Tanzania has been a tourism center for more than 200 years! It all started when Europeans started visiting the land in search of ivory and gold in the early 1800s. Tanzania also made its presence known by becoming a part of a hunting niche market. However, only after the German colonialists formally established game reserves on the Tanzania mainland, did tourism really start in the country. Up to 1961, European tourists had unearthed many of the current tourist attractions such as the lakes Tanganyika and Victoria and Mount Kilimanjaro. After the 1960’s, the foundations of a tourism industry were laid and Tanzania hasn’t looked back since then. The industry sees a 10% increase per annum!
Tanzania covers an area of 947,303 square km on the map and is included in the 20 largest African countries list. It is located on the eastern coast of Africa with an 800 km long Indian Ocean coastline. It also has offshore islands, including Zanzibar, Mafia, and Pemba while an octet of countries border Tanzania. You will find Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Malawi, Burundi, Zambia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Mozambique among them. The most elevated point in Tanzania is also the highest in Africa i.e. mount Kilimanjaro, which is 19,341 ft high. There are national parks and beautiful freshwater and salt lakes that are tourist hotspots.
Of the five biggest cities, Mbeya is the smallest and is considered the business center of the south. It is also home to many tourist attractions, such as:
- Kitulo & Ruaha national parks
- Ruaha National Park
- Mwalalo Water Falls
- Lake Nyasa
- Mbozi meteorite
Dodoma is the centre of Tanzania and its capital while Arusha is popular among tourists due to its namesake national park, Ngorongogo Conservation Area and Mount Kilimanjaro. Mwanza is the site of the largest mall in the country i.e. Rock City Mall while Dar es Salaam sports the tallest building in the country i.e. PSPF Twin Towers.
Sustainable growth regarding the travel and tourism sector is the focus of the country’s government. Turning Tanzania into the best tourist spot in East and Central Africa is a process underway. The government wants the best for its high-income tourists while conserving the culture and the natural environment of the place. High value tourism will soon stand side by side agriculture that has been the main support of Tanzania’s economy.
Tourism has a significant role in the Tanzanian economy. In 2014, about USD 2 billion or 25% of foreign exchange earnings of the country could be attributed to Tourism. It also formed 17% of Tanzania’s GDP in 2014. Tourism is directly responsible for the jobs of more than 600,000 people.
Safari & Luxury Safari
Ask anyone who has been to Tanzania and they will tell you it is one of the perfect safari destinations! Talk to someone who has had a luxury safari experience and they will tell you why the best way to see Tanzania is by paying for it! Here are just some of the reasons why a luxury safari in Tanzania would make all the difference:
- A luxury vehicle i.e. specially outfitted 4-wheel drive that has oodles of space and a private guide will be yours for the whole trip!
- You can bet on delicious food, representing the cuisine from around the world, cooked to perfection while on the safari.
- Wildlife encounters will be at a maximum, including before-sunrise game drives and wildlife viewing in the early evening. They will be planned in a way that allows you to view the best in every season.
You will be able to choose between camps, brick and mortar lodges that are either luxuriously furnished or sparsely, depending on your preference. Private pools, eating outside in the bush or at a bar in a location with a spectacular view are all possible when you choose the luxury safari experience