Tourism in Tanzania

Date Added: Aug 17, 2017

Tanzania is famous for its two touristic destinations – climbing Kilimanjaro (5.895 meters) –  Africa’s highest mountain and safari in national parks. In 2016 the travel industry in Tanzania featured 470 500 employees. 1 446 000 international tourists are expected to choose Tanzania as their travel destination for 2017.

Arusha National Park and Serengeti – the most known National park – are considered to be the most popular national parks. They offer sundry options for safari, eco-tours and balloon trips over the savanna. Trophy hunting is allowed in some of the wildlife sanctuaries, not to mention the countless general-audience and feature films shot in this area.

Even though all the national parks are under the state supervision many species of animals are still extirpated by poachers. According to the specialists the population of elephants in Tanzania might die out by the end of the current decade if the extirpation stays at the same rate.

Safari in Arusha National Park

If you haven’t yet planned to visit Tanzania and behold the wildlife with your own eyes, then you’d better don’t lose time anymore. Safari in Arusha National Park – one of the country’s most popular conservations – is a perfect chance to get to know the fantastic world of plants and animals of the African savanna.

Located between the peaks of Kilimanjaro and Meru (4556), Arusha National Park offers a charming landscape rife with crater lakes, a great variety of birds, emerald green mountain blocks and alpine meadows on the slopes of Meru. Local forests are known for the interesting combination of old pine blocks and tropical vegetation, as well as a great many mountain goats and tropical birds. The place is home to over 200 species of mammals, 126 species of reptiles, a great variety of butterflies and countless species of plants, many of which are endemic.

Arusha Park is home to the largest population of giraffes in the world, which makes it a perfect place for the fans of these long-necked animals. Arusha is also the only location in Northern Tanzania, where you can meet black and white colobus monkeys at every step. Colobus monkeys, otherwise referred to as guerezas or Black-and-White colobus monkeys (Latin Colobus) – is a type of monkeys from the family of langurs or leaf-eating monkeys. Guerezas present an absolutely unique phenomenon among Old World monkeys since they lack thumbs, which is one of the most significant distinctive features of Primates.

Arusha is the habitat of almost 450 species of birds, and their abundance on the shoreline of Lake Momella stands in stark contrast to the lifeless atmosphere of bare cliffs on the peak of Meru or Ngurdoto Crater.

In Arusha you can bird watch the whole year round. Migratory birds from Europe and Northern Africa stay in Arusha November to April, so one can meet extinct species of birds, such as red-fronted parrots (Jardine’s parrot), which are only found in the South of Kenya and the North of Tanzania.

Arusha National Park spans over a small area, so just a single day is quite enough to see all the interesting sites it offers. One of the advantages of the park is that you can enjoy short walking tours accompanied by a ranger, while in other parks tourists are not allowed to leave the cars.

Rules for Tourists in Tanzanian Parks

The visitors of National parks should be aware of certain rules, including:

  • It is strictly forbidden to leave the car during safari, except for specially equipped places and in the company of a ranger. The failure to comply with this rule results in heavy fines on the travel agencies, including cancellation of the license.

  • Travelling off the routes is not allowed in the territory of Tanzanian National Parks, since it causes permanent damage to the fragile balance of the park’s ecosystem.

  • Smoking during safari sessions is forbidden; ultimately, you should be extremely careful with the stubs, which regularly cause fires in the savanna.