Tanzania is a country with many tourist attractions. Approximately 38 percent of Tanzania’s land area is set aside in protected areas for conservation. There are 17 national parks, 29 game reserves, 40 controlled conservation areas (including the Ngorongoro Conservation Area) and marine parks.
Tanzania is also home to Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa.
Travel and tourism contributed 17.5 percent of Tanzania’s gross domestic product in 2016 and employed 11.0 percent of the country’s labour force (1,189,300 jobs) in 2013. The sector is growing rapidly, rising from US $1.74 billion in 2004 to US $4.48 billion in 2013. In 2016, 1,284,279 tourists arrived at Tanzania’s borders compared to 590,000 in 2005.
Tanzania is one of the countries in the world endowed with a good number of tourist attractions varying from historical sites (Amboni and other different caves, Gombe game reserve in Kigoma region with Chimpanzees, Bagamoyo and Kilwa towns and Zanzibar – stone town and land of spices), national parks (Manyara, Serengeti, Mikumi, Seleous, Ngorongoro) and many game reserves flowered by different kinds of animals and birds. Existing mountains like mount Meru, Oldonyo Lengai, an active volcanic mountain and Kilimanjaro which is the highest mountain in Africa, Ngorongoro crater and Olduvai Gouge which is believed to be the first origin of mankind.
Tanzania is also strategically/geographically located with a long coastal line for international trade (including newly emerging beaches) as it serves about six landlocked countries. It is also surrounded by great lakes of Tanganyika, the deepest in Africa, Lake Victoria, which is among the largest lakes in the world – rich with fresh fish and Lake Nyasa bordered with Malawi.
The tourism sector
is one of the fastest growing sectors in Tanzania and leading in terms of GDP contribution as well as the top foreign exchange earner in Tanzania, exceeding even gold exports.This section therefore provides you with details information pertaining the Tourism sector which is governed by the National Tourism Policy of September 1999 and three Acts (Hotels Act 1963,Tourists Agents (licensing) Act No. 2 of 1969 and the act of Parliament establishing the Tanzania Tourists Board of 1992 . For more information visit the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism website.