Tanzania Travel News

Two Maasai herdsmen and a policeman were killed during a clash between police and Maasai herders protesting renewed government efforts to evict them from their traditional grazing grounds in Loliondo near the Serengeti National Park. According to the government this is in order to create a wildlife protection area. The Maasai and Rights groups however believe the real reason is to lease the area for trophy hunting & luxury safari to a foreign corporation

The Indigenous Peoples Rights International (IPRI) has submitted an Open Letter to the Government of Tanzania and a private corporation urging them to stop 'the eviction' of over 70,000 Maasai indigenous pastoralists from the famous Ngorongoro National Park and their recognized customary land in Loliondo area. The NGO alleges that the corporation is owned by a foreign royal family who wishes to convert the Maasai land in Loliondo area to a wildlife hunting ground. Ironically in the Ngorongoro National Park area, the pastoralists face the threat of eviction for the exact opposite reason, to 'protect' wildlife.

West Kilimanjaro Run and Mountain Forest Bike will be held on July 10, 2021 and includes running, mountain biking and hiking. The festival supports the government's aim to increase tourist arrivals to 5 million from 1.5m in 2018.

Tourism Minister Mussa clarified to CNN that tourists who do not cover shoulders and knees in public places will not be fined, but those responsible for them, operators and guides, will, up to USD 2,000. As there is no covid-lockdown on Zanzibar the island has attracted a number of long-term tourists, mainly foreign professionals working remotely. There are reports of parties with 5,000 revelers in Zanzibar's Unesco World Heritage Old Town and persistent rumours that the pandemic is hidden for economic reasons. Tanzania's President Magufuli, a covid sceptic who had declared Tanzania covid-free, has died aged 61 on March 17, 2021, the opposition believes he had contracted the disease.