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Tanzania Home Of The “World’s Best Hotel”, the Singita Grumeti !

Singita Grumeti Reserves named best hotel in the world for the second consecutive year by Travel + Leisure magazine’s World Best 2012 Awards.

Photo: Honorable Ambassador Khamis S. Kagasheki, Tanzania’s Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism and Luke Bailes, CEO and Founder of Singita.

(July 24, 2012, New York, NY) Singita Grumeti Reserves, located along the Western corridor of Tanzania’s legendary Serengeti National Park, was named best hotel in the world for the second consecutive year by Travel + Leisure magazine’s World Best 2012 Awards.  Five luxury properties in Tanzania were among the Top 20 Lodges and Resorts in Africa and the Middle East selected by Travel + Leisure magazine’s readers, as well.

Honorable Ambassador Khamis S. Kagasheki, Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism, in commenting about Singita Grumeti being awarded the “World’s Best Hotel” second year in a row, said “this demonstrates that Tanzania is increasingly being recognized for its growing number of world-class properties and its expanding luxury safari product.  Tanzania aims to provide the best travel experience possible to every visitor to our country.”

Hon. Amb. Kagasheki added, “Tanzania is especially proud that Singita Grumeti received this honor two years in a row because of the luxury property’s efforts on behalf of sustainable tourism development through its Grumeti Fund.”

The other properties in Tanzania designated World’s Best are Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge; Kirawira Luxury Tented Camp, Serengeti National Park; Serengeti Sopa Lodge, and andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge.

Travel + Leisure has the largest audience of any travel magazine, with a readership of over 1.5 million people.  For the past 17 years, Travel + Leisure readers have voted on the World’s Best Awards for the top hotels, destinations, airlines, cruises, outfitters and transportation companies. The criteria determining the Lodges and Resorts category are rooms/facilities, location, service, restaurants/food and value.

The Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2012 are featured on http://www.travelandleisure.com/worldsbest and will appear in the August issue of Travel +Leisure magazine.

About Tanzania

Tanzania, the largest country in East Africa, is focused on wildlife conservation and sustainable tourism, with approximately 28% of the land protected by the Government, the largest percentage of any country in the world. It boasts 15 National Parks and 31 game reserves, 50 Game Controlled Areas, one special Conservation Area (the Ngorongoro) and three Marine Parks. It is home to the tallest mountain in Africa, the legendary Mt. Kilimanjaro; The Serengeti, home to the “Great Animal Migration” that was named the New 7th Wonder of the World by USA Today and ABC TV’s Good Morning America; the world acclaimed Ngorongoro Crater, often referred to as the “Eden of Africa” and the “8th Wonder of the World”; Olduvai Gorge, the cradle of mankind:  the Selous, the world’s largest game reserve; Ruaha, now the second largest National Park in Africa; the spice islands of Zanzibar; and seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Most important for visitors, the Tanzanian people, with a rich history and diverse blend of cultures, are warm and friendly. On December 9, 2011, Tanzania, an oasis of peace and stability with a democratically elected and stable government, celebrated its 50th Anniversary of Independence.



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