Mount Kilimanjaro, the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti Migration: those on holidays in Tanzania can experience three amazing feats of nature without ever leaving the country.
Now all three of these top attractions have been included on a shortlist for Africa’s ‘Seven Natural Wonders’, along with nine other natural marvels.
The nomination comes as a huge honour for Tanzania – no other country has so many entries on the list.
Other wonders bidding become one of the seven include: the Sahara Desert, the Avenue of the Baobabs (in Madagascar) and the Red Sea Reef.
Members of the public are being encouraged to vote for the eventual list wonders and the people of Tanzania are hoping that at least one of their entries makes the final cut – in 2011 Mount Kilimanjaro lost out to Table Mountain in a similar vote.
Each year, Tanzania attracts around 1.2 million tourists, with the majority (80 per cent) heading for the Northern Circuit, which includes all three features.
Of the three, the Ngorongoro Crater is the most popular, attracting over 500,00 visitors annually; the Serengeti migration is the second most popular, with 350,000 tourists arriving to watch this vast spectacle; almost 55,000 tourists make the trip to Mount Kilimanjaro.
The rational behind the Seven Natural Wonders project is to introduce mankind to the marvels of nature and inspire people to get behind conservation projects.
One of the most biodiverse nations in Africa (the Ngorongoro Crater alone is home to an estimated 30,000 large animals) Tanzania already has a strong track record in conserving its natural resources.