TANZANIA: TANZANIA has cemented its position as the Africa’s best tourism destination, thanks to Serengeti, for being voted as the continental’s premier national park in 2023.
“Africa’s leading national park of the year 2023, goes to the Serengeti National Park,” announced the WTA at the red-carpet gala ceremony held at Atlantis, The Royal Dubai hotel in the UAE over the weekend.
Senior Assistant Conservation Commissioner – Western Zone, Izumbe Msindai was in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 15 October 2023, to receive the ultimate prize.
The organisers of the high-profile WTA said: “Congratulations to Serengeti National Park for maintaining her well-earned crown for five years consecutively.”
Indeed, Serengeti earned a high-profile accolade amidst the cutthroat competition brought by Central Kalahari Game Reserve of Botswana, Etosha National Park of Namibia, Kidepo Valley National Park of Uganda, Kruger National Park of South Africa and Masai Mara National Reserve of Kenya.
WTA official records show that Serengeti has won this particular award for the fifth time in a row, starting in 2019, 2020, 2021,2022 and now 2023.
Acting Conservation Commissioner for the Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA), Juma Kuji said that the ultimate World annual prize is an apt complement for the President Dr Samia Suluhu Hassan’s painstaking efforts to promote the country as the World’s top tourism destination.
“We at TANAPA have received this achievement with pride, as we know that this award will go a long way in boosting the President Dr Samia Suluhu Hassan painstaking efforts in promoting Tanzania as the World’s best tourism destination” Commissioner Kuji said.
TANAPA chief expressed his earnest gratitude to all who voted and made Serengeti National Park’s victory possible, saying without their unwavering support they wouldn’t have earned the feat.
“Together, we celebrate Serengeti’s stunning five-time victory at the World Tourism Awards” said a newly appointed TANAPA boss a forty-night ago, commissioner, Kuji.
Serengeti National Park is undoubtedly the best-known wildlife paradise in the world, unequalled for its natural beauty and scientific value, it has the greatest concentration of plains game in Africa.
The Maasai call the plains of Serengeti national park is the place where the land moves on forever. And here, you can witness the famous Serengeti annual migration, the largest and longest overland migration on earth.”
From the sprawling Serengeti plains in Tanzania to the champagne-coloured hills of Kenya’s Maasai Mara game reserve, over two million wildebeests and half a million zebra as well as gazelle, relentlessly tracked by Africa’s great predators, migrate in a clockwise manner over 1,800 miles each year in search of rain-ripened grass.