Public notice: new concession fee
Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) wish to inform the Public that with effect from 1st August, 2011, Concession Fees in all the 15 National Parks will be paid under fixed rates specified for each accommodation facility.
(i) Children between the age of 10 and 16 years will pay
fixed concession fees of USD. 10 per person per night.
(ii) The approved fixed rates for concession fees will be displayed at the Park entry gates in all 15 the National Parks.
(iii) The fees will be paid at the Park entry gates in a similar manner as other park fees such as camping and guide fees. The computation will be based on the specified fixed rates per person per night times the number of stay days.
(iv) Tour Operators, Tourists and visitors will have their own arrangements for set offs with Hotels, Lodges and Tented Camps.
Tanzania National Parks expects positive cooperation from the general public on the implementation of this move for the betterment of conservation sector in the country.
Conservation for Suitable Development.
Tanzania National Parks
P.O. Box 3134,
Telephone: + 255-27 250 4082
Fax: +255 – 27 250 8216
More than game viewing
The fifteen parks managed by Tanzania National Parks offer a lot more than game drives to view the spectacular wildlife !
Bird Watching, Boat Trips, Canoeing Safaris, Chimpanzee Tracking, Fishing, Hiking, Hot Air Ballooning, Mountain Biking, Mountain Climbing, Swimming, Snorkelling and Walking Safaris are among just some of the activities available to visitors.
The best parks for particular activities:
Abseiling: Lake Manyara.
Hot Air Ballooning: Currently in the Serengeti but soon to be available in Mikumi, Tarangire and Ruaha.
Bird Watching: Everywhere, but especially, Arusha, Katavi, Kitulo, Lake Manyara, Mkomazi, Rubondo Island, Ruaha, Serengeti, Tarangire and Udzungwa.
Boat Trips: Mahale, Rubondo Island, Saadani.
Canoe Safaris: Arusha (Momela Lakes), Lake Manyara, Rubondo Island.
Mountain Biking: Lake Manyara
Night Drives: Lake Manyara.
Sport Fishing: Rubondo Island.
Trout Fishing: Kilimanjaro.
THE GREAT MIGRATION
The Serengeti is famed for its annual migration when more than 1,500,000 wildebeest follow some 200,000 zebra in a 2,000 km round pilgrimage in search of fresh grazing and water. It is "The greatest wildlife show on earth" !
"The greatest wildlife show on earth !"
Wildebeest feed only on new shoots and very short grass but do, of course, also eat longer grass once it has been 'trimmed' by zebra or buffalo. It is for this reason they follow the zebra Eland and Thomson's gazelle also migrate but do not follow the main migration but alternate between the plains and the woodlands.
Grant's gazelle do not need to migrate as they are not dependant on water. They move only locally and, in many cases, in the opposite direction to the migratory species.
Predator against prey dominates the migration as lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena and a host of smaller predators, watched by the everpresent vultures, feast on the carcasses of an abundance of plain grazers.
The best time to see the migration is usually between June and August when the wildebeest congregate and prepare to cross the Grumeti River. However the route and timing of the migration is unpredictable so visitors must plan carefully to be assured of seeing the spectacle.
During the early wet season (December to April) the animals are found on the short grass plains around Lake Ndutu, the Moru Kopjes, the Gol Mountains and Seronera in the south of the park.
February is the main month for wildebeest calving. During the late wet season (April to June) vast herds, in columns over 40 km long, head towards Kirawira, Mbalageti and Grumeti in the Western corridor. Then, in June, with the rains coming to an end they face the death-defying crossing of the crocodile-infested Grumeti River into the Ikorongo Controlled Area.
Other smaller herds move directly north through the Seronera area while some travel up the eastern boundary of the park through the Loliondo and Lobo areas. During the early dry season (July to October) all migratory herd heads north. Many via the Mara River, another life threatening experience, before crossing the border into Kenya's the Masai Mara. Finally, in the late dry season (October to December) the herds start their trek back south to the Serengeti. Most herds arriving back at the short grass plains to give birth to their young.
December being the peak month for zebra births.
And then the cycle starts again. As it has for over a million years !
TANZANIA NATIONAL PARKS WISH TO INFORM TOUR OPERATOR COMPANIES, TRAVEL AGENTS, TOURISTS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT WITH EFFECT FROM 1ST MARCH, 2011; ALL ENTRY FEES INTO MIKUMI, RUAHA AND UDZUNGWA NATIONAL PARKS WILL BE DONE THROUGH THE USE OF SPECIAL SMART CARDS FROM CRDB AS WELL AS VISA AND MASTERCARDS. TANAPA HIGHLIGHTS THAT NO CASH PAYMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTABLE FROM THAT DATE.
CRDB SMART CARDS ARE AVAILABLE IN THE FOLLOWING CRDB BRANCHES; AZIKIWE PREMIER, HOLLAND HOUSE AND PUGU ROAD IN DAR ES SALAAM; IRINGA, MOROGORO, AND KILOMBERO.
MOREOVER, IN THE NORTHERN CIRCUIT ZONE, THE CARDS CAN BE PURCHASED FROM THE CRDB BRANCHES OF MUSOMA, ARUSHA, MERU, MAPATO, USA RIVER AND MOSHI.
TANGAZO KWA UMMA
SHIRIKA LA HIFADHI ZA TAIFA TANZANIA (TANAPA) LINAWATANGAZIA MAKAMPUNI YA MAWAKALA WA UTALII NCHINI, WATALII NA WANANCHI KWA UJUMLA YA KUWA KUANZIA TAREHE 01.03.2011 MALIPO YA KUINGIA KATIKA HIFADHI ZA TAIFA ZA MIKUMI, RUAHA NA UDZUNGWA YATAFANYIKA KWA KUTUMIA MFUMO MPYA WA KUTUMIA KADI ZA VIZA, MASTER CARDS PAMOJA NA KADI MAALUM ZA BENKI YA CDRB. MFUMO HUU ULIANZA TAREHE 01.01.2011 HIVYO INASISITIZWA MALIPO YA KUTUMIA FEDHA TASLIMU HAYATARUHUSIWA KUANZIA TAREHE 01.03.2011.
KADI ZA CRDB ZINAPATIKANA KATIKA MATAWI YA BENKI YA CRDB YA AZIKIWE PREMIER, HOLLAND HOUSE, PUGU ROAD, IRINGA, MOROGORO, NA KILOMBERO.
AIDHA, KATIKA KANDA YA KASKAZINI KADI HIZI ZINAPATIKANA KATIKA MATAWI YA CRDB MUSOMA, ARUSHA, MERU, MAPATO, USA RIVER NA MOSHI.
The world famous English Premier League (EPL) kicked off on 14th August 2010 and for the first time Tanzania started advertising in 6 stadiums after TTB signed a contract with Lantech Services of United Kingdom and Wales as advertising agents for Africa.
Advertising in EPL has value for money since millions of soccer lovers worldwide will read and enquire about Tanzania and her world class tourist attractions including Kilimanjaro, Serengeti National Parks, Ngorongoro Crater, the beaches and cultural sites.
See a list of matches (excel format) that Tanzania will be advertised and make sure to watch and inform others within and outside the organization.
Tanzania has started benefiting from the preparations of the coming World Cup due to take place next month in South Africa. A fleet of 27 vehicles of different makes with more than 50 tourists entered the Serengeti National Park from the neighboring country of Kenya.
These very old vehicles some of them being made more than 20 years ago were all of Orange in colour ranging from Beetles, Volkswagen, and Unimogs. They were all bearing lots of stickers and advertisement logos of different Netherlands companies and firms which sponsored their entourage which took off in Amsterdam, Netherlands by roads and is expected to end up in Cape Town, South Africa during the opening day of the World Cup.
The tourists most of them being privately driving tourists majority of them were teenagers and they created atmosphere of wonder and inspiration to everyone in the Serengeti National Park. Other tourists wondered on how these could drive such a long distances on rough roads with these old vehicles and it is when Serengeti Wardens interviewed them to get the story behind their arrival in such a big number and old vehicles in Serengeti and why did they make a visit to Serengeti as one of their destination.
One of these visitors in the name of Debora and her friends Jacqueline and Laura explained this interesting story especially when they reported their fellow to have had a breakdown in southern part of Serengeti in which Serengeti tourism staff managed to rescue them despite the difficulties of the tourists explaining their whereabouts.
Debora and Jacqueline explained their safari from when it was organized in the Netherlands’ and all the destinations they passed to Serengeti and the rest of the journey to South Africa. Their route which was through roads from Amsterdam to Cape Town is depicted by the Map in one of the pictures. Other countries visited were Moroco, Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda and Kenya to Tanzania and they will be passing to Malawi, Victoria Falls, Zambia, Okavango Delta, and Johannesburg San pass and finally Cape Town.
The majority of these visitors which were gathered in the famous Serengeti Visitors Centre said that Serengeti is their favorate destination and they enjoyed a lot their time in the park as they had chances to see lots of animals including the Great Migrations of wildebeests and Zebras, the leopards the lions etc.
They also said they are going to support their Netherland National Team and on their way back they are going to take a ship and not on roads again.
These tourists majority being teenagers were sponsored by companies in Netherlands and they come from different parts of the country.
This number of visitors which visited the Serengeti contributed to lots of Revenue to the park for the two nights they stayed at the public campsites and refueling of vehicles but also the country in general as they benefited other people not attached directly to the tourism industry from the shops and from the border to Tanzania from Kenya and they certainly going to benefit more the country as they still pass to Ngorongoro,Lake manyara,Arusha ,Dar-es salaam and southern regions of the country before going to Malawi Zambia and finally to south Africa.
It is very important now as this event is taking place to increase more promotional efforts as still most of the soccer loving tourists are on their way to south Africa but also when the event will be over when some will be going back to their home they can get chance to visit our beautiful country and help to increase revenue from Tourism. We have to capitalizing on this event we have seen in Serengeti and other areas.
President of the Republic of Tanzania, His Excellence, Dr. Jakaya Kikwete, said there are several investment opportunities in Tanzania which awaits eligible businessmen to invest.
President Kikwete was speaking recently with a team of Turkish journalists who were on a 5-day tour in Tanzania last week for the purpose of promoting the Tanzania destination in Turkey. The seven visiting journalists were from the mainstream media institutions and international agencies which are Today’s Zaman, Cihan International News Agency, Samanyolu TV, Kanal, Star and Ihlas International News Agency.
According to the President, varied investment opportunities are available in the mining; hospitality industries like hotels, tour companies, Airlines, Ports, manufacturing industries and many more.
Speaking at the same function the Turkish Ambassador based in Tanzania, His Excellency, Dr. Sander Gurbuz said that the plan to launch direct airline flights from Turkey to Tanzania is underway. “We expect to have the direct Airline flights into Tanzania in few months to come”. He confirmed.
Turkey is visited by more than 23 million tourists per year which will expose the Tanzania tourist products and services to a wider and reliable market. “The people of Turkey are good tourists and I would like to see them make Tanzania their preferable tourism destination.” Said, President Kikwete.
Speaking of relationship between the two countries the President said that after the Turkish President’ visited Tanzania the Embassy was established In Dar es Salaam. President Kikwete is expecting to visit Turkey in the near future, and as a matter of priority he will work towards solidifying the relationship by signing memorandums on different aspects like economic, technical, education, science and research cooperation.
In summary, the Turkish people who may wish to invest in Tanzania will benefit by having other surrounding markets for their products outside Tanzania because Tanzania has agreements with AGOA and is a member of the East African Community, comprising Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.
President of the Republic of Tanzania, H.E Dr. Jakaya Kikwete emphasizing
a point to the Turkish Ambassador, Dr. Sander Gurbuz (to his left), next to
H.E Ambassador is the Managing Editor of Today’s Zaman, Mr. Emrah Ulker
A group photo of Turkish journalists with the President, Dr. Jakaya Kikwete,
Turkish Ambassador Dr. Sander Gubuz and Public Relations Officer,
Ms. Catherine Mbena.
From left Mr. Emrah Ulker, Mr. Ibrahim Kiras, Ms. Catherine Mbena,
H.E Ambassador Sander Gurbuz, Mr. Ilhan Kocapinas and Mr. Halit Soylu
All 45 members of the group of celebrities and professionals who are in the campaign on the Global Clean Water Crisis – Summit on the Summit made it to the top of the African highest Mountain – Kilimanjaro.
Kenna Zemedkun from United Nations one of the group members said their expedition aimed at creating awareness to all people in the world to conserve water so that everyone can have access to clean water
“The project meant to help people who don’t have access to clean water and we chose Mt. Kilimanjaro because of its popularity.” Said Kenna
Mr. Edward Kishe, the Acting Director General of Tanzania National Parks said that Tanzania National Parks appreciates this visit “we are sure that you will be good ambassador back home and hope to see you visiting other tourist attractions.”
On behalf of the group Kenna thanking the Tanzanians and Tanzanians
Government for the hospitality while they were in Tanzania.
In a group photo, from right John Bearcroft – General Manager Thomson
Safaris, Johnson Manase – TANAPA Tourism Manager, Edward Kishe –
TANAPA Acting Director General, Kenna Zemedkun from UN, Catherine
Mbena – TANAPA Public Relations Officer and Katie Kay – Thomson Safaris
Kenna Zemedkun (with a blue Tee shirt) expressing his feelings about
Mt. Kilimanjaro to TANAPA Acting Director General, Mr. Edward Kishe
Shaking hand after a short chat.
Tanzania National Parks has been urged to offer more environmental education to the societies living at the slopes of Mount Meru as a deliberate move to avoid wild fire which in the past month has destroyed more than 600 acres of such forests in the area.
Speaking after visiting the affected area recently, the Minister of State in the Vice President’s Office (Environment), Dr. Batilda Burian stressed that it is only through awareness raising among the residents of the surrounding area, this destruction to environment would stop and people would understand the importance of environmental conservation. She also insisted that all accused persons must be taken to court.
Earlier, the Acting Chief Park Warden of Arusha National Park, Ms Gladness Ng’umbi said that almost an area of 600 acres has been affected and the park has used 10 million Tshs in an effort to control fire. She said the fire could have been caused by honey gatherers who use old methods.
Tanzania National Parks wishes to inform the public that CRDB Bank Limited has completed the implementation of Card Payments System at Serengeti, Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Parks.
The exercise that involved installation of VSAT dishes, Point of Sale devices and training of TANAPA Cashiers and Accountants had reported excellent results.
By this notice; public, tourists and tour operators are now informed that Point of Sale Payments is doneat all the respective gates involved in phase II roll out. Also the public is being informed that CRDB Bank’s extension of services had been made on point of sale terminals at Serengeti, Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Parks.
Rates for porters and guides for Mt. Kilimanjaro (June 2008):
Porters - USD 10 per day
Cooks - USD 15 per day
Guides - USD 20 per day
With effect from 1st October, 2007 Tanzania National Parks started using electronic payment systems at its revenue collection centres in parallel run with the old system.
Phase I of this system has covered Serengeti, Lake Manyara, Tarangire, Kilimanjaro and Arusha National Parks through CRDB and EXIM Banks who designed the systems.
Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA), now informs Tour Operators and the Public that with effect from 1st November, 2007 payment of Park fees will ONLY be through Electronic Cards at all Gates already installed with the facilities.Payment by Cash and Cheques will therefore NOT be accepted
Tanzania National Parks have launched their new global tourism brochure at the International Travel Bourse in Berlin. This exciting new brochure details all 15 of the national parks and is an invaluable guide for anyone planning a trip to Tanzania. The brochure is available in English, French, German and Spanish.
Canoeing safari, yet another tourist attraction, has been introduced around one of the world famous lakes located in the Arusha National Park (ANAPA).
Canoeing safari on one of the Momela lakes, known as ‘Small’ Momela, has already taken off and we are satisfied with the initial response from tourists, Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) Director General, Mr. Gerald Bigurube said recently.
This is the second new tourist attraction to be introduced on the park recently. Another one to officially start next January is a walking safari around the world famous Ngurdoto crater.
The idea is to make visitors be able to have chances to observe everything in the natural world and view different animals in their various habitats under one roof.
TANZANIA NATIONAL PARKS in conjunction with tour operators and other tourism stakeholders are at the moment promoting the two new products which will add value to the country’s extensive attractions.
The canoeing Safari at “Small” Momella” lake is being operated by an Arusha-based company, Green Footprints Adventure Limited. Within a period less than 5 years (2004-2008) about 2,774 tourists have ventured for canoeing into the lake.
The canoeing safari enables visitors to have a closer and natural look at hippos and bird life not easily seen on ordinary game safaris.
In 1995, Arusha National Park hosted only 7,000 visitors with the number shooting up to 56,131 during 2006/7.
Lying between the peaks of Kilimanjaro and Meru, Arusha National Park is an outstandingly beautiful area with wide range of habitats, form a string of crater lakes where many water birds can be watched through the highland mountain forest to the imposing summit of Mount Meru.
The forest contain a wealth of birds and other animals like the bushbuck easily glimpsed in between ancient cedar trees or the black and white colobus monkeys climbing along their branches.
The interesting geology of the area is reflected in the impressive view of the ash cone and cliff face leading to the summit of Mount Meru.
Those who ascend the summit of the mountain are rewarded with unparalleled views of the majestic Mt. Kilimanjaro and the Rift Valleys.