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Tanzania named best destination for African safaris

Tanzania has been named as the number one African Safari destination. Booking.com awarded the title to the African nation following an analysis of 2300 holidaymakers reviews and 756 expert reviews. As Tanzania works towards achieving two million visitors in the coming years, the award will likely go a long way in supporting the nation's marketing efforts in the hopes of attracting more travellers to book holidays to locations like the renown Serengeti National Park.

Tanzania named best destination for African safaris

Bookings.com, travel website specializing in African holidays, have published the results of their recent survey of the best African Safaris.

Survey respondents named Tanzania, known for Mount Kilimanjaro and its UNESCO World Sites the Seregeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater, as the number one destination for African safaris with Botswana and Kenya tied for second place and South Africa and Zambia sharing fourth position.

Booking.com based their results on 2300 user reviews and 756 expert reviews including Lonely Planet guide writer Mary Fitzpatrick who stated the following of Tanzania, "With its abundant wildlife, excellent species diversity and evocative acacia- and baobab-studded landscapes, Tanzania is one of Africa's most rewarding safari destination".

Similarly travel author Philip Briggs had praised African destination for its unmatched safari offering as he noted, "Tanzania's superb network of wildlife reserves is the most extensive in Africa, collectively covering a quarter of the country's surface area and harboring around 20% of the continent's large-mammal biomass".

The Serengeti and Ngorongoro were both recently named in the list of the new Seven Wonders of Nature both of which offer amazing safari experiences. The Serengeti is best known for the annual migration of over 2.5 million wildebeest and zebra while the Ngorongoro Crater has earned a reputation for being the best location to spot some of nature's most awe inspiring beasts including lions, hippos and rhinos.

Much of the African country's tourism revenue is generated by Safari tours to the Seregenti and Ngorongoro with 1.2 million travellers currently booking holidays in Tanzania each year.

Of crossing the one million visitors land mark minister Khamis Kagasheki noted, "This success story is a result of a number of things including improving road infrastructures in the parks, whereby the Tanzania National Parks (Tanapa) managed to rehabilitate about 6,526.5 km in different parks across the country. As government, our role is to market Tanzania outside the world".

Undoubtedly the recent praise and publicity Tanzania has received on the back of the Bookings.com award will go a long way in supporting Tanzania's global marketing drives. Tanzanian tourism officials have noted that the nation is aiming to boost arrival figures to two million visitors per annum in the coming years.

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