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Why Tanzania is still unknown to many tourists ?

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Why Tanzania is still unknown to many tourists ?

Following an a question i asked some friends a few days ago....Despite the fact that the Kilimanjaro"Roof of Africa",Olduvai Gorge "Location of first human remains",Serengeti "named among wonders of the world in 2010",best wild life parks in the world,the Tanzanite germ stone "birthplace" only place in the world it can be found being in Tanzania,the country is still not among the most tourist attractions in the world.Anybody wants to share ideas and maybe help more people know Tanzania?

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1. Re: Why Tanzania is still unknown to many tourists ?

<<the country is still not among the most tourist attractions in the world>>

Probably cause the prices of airfare from the US sucks! haha

This is a great question. I also often wonder why no one has heard of it. When I say "I am going to Tanzania"... people look perplexed and always ask "why?".

Edited: 14 January 2012, 12:45
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Wormrascal

Interesting comment perahps I can add to it on a light note.

Somebody asked me the other day "Where have you been?" Oh I spent some time in Tanzania-with the very common reply "and how is Tasmania."

or even more common- same question same answer and then the very common reply. "What part of South Africa."

Tumaini cottage I would be very careful using the phrase-"best wildlife parks in the world" There are some posters who visit here who would disagree with you.

But I don't.

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I don't think Tanzania is marketed as well as South Africa and Kenya.

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"historically Tanzania has always been second place to Kenya for visitors from Europe and America, not because of its lack of wildlife but more because of its lack of infrastructure and also its status. Tanzania (and formerly Tanganyika) was never a colony, it was a protectorate, so that from early last century, with so many “white” settlers in Kenya, Kenya was the place to come on safari. It was not till the early 80’s that people became more commercially aware of the natural treasures that abound in Tanzania, and it was only then that it became a destination. This is despite Kenya marketing at Jomo Kenyatta airport a poster “Climb Mt Kilimanjaro, visit Kenya” during the 80’s.

There has been an entrenched idea in overseas agents, the media and all those who wanted to enjoy an African safari, an “Out of Africa” experience, then you must visit Kenya, and the Kenyan operators have been very smart in marketing Kenya and using the historical perspective to attract the visitor."

The above is an excerp from a post I wrote months ago on a similiar topic. It is not the total answer but part of it.

As part of the answer to your question would be to ask the Royal Family of the UK why they visit Botswana and Kenya and have never visited Tz.

Advertising and peoples perceptions.

Edited: 14 January 2012, 15:44
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5. Re: Why Tanzania is still unknown to many tourists ?

Hi

I Think the 20 years of socialism may have had something to do with it as well :-)

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royal.gov.uk/LatestNewsandDiary/Pressrelease…

The Royal Family is to visit every Commonwealth country next year to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. The Princess Royal (Princes Anne) is visiting Mozambique and Zambia, but no news on who is visiting Kenya or Tz.

I think Achnab may have a point. When you best friend in the world is East Germany, you don't tend to get a lot of European or North American visitors.

So, Kenya has a 40 year head-start on TZ with regard to tourism marketing and infrastructure.

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Kenya, has been the original safari country since 1900s or earlier... Churchill, Hemingway, Roosevelt... and all those who followed, till now.

Kenya, has a decent Tourism Board, promoting worldwide

Kenya's Nairobi, is the hub-city for air travel to East Africa... lots of air carriers fly here with more competitive pricing (though often not as good as fares to South Africa, at least from the States)

Kenya promotes "Out of Africa" and until recent years when South Africa opened (and other southern African countries... Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia), much of game viewing seen on TV was only that filmed in Kenya.

Tanzania, NO Tourism Board, to speak of and if so*.... what are they doing?

Tanzania, years of socialism (yes, achnab), so they're late to the party.

Tanzania, limited air carriers to JRO from Europe, though a few more options to DAR, with rather higher fares than if to Kenya..

Tanzania, some prices tend to be higher than those in Kenya.

Tanzania is playing 'catch-up' these past 20/years, though I must say rather fast, considering! Good for them!

*though here, Stateside, TV advertising for safaris anywhere is limited, Kenya and South Africa are seen more often.... some years back did catch a TV promo for Tanzania safari... surprised, but I wasn't fast enough to read the small print of who was doing so.

As to the Royal Family visits, my guess is that Wills/Katherine will be the ones to visit Kenya; this is where they've visited often and became engaged. And, likely Harry to some of the Southern countries where he's very involved in many projects.. but what does this Yank know? :-)

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>>"the Tanzanite germ stone "birthplace" only place in the world it can be found being in Tanzania"<<

... and there's also Tsavorite, found at Tsavo in Kenya, thus the name. A lovely green gemstone, known as 'green garnet'...often used in place of emeralds as it's a strong stone and unlike emeralds doesn't have to be surrounded by diamonds to save it from damage/cracks. Tsavorite was discovered at about the same time as Tanzanite, but gets little play.

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^^^

No, I think you are right sandi. Probably keeping Harry's itinerary quiet as the early news made it sound like a Caribbean booze cruise.

And yes, Wills and Kate will no doubt follow in grandparents footsteps..

Moi, I'm off to the Falkland Islands, which gets the Duke of Kent (and a brief tour of duty from Wills, sans Kate). (Sorry, off topic)

Anyway, sometimes there is a lot to be said to being relatively unknown, and unspoilt.

Just as I'm sure Namibia will not become a South AFrica, so I doubt Tanzania will resemble Kenya in years to come.

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I am not knocking Kenya but it does have one heck of a marketing machine. IMO most first timers and those that do not do any research are sucked up by this machine before the FT realizes that there is a Tanzania, that most of the migration occurs in TZ and all the other things that have been pointed out. If it were not for this forum I would be on one of those packaged tours with a lot of other folks ( Kenya or Tanzania)( yes some folks like them or the budget). It is sort of like being Canada next to the USA. The hype is so high for one that the other has a hard time to get face time.

The work done on this forum, those who have gone to TZ and reported back to the forum have help in a small way to correct the problem.

I guess that is why I am a little irritated when some folks suggest that the planned package folks, agent, etc or other area of Africa aren’t getting a fair shake. I receive three or four travel catalogs a months from travel companies for trips which include at least one or two African safari trips. Also all the travel mail pushing some type of Africa trip. Go to Google and type in safari. See all the companies out there trying to get your business. There is no end to the types, agents, companies, wholesalers and scams. The vast majority are not about Tanzania.