Tourism in Tanzania
Tanzania is a country with many tourist attractions. Approximately 38 percent of Tanzania’s land area is set aside in protected areas for conservation. There are 17 national parks, 29 game reserves, 40 controlled conservation areas (including the Ngorongoro Conservation Area) and marine parks. Tanzania is also home to Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa.
Tanzania boasts 16 national parks and is home to a large variety of animal life. Among the large mammals include the Big five, cheetahs, wildebeest, giraffes, hippopotamuses and various antelopes. Tanzania’s most well known wildlife attractions are located in the northern part of the country and include the Serengeti National Park, Tarangire National Park and Lake Manyara National Park. The Serengeti National park encompasses the world-famous great migrations of animals. The north is also home to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The western part of Tanzania includes the Mahale, Katavi, and Gombe national parks. The country is also particularly rich in plant diversity, the Tanzania National Parks Authority has an entire national park, the Kitulo National Park, dedicated to flowers. There is a wide variety of biomass across the nation.
The Mount Kilimanjaro
Also known as the roof of Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the highest peak in Africa. The mountain, now a dormant volcano, rises approximately 4,877 metres (16,001 ft) from its base to 5,895 metres (19,341 ft) above sea level. The mountain is located in the north of the country and is accessible via Kilimanjaro International Airport. The airport also provides a gateway for tourists to all northern safari circuits.The mountain is one of the most accessible high peaks in the world and has an average success rate of around 65%.
Tourism in Zanzibar includes the tourism industry and its effects on the islands of Unguja (known internationally as Zanzibar) and Pemba in Zanzibar, a semi-autonomous region in the United Republic of Tanzania. Tourism is the top income generator for the islands, the main airport on the island is Zanzibar International Airport, though many tourists fly into Dar es Salaam and take a ferry to the island.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Tanzania is home to seven UNESCO World Heritage sites with 6 of them on the mainland and 1 in Zanzibar. Currently there are 5 more sites viable to be nominated such as the Gombe National Park and the East African slave trade route.