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Jobs, Growth, Opportunity: What Tourism Brings to Tanzania

Along with agricultural processing and mining, tourism is one of Tanzania’s largest industries. It directly employs nearly half a million people in the country and supplies close to twenty percent of total exports. In 2013 alone, tourism contributed to 12.7% of the country’s GDP and employed 11% of the population.

The industry has long been a reliable source of income for struggling countries, inviting those around the world to visit and observe their landscapes and natural features, and Tanzania is no exception. The industry also has a long standing reputation of offering job opportunities to large percentages of the population who would otherwise struggle to find work, including those social groups that are commonly disadvantaged like women and younger generations. Additionally, tourism encourages land and wildlife preservation, providing entertainment for its guests and a healthier, more diverse planet.

Despite its continued aid to these areas, there are still several aspects of Tanzanian tourism that have room for growth and improvement. The Tanzania Economic Update published by the World Bank indicates that tourism could be an even greater source of income and aid to the country and its people a three-part strategy to help boost the already growing industry. These components can be simplified as: diversifying its tourist locations; integrating more of the country’s population in its employment; and improving the governance of taxes, fees, and revenues directly related to the industry.

The Diversification Pillar of Growth

Tourism is booming in the more northern areas of Tanzania including the Serengeti, and not for nothing—the parks are outstanding, activities abound, and there are many beautiful landscapes to behold. However, the southern and western areas of the country, which are often overlooked by tourists in favor of experiencing the more famous areas, are just as beautiful and wondrous. In addition, because of their lesser recognition, tours of these areas are more accessible to visitors on a budget.

Parks of these areas include the Ruaha National Park and the Katavi National Park, both of which contain astounding wildlife and game, and are ideal for those who want to see the wilder side of Tanzania with opportunities for camping and hiking. There are also beautiful and luxurious accommodations in most of these areas, such as Greystoke Camp in Mahale Mountains National Park, where visitors have described the location as “magical” and a “do not miss” area of Tanzania.

If these areas were given the same amount of international recognition as the northern areas, Tanzania’s economy could continue to grow and expand, providing even more income and job opportunities for its citizens, and improve their quality of life. To find out how you might see these and other areas of Tanzania and help support a growing economy, visit www.zaratours.com.

March 24, 2015 at 10:30 am Leave a comment

Top 10 Things to Do on a Tanzania Safari

Going on safari in Tanzania is one of the most incredible experiences a person can have—the beautiful animals, stunning landscapes, and warm people are unforgettable. There is so much to see here, and we want to share with you just some of the amazing things to do on a safari in the beautiful wilds of Tanzania.

Meet the Maasai Tribe

Tanzania is home to more than 260 tribes, though one of the best known peoples is the Maasai, partly due to their residency near many of the country’s parks, many of which you may see on safari. Spend time with them to learn about different aspects of their culture, like their coming of age ceremony eunoto, their beautiful traditional jewelry, or if you’re lucky, see one of their intricately woven Inkajijik (houses) up close.

Visit the Ngorongoro Crater

Many would argue that you haven’t seen Tanzania until you’ve seen the Ngorongoro Crater. Wide plains, dense forests, and beautiful springs are all present in this one area. And, as a conservation area, this geological wonder teems with amazing wildlife such as wildebeest, lions, and hippopotamus.

Bird Watching

As well as larger creatures, Tanzania is home to over 1,000 of stunning bird species such as ostriches, cuckoos, and kingfishers, making the country a must-visit for birdwatchers.

Climb Mount Kilimanjaro

The highest mountain in Africa and the tallest freestanding mountain in the world, Kilimanjaro promises adventure, unique wildlife, and breath-taking views.

See the Black Rhinoceros

On your safari, you may be lucky enough to see the black rhino, a now critically endangered species. The impressive dual horned animal is often a solitary roamer, though mothers and their calves are practically inseparable.

Experience the Migration of the Wildebeest

The migration of the wildebeest, though somewhat difficult to predict, is one of the most incredible sights to see on a Tanzanian safari, if you are so fortunate. Imagine thousands of these noble creatures thundering across the plains before your very eyes to find new habitation—an experience impossible to forget.

Visit Tarangire National Park

Home of the Tarangire River, this park is a must-visit during the dry season, when thousands of the migratory species of Tanzania return to the area such as elephants, zebras, and wildebeest.

Explore the Olduvai Gorge

This one’s for all our anthropology enthusiasts out there. This gorge is one of the most significant paleoanthropological sights in the world, as some of the earliest remains of Homo habilis, Paranthropus boisei, and Homo erectus were discovered in this area.

See the Amboni Caves

Located in the Tanga Region of Tanzania, these limestone caves are historic wonders, formed 150 million years ago deep underground. See hundreds of bats in flight at sunset, rock formations in the shapes of animals, and massive stalactites.

See the Giant Baobab Trees

There’s nothing quite like standing next to a mammoth of a tree like the giant baobab, which can grow up to 100 feet in height and trunks as large as 36 feet in diameter. They produce fruits the size of coconuts with a very unique flavor, and can store up to 32,000 gallons of water inside.

There are even more wonders like these to behold on a Tanzanian safari, so what are you waiting for? Visit www.zaratours.com to set up your visit to Tanzania!

March 10, 2015 at 10:43 pm Leave a comment


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