Africa: The strange and worrying rise of oil-covered rapists in Kigoma, Tanzania


One night earlier this year, Elizabeth was asleep in her home in western Tanzania when she realised someone else was in the room. She tried to scream, but the intruder attacked her and slashed her neck. He raped her before escaping. “He broke into the house naked,” says Elizabeth*, still wearing bandages. “He’d applied oil all over his body. Therefore […]

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Africa: Confusion at Tanzania-Kenya border as agency imposes new charges


Freight forwarders at the busy Namanga border town are up in arms against new charges on cargo recently imposed by the Weights and Measures Agency (WMA). They have appealed for the quick intervention of Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa to end the confusion which has led to long queues of cargo trucks plying both sides of the Tanzania/Kenya border. The freight […]

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Africa: Tanzania to commence enforcement of plastic bag ban June 1st

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In a bid to protect the environment and make it friendlier for its citizens and tourists, the Tanzanian government has said henceforth travellers to the East African country will not be allowed to come in with plastic carrier bags. The government said from 1st June 2019, all plastic carrier bags, regardless of their thickness will be prohibited from being imported, […]

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Africa: Tanzania awaits 10,000 East Asian visitors

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Landing at the Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) on Sunday evening, more than 350 tourists from China kicked off their itinerary by sampling Northern Zone attractions, including the Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park. They were received at the terminal by Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa, who described the entourage as yet another indication that Tanzania is becoming a lucrative destination for […]

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Africa: Tanzania Plans Cable Car For Mount Kilimanjaro


Tanzania wants to boost tourist numbers by putting a cable car on Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain, and is in talks about the project with a Chinese and a Western company. Around 50,000 tourists climb Kilimanjaro annually. A cable car could increase tourist numbers by 50 percent by providing access to the mountain for those unable to climb it, Constantine […]

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Africa: Air Tanzania partners ZTA to promote Zimbabwean tourism

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In a bid to market Zimbabwe’s tourist attraction centres, Air Tanzania, in partnership with the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA), recently brought into the country a 10-men delegation from various Tanzanian travel agencies to tour and explore Zimbabwe’s best tourist attraction centres. The delegation arrived in Zimbabwe on 26 March and left on 31 March after touring the capital city, Hwange […]

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Africa: Air Tanzania to launch Dar – Guangzhou flights in February

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Air Tanzania Company Limited’s (ATCL) cross-continental dream is nearer now than ever after the air company confirmed it would launch its maiden flight connecting Africa and Asia in February 2019. The air carrier confirmed the expansion plans during the China – Tourism Roadshow that began in Shanghai, China. With the aviation industry getting competitive, airlines are setting objectives to remain […]

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Africa: Building of Isaka-Kigali Railway to Start in December

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Tanzania and Rwanda have announced that the construction of the 571km-long standard gauge railway line linking Isaka township in Tanzania with the Rwandan capital, Kigali will begin this December once a contractor has been identified. The announcement was made through a joint statement by the Tanzania Minister for Works, Transport and Communication, Isaack Kamwelwe, and his Rwandan counterpart Claver Getete […]

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Africa: Tanzania starts to invest heavily in conference tourism

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Tanzania has started to invest heavily in conference tourism, banking on the country’s conducive environment, good weather, good accommodation, modern meeting facilities, and improved communication infrastructure, a senior official said Thursday. “We are bringing together hoteliers, tour and travel agents as well as representatives from local and International Airlines to hatch new means of capitalizing on conference tourism,” said Devotha […]

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Africa: Tanzania approves $1.7m budget for its National Parks to grow Tourism


Government agency Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA) has given the green light for proposed $1.7 million funds allocation to spice up the country’s fastest growing sector. The industry has raked in millions of returns for the Government and had a positive economic impact on the country’s GDP. Tourist arrivals in 2016 had soared by 12.9% to reach 1.2 million. The […]

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