TANAPA, the managers of protected wildlife areas in Tanzania, put a special package for Tanzanian citizens on the market over the holiday period to bring added visitors numbers to the Arusha National Park.
The deal apparently attracted hundreds of extra visitors from the neighboring towns and villages, some of them seeing the national park and its attractions for the very first time. The special promotion was aimed to show the locals what ordinarily the “wagenis” or foreign visitors see and underscore the need of conservation and protecting the environment and water catchment area of Mt. Meru and the surrounding forests.
Similar tours for locals were reportedly also organized to the Tarangire National Park, in the process prompting calls for such trips to become a permanent feature offered by the parks authorities for local resident to appreciate the parks in their neighborhood.