“When we were setting out from China, many people in our team had little opinion of Africa. They thought they will only see wild animals and be attacked by insects, and were thus surprised to find an environment quite close to Europe, if not better,” said Qingling Guo, a member of the visitors team from the Far East.
“Tanzania has very good hotels and lodges. In fact some of the tourist facilities in the country match those in the United States or Europe, if not better,” noted Guo, who despite being Chinese, spends most of her time in New Zealand.
She was speaking at Olduvai Gorge site museum in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, where more than 300 visitors from China were being taken around the legendary archaeological site dear to evolutionists around the world.
“The food is just splendid, the service even better and we find the environment quite fresh, clean and relatively healthy compared to other places around the globe,” insisted Guo who was also translating for other visitors, speaking only Mandarin Chinese.
The Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) board chairman, Judge (rtd) Thomas Mihayo said this first large group of Chinese visitors will open doors to more visitors from the Far East. By the end of the special promotion, initiated late last year, the country have received 10,000 tourists from Beijing.
The visitors toured the Ngorongoro Crater and Olduvai Gorge in the NCAA and waded into the adjacent Serengeti National Park, in time to watch a portion of the wildebeest migration currently moving towards the northern parts of the Tanzania’s second largest park.
“We have to agree that at the moment Tanzania is slowly but surely becoming the pearl of the global tourism industry, and the arrival of the Far East visitors bears witness to this tendency,” stated William Mwakilema, the commissioner for the Serengeti National Park, speaking at Naabi Gate, the major entrance to the park.