Ngorongoro region on course to surpass entry targets
Holidays to Tanzania are increasingly including a trip to the country’s Ngorongoro Crater with just over 588,000 travellers having visited the volcanic caldera in 2012.
Last year, the movement of 588,814 visitors passing through the Loduare Gate was recorded and to put the figures in perspective, if the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCAA) surpasses the attainable entry figure of 700,000 by the end of 2013, this region will have attracted more visitors than the whole of neighbouring Rwanda.
It isn’t any wonder that so many are fascinated with Ngorongoro considering it is not just the dramatic landscape that possesses an instant wow factor but also the large population of wildlife with black rhinoceros, wildebeest, zebra and gazelle a few of the animals that reside in the area.
It has proved a successful period for the Ngorongoro Crater with the landmark having recently been included on the illustrious ‘Seven New Wonders of Nature’ list, further enhancing both the national and international appeal of the place.
Principal tourism officer of the NCAA, Asantael Melita confirmed that travellers from North America made up the bulk of the foreign visitors in 2012 stating “The USA is followed by the United Kingdom, Germany, France and for the first time in recent years, China has entered into the top five followed by Scandinavian countries on the sixth position, after which come Spain, Italy and Australia.”
Given the vast international interest and range of nationalities visiting Ngorongoro, it is no wonder that domestic tourism is also improving with Melita also confirming that a new wave of students are embarking on a trip to the area.