TANZANIA SETS RECORD: ALL TOURIST ATTRACTIONS WIN ENTRY INTO NEW SEVEN NATURAL WONDERS OF AFRICA REGISTER
By: Geofrey Tengeneza
Tanzania has set a record of its kind after all its three entries in the New Seven Natural Wonders of Africa contest – the Serengeti Animal Migration, the Ngorongoro Crater and Mount Kilimanjaro—swept their way into the register.
On top that, the Serengeti National Park emerged as the most unique and preferred attraction scooping the majority of votes among all the twelve contesting sites on the African continent.
The TANAPA Director General, Mr Allan Kijazi (centre), lifting high the Serengeti National Park’s prize for winning entry into the New Seven Natural Wonders of Africa register after receiving it from the Chief Guest, Tanzania’s Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda (right). Left is Dr Phillip Imler, President of the event organisers, Seven Natural Wonders.
Breaking the news during a special function held at Mount Meru Hotel in Arusha, the President of Seven Natural Wonders, an international event organising firm based in the United States of America, Dr Phillip Imler, told dignitaries, including Ambassadors, Ministers and Members of Parliament, that this was a great feat for Tanzania.
Tanzania’s Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda presenting a carving to the Seven Natural Wonders President, Dr Phillip Imler, while Uganda’s Minister for Tourism, Mrs Agnes Akiror (right) and Dr Imler’s wife look on.
He said the entry of all Tanzania sites in the register of New Seven Natural Wonders of Africa was a momentous victory and set a record of its own in terms of tourist attractions. Dr Imler named the other winning entries as the Red Sea Reef of Egypt, the River Nile of Uganda, Botswana’s Okavango Delta and the Sahara Desert in the North of Africa.
The Chief Guest, Tanzania’s Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda, pointed out that the country’s attractions were a natural choice due to their uniqueness and the undisputed fact that the country was performing very well in ensuring sustainable tourism practices through mounting nature conservation programmes in the respective areas. This is confirmed in a report of the World Economic Forum which puts Tanzania as the second country to Brazil in the world in terms of nature and environment conservation, world nature heritage sites and having about 28% of its terrestrial area protected by law, he said.
The process of contesting for entry into the register of the New Seven Natural Wonders of Africa began in 2008 when twelve attraction sites were proposed for a worldwide vote running parallel to expert opinion from designated international organisations of UNESCO and IUCN.