TANAPA experiences tourism boom as holidaymakers flood national parks

By Lake Zone Watch writer

Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA), the state-controlled tourism agency, has made enviable progress in attracting 1,451,176 tourists, surpassing its target of 1,387,987 between July 2023 and February this year, it has been disclosed.

The tourism agency runs the 98,908.88 square-kilometre 21 national parks in the country, which include the world-famous and vast Serengeti National Park established in 1959.

Serengeti National Park boasts of the lion’s share of tourists visiting the country’s national parks to view the five famous animals — lions, leopards, buffaloes, rhinos and the towering elephants.

A TANAPA report released in Dodoma yesterday on Tourism and Infrastructure Development, said in year 2022 the organisation contributed 697,264 out of the 1,454,920 tourists who visited Tanzania in that year.

According to figures from a World Travel and Tourism Council February report highlighting Tanzania, 90.7 of the visitors entering Tanzania are attracted with national parks, particularly the Ngorongoro Crater and the Zanzibar pristine beaches.

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