TANAPA closes three airstrips for “operational reasons”

By Lake Zone Watch writer

Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA), the national agency managing 22 national parks countrywide, has announced the temporary closure of three airstrips due to what it has described as operational reasons.

A statement issued yesterday by TANAPAs Principal Conservation Officer responsible for Corporate Communication, Catherine Mbena, said Serengeti South airstrip has immediately been closed until May 20 while Lobo and Lamai have been closed until July 1 and August 1 respectively.

The agency has recommended Kogatende and Seronera airstrips as alternatives for reaching the northern Tanzania tourist attractions.

Recently, TANAPAS new Conservation Commissioner, Mussa Nassoro Kuji, hit the ground running seeking to ensure that national parks play a crucial role in the attraction of tourists.

One critical area he laid emphasis on is the improvement of the road network and other infrastructure to enable tourists visit the countrys much-publicised national parks which have become wonders of the world.

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