TANZANIA (eTN) – American billionaire and chairman of Microsoft Corporation Bill Gates visited Tanzania’s leading wildlife park Serengeti National Park in northwestern Tanzania during his few days tour of Tanzania where he inspected health projects funded by his foundation.
During his visit to the wildlife-rich Serengeti National Park this week, Mr. Gates and his wife, Melinda, met Tanzanian president Mr. Jakaya Kikwete on their way to inspect malaria research at Bagamoyo on the eastern coast of Tanzania.
Mr. Bill Gates visited Tanzania several times on his holiday missions without media alert. It was a surprise when the media noticed his visit through a statement from Mr. Kikwete’s press office, though the couple made several visits in Tanzania without any coverage.
The couple had made several tourist holidays in Selous Game Reserve in the southern parts of Tanzania, Zanzibar Island, and Serengeti National Park during the past years.
No more details were released about Mr. Bill Gates’ visit in the Serengeti, but senior officials from the Tanzania National Parks, which manages the park, said such a visit was an important opportunity to the park by its prominence.
The 14,763-square-kilometer park is more than an expanse grazing land on the endless plains. The park is the leading tourist attraction site in Tanzania, pulling in over 150,000 foreign tourists each year.