Tanzania now wades into eco-friendly tourism

16Jul 2018
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Tanzania now wades into eco-friendly tourism

IN the wake of global warming and negative effects of climate change, Tanzania is spearheading a new form of tourism, an environment friendly form of hospitality industry.

Experts here point out that, of late, more and more people around the globe are getting rather too sensitive against all forms of pollutants and majority of leisure visitors now want to be hosted in environment friendly bush hotels and lodges that apply clean forms of renewable energy, organic food and structures that blend with nature. 

Already three tourist companies, Tanzania Game Trackers (TGTS), Wingert Safaris and Mwiba Holdings operating luxury properties in the northern zone circuit, have embarked on this clean and environment focused form of tourism and hospitality industry, explaining that this how global travellers will be preferring their Safaris to be in future.

One of the directors of Friedkin Conservation Fund, Abdulkadir Mohammed, in charge at Mwiba lodge, revealed here that, the FCF which operates, among other tourism properties, the aforementioned wilderness based properties, places ecology on top of their priority list.

“When dealing with conservations as well as wildlife, there is no option other than reducing or totally eliminating carbon footprint,” he said, adding that the firm has so far invested nearly 900 billion/- towards this responsible form of tourism, conservation as well as community development projects around the Serengeti-Mara Eco-system.

“Friedkin Conservation Fund had initially invested therein 670bn/- towards such activities and in the course of this fiscal year we are going to inject an additional 227 billion/-,” said Mohammed. 

The eco-system comprises of Maswa Game Reserve, Makao Wildlife Management Area, Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti National Park. The  strides involve Meatu, Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Karatu Districts of Arusha, Simiyu and Mara Regions. 

“We now use solar and wind energy to power and light up our lodges thus making our surrounding as clean as possible,” added the Mwiba ranch and lodge manager, Mark Ghaul explaining that the facility, based in Meatu, now boasts one of the largest solar equipment in East Africa. 

The Friedkin Conservation Fund of Tanzania (FCF) works to conserve more than 6.1 million acres of the country’s protected wildlife areas through anti-poaching operations and working closely with the wildlife authorities. FCF also sponsors innovative community development projects and manages the geographic information system (GIS) for mapping and research to compliment the anti-poaching initiatives.