Serengeti Chief Conservator
Name ID 1155
Extract Author: Said Njuki
Extract Date: 14 April 2001
The Serengeti National Park has handled a total of 310,550 visitors in the last three years.
According to the Serengeti Chief Conservator, Eunice Msangi between 1998 and 2000 a total of 198,206 foreign visitors and 112,238 local ones have visited the park.
Ms Msangi revealed that between 1997 and 1998, a total of 91,763 tourists visited Serengeti, 60,806 of whom being foreigners. Between 1998 and 1999, the park received 103,168 visitors and only 37,522 of them were local tourists.
In the period between 1999 and 2000, a total of 115,624 visitors toured Serengeti, and 71,754 of them were foreign tourists.
She remarked that the number of tourists visiting the park has been increasing with each passing year and called upon the hotel owners and campsites operators operating in the park to improve the quality of their services in order to attract more visitors.
The Serengeti National Park boasts over 70camp sites and some hotels such as Sopa Lodges and Serena Hotels.
The conservator also expressed her concern to the fact that, local residents never seem to have much interest in their national parks and wildlife as whole. She however noted that, local companies have never tried to promote these tourists attractions locally adding that staggering costs of visiting national parks also serve to scare local visitors away.
Serengeti is one of the national reserves with many attractive features such as the great animal migration.