Watching

As well as larger creatures, Tanzania is home to over 1,000 of stunning bird species such as ostriches, cuckoos, and kingfishers, making the country a must-visit for birdwatchers.

Climb Mount Kilimanjaro

The highest mountain in Africa and the tallest freestanding mountain in the world, Kilimanjaro promises adventure, unique wildlife, and breath-taking views.

See the Black Rhinoceros

On your safari, you may be lucky enough to see the black rhino, a now critically endangered species. The impressive dual horned animal is often a solitary roamer, though mothers and their calves are practically inseparable.

Experience the Migration of the Wildebeest

The migration of the wildebeest, though somewhat difficult to predict, is one of the most incredible sights to see on a Tanzanian safari, if you are so fortunate. Imagine thousands of these noble creatures thundering across the plains before your very eyes to find new habitation—an experience impossible to forget.

Visit Tarangire National Park

Home of the Tarangire River, this park is a must-visit during the dry season, when thousands of the migratory species of Tanzania return to the area such as elephants, zebras, and wildebeest.

Explore the Olduvai Gorge

This one’s for all our anthropology enthusiasts out there. This gorge is one of the most significant paleoanthropological sights in the world, as some of the earliest remains of Homo habilisParanthropus boisei, and Homo erectus were discovered in this area.

See the Amboni Caves

Located in the Tanga Region of Tanzania, these limestone caves are historic wonders, formed 150 million years ago deep underground. See hundreds of bats in flight at sunset, rock formations in the shapes of animals, and massive stalactites.


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Wim Hof is not really made of ice, but he might as well be. The fifty-five year old extreme sports enthusiast has shattered the record for the quickest ascent up Mt. Kilimanjaro on January 15, 2015.

In a mere 31 hours and 25 minutes, Hof and a group of eighteen other climbers reached the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, which sits at a cool 19,340 feet above sea level.

For the Iceman, it’s just another world record that he’s broken, (#26 in fact) but to us, it’s a feat that’s so impossible we’re still not sure how he accomplished it.

Even scientists aren’t quite sure how his body was able to overcome the strain of the ascent. But they’ll soon have a better idea because Wim is going to run up the mountain again and blood samples will be taken by researchers at theKilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre.

Wim Hof says his ability all stems from his special breathing technique, which he rightly calls The Wim Hof Method. He claims that he can control his body’s thermostat through deep meditation, which allows him to withstand temperatures that would be fatal to nearly everyone else.

Although nobody knows for sure how Wim accomplishes his superhuman feats – he surely keeps proving that nearly anything is possible. He once ran a marathon in the Namibian desert without drinking water and managed to climb Mt. Everest with only a pair of shorts on.

Mt. Kilimanjaro may just be another checkmark on Wim Hof’s list of accomplishments, but for you it could be the beginning of the greatest adventure of your life.


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A safari revival in troubled times

Security fears in neighboring Kenya have inadvertently worked in Tanzania’s favor, as far as tourism goes: Its luxurious new lodges are enticing diverted visitors. The ever-popular Serengeti retains its cachet with high-profile openings. Asilia Africa’s secluded Namiri Plains property and roving mobile camp Kimondo opened in July, followed by Legendary Expeditions’ Mwiba Tented Camp in August, and a revamp of &Beyond Grumeti Tented Camp is slated to be unveiled this April. But the real new treasure here is unprecedented access to sparsely trafficked regions. Nomad Tanzania opened Kuro amid the baobab-studded landscapes of Tarangire; Azura opened a new camp in southern Tanzania’s Selous Game Reserve, home to large concentrations of elephant, wild dog and leopard; while Ruaha, one of Tanzania’s largest yet least visited national parks, is now home to Nomad’s new Kigelia camp and Asilia’s Kwihala. Not to be outdone by its bush brethren, the alluring isle of Zanzibar is scaling up its luxury hotel offerings in the form of the coming Park Hyatt Zanzibar. SARAH KHAN

Source, http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/01/11/travel/52-places-to-go-in-2015.html?_r=1

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On International Women’s Day, UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai calls upon the tourism sector to step up policies and business practices that promote gender equality and women's empowerment. UNWTO/UN Women research shows that while tourism can offer significant opportunities to narrow the gender gap in employment and entrepreneurship, women are poorly represented at professional levels and earn 10% to 15% less than their male counterparts. “There is a particularly important opportunity to promote empowerment through entrepreneurship as tourism has almost twice as many women employers as other sectors”, said Rifai.

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As of now, only the chosen few in the know are aware of the unique attraction the Lake Chala area holds for visitors, where the green caldera lake and the surrounding wilderness area just waiting to be discovered. The present campsite at Lake Chala in Tanzania will soon be expanded to offer a full-fledged safari camp with self-contained large tents, in addition to the present facilities already available for visitors to this yet to be more widely discovered part of Tanzania, located on the border with neighboring Kenya. Presently a campsite is available for visitors, including a bar, restaurant, and washroom facilities, and for those without their own tents, equipment can be hired from the owners.


Camping, luxry tented camps, birding, swimming, Kayaking, bush walking, lake crate trekking, Cultural tourism nearest village to explore Chagga tribe including fresh home made coffee tour, local brew tour, biking tour 50 km covering, traditional dance, local hot lunch and home stay. contact for moree information

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By Giza Mdoe 

Results from the recently conducted animal censors in the country’s National parks are promising, Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Lazaro Nyalandu has reassured stakeholders and the country in general.

Yet to be officially announced later this month, Minister Nyalandu described the results as promising and attributed the improved count to ongoing anti-poaching efforts.

Minister Nyalandu made the remarks at the turn of the week in Dar es Salaam while addressing a flag off event of this year’s participants of IBT (Internationale Tourismus-Börse Berlin) the world’s largest International Trade Fair.

“We are seen our anti-poaching efforts baring positive results,” the minister said.

“When the results are announced, the numbers are very promising,” the minister said falling short of a specific announcement date.

The minister said among other efforts, the government has increased the number of game rangers to patrol the country’s extensive stretch of national parks and game reserves and also better equipped them.

“We still need to increase the numbers of our game rangers,” the minister admitted

“We are very grateful for the partnership that the German embassy has given us especially their contribution in the Selous national park,” the minister said to the attendants of the event who ranged various business CEO’s of the various registered participating firms at the ITB to a score of German diplomats.

He went on to recognise the long standing trade and cultural relations that the two countries enjoy and pledged continued cooperation.

To be held as of March 4 through to 8 this year, over 100 participating Tanzanian private firms and government agencies from the travel and tourism sectors will showcase their services and tourist products at the event.

The Tanzanian entourage joins participants from other East African Community members to market regional tourist attractions under the East African Expo umbrella.

The Tanzanian private sector will be represented by 57 exhibitors, compared to 55 last year. Of the companies, 21 are tourist travel operators, tour operators and ticketing firms (30), 33 are accommodation operators (hotel and camps - 24) while three of them are airline carriers.

Participating government agencies include the Tanzania Tourist Board, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA), Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA), and also the Zanzibar Commission for Tourism (ZCT).

Speaking to The Guardian late last month Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) Marketing Manager Geoffrey Meena said Tanzania will use the opportunity to promote its attractions under the banner of its current campaign “Tanzania: Africa’s Best Safari Country” and “Tanzania, The land of Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar and the Serengeti”.

He said the Tanzanian team will also promote the three attractions that were selected among the ‘Seventh Natural Wonders of the Africa’ in 2013.

“We are proud to be hosts of this year’s IBT Berlin - East African day, which will be held on March 6. As chairman of the East African region, all the showcasing of EAC tourism products will be exclusively done in the Tanzanian pavilion. So we shall use this advantage to woo as many visitors and business partners as possible,” Meena said.

According to him, Tanzania will occupy a single floor 288sq.m stand in the African Zone, closer to her neighbouring East African countries including Burundi and Rwanda.

He said among the products to be showcased are traditional clothing such as Maasai attire, food items- coffee and tea, beer and arts and crafts.

“The fair is not only about meeting traders and selling tour packages or sharing expertise in the field but it’s also about learning new strategies and technological business trends,” he explained. 

“Before exhibition hours, we have seminars conducted by International organisations such as UNWTO which really help us keep track of the latest innovations in the industry and how to adjust,” he detailed.

Last year, the minister led Tanzanian exhibitors at ITB where they received very good response with many participants reporting increased business.

Notably it is estimated that the number of German tourists visiting Tanzania has almost doubled (47 per cent) in the last two years from 36,626 in 2012 to 53,951 last year.

Established in 1966, ITB Berlin is the foremost business platform for global touristic offers with very high exhibitor satisfaction (over 90 percent).

Tanzania has participated in the IBT Berlin for 19 years and its impact can be felt in the increase of tourist visits in to the country especially from Germans. 

Germany is led by Italy, US and the UK in terms of number of visits to Tanzania per year.

Recently, Interpol reported that Tanzania is the top source of illegal ivory in East Africa, citing that approximately 30 elephants are killed in Tanzania daily, amounting to more than 10,000 annual killings of elephants alone.

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Cultural Tourism in Tanzania has been developing since 1996, under the stewardship of the Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) in collaboration with Ministry of Natural Resources & Tourism (MNRT) and The Netherlands Development Organization (SNV). Cultural Tourism was initiated by youth in local community in Northern Tanzania. The product came as a result of Maasai youth group that was used to dance alongside the Northern safari road accessing Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro and the Serengeti major tourist attractions in the area. During these volunteering dances, resulted to them been given a small change or tip for doing an interesting entertainment along the way.

As it became popular, the youth group realized that, they are losing by lacking formal way of selling their cultural product. The group decided to seek assistance from SNV who were by that time doing a number of development projects in the Maasai land. SNV contacted the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism and TTB to see how collaboration can be forged to develop the product. At the same time National Tourism Policy had stipulated community involvement in Tourism operation giving a room for various community-based tourism initiatives to be kick-started.

Tanzania had to define its cultural tourism product to be more precise. In the Tanzania context however, cultural tourism adopts a community-based tourism approach in which the people are directly involved in designing, organizing tours and showing tourists aspects of their lives in the area they live in. While economic benefit is derived from this activity, some cross cultural exchange between visitors and the local people is also developed. Operated through the criteria of ownership of the activities undertaken and equitable distribution of the income generated are underlying factors of the programme. It is people tourism that enables tourists to experience the local people’s way of life, offering insights into the values, beliefs and traditions in the host communities’ own environments.

The aim was and is to develop and promote cultural excursions, organized by local people in their natural environment where they live today. Cultural Tourism development took an approach of Sustainable Pro-poor Tourism. This is a way of doing tourism so that it focuses specifically on unlocking opportunities for the poor to benefit more within tourism, rather than expanding the overall size of the sector. Sustainable Pro-poor Tourism goes well beyond ecotourism and community based tourism. It is an approach that attempts to maximize the potential of tourism for eradicating poverty by developing appropriate strategies in co-operation with all major groups/stakeholders central government, local governments, tourism operators, and local communities to have a fair distribution of benefits.

Currently there are over 47 Cultural Tourism Enterprises (CTEs) that TTB has helped establishing. Basically the CTEs operate as a total set of products that involve different cultural and natural attractions, activities and provision of services in a given local community. The CTEs provide employment and income generating opportunities to local communities in rural areas of Tanzania hence decreasing rural to urban areas migration. There have been approximately 20% increases in arrivals yearly. Over the past 15 years Mto wa Mbu Cultural Tourism Enterprise has realized a tenfold increment in arrivals and revenues collected. Most CTEs focus on offering cultural experiences including: experiencing people’s way of life, traditional dances/ceremonies, sampling of local cuisines, home-stays, daily homestead chores, handicrafts, community development initiatives, indigenous knowledge, historical heritage, nature walks, and local folklores. There are wishes for a geographical expansion and a diversification of the Cultural Tourism products to guarantee a further growth of Tanzania cultural tourism as an additional tourist product that will enhance tourism local economic impact and increase the length of stay of tourists in destination Tanzania. 

Supporters for Cultural Tourism

Currently there are three main partners pushing the Cultural Tourism initiative i.e. Tanzania Tourist Board through its Cultural tourism Programme Unit in collaboration with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism with support from other support organizations such as United Nations-World Tourism Organization Sustainable Tourism-Eliminating Poverty ((UNWTO ST-EP) foundation, Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF)-Cluster Competitiveness Programme (CCP), Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO-UN) and Centre for Development of Enterprises (CDE). In different times CTP was supported by The Netherlands Development Organization (SNV) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN-NL).

The Cultural Tourism Programme gives visitors to Tanzania the chance to tour tribal areas to meet the people and experience their traditional way of life. Through the programmes, visitors also experience indigenous attractions and scenery of rural Tanzania.

It is a rewarding experience to leave the safari-car behind and climb the mountains of the agricultural tribes of northern Tanzania to see how coffee is grown by subsistence farmers or to walk across the plains to explore the rich traditions of the pastoral tribes whose culture is closely linked to nature and wildlife. 

Still the visitor can follow the drumbeats and let the tribal dancers of southern Tanzania interpret the music and performances the tribes have inherited from their ancestors, or just go to the coast to sense the history of the Swahili people of coastal Tanzania.

And for the visitors who want to meet fishermen, cultivators, local minors, wildlife scouts, rainmakers and story-tellers, the land between Serengeti and Lake Victoria is the place to be.

There is more in the cultural tourism programmes of Tanzania!

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In what perhaps may be the most shocking upset in the news this week, ecologist revealed last Friday, Dec. 5, that giraffes may be headed towards extinction - and it's in part due to a lack of awareness of dangers facing the African species. While contemporary studies in Africa's central savannahs have revealed the collected threats that human encroachment , habitat loss and black market poaching has posed to wildlife communities, researchers say that giraffes are amongst some of the hardest hit populations in the long list of black market species. And without significant change in the way giraffes are protected, they may disappear all together within a matter years.

According to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, which made the announcement of new research figures last week, African populations of giraffes have dropped nearly 40% in the wild over the course of only 15 years. The organization's director, Dr. Julian Fennessy says that the figures bring to light "a silent extinction", pointing out that numbers have fallen from 140,000 to only 80,000, and numbers are continuing to dwindle.

Though large, the gentle giants are relatively easy for hunters and poachers to kill for meat and hides that bring in a premium penny on Africa's and Asia's black markets. Their skins are sold throughout the continents for clothing items and as fabric for interior designs, while their meats have become quite a delicacy in certain regions, fetching quite a high demand. In fact, in nations such as Tanzania, locals have come to believe that eating parts of the animal can cure HIV and AIDS, bringing giraffes to the top of the black market lists.

So, why is this the first time we're hearing about the plight of the giraffe's if their numbers have been falling significantly since the end of the 20th century? Experts believe that it's because of the species' presence in lots of mainstream media, that people are perceiving the giraffes to be far more abundant than actual figures reveal.

"Giraffes are everywhere. Look at kid's books, which are full of giraffes" research coordinator for San Diego Zoo's Institute for Conservation Research, David O'Connor says. "They're always in zoo collections too. They're easily visible, so you don't think that we have to worry about them."

But that's far from the truth! Groups such as the Giraffe Conservation Foundation are hopeful that by bringing to light the struggles that face giraffe populations in upcoming years, without the change necessary to sustain the species, that stricter conservation measures may soon take effect. And to better help serve the species, the researchers are not only bringing to light the data that faces all giraffes in Africa's savannahs, but are also raising awareness of the nine subspecies that exist in the wild, in hopes of keeping the giant species from being lost to history in our near future.


Source, The Science Times.

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For more than 50 years conservationists have been fighting to save the Serengeti. Yet, more than ever, climate change, population growth and poaching are threatening the huge, species-rich symbol of Africa's animal kingdom. Let us take you to this fascinating world! Experience roaring lions, braying zebras and hundreds of thousands of gnus in our interactive safari through the Serengeti.

"Serengeti Shall Not Die" is more than just the title of Bernhard Grzimek's Oscar-winning documentary. A half century ago the animal researcher had already recognized the threat people pose to Africa's wildlife. Grzimek saw that as the human population grew, the more difficult it would be to maintain harmony between man and nature.

Today the film title has become the maxim of the park for Grzimek's successors. The Africa team of the Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS) has made preservation of the Serengeti a priority. Nowadays the ecosystem in northern Tanzania is among the best protected national parks in the world. But the threat is far from over. The wilderness is feeling the impact of the modern world. More and more humans are encroaching on its borders: indigenous peoples seeking a livelihood, poachers in search of fast money or tourists looking for a thrill. The latter in particular are both a curse and a blessing, because without tourism the Serengeti could really die. The park is financed largely through visitor admission fees. Each year, an additional one million euros from Frankfurt goes towards protecting the Serengeti. This funding enables Tanzania's national park authorities to do their work.

Author: Inga Sieg
Camera & Photography: Axel Warnstedt


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Author; Marsea Nelson, WWF
Rising majestically above the African plain the 20,000-foot Mt. Kilimanjaro has beckoned to climbers since the first recorded summit in 1889. Here are 10 interesting facts to help inspire your own future summit:
10. Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain on the African continent and the highest free-standing mountain in the world.

9. Kilimanjaro has three volcanic cones, Mawenzi, Shira and Kibo. Mawenzi and Shira are extinct but Kibo, the highest peak, is dormant and could erupt again. The most recent activity was about 200 years ago; the last major eruption was 360,000 years ago.

8. Nearly every climber who has summitted Uhuru Peak, the highest summit on Kibo’s crater rim, has recorded his or her thoughts about the accomplishment in a book stored in a wooden box at the top.

7. The oldest person ever to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro was 87-year-old Frenchman Valtee Daniel.

6. Almost every kind of ecological system is found on the mountain: cultivated land, rain forest, heath, moorland, alpine desert and an arctic summit.

5. The fasted verified ascent of Mt. Kilimanjaro occurred in 2001 when Italian Bruno Brunod summitted Uhuru Peak in 5 hours 38 minutes 40 seconds. The fastest roundtrip was accomplished in 2004, when local guide Simon Mtuy went up and down the mountain in 8:27.

4. The mountain’s snow caps are diminishing, having lost more than 80 percent of their mass since 1912. In fact, they may be completely ice free within the next 20 years, according to scientists.

3. Shamsa Mwangunga, National Resources and Tourism minister of Tanzania, announced in 2008 that 4.8 million indigenous trees will be planted around the base of the mountain, helping prevent soil erosion and protect water sources.

2. South African Bernard Goosen twice scaled Mt. Kilimanjaro in a wheelchair. His first summit, in 2003, took nine days; his second, four years later, took only six. Born with cerebral palsy, Goosen used a modified wheelchair, mostly without assistance, to climb the mountain.

1. Approximately 25,000 people attempt to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro annually. Approximately two-thirds are successful. Altitude-related problems is the most common reason climbers turn back.

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ARUSHA, Tanzania, Jan. 24 (Xinhua) -- It is a wildlife sanctuary for almost every creature one can find on the African soil, yet its beauty has not received the attention it deserves from local and foreign tourists.

The 23-year-old Udzungwa Mountains National Park (UMNP) covers an area of 1,990 square kilometers and its name is probably a linguistic mismatch possibly by the Germans in reference of the word "Wasungwa", one of the tribes who live on the slopes of the mountains.

It is located 60 km south of Mikumi National Park along the Mikumi-Ifakara road and about 380 km from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania' s commercial capital.

It was declared a national park in 1992 by Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld of Netherlands, the founder of World Wide Fund (WWF).

The park has many unique and endemic plants, mammals, birds, amphibian, reptiles and butterflies that enrich its status. This is what makes it one of the most important parks in Tanzania.

Apart from other tourist attractions, the park is well-known for six primate species which were recorded, five of which are endemic. The Iringa Red Colobus and Sanje Crested Mangabey can not be seen anywhere else in the country.

"The mountains are perhaps the most important site in Africa for primate conservation," says Happiness Kiemi, the tourism promotion officer of the park.

It is also one of Tanzania's key sanctuaries of birds as it embraces more than 400 species from the lovely and easily located green-headed oriole to more than a dozen secretive Eastern Arc endemic birds.

Despite all the richness in biodiversity and the gorgeous physical outlook, the park has not yet attracted a reasonable number of tourists consistent with its place in global tourism.

With the tourism sector ranked the third after mining and agriculture in the importance of the country's economy, the Tanzania National Parks (Tanapa), the management authority of all the 16 national parks across Tanzania, is hopeful that southern Tanzania's tourist sites like UMNP can change the status quo.

Comparisons with a smaller park in northern part of the country do not make any good reading for Tanzania as far as income generation is concerned.

For instance, Lake Manyara National Park of roughly 330 square kilometers, which is much smaller than UMNP, attracts more than 130,000 foreign tourists - 10 percent of Tanzania's annual tourist arrivals.

Surprisingly, UMNP only boasts of 7,500 to 8,000 foreign tourists per annum, the number of which is very small.

Additionally, the park enjoys peace with beautiful environment, climate, as well as friendly people that could be a key in promoting tourism to unprecedented levels.

Kiemi describes the area as unique and there are ornithologists who think that the park is an avian wealth.

"There are so many things to do once you get into the park and one of them is a two-hour hike to the waterfall for camping safaris, bird watching, game drives and game viewing," she says.

"As park management authority, we have tried to create trails that make visitors ramble to Sanje and Msolwa waterfalls and the more challenging two nights Mwanihana trail that leads to high plateau with panoramic views surrounding sugarcane plantation and the highest point in the Eastern Arc ranges," she says.

"Our interest is to ensure that all tourist facilities are improved, so that more tourists will come here and enjoy the nature," she says

source http://www.shanghaidaily.com

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Recently, I joined a small group of tourists to visit Monduli district. The trip was sponsored by Tanzania Tourism Board (TTB) and we chose to drive to Mto-wa-Mbu town.

The town is situated along the famous road heading to Ngorongoro and Serengeti national parks and shares a boundary with Arusha and Manyara.

The drive was pleasant, ushering us through endless views of the countryside, shanty towns, shops, acacia trees, the Maasais, herds of cows and goats.

The backdrop of Mto-wa-Mbu features baobabs, acacia trees and myriad banana farms framed by the Rift Valley escarpment. The road is lined with farmhouse-like looking houses surrounded by lush green farming land.

Mto-wa-Mbu's relaxed vibe is immediately recognisable. Here, nature is at peace and it is the best place to view the Rift Valley.

Mto-wa-Mbu has become an important tourism destination. Tourists are increasingly using the town as their base to explore the wonderlands of Tarangire and Lake Manyara national parks and to participate in the cultural tourism excursions in the area.

To cater for the influx of tourists, there are bureaux de change, boutiques for arts, crafts and groups of people who sell yet more curios along the driveway to Ngorongoro and Serengeti.

The creativity, expression and volume of camping sites in the town are overwhelming. All day-long tourists and locals are seen mixing in and out of camping sites, drinking places and restaurants.

The small, yet busy, market put this town on the map against its neighbour Karatu. The market is a mix of local and present-day influences, and its strategic location makes it an ideal stopover for anyone travelling the length of the Makuyuni - Ngorongoro - Serengeti road. Fruits, vegetables and other farm products grown in the neighbourhood, are on sale. For any first-time visitor a visit to the market place is irresistible and almost compulsory.

The paved streets near the road sides are busy and several women display their produce, and troops of vendors selling soda pop, bottled water, batiks and so on all swarming the area.

Like in a normal African village, where there is always something about home, bicycles and cars repair garages, which do their business mainly by the roadside pavements, offering a stunning sight.

And, I could not stop admiring the way women prepared meals (more particulary ugali) on the three stone fire sides, constantly stoking the flaming firewood or roasting maize over open fires.

More on the town

Mto-wa-mbu, loosely translated as 'Mosquito Creek,' a century ago provided an access of wildlife passage migrating, between Tarangire and Manyara national parks on one part and Ngorongoro and Serengeti national park, on the other.

It is believed that the area around Mto-wa-Mbu was dry and hardly populated until the early 1950s, when the first steps were made to irrigate the area. Within a few years, hundreds of acres of newly cultivatable land became available for rice farming, bananas and so on.

The rapid population growth has turned Mto-wa-Mbu in a melting pot of cultures. Various traditional modes of production stand as an example of this culture diversity: Chagga people produce their banana beer; a farmer from Kigoma makes palm oil from palm trees that he brought from the shores of Lake Tanganyika; the Sandawe makes bow and arrow for hunting and the Rangi people use the papyrus from the lakes and rives to make the most beautiful mats and baskets. On the surrounding plains Maasai families live in traditional bomas and the warriors wander with their cattle looking for pasture and water.

Mto-wa-Mbu attracts varied cultural tourism products. A view into the culture of the many different tribes living in the area, and the Maasai people makes the cultural wealth and values fascinating to visitors. It is close to the entrance of Lake Manyara National Park.

Source, http://allafrica.com

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THE 2015 Kilimanjaro Marathon preparations are in full swing and organisers have announced starting times and entry fees for the running adventure slated for Sunday in Moshi.

According to a statement released by John Addison, managing director of Wild Frontiers, organisers of the event, the 42km Kilimanjaro Premium Lager Marathon will start at 06:30am, 10km Gapco Disabled event at 06:45am, Tigo Kili Half Marathon at 07:00am and the 5km Fun Run at 07:45am.

Full Marathon entry fees will be 60 US dollars for international entries, 6,000/- for East African citizens and 30 US dollars for East African residents or work permit holders while Half Marathon entry fees for international runners will be 60 US dollars, 4,000/- for East African citizens and 30 US dollars for East African residents or work permit holders.

Furthermore, international disabled athletes will pay 10 US dollars, 3,000/- for East African citizens and 5 US dollars for East African residents or work permit holders while entry fees have been waived for disabled Tanzanian runners.

International runners and East African residents will pay 2 US dollars and all East African citizens will pay 3,000/- for the 5km Fun Run.

According to Addison, the minimum age for runners of the 42km Marathon is 21 years, 18 years for the Tigo Kili Half Marathon and 10 years for the 5km Fun Run.

"We will be doing registration two days prior to race day on the 27th and 28th February from 10am- 5pm each day at Keys Hotel, Uru Road, Moshi while registration in Arusha will be held on 26th February at Kibo Palace," he said.

The marathon, considered to be one of the greatest running adventures in the world and as such is a major annual event for Tanzania, is expected to host over 6,000 runners, including 800 foreign runners from over 40 countries.

Executive Solutions are the local coordinators of the Kilimanjaro Marathon 2015 in conjunction with Athletics Tanzania (AT), Kilimanjaro Amateur Athletics Association and Kilimanjaro Marathon Club.

It is sponsored by Kilimanjaro Premium Lager, Tigo (Half Marathon), GAPCO (Disabled race), Simba Cement, and KK Security, Keys Hotel, TPC Sugar, CMC Automobiles Ltd, RwandAir, FNB Tanzania, Kibo Palace Hotel, UNFPA, Kilimanjaro Water, NSSF and Tanzania Coffee Board

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TANZANIA has launched a massive tourism campaign through roadshows in the three cities of America's West Coast.

The Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, Dr Adelhelm Meru, said that the campaign would help in promoting the country's tourist attractions in the cities of Los Angeles, San Fransisco and Seattle.
"We are confident that 2015 will be a year of continued growth from the American market especially since destination Tanzania is on so many 'hot lists' of places to go."

On her part, the Acting Managing Director of Tanzania Tourist Board who organised the roadshows, Ms Devota Mdachi, said the West Coast part of the United States of America was one of the largest tourism generating markets for Tanzania.
She said the number of tourists from the area as Ethiopian Airlines opened its new gateway in Los Angeles and Turkish Airlines opened its new gateway in San Francisco.

Tanzania has become the top destination of 2015 for the American traveler. It was named one of the "Best Places to travel in 2015" by Travel + Leisure, featured in the"52 Places To Go In 2015" by The New York Times and Tanzania's Ruaha National Park was featured on Afar Magazine's "2015 Where to Go" list.

The success of Tanzania Tourist Board's marketing efforts in the USA shows a 7% increase in American visitors in 2013 (up from 65,110 in 2012 to 69,671 in 2013), making the USA Tanzania's second largest tourism source market worldwide.
This is also due to the fact that, Tanzania, in addition to having three of Africa's natural wonders of the world, is viewed as a peaceful and stable destination, rich in history and cultural diversity.

The aim of this promotional campaign is also to show support for Tanzania's American tourism partners, agents, tour operators, airlines and media as well as to provide an update on the expanding tourism products, new infrastructures and air connections

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Dar es Salaam. The Automobile Association of Tanzania (AAT) has entered into a partnership with some hotels to promote tourism.

AAT is a member of Federation International de l’Automobile (FIA) — a body that has 80 million members across 141 countries and 236 clubs worldwide.

Under the agreement, AAT will promote Tanzania’s tourism to FIA members worldwide and when the visitors come, they will be accommodated at Serena Group, through the Tourism Promotion Services (T), Southern Sun, Sopa lodges and Elewana Collection at discounted rates. “We will promote Tanzania’s tourism worldwide to all FIA club members so that they can visit Tanzania as a commercial and holiday destination,” said AAT chief executive officer Yusuf Ghor. “Special discounts offered range from 15 to 25 per cent for accommodation in hotels based in Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Zanzibar and northern national parks.”

Serena Group, through Tourism Promotion Services (T), owns Lake Manyara, Serena Safari Lodge, Ngorogoro Serena Safari Lodge, Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge, Kirawira Luxury Tented Camp, Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp in the northern tourist circuit as well as the Zanzibar Serena Inn and Dar es Salaam Serena on the isles and the commercial capital respectively.

The Southern Sun is also in Dar es Salaam while Sopa Group Lodges are in northern tourist circuit in Ngorongoro, Serengeti and Tarangire.

Elewana Collection operates the Arusha Coffee Lodge in Arusha, Kilindi Zanzibar on the isles as well as Tarangire Treetops, The Manor at Ngorongoro, Serengeti Pioneer Camp and Serengeti Migration Camp in the Northern circuit.

According to the AAT president Nizar Jivani, the agreement is the best thing to have happened for the promotion of Tanzania tourism internationally.

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By Filbert Rweyemamu The Citizen Correspondent

Nairobi. Government officials from Tanzania and Kenya will meet in Arusha next month to seek ways of addressing a row on the ban of Tanzania’s tourist vehicles from accessing Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi since last December.

The permanent secretary in the ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, Dr Adelhelm Meru, said on Friday that the matter was bilateral and could not be tabled before the just-ended East African Community (EAC) in Nairobi.

He said the meeting would take place in Arusha from March 18-20 and he expected to come out with a lasting solution to the crisis, which could impact adversely on cooperation between the two competitors in tourism in the region.

“This is a bilateral matter between Tanzania and Kenya and we have realised there is no need to involve other EAC partner states, which are not directly concerned,” the PS affirmed ahead of the EAC summit of heads of state.

Since December 22 last year, the Kenyan authorities slapped a ban on vans carrying tourists from and to Tanzania to access its busy international air transport hub in Nairobi on grounds that it was implementing the 1985 agreement with Tanzania on tourism cooperation.

At one time minister for Natural Resources and Tourism Lazaro Nyalandu was forced to travel to Nairobi to consult his counterpart, but Kenya only lifted the ban for three weeks and opened for further discussions with its southern neighbour.

It is estimated that about 300,000 travellers to and from Tanzania use JKIA each year to access various global destinations. These include tourists heading to northern game parks, which attract most visitors compared to other parts of the country.

The EAC Council of Ministers skipped discussing the tussle during its pre-summit session on Wednesday.

Sources close to the meeting said, however, that the minister for East African Cooperation, Dr Harrison Mwakyembe, held talks with his Kenyan counterpart on the matter.

There was speculation early last week  that the recent ban of Tanzanian-registered vehicles to access the Nairobi airport would be tabled before the ministerial council, which is the policy organ of the EAC. However, this did not take place.


Source: The Citizen, February 22, 2015


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A day celebrate to and raise awareness of the world’s wild fauna and flora. The date was adopted by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild Flora and Fauna. This year, Kenya will participate in this global celebration of wildlife by hosting a national celebration of our unique wildlife heritage through a week long national Wildlife Festival from 28th February to 7th March.

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By Daniel Semberya

The development of the full tourism value chain could have a significant positive impact on Tanzania’s effort to achieve an even higher level of rapid, sustained and equitable economic growth. As examples around the world show, tourism can contribute significantly to the creation of employment opportunities, particularly for traditionally disadvantaged groups such as women and youth. Examples of countries that have successfully implemented measures to achieve this goal include Mozambique, which transformed its tourism industry through the formulation and implementation of a well - formed strategic plan, regulatory reforms and the easing of visa res trictions; and Cape Verde, where one in five workers are now employed either directly or indirectly in the tourism industry. According to the World Bank latest sixth Tanzania Economic Update edition entitled ‘The Elephant in the Room, Unlocking the pote ntial of the tourism industry for Tanzanians,’ tourism can enhance multiple - linked activities through its interactions with the transportation, agricultural and traditional handicrafts sectors, significantly benefiting a large range of local businesses. It further states that a well - developed tourism industry has some subtle benefits. By raising the global profile of a country, it can generate an increased awareness of that country’s natural, human and other assets, which could play a role in attracting foreign investors. To derive maximum benefits from the exceptional opportunities that tourism offers, Tanzanian policy - makers should focus on three complementary pillars such as diversification; intensification and improvements to governance. Multidim ensional diversification So far, in the development of Tanzania’s tourism industry, the emphasis has been on expansion through the development of new destinations. As stated earlier, most tourism activities are concentrated in two areas, with many other p otentially attractive areas currently underdeveloped. In this context, the development of new destinations makes sense. However, there are substantial costs and potentially negative impacts associated with such a strategy. One means of achieving this exp ansion could be through the use of public - private partnerships to develop a number of strategic locations, as has been achieved elsewhere. An example of a PPP which created an extremely positive impact involved a seemingly simple road infrastructure develo pment project, involving a provincial government and a private hotelier in South Africa. Such partnerships can also be promoted through the establishment of linkages with large investments in other sectors, such as mining or agriculture, through the dev elopment of joint infrastructure that can also support tourism activities. However, as previously stated, competing interests will need to be managed if other sector partnerships are promoted. The diversification of Tanzania’s tourism industry should als o involve the development of attractions beyond the nature - based. Clearly, there are significant benefits for maintaining exclusivity in the management of natural assets that could be damaged through mass tourism activities, as this may serve to maintain r evenue levels while controlling negative environmental impacts. As a result of its development of a high - value, low - volume market, Tanzania generates higher levels of revenue per visitor than do its regional competitors such as Botswana, Kenya, Namibia and Uganda. However, this strategy may not work for all forms of tourism, particularly for beach tourism where competition from around the world is high and tourists are less prepared to pay a high premium for their experiences. Tanzania could diversify its tourism industry through the development of a range of new tourist activities. For example, it may be appropriate to develop mass tourism in beach areas along Tanzania’s vast coastline. In fact, such developments are already evident in Zanzibar, with r elatively inexpensive beach resorts and frequent charter flights from Europe. Cultural tourism could be further developed through the promotion of specific attractions such as the ruins of Kilwa in the south or the old Swahili trading towns of Mikindani, all of which have a rich history that make them potentially attractive to tourists. Tourism related to the influx of business visitors from recent discoveries of vast natural gas reserves in the south of the country could be further explored. Business tourism could also be developed in Dar es Salaam and in Arusha, two fast growing cities. In Dar es Salaam, the number of business hotels is limited, with most always fully occupied. Thus, there is clearly a demand. Kenya has managed to develop business tourism facilities very successfully, and now ranks only second behind South Africa as a venue for business meetings in a market worth approximately USD 24 million. Not only would the development of such facilities in Tanzania generate revenue directly, it clearly has the potential to create positive spillover effects, with the availability of business tourism facilities potentially making Tanzania a more attractive proposition for foreign investors. Lastly, it is possible to combine these different kinds of tourism by offering packages and circuits. This is already happening to some extent in Arusha, where business visitors frequently take a few days to visit adjacent national parks. New circuits can be better developed in Dar es Salaam by linking the city with national parks (such as Mikumi, Selous); beaches (such as South Beach, Bagamoyo, Mafia Island); and cultural attractions (such as Kilwa, Zanzibar, Bagamoyo). These attractions are well known by local residents, but are c urrently not yet sufficiently developed to attract international visitors. Integration: generating a higher level of benefit from tourism activities in existing locations. This pillar should involve the development of a higher level of integration betw een the tourism industry and other local businesses. If well managed, tourism provides multiple opportunities for economic development and employment growth through the establishment of linkages within and between sectors. For example, tourism revenues are released into the local economy when hotels or lodge operators buy goods and services from local suppliers. This impacts the agricultural and fisheries sectors, enabling them to serve as suppliers to the tourism industry. It also breeds an entrepreneuri al market for goods such as traditional handicrafts. In addition, hotels use a portion of their revenues to pay wages to workers, who may come from local communities. Tourism industry workers, particularly if they come from local communities, will spend their wages to the benefit of the surrounding community. In many countries, local suppliers provide basic building materials to the tourism industry, spurring growth in construction services and light manufacturing. Currently, in Tanzania, most hotel an d lodging furniture is imported from China, showing that trade linkages between tourism and local industries have yet to be firmly established. The challenge is to build the capacities of local communities so that their members are able to provide goods and services to different segments of the market, particularly the high - end segment that currently comprises the bulk of tourism in Tanzania. Two programmes need to be further developed in order to enable local communities to participate more fully in t he tourism market. One component is to strengthen skills and training for workers, while the other is to build better linkages between the tourism industry and local business enterprises. The latter is perhaps more challenging for Tanzania. Tanzania has a great number of vocational tourism training programmes. However, many of these programmes suffer from underdeveloped linkages with the industry. The country has a multi - sector training institution that offers a two - year associate degree housed in the bu siness school with courses in culinary and catering management, leisure and resort management, and hospitality and tourism management. Recently, a culinary academy was also established. The institution has campuses in a number of locations across the co untry, including Dar es Salaam, Arusha, and Mwanza. However, these programmes have yet to achieve a sufficient level of integration with the industry to enable an agile response to the industry’s human resource needs. To ensure better matches between th e skills developed by these institutions and those demanded by industry, it is important for the private sector to partner with tourism programmes and for training institutions to offer skills development aligned with competitive sector offerings. For e xample, service standards are identified as a critical constraint to operations in Tanzania. Specific weaknesses noted include business skills, understanding visitor needs and expectations, customer service, and online communications. Delivery of effect ive training should be the responsibility of both the private and public sectors. In this regard, Tanzania can emulate lessons learned from places such as the Gambia and South Africa, which have managed to successfully implement training programmes that me et the needs of the industry. Direct economic linkage programmes can also be developed through cooperation between tourism operators and local communities. While the ability of tourism sector operators to support the establishment of linkages with local business enterprises depends on the size and capacity of the domestic economy, it is important to take advantage of backward linkages that tourism typically has with sectors such as agriculture, construction and light manufacturing. For example, in Peru, the Orient Express Hotels group reached out directly to fishing communities to create a local supply chain. In more developed tourist economies, linkages can also be made from the supply side. For example, in Nepal, cultural touris m services such as home stay programmes are offered by citizen - funded organisations, with proceeds going directly to members of communities. Other partnerships, such as the community conservancy programme in Namibia, were established through a joint govern ment and private sector - led initiative to strengthen partnerships with local communities.


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