Tanzania is encouraging eco-tourism in order to provide an ‘incentive’ for conserving natural forests as well as boosting government revenues. Ramo Makani, Deputy Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism informed that the new initiative is meant to diversify Tanzania’s tourism from wildlife to natural forests, which are plenty in the east African nation.

According to Makani, within Tanzania’s natural forests there is a wide range of flora and fauna, some of which are not found anywhere in the globe. The place also boasts a wide range of birds, frogs, toads, and butterflies, which are important in luring more tourists.

“As a nation, we have a number of well-conserved natural forests, which can be used for tourism purposes. Through those forests, we are able to generate significant financial flux that can benefit rural areas and can be reinjected into the management of forests and natural spaces for their long-term conservation, restoration, and valorisation. There are tourists who interested on flora and fauna, that’s why it is important for Tanzania to open up natural forests for tourism purposes,” he said.

So far, Tanzania has 12 nature reserves, namely, Amani (8,380ha); Uluguru (24,115ha); Kilombero (134,511ha); Nilo (6,225ha); Rungwe (13,652ha); Magamba (9,283ha); Chome (14,283ha) and Mkingu (23,388ha); Uzungwa Scarp (32,763ha), Rondo Plateau (14,000ha); Minziro (25,000ha) and Mount Hanang (5,871ha).