(Xinhua) -- Tanzania has started
revamping the camp that was being used by famous archaeologists,
Dr. Louis Leakey and Dr. Mary Leakey at the Olduvai Gorge in
Ngorongoro area located in northern part of the country in an
effort to lure more tourists.
Tanzania’s Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism said on
Sunday that the camp is under refurbishment to restore its
natural outlook as it was in 1960s.
"We are revamping the camp so that some of the tourists and
researchers who want to sleep in, do so and learn a number of
things of the earliest man," the minister said.
He described the Olduvai Gorge as an important area when it
comes to tourism and historical researches as it holds the
earliest evidence of the existence of human ancestors.
Paleoanthropologists have found hundreds of fossilized bones
and stone tools in the area dating back millions of years,
leading them to conclude that humans evolved in Africa.
Maghembe stated that the area is one of the world’s most
important historical sites, where it is believed that the famous
Zinjanthropus skull was discovered at Olduvai Gorge.
Dr. Leakey discovered the 1.75 million year old skull on July
17, 1959 after nearly 30 years of archaeological research at the
gorge in Ngorongoro district alongside with her husband Dr.
"The Olduvai Mary Leakey camp has been attracting more
tourists as well as scientists and researchers. That’s why we
want it to look natural as it was in 1960s," said Maghembe.
John Paresso, conservator of the camp, said that among other
issues in the rehabilitation process include restoring the bed
that was being used by the two archaeologists into the camp.
"We are currently communicating with the family of Dr. Leakey
in Nairobi, Kenya so that to get that bed and bring it into the
camp," the official said.
Louis and Mary (Nicol) Leakey are often referred to as the
first family of paleontology, as much of their lives, and later
the lives of their children, revolved around Olduvai Gorge.
Tanzania and Mauritius
agree to partner in tourism promotion drive
ARUSHA Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzania and Mauritius have
signed a one-year pact to promote tourism destinations available
in the two countries to the outside world.
The agreement was reached on Saturday at the ongoing ITB
global tourism showcasing event in Berlin between the Tanzania
Tourist Board (TTB) and Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA).
At the signing, Tanzania was represented by TTB managing
director Devota Mdachi, while Mauritius was represented by the
director of MTPA, Kevin Ramkaloan
According to Mdachi, the pact is meant to attract more
visitors from as far as US, Australia, China, India and European
She said that two organizations have agreed to join efforts
in promoting their countries as the twin destination for the
mutual benefits of their both respective countries by creating a
conducive environment for tourists visiting Mauritius for beach
holiday to also visit Tanzania for wildlife and adventure
"Our commitment is to promote Tanzania and Mauritius as a
twin tourist destination so that tourists visiting Mauritius can
as well visit Tanzania to experience other unique attractions
available in the country such as varieties of wildlife in
National Parks, Mount Kilimanjaro, and Ngorongoro crater,"
Ramkaloan also pointed out that the MTPA is pleased to
partner with Tanzania Tourist Board since it has been their
longtime intention to forge such a relationship due to the fact
that the tourists visiting Mauritius wish to visit other
exciting sites for their life history.
"It is obvious that Tanzania is the only country in Africa
endowed with exclusive and spectacular tourist attractions where
one could enjoy and become more excited.
Air Mauritius which is a Mauritius National Carrier is also
part of the signed agreement as a partner airline of MTPA,"
Tanzania tourist product lures more visitors at ITB Berlin