They are here on the ‘Another World Experience Nature,’ expedition, facilitated by the ‘Excellent Guides,’ in the Safari dubbed ‘Travel to Tanzania.’
Speaking shortly after completing their four-day itinerary in the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the leader of the delegation, Hagit Geffen, said the large group of tourists from Zion, comprises of 1000 visitors, majority of whom, have never been to Africa before.
“Which means Tanzania is their first-hand experience on the continent and judging from what they saw, many have been impressed and will return to retrace the adventure again,” she said.
Amit Romano who has brought his family, Suzanne and Gal Romano has admitted that, nature is something which any visitor from Israel and Middle East, coming to Tanzania will find captivating.
“We still have two more days in the country, intending to meet its people and sample the culture then we may be in even better position to comment on out experience of Tanzania,” said Romano who hails from Kadima Israel.
Shai Sinai Vilozny admitted that the trip to Tanzania has made it possible for many of them to get closer to wild animals, something that they have been accustomed to watch on Television or movies.
David Maige, the Conservator in the Tourism Department at Serengeti National Park, said the arrival of such large number of tourists from middle east is the result of good promotion by the Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) and the government through the Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB).
“Peace and harmony which has prevailed in the country since independence also helps to channel international visitors into Tanzania and things are bound to get better now that the National Carrier, Air Tanzania has been revived,” said Maige.
The Safari Guides involved in taking round the visitors to Northern Zone attractions, Silva Justine and John Muhambo said the ongoing infrastructural improvement projects undertaken by the fifth phase government, is among the reasons why the tourism industry is rapidly growing and getting more attractive.
The Commissioner Conservator at Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Dr Freddy Manongi admitted that, the efforts by the government to promote the country internationally are paying dividends.
“We have good policies in the country, that is why people from other nations will continue to flock to Tanzania,” said Dr Manongi.
After Serengeti and Ngorongoro the entourage will proceed to Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Parks.
Tanzania has dedicated nearly 40 per cent of the country’s total area to wildlife and natural resources conservation. The country attracts 1.3 million visitors per year.