In 2018, the authority introduced balloon safaris at the Ruaha national park. Balloon safaris have been practiced by a number of tourists at the Serengeti national park in Mara Region where it was introduced some years back.
TANAPA public relations manager, Paschal Shelutete told this paper that the move is geared at improving the country’s tourism in the southern circuit.
He said the Ruaha national park is the largest in Africa with a lot of unique historical sites and national parks with rare animal species in the world.
He said the government is committed to improve the infrastructure of the area including roads, airports and accommodation facilities. He said the improvement will increase the number of visitors coming to Tanzania annually.Shelutete noted that with the boat and balloon safaris, tourists will be able to reach a number of destinations within the Ruaha national parks.
“They will be able to go across the national park and admire variety wild animals and some traditional tourists attractions scattered within the Ruaha. Boats are faster and comfortable compared to road trips.
Tourism is among the Tanzania's key sectors of the economy, contributing to 17 per cent of the East African nation's GDP.
According to TANAPA, the number of tourists visited Tanzania increased from 1,284,279 in 2016 to 1, 327,143 tourists in 2017.
However, government revenue collections from the sector increased from US $ 2.1 billion in 2016 to US $ 2.2 billion in 2017.