Today is the day to celebrate the planet, all its beauty and how much it means to us.
We Tour Operators in Tanzania and you, our guests also contribute to protecting our planet.
Why is it so important to choose licensed tour operators? Each of the officially operating companies pays a number of fees related to their activities, but they are not wasted. We want the beauty of the earth to be preserved and our children and grandchildren to enjoy it too. Maybe your safari will be a little more expensive – but you have reason to be proud, your visit is also a brick in the fight for environmental protection …
By visiting Tanzania, you support the extraordinary investment of a developing and looking future. There are currently 16 national parks in Tanzania. Parks were created to protect the rich natural heritage of the country and provide safe breeding grounds. Despite pressure from the population, Tanzania has allocated over 45,000 square kilometers of national parks. Together with other reserves, protected areas and marine parks, this represents over a third of its territory – a much higher percentage than most of the wealthier nations of the world.
The main role of the parks is nature protection and tourism. Many of them form part of a much larger protected ecosystem. In parks, fauna and flora can grow, away from the conflicting interests of the growing human population, and provide benefits and enjoyment for people through tourism. The existing park system protects many internationally recognized biodiversity sites and world heritage sites. Each of them restores balance to surrounding areas affected by deforestation, agriculture, and urbanization.
TANAPA deals with the national parks in Tanzania, which constantly develops the activities of parks and improves the traditional migration corridors connecting protected areas.
Tourism provides valuable income used to support the conservation work of national parks. Income also enables wildlife exploration, enhances the education and livelihoods of local communities. In addition, tourism helps to raise international awareness of conservation problems, while the physical presence of tourists can help stop illegal poaching; the presence of tourists is older poachers. TANAPA resisted the temptation to earn on the short-term benefits of mass tourism. Understanding responsibility – both to Tanzania and the whole world – in protecting and managing the global resource, Tanzania wants to maintain a sustainable, low environmental impact to protect the environment from irreversible damage, while providing a priority place for ecotourism.
Human activity is closely monitored and development is strictly regulated. Buildings in parks must be discreet, camps most often mobile so as not to destroy plants, and waste disposal is carefully controlled. All to prevent animal harassment and minimize human impact on the environment. Even in Serengeti, the most popular park in Tanzania, almost half of this area – over 7,000 square kilometers remains a wildlife zone without roads.
However, caring for this rich resource depends on the goodwill of the people living next to the parks. By sharing rewards for protection and providing measurable benefits, TANAPA works hard to provide local communities with a sense of ownership and make them interested in the future of parks. The park’s percentage of revenue is used to support community development initiatives such as schools, health clinics, water programs, and roads. Residents are encouraged to develop cultural tourism projects to obtain their own financial gain from park visitors. Residents are employed in parks by camps/lodges and tour operators.
TANAPA particularly cooperates with local people in the fight against poachers.
Poaching is not only a commercial hunt for elephants and rhinos, extremely valuable ivory and rhinoceros horn). This also includes maintenance activities such as honey collection, illegal fishing and hunting, tree felling for construction or firewood, and collection of traditional but rare medicinal plants. When the villagers depend on the park and are witnessing that the community benefits from the presence of the park, they are more likely to defend the protected area and report poaching. TANAPA works with communities to teach sustainable environmental management, help plant trees, establish nurseries, and promote culture first and protect nature. Looking to the future
The future depends on those who will inherit the parks. TANAPA plays a leading role in educating residents by providing teaching and training materials for teachers. Schools and community groups are offered free park visits to show how important they are.
Support for research projects is an important aspect of TANAPA’s commitment to the future. Chimpanzees in Tanzania are the subject of the longest-running research of its kind in the world. Scientists working in the parks of Tanzania still find undiscovered species of butterflies, birds, beetles, and plants. Regular tests are also carried out to monitor the distribution and number of animals, test water quality, identify disease outbreaks, and check the invasion of exotic species. National parks are salvation for animals that would otherwise be in danger of extinction. They provide shelter to many endangered and sensitive species, protect shrinking habitats and provide protected breeding reserves in which endangered species can be reborn. With the support of all, these ecosystems will be preserved for the benefit of future generations.