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31 Aug 2020

THE TOURISM STAKEHOLDER WORKSHOP TO DEVELOP A STRATEGY FOR THE RESTORATION OF TOURISM IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE CORONA VIRUS DISEASE (COVID 19)

[Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism Dr. Aloyce K. Nzuki delivering the Opening Word to the tourism stakeholders during the Tourism Stakeholder Recognition Workshop aimed at restoring tourism to its original state after the fight against COVID-19, held at the National College of Tourism – Arusha Campus, Arusha City]. 

Speaking to reporters in Arusha on 28th August 2020, Dr. Nzuki said the Government in early April this year issued guidelines on how to receive and serve tourists who come to the country while procedures to prevent the spread of Corona Virus Disease are followed by providers for both (visitors and locals). ) be safe.

He said the aim of the post Corona workshop was to develop an ambitious strategy that would free the Tourism Sector from the COVID-19 Pandemic and restore it to its former glory.

“Initially we put in place procedures (SOPs) with the aim of combating the Corona Virus Disease while allowing tourists to continue to enter the country but now the situation is as good as before the onset of the Corona Virus Disease.

We are very grateful to Hon. President Dr. John Pombe Magufuli for leading us in overcoming this Korona disease “stressed Dr. Nzuki.

He said President Magufuli was able to allay the country’s fears that had spread among the people following the Corona Virus Pandemic while all procedures to protect themselves against the disease continued to be followed.

In another development, Dr. Nzuki said, Tanzania has succeeded in obtaining a certificate from the World Travel and Tourism Organization (WTTC) confirming to the world that Tanzania is a safe country for tourists to visit.

He said the act of Tanzania being given a seal of recognition (Safe Travel Stamps) as a safe country is a good sign of the strengthening of tourism industry after the Crown.

“Thanks to President Magufuli, he has done a great job of giving us guidance and confidence in tackling this disease, a situation that has led even other nations to start following our lifestyle,” Dr. Nzuki said.

In additions;

There were many stakeholders from Government and Private sector based in Tourism Sector. Among them were TTB, NCCA, Members of Tanzania Association of Tour Operators (Tato), TRA, TTCRA, Kilimanjaro Guide Association (KGA), KMGA, and Shengena Adventure Co. Ltd by mentioning few; Most of them contributed deeply on the strategies Tanzania has to take in place to recover tourism activities as per given Pandemic of COVID-19.

The following are some of the contributions from members at the meeting held in National College of Tourism Arusha Branch by the permanent Secretary of Natural Resource and Tourism Dr. Nzuki;

“On the process of insuring the trust from the miracle God has done to Tanzania about COVID-19, The Government has to invite the members of World Health Organization (WHO), To come in Tanzania and Experience the safety we are cerebrating in Tanzania that COVID-19 is no more existing” This is a very good strategy to recover Tourism Activities.

There a lot of strategies discussed so far. I have given you one strategy to sure you that we Tanzanian need to tell the world that we are real free from COVID-19.

(The image to prove that, Tanzania is safe from COVID-19)

As Shengena Adventure Co. Ltd, have attached one image to prove that we are free from COVID-19, No more wearing masks, No more physical distance, and so far. (Sorry for the use of this images).

TANZANIA UNFORGETABLE, WELCOME FOR TOURISM SAFARIS

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posted by Shengena Adventure Co. ltd  on 31st August 2020

26 Aug 2020

Tanzania tourism sector grows despite a myriad challenges

Foreigner tourist and domestics observes hippopotamus at Serengeti National Park as part to celebrate Esters holiday yesterday. PHOTO | ANTHONY MAYUNGA. 11 August 2020

Arusha — The sector of natural resources and tourism is among the sectors that have gained achievements in a period of five years despite a myriad challenges.

The sector contributes almost 17.2 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and 25 percent of all forex revenues.

During the 2015 General Election, every political party had its own manifesto and the tourism sector was one of their priorities of boosting the country’s economy.

Opposition’s pledge

The manifesto of the opposition coalition (Ukawa) during the 2015 polls targeted to increase the number of tourists to two million by 2020.

The source: https://t.co/48MRJWZZZ5?amp=1

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25 Aug 2020

Tanzania: TCAA Orders All Owners of Drones to Register in Four Days.

Drone posted by TCAA

Dar es Salaam — The Tanzania Civil Aviation Association (TCAA) has on Monday August 24 issued an order to all owners of drones to register them in the next four days.

According to a statement issued by TCAA the order affects both drones that had been registered and those that were yet to be registered in accordance to the Civil Aviation Remotely Piloted Aircraft System Regulations, 2018, G.N 758

“Owners are required to register at TCAA headquarters, Banana- Ukonga in Dar es Salaam or at the zonal offices in Arusha, Dodoma, Iringa, Mwanza, Mtwara, Mbeya, Kilimanjaro, Kigoma, Songea, Tabora, Tanga, and Zanzibar,” reads the statement.

The authority warns that whoever will be found in violation of the established procedure will face serious legal consequences, adding that together with the police they have put in place a task force that will make sure the law is followed.

Alongside other requirements the Civil Aviation Remotely Piloted Aircraft System Regulations, 2018 requires owners to apply for permits from TCAA before ordering and registering drones in Tanzania.

The regulation also requires owners to apply for permits from TCAA and ask for permission from the police and local authorities in the area where the equipment is to be used.

21 Aug 2020

Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda reopen borders to U.S. travelers as of August 1, 2020

UNFORGETTABLE TANZANIA GAME DRIVE

NEW YORK, NY – Extraordinary Journeys, the award-winning tour operator and safari specialist, joins Tanzania, Kenya, and Rwanda in welcoming guests back to Africa for exceptional safari experiences. In anticipation of arriving guests, Extraordinary Journeys, in unison with its partners on the ground, guided by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and The CDC, have implemented extensive safety measures and precautions across all lodges, camps, and vehicles to prioritize the health and safety of travelers and hospitality teams. In addition to adhering strictly to each country’s unique entry guidelines and COVID-19 safety protocols, Extraordinary Journeys will continue to closely monitor and improve health and safety measures as new information arises.

Each itinerary crafted through Extraordinary Journeys is custom-made for traveler interests, needs, access, and budget. From developing an adventure itinerary that includes seeing gorillas in Volcanoes National Park — the highlight of any trip to Rwanda — to the Great Migration on Serengeti in Tanzania an Mara in Kenya, Extraordinary Journeys is on-hand to craft trips of a lifetime. The talented travel experts at Extraordinary Journeys maximize each itinerary to meet all safety requirements while providing a luxurious, one of a kind getaway. From arranging chartered international flights and implementing reduced safari van capacity and campsite accommodations, to finding creative approaches to fine dining and socially distant activities, Extraordinary Journeys is equipped to maximize privacy and minimize contact during this unique time.

Elizabeth Gordon, Co-Founder of Extraordinary Journeys and 2020 Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist, offers a unique perspective and advice around traveling during this time. “To make up for lost travel time, we encourage guests to take advantage of the low crowds in Kenya this fall. Not only has Kenya been awarded the ‘Safe Travel Stamp’ by the World Travel & Tourism Council, but this might be the best opportunity in our lifetimes to experience the breathtaking Great Migration on Kenya’s Maasai Mara with an unusually low number of crowds, making an already unforgettable experience even better.”

In Tanzania, Serian North and Kuria Hill offer plenty of space for minimum contact and maximum views. Both camps are situated in the Northern Serengeti close to the Mara River, offering an elegant retreat with prime viewing of the migratory route for a safari experience like no other.

Kenya, while a year-round destination, is best visited in September according to the experts at Extraordinary Journeys. This time of year offers incredibly pleasant weather and a chance to catch the Great Migration in full swing. A favorite camp among guests is the iconic Cottars, a 1920s safari camp returning to the original spirit and essence of ‘safari’, reminiscent of a bygone era of romance, adventure, and elegance. Alternatively, Mara Plains Camp offers an equally incredible experience and prime location within Mara North Conservancy. Both properties offer low-density accommodations, open spaces, endless opportunities for wildlife sightings, and showcase nature in its purest form.

Rwanda is the ideal destination for those eager to see primates, especially Gorilla, Chimpanzee, and Golden Monkey. This country is suited for active travelers, with favorite activities including hiking and trekking through the forest. No adventure in Rwanda is complete with memorable accommodations to match, including Extraordinary Journeys’ recommended lodges: Bisate and Singita Kiwonta, along with the recently opened One&Only Nyungwe House.

Extraordinary Journeys continues to monitor the ever-changing COVID-19 situation and its impact on travel around the globe. As of August 1, 2020, safety protocols for travel to Kenya and Rwanda, require guests to have a negative COVID-19 test result from less than 72 hours prior to departure. Upon arrival in Africa, all guests will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms, and in Rwanda, a second test will be performed with visitors required to quarantine for 24 hours at a hotel of their choosing while awaiting results. Additionally, Kenya will not accept visitors from California, Florida, and Texas.

WELCOME IN TANZANIA, TRAVEL WITH SHENGENA ADVENTURE  

19 Aug 2020

Endangered rhino and elephant numbers rise after crackdown on poaching, says Tanzania

The number of endangered rhinos in Tanzania has risen after a crackdown on gangs guilty of industrial-scale poaching, the country’s officials have claimed.

And elephant populations have also gone up, thanks to a blitz on illegal ivory hunters, the president’s office said.

But watchdog figures suggested the increase was less dramatic than claimed, and wildlife experts expressed doubts, because both species reproduce very slowly.

Tanzania, which has been described as “ground zero” of the poaching crisis, had 133 rhinos four years ago, according to a document on the websites of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites).

However, this week the president’s office said in a statement that the 2015 figure was just 15, and that now the country had 167 rhinos.

It was not immediately possible to explain the discrepancy between the estimates from Tanzania’s government and Cites, the group that aims to ensure trade in animals and plants does not threaten their survival.

The Tanzanian presidency did not respond to calls seeking comment.

President John Pombe Magufuli spoke out against wildlife crime when he took office in 2015, urging security forces to arrest all those involved trafficking. Within months, four Chinese men arrested at the Malawi border for smuggling rhino horns were jailed for 20 years. In February this year, a prominent Chinese businesswoman dubbed “the ivory queen” was sentenced to 15 years’ jail in Tanzania for smuggling the tusks of more than 350 Elephants to Asia.

“As a result of the work of a special task force launched in 2016 to fight wildlife poaching, elephant populations have increased from 43,330 in 2014 to over 60,000 presently,” officials said. Elephant numbers in Tanzania plummeted by 60 per cent between 2009 to 2014, from 110,000 to just over 43,000, a 2015 census showed.

Conservation groups blamed rampant poaching, with much of the slaughter happening around the extensive Selous game reserve and the adjacent Mikumi National Park.

In one park, Ruaha, half the elephants – more than 4,000 – were killed by poachers in 2015 alone, research found. Two years ago Wayne Lotter, head of a conservation charity, who had received numerous death threats, was shot dead by a gunman.

Mark Jones, head of policy at wildlife charity the Born Free Foundation, said both rhinos and elephants breed slowly so attributed any population increases to other factors.

“This sounds like very good news but we should view these figures with caution until there’s independent verification – there’s no way that has occurred through breeding and protection alone,” he said.

“They mature late, have long gestation periods and don’t produce many young.  It’s estimated there are just 415,000 elephants across Africa, down from 10m 90 years ago.

Demand for ivory has mostly come from China and Vietnam, where it is turned into jewels and ornaments. Research has found some buyers believed tusks and horns grew back.

However, last year trade in ivory in China became illegal, leading to a decline in poaching and pushing down ivory prices. But Japan, the EU and Hong Kong among others still allow ivory trading.

The black rhinoceros is listed as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, after poaching pushed it to the brink of extinction.

Asian cultures value the horn for traditional “medicine” even though science shows it has no benefits.

Tanzania’s claim was published as wildlife investigators worldwide revealed thousands of species had been seized in a major crackdown at borders last month.

“Operation Thunderball” led to seizures of 23 live primates; 30 big cats; more than 4,300 birds; nearly 1,500 reptiles and 10,000 turtles and tortoises globally.

UK teams seized two bear skulls and skins, and four products derived from crocodiles, 10 tanned skins, and four ivory products including binoculars.

19 Aug 2020

Tanzania: Using World Youth Day to Promote Peace, Get Teens Out of Drug Abuse

The International Youth Day was marked on August 12, amid preparations for the country’s 6th General Elections since the re-introduction of multi-party democracy in 1992.

Since youth are engaged or involved in many issues, leaders and some activists have decided to mark the ‘youth week’ by promoting peace, and strengthening campaign against drugs ahead of elections scheduled for October 28.

Mr. Ali Mussa Mwadini- Executive Secretary, peace activist and founder of the Zanzibar City of Peace Clubs working under the ‘Zanzibar Peace, Truth and Transparency Association (ZPTTA), organized a number of meeting with the youth to celebrate their Day while promoting peace and discourage engaging in drugs

“As we prepare for elections, let us reflect of promoting culture of peace even when we differ. We need peace now, during campaign and after a winner is declared,” Mr. Mwadini told youths as he also told them that engaging in drugs is criminal and affects health and ability to work.

This year’s theme for the International Youth Day is “Youth Engagement for Global Action,” which seeks to highlight the ways in which the engagement of young people at the local, national and global levels is enriching national and multilateral institutions and processes, as well as draw lessons on how their representation and engagement in formal institutional politics can be significantly enhanced.

Mr. Mwadini says their NGO is against the background of unnecessary violence and Conflicts of any course. “We are triggered by the resurgence of political misunderstandings between ruling and opposition political parties in every multiparty election in Zanzibar since 1995, which ends up with conflicts and distort social fabrics in Zanzibar.”

Home parents such as Mr. Hassan Omar, a parent to daughter recovering from substance abuse commended the government and activists for ongoing efforts to promote peace and war against drug business in the country, people in both mainland and Zanzibar believed the end of substance abuse was likely.

“We are happy to use this celebration to promote peace along with discouraging youth engaging in drugs. The problems have affected our families, we need to get back and enjoy life without political conflicts and drugs business,” the parents said.

He was joined by Ms. Asha Mohamed, a parent, to ask political leaders and aspirants in the coming elections to avoid use of provocative or insulting language during campaign so that youth do not engage in conflicts.

They also recalled initiatives started by President Dr John Magufuli on 2017 on crack down of drugs, as has yielded fruits, but need to be sustained particularly to hunt for drug traffickers and users along with destroying the illegal business network.

Streets and hidden areas used by drug users to smoke and syringe the drugs have been relatively not full of users compared to the situation before, as most of the addicted teens were on the run or arrested in connection with the drugs business.

Ms Mohamed a resident of Kundemba area, a notorious place for drugs use, both smoking and syringe said; “There is a relief, but we still need more efforts to break drugs network.” “We thank authorities in the Zanzibar and union governments for sparing no efforts in curbing drugs business including night patrol and spontaneous visit to suspected areas where the illicit drugs could be found,” she said.

National Commission for Coordination of Drugs Control (CNCDZ) has been campaigning to help the addicted youth or teens by supporting the sober Houses, and engaging them in entrepreneurship, sports, and counseling, with the objective to help curb substance abuse in the country.

Ms. Kheriyangu Mgeni Khamis- Executive Director, of the Commission says fighting drugs is promoting peace in the country and that if the young people do not use drugs, they are not engaged in conflicts.

“If we work together, engaging youth, we will definitely promote peace and our children will get out of the drugs menace,” Ms. Khamis said as Dr. Mahmoud Ibrahim from the Psychiatric hospital and anti Drugs Commission, blame importation of the illicit drugs for youths’ use of the prohibited drugs.

“The problem is still there, our youths are trapped in the business, either using it or trafficking. Let us continue taking our role to ensure that more youths avoid the drugs,” said Dr Ibrahim. He said awareness among young generation on dangers of drugs should continue, along with promoting peace, and the security units must find workable ways to stop drugs from entering the country.

Health authorities here estimate that almost one-per cent of the Zanzibar’s estimated 1.5 million people use drugs including about four thousand using syringe, raising health concerns particularly increasing spread of HIV and hepatitis B.

It was reported that in a year at least 19 drugs addicts had died due to various reasons linked to substance use including overdose, authorities at the ‘Zanzibar Psychiatric Hospital (ZPH).’ Data (2018) from ZPH shows that 290 out of the registered 435 addicted young people were adhering treatment, but some 19 died because of violating medication rules, provided by physicians during treatment.

The Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of the hospital Dr. Khamis Othman said “We appeal to the patients to observe treatment guidelines, and maintain close relation with medical staffs or risk death. While on prescribed medicine, some ‘patients’ use drugs which affect the body system.”

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has been supporting the Hospital with medical equipment and medicines such as ‘DOA-kits urine test’ for testing: methadone, heroine, cannabis, benzodiazepine, cocaine, and amphetamine in the body.

According to several studies young people who abuse drugs are more likely to engage in delinquent behaviours such as fighting, political conflicts, and theft, and engage in unprotected sex which leads to higher risks of teen pregnancy, motor accidents, and increase their risk of blood-borne diseases like HIV, AIDS and Hepatitis B and C.

19 Aug 2020

Tanzania: Tourism, Tanzanite, Crops Set to Capture Wide Chinese Market

TANZANIA’s tourism attractions, Tanzanite and agricultural products, are set to earn more markets in China following recent massive media promotion in the country.

Against that backdrop, the Ambassador of Tanzania to China, Mbelwa Kairuki, has appealed to the Tanzanian business community to get set for optimizing the opportunity that would be created by high demand of such products in the market in China.

Part of media promotion was undertaken on Thursday 13th August 2020 when Ambassador Kairuki appeared on one of the China’s major television channels, Hainan, in Beijing.

The programme was sponsored by the Hainan small province as part of its strategy to enable products from outside China get markets in the second largest economy in the world.

It is aimed at making manufacturers of the products from outside China to use the province as the hub for importing and selling their products in the Asian nation.

On June 1, 2020, Chinese authorities released the Overall Plan for the Construction of Hainan Free Trade Port (“the Master plan”), a large-scale plan to transform the entire island province into a Free Trade Port (FTP) – making it the largest special economic zone in China.

Hainan Province, an island at the southernmost point of China is best known for its sandy beaches and resort-lined coast.

Due to its proximity with ASEAN nations, the Hainan FTP acts as a frontline to China’s integration with Southeast Asian countries.

This has created new opportunities along with China’s Belt and Road Initiative, on the basis of which Hainan will be an important node on what is referred to as the “Maritime Silk Road”.

Ambassador Mbelwa was invited to the television programme for an interview hosted by the most commercially successful beauty blogger in China, Ms Zhang Mofan.

She has over 100 million followers on social media in China, and over 15 million people followed the live programme on which Ambassador Mbelwa marketed Tanzania’s tourism products, Tanzanite and agricultural products such as coffee, cashew nuts and cotton.

In 2017, Ms Mofan was awarded as the online influencer with the highest commercial value by Sina Weibo.

According to Ambassador Kairuki, the television programme has enabled the Chinese market to know Tanzania’s products, and thus would lead to a high demand for those products in the near future.

Through the programme, Ambasssador Kairuki called upon Tanzanian businesspeople to exploit the market in China by registering with China’s online marketing platforms in order to sell their products.

For instance, Alibaba online marketing platform allows companies outside China to register with it and sell their products in China.

In line with this, he advised Tanzania’s private sector to effectively use the Hainan Free Trade Zone as a hub for importing their products in China.

18 Aug 2020

World Elephant Day 2020 falls on uncertain times for largest land mammal

Uncertain times for elephants and communities conserving African wildlife

On World Elephant Day, African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) is reaching out to stakeholders, partnering NGOs and policy makers to shed light on the growing challenges to livelihood, food security and economic collapse in African communities doing the important work of wildlife conservation. Threats to conservation in Africa, including elephants, are on the rise due to effects from COVID-19. The surge in poaching in Uganda is a good example. Between February and June of this year, the Uganda Wildlife Authority recorded 367 poaching cases across the country, more than double the 163 cases recorded during a similar period in 2019.

The dwindling park funding that has affected wildlife protection poses a threat to African elephants. Scientists are still searching for definitive answers about the cause of death of more than 280 elephants in Botswana between March and July, 2020. While this unprecedented mass die-off is probably attributable to natural toxins found in the environment, the Botswana Department of Wildlife and National Parks issued a statement on Friday, August 7, that left the door open to poisoning by other means. This unusual event illustrates the fragility of a keystone species from multiple threats (not just poaching) and the importance of stability and sustained livelihood in the communities that serve to protect wildlife and wild lands.

African Wildlife Foundation Vice President of Species Conservation and Science PHILIP MURUTHI, PHD, said: “The elephant deaths investigation in Botswana is ongoing. We will continue to follow the science and respond when cause of deaths is confirmed officially. Meanwhile, in our current situation, we must turn our attention to conservation in situ, particularly local communities that have seen an abrupt collapse in revenue streams and livelihoods from travel bans and government shutdowns. This is causing growing instability and human-wildlife conflict across the continent. Decades of conservation gains in Africa will be eroded unless the international community intervenes to provide crisis funding. AWF is working to keep up our multi-pronged elephant conservation efforts in west, central, eastern and southern Africa. Keeping community-based programs afloat is key to sustaining elephant populations now and beyond the COVID-19 crisis.”

On May 26, CITES issued a statement announcing that China had continued measures to ban the import of elephant tusks and their products. China’s National Forestry and Grassland Administration will continue strict prohibition of import of elephant tusks and their products. This sets an example for other countries in the region to follow, and they’ve had an undeniable and significant impact on the potential penetration of legal ivory sales into Central Asia.

Many Asian and Southeast Asian countries still contribute to the illegal ivory trade. Prior to the global pandemic, an estimated 35,000 African elephants were still being killed each year for their ivory. And the trade routes for African elephant ivory are still largely flowing to dealers in Asia. The effects of COVID-19 will no doubt increase these already unacceptable numbers.

We Shengena Adventure Company Limited situated in Arusha Tanzania are honoring the Efforts done by different stakeholders and institutions and NGO’s  on how to fight against  the threats to conservation in Africa, including elephant. Using Our social networks we are also fighting against these threats. We also welcome all tourists to travel with us for wonderful adventure.

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18 Aug 2020

World Travels and Tourism Council (WTTC) endorse Tanzania’s use of safe travels stamps!

Tanzania is safe and ready to receive tourists from all over the world after being endorsed by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) to use a Safe Travel Stamp. This was Announced TTB MANAGING DIRECTOR, DEVOTA MDACHI, on 24th July 2020  Friday, as the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) endorsed Tanzania’s the use of ‘Safe Travels Stamp’.

The specially WTTC designed ‘Safe Travels Stamp’ will allow travelers and other Travel & Tourism stakeholders to recognize destination authorities and companies around the world that have implemented health and hygiene protocols that are aligned with WTTC’s Global Safe Travels Protocols.

The WTTC represents the global private sector of Travel & Tourism, with a mission to ensure the sector is seamless, secure, safe, inclusive and sustainable. WTTC raise awareness of Travel & Tourism’s value, not just as one of the world’s largest economic sectors, but also to the many communities and travelers enriched through their experiences.

Also, The Minister of Natural Resource and Tourism DR. HAMIS KIGWANGALLA  and different officials and Tanzania Artists on 11th  August 2020, Cerebrated together for the official launching of the Safe Travel Stamp, as potrayed under the picture below.

Dr. Hamis Kigwangalla and Most known Bongo Fleva Artists Diamond Plattinum and Hermonize on the picture above holding Safe Travels Stamp.

Most important information to inform the World is, Corona Virus is no more in Tanzania and We SHENGENA ADVENTURE COMPANY LIMITED is exited to Congratulate Tanzania for receiving the Safe Travel Stamp from World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). We welcome guests from all over the World to travel in Tanzania and also to travel with us for unforgettable safaris. We take all recommended precautions to insure safety to all our Customers by sanitizing our Vehicles before and throughout the safaris while our guides wear masks and observe social distance. This doesn’t mean that we fear of COVID-19, rather to sure you the security. COME AND SEE WHAT GOD HAS DONE TO US TANZANIANS.

Learn more about WTTC by clicking https://wttc.org/COVID-19/SafeTravels-Stamp-and-Assets

19 Mar 2020

Green Dreams in Tanzania Destinations

Africa has its own seasons. From November to April, while American and European families are donning winter coats and pushing through winter’s wrath, the great plains of the Serengeti are springing to life with fresh green growth on hardy acacias and lofty croutons and flaming red blooms on ubiquitous tulip trees.

This is called “the Green Season,” and it contrasts from Africa’s peak safari season, from July to September, in some dramatic ways – making it Africa’s “Secret Season” for the wealth of rare natural treasure to be discovered. Tanzania is a land of Edens within this drama, bringing the wildlife spectacles to be found at Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park in the north as well as the Ruaha and Selous Game Reserves in the south. Lake Manyara, with scenery Ernest Hemingway called “the loveliest I had seen in Africa” remains as it was – a frame of exploding pinks against blinding blotches black stripes as flamingoes nest, herons light and zebra, wildebeest and giraffes cool off in the equatorial sun. Mt. Kilimanjaro looms in the distance on a clear day as the highest (19,341-foot) mountain on the continent and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world.

All of this is within reach of Arusha, fast becoming one of the top MICE locations in Africa. The Arusha International Conference Centre is a spectacular custom-built facility with the capacity to host up to 10,000 delegates.

“We are steadily preparing the country for the big time when it comes to business tourism,” says Arusha ICC CEO Elishilia D. Kaaya in an interview with AfricaLive.net. “Arusha is home to some of the most acclaimed natural sites in the world and our center is closely associated with these amazing sites because of our proximity to them. We want people to think about these wonders of the world whenever the Arusha International Conference Centre is mentioned.”

The development of the industry in Tanzania will see continued investment in infrastructure and facilities with new conference centers developing close to the country’s main tourist and business hubs such as Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam.

For those who want to mix meetings with a magical immersion in Tanzania’s natural beauty, there is no shortage of luxury safaris that can fill the bill. Top names familiar to US travelers include Micato Safaris, African Travel, Collette, Globus, Gate One, Goway, SITA, Intrepid, Tauck, Travcoa and many more. They manage group travel, private travel, super-luxury travel, even jet safaris. Choices come into play for the level of luxury and lodging rather than animal sightings. In Tanzania, the Big Five conquests come with the territory.

It’s worth noting that the Trump administration made headlines recently with proposed new travel bans for six countries, including Tanzania. However as of this writing, the bans have not yet been officially put in effect, and only apply to certain visas for travel inbound to the US. And as always, before traveling it’s best to check with the State Department for any details about travel documentation.

Select Experiences. 

Access to Tanzania has been boosted in recent years by the return of national carrier Air Tanzania in 2016, which was able to establish direct flights from Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. Travelers can now fly easily into airfields near Kilimanjaro and the other three national park zones as well as Zanzibar – the Spice Islands, all well worth the exploration.

If Tanzania were to delve into the top five reasons to visit, it might look something like this:

  • Wildlife Safaris: The great migrations, Ngorongoro Crater National Park that is home to the largest volcanic crater on earth with the largest concentration of varied wildlife to be found on the planet – and all this comes with the comforts and luxuries of five-star travel.
  • Beaches: The soft sand littorals along the rims of Zanzibar and Pemba are laced with luxury lairs that open to the warm Indian Ocean, just a stone’s throw from the medieval alleys of Stonetown where century-old giant roaming tortoises blend with aromatic cafes and notion shops.
  • Mountain Climbing: While conquering the highest mountain in Africa is always on the list, smaller mountains such as Mountain Meru and Lake Natron’s The Mountain of God also beckon.
  • Balloon Safaris: Gliding over the Serengeti at sunrise? Bucket list.
  • Exotic Foods: Dishes in Tanzania take on a piquant blend of Middle Eastern, Indian and Sub-Sahara. A little ugali, some curried fish, some local nuts and fruits and a lot of spices. Get used to the scent of cloves in Zanzibar.

 Top Resorts in Tanzania. 

Tanzania has been in the resort business for some 80 years as royals and celebrities found Africa’s wilds to be a regular interest, if not an addiction. These range from comfortable permanent tented camps with decked out quarters that include attached bathrooms, hot baths, libraries, even Internet, all on a remote scape where lions roar and elephants make occasional entrances.

Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti
Find this gem in Serengeti National Park. Quarters feature African décor and modern amenities such as a flat-screen TV, minibar, safe and air conditioning. Daily safaris, elaborate meals and a dipping overlooking the savannah are some of this lodge’s favorite features.

Singita Faru Faru Lodge
Find the newly refurbished Singita Faru Faru Lodge in northern Tanzania, within the Serengeti Mara ecosystem. The lodge is part of Singita’s 350,000-acre of private reserve and comes with spacious bedroom suites of contemporary African décor and design. The lodge sits on the scenic Grumeti River.

andBeyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge
andBeyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge offers nine romantic stilted treehouse suites shaded by a mahogany canopy and created to be a minimal imprint in this pristine setting on the environment.

Neptune Ngorongoro Luxury Lodge
This spread offers a wood log cabin-style retreat set within the virgin Tanzanian bush. It is walking distance to the Game Reserve Gate, and a 20-minute drive away from the Ngorongoro Crater, where the densest concentration of wildlife in Africa roam. The lodge brings 20 spacious private cabins complete with a fire place, as well as a restaurant, bar and conference facilities. The lodge is not far from Gibbs Farm, which overlooks the Great Rift Valley and invites guests to stay, explore, dine, spa and play. The farm was established in the early 1900s by a German Duke as a coffee plantation, but the Gibbs bought the farm after World War II and founded the oldest guesthouse in northern Tanzania.

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A Rising Star in Tanzania

In 2019 Elizabeth Mwakajila Ayo was named one of three winners of the Tourism Star Award at the World Tourism Forum Lucerne. She is founder of Elizabeth Women Empowerment Foundation, which supports training women as professional tour guides in Tanzania’s tourism industry.

BT:  Explain a little about why tourism is so important in Tanzania.

ELIZABETH:  Tanzania’s tourism sector is booming with more than 1.5 million visitors a year contributing over $2.4 billion to our GDP, or about 17.5 percent. Our many tourism destinations include 22 national parks, like Burigi-Chato the new park which our president recently opened. We have Ngorongoro Crater and Kilimanjaro. And no one can forget our beautiful beaches on Zanzibar island.

BT:  Why is this female safari guide project important for the country and the women of Tanzania?

ELIZABETH: Participation of women in Tanzania’s tourism sector – in particular as tour guides – is very low. Supporting women to participate as tour guides has several different advantages, including empowering young women and enhancing equal opportunities in the tourism sector. Further, having female tour guides enables tour operators to meet the needs of women travelers who prefer a female guide. It can be embarrassing for a tour operator when clients are looking for a qualified female guide and there is not one available. It is clear that women safari guides are in demand and can make a big impact.

BT:  What inspired you to establish the Elizabeth Women Empowerment Foundation?

ELIZABETH:  I realized that we need to make sure these young girls who live adjacent to the national parks are empowered so they can reach their full potential and rise above the poverty line. So I identified this as one of the projects that will bring the biggest impact. By giving these girls this special training and being safari guides, this will enable them to change their community economically. And these girls will be the best ambassadors of sustainable tourism for Tanzania, and for the whole world. They see the benefit of caring for natural resources, especially the animals, because these girls understand that this is the reason tourists visit our country, and when tourists visit they help raise our GDP.

BT:  How will these women fit into the role of tour guide?

ELIZABETH: Similar to other sectors, traditionally the tourism sector is dominated by men. Tour guiding in particular has been considered limited to men, because of the demanding experiences out on the roads and in the wilderness. But in practice, women are capable of doing everything that men can do in the tourism sector, including managing tours and leading activities such as trekking, hiking and mountain climbing. More importantly, women are equally passionate about wildlife, conservation and tourism. Being connected to their traditional settings, women tour guides can describe their culture, history and religion, as well as local geography, topography, flora and fauna, and other natural features found in their environment. Female guides can even be more interesting to passengers by sharing personal stories of their families and their struggles to become a tour guide.

BT:  What role will the Elizabeth Women Empowerment Foundation play in growing the number of women tour guides?

ELIZABETH: The project aims to support determined young female pioneers from indigenous communities in their quest to become tour guides. Since the tourism sector involves dealing with people from different countries and cultures, professionalism is very important. Therefore, this project initially intends to support 20 female tour guides per year from the local communities to undertake training that will enable them to become professional tour guides.

BT: Tell us about the support you’ve received for the program.

ELIZABETH: When I won Tourism Star Award at the World Tourism Forum Lucerne, I met Mr. Rob Gurney, the CEO of the Oneworld alliance. He was very supportive when he heard about our initiative to raise girls in Tanzania to work in the tourism and travel industry. Rob invited me to New York to see how he and the Oneworld team members could support the foundation. I am so very grateful for the connections we made through Rob and I hope to see many CEOs like him support us.The cost is $6,000 per girl per year. This will support these guides as they receive training in attitudinal changes – to create positive attitude towards their careers – enhance their communication skills, and give them basic knowledge about tourism and current affairs. Among the immediate project outcomes will be challenging the status quo and facilitating women to overcome the hurdles to claim a role in the tourism sector equal to men. But mostly, to cut the poverty line. They will be able to support their families financially and in health and education.

BT: What do you see as the end goal for these women?

ELIZABETH:  We are expecting these female guides to be able to open their own tour companies, and to employ other women and change the community. Travelers will enjoy so much meeting the women guides who run these companies. And these women will do it with great success.Editor Note: For details on supporting the Elizabeth Women Empowerment Foundation, contact Elizabeth Mwakajila Ayo at elizabethmwakajila@gmail.com

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