Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzania’s northern safari
capital of Arusha has been voted as the Africa’s fifth best
tourist destination in 2017, according to international tourism
ranking advisory group TripAdvisor.
Godfrey Tengeneza, spokesperson of
Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB), said Monday that the recognition
by the U.S. Travel Website was a clear testimony of how rich
Arusha is in terms of tourist attractions.
The TTB official was optimistic that
Arusha will continue to shine among the best destinations in
continent, acknowledging the travelers’ selection of the region
as one of their best decisions.
Arusha is also considered to be the
gateway to safari destinations and to Africa’s highest peak, the
5,895-meter Mt. Kilimanjaro, lying some 100 kilometers
To its west lies Serengeti National
Park, home to wildlife including lions, rhinos, giraffes and
leopards and the famous annual migrations that feature huge
herds of wildebeests crossing its plains.
Famed for its wide range of tourist
attractions, Arusha has beaten other famous destinations
including the Diani Beach of Kenya and the Victoria Falls in
According to the findings of the
website released on Monday, Diani town took the sixth position,
Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe the seventh, Zanzibar Island the
eighth, and Livingstone in Zambia the ninth while Nosy Be,
Madagascar, completed the list of top 10 destinations on the
On continental rankings, Morocco’s
Marrakech was voted the best destination in Africa while
Merzouga, also in Morocco, took the second position.