Tanzania tempts Obama with its tourism treasures

27th Jun 2013

Barack Obama has arrived in Africa for a week-long tour of the continent.

The US president's tour comes at a time when many families will be planning their own week-long tours of African destinations.

The president got his tour under way in Senegal, but he will also visit Tanzania.

Tanzania, much loved by visitors on family holidays, is focused on wildlife conservation and sustainable safari-based specialist tours, with more than a quarter of its land mass (28%) under government protection for these reasons.

Its delights include 16 national parks, 32 game reserves, the legendary Mount Kilimanjaro, the famous Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, the Olduvai Gorge where the earliest human skull was discovered, Selous Game Reserve, Ruaha National Park and Zanzibar's spice islands.

No wonder the number of tourists who visited Tanzania in 2012 jumped 24% to beyond the one-million mark with the help of more hotels and better transport links.

The Tanzania Tourist Board says British holidaymakers rank first followed by Americans - which brings us back to President Obama.

Tanzania is among three African countries on his itinerary during his official tour.

The tour will shine the spotlight on Africa, which is rich in wildlife, natural tourist attractions, diversified cultures and sunny weather.

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