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Tanzania scoops yet another prestigious award in tourism

12th February 2013
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Lamai Serengeti

Tanzania's tourism industry continues to record best achievements globally, the Lamai camp of Serengeti has just won the 2013 award of "Best new Safari Property" in Africa.

The new award came barely few days after the Serengeti National Park (Senapa), was announced the 2013 global winner of International Award in Tourism, Hotel and Catering Industry, topping all global tourism destinations.

Lamai-Serengeti operates under the "Nomad Tanzania," which is based in Arusha and is tucked amongst the rocks of the endless plains' Kogakuria Kopje just a few miles from Mara River.

The camp is one of the three properties built in the area after the Tanzania National Parks (Tanapa) released tenders in 2006.

Managing Director of Nomad Tanzania John Corse on Sunday expressed his satisfaction on the new award: "This is a prestigious award for us and further proof that Tanzania is one of the very best Safari destinations in the world."

He added that with the additional global award for the park, Serengeti should come out as the best area for tourism this year.

Serengeti National Park gets 350,000 tourists per year, earning the country more than 42 billion Tanzanian shillings (USD26.25m) in revenues, becoming the third highest tourism earner after Mount Kilimanjaro and the Ngorongoro Crater.

While Nomad's Lamai-Serengeti has just won the "Best New Safari Property" in Africa, the Singita Faru-Faru Lodge in the Singita game reserve also topped in another category, "Best Property in East Africa," in which also other Tanzanian lodges like Nomad's Greystoke Mahale of Kigoma, Beho-Beho and Sayari camp also got listed in the top five.

Overall it was windfall for Nomad Tanzania because it was also listed in the "Best Mobile Safari Operator" category and the "Best Safari Guiding Team" in Africa while the Singita game reserve also produced other outstanding properties such as Singita Sabora camp, Singita Explore camp, Singita Castleton and Singita Grumeti Reserves and Riding Safaris.

The official best safari operators, lodges, camps, guides and conservationists in Africa were recently announced in London at the 2013 Safari Awards said to be the 'Oscars of Safari,' which now runs in their fifth year.

The "Oscars of Safaris" as they have become known, are very established with 90 finalists in 18 categories selected by a panel of 18 of the most experienced and trusted independent safari specialist tour operators, based on over 1,800 votes from travel agents and tour operators globally.

The 2013 Safari Awards are not only about honouring the most expensive lodges, or most luxurious spa, but also features categories that range from "Best Ecological Lodge or Camp" to "Best Personal Contribution to Wildlife Conservation" and contribution to community and society development.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN