Tanzania’s northern safari capital of Arusha has been voted as the Africa’s fifth best tourist destination in 2017, according to international tourism ranking advisory group TripAdvisor.
Godfrey Tengeneza, spokesperson of Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB), said Monday that the recognition by the U.S. Travel Website was a clear testimony of how rich Arusha is in terms of tourist attractions. The TTB official was optimistic that Arusha will continue to shine among the best destinations in continent, acknowledging the travelers’ selection of the region as one of their best decisions. Arusha is also considered to be the gateway to safari destinations and to Africa’s highest peak, the 5,895-meter Mt. Kilimanjaro, lying some 100 kilometers northeast.To its west lies Serengeti National Park, home to wildlife including lions, rhinos, giraffes and leopards and the famous annual migrations that feature huge herds of wildebeests crossing its plains.
Famed for its wide range of tourist attractions, Arusha has beaten other famous destinations including the Diani Beach of Kenya and the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. According to the findings of the website released on Monday, Diani town took the sixth position, Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe the seventh, Zanzibar Island the eighth, and Livingstone in Zambia the ninth while Nosy Be, Madagascar, completed the list of top 10 destinations on the continent. On continental rankings, Morocco’s Marrakech was voted the best destination in Africa while Merzouga, also in Morocco, took the second position.