Diplomatist Special Report - Tanzania Tanzania 2018 - Page 55

T anzania occupies an area of about 947,303 square kilometers (365,756 square meters) of which over 225,000 square kilometers has been allocated for natural reserves, which are habitats for wildlife, plants and landscape. In their report for 2017, the World Economic Forum’s World Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report ranked Tanzania 8th position globally for being home to one of the most impressive concentration of natural resources and wildlife, with a rich variety of landscapes. However, a good question to ask is that is it the natural resources and wildlife that makes Tanzania worth a visit or is there more to it than that? This article will touch upon prime tourist attractions that make Tanzania a visitor’s magnet. World Heritage Sites There are seven World Heritage Sites in Tanzania; these include 3 cultural sites (Kondoa Rock Art Paints, Ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani and Songo Mnara and Zanzibar Stone Town); and four natural sites (Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Serengeti National Park, Selous Game Reserve and Kilimanjaro Mountain National Park). A visit to these remarkable areas is considered once in a lifetime experience. Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania Kondoa Rock Art Paints World-class Wildlife Assets Tanzania contains seven bio-geographic regions in which there are 19 broad habitat types. Climatic conditions coupled with variations in topography have resulted in species richness and endemism. As a consequence, Tanzania is classifi ed as among the top few mega-diversity countries globally. With 16 Wildlife National Parks, 28 Wildlife Game Reserves, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and among many other, most surveys done for incoming visitors and international tour operators have showed that most respondents consider that in terms of quality, quantity, diversity, and visibility of wildlife, Tanzania is superior to that of competing destinations. The Selous Game Reserve, Ngorongoro Crater and the annual wildlife migration in the Serengeti, all of which are World Heritage Sites are considered to be some of the unique wildlife viewing experiences on offer in Tanzania. TANZANIA• 55