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As Tanzania bags seven crowns at the World Travel Awards, Serengeti and Thanda Island are overdoing themselves

Tanzania has done itself proud again at the World Travel Awards 2023, with the country’s tourist destinations winning several accolades in the African category of the WTA.

But it is the Serengeti National Park and Thanda Island that seem to be shooting their business high into the sky by collecting more awards than they can possibly need.

Serengeti National Park has managed to maintain its crown as the leading National Park in Africa, for the fifth time in a row.

It was a double win for Serengeti because the Siringit Serengeti Camp, which operates inside the National Park, has also been granted the Africa’s Leading Luxury Tented Safari Camp 2023 title.

Almost everybody on the globe knows about Serengeti, Tanzania’s third biggest National Park, famous for its annual migration of large mammals.

Thanda Island has on the other hand maintained its lead on the continent as Africa’s leading Luxury Island in 2023.

The exclusive heaven on sea is setting the record for winning this title for 14 years in a row and since it happens to be the only one of its kind on the continent, Thanda automatically wins in even the WTA 2024.

Thanda is a private Island located on the Indian Ocean about 28 kilometers off the Tanzanian coastline and mapped within Mafia District.

This is a tropical island featuring only a single luxurious villa. Now Thanda Island is taken on an exclusive basis only.

There is a new award here this year; the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, which borders Serengeti has for the first time also appeared in the World Travel Awards, winning the coveted ‘Africa’s Leading Tourist Attraction,’ prize.

Zebras in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area

This award was previously held by the Table Mountain of Cape Town, South Africa.

The Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) also managed to retain its last year’s accolade as the continent’s leading Tourist Board.

Zara Tours, which operates from Moshi, in Kilimanjaro region has also emerged as Africa’s leading tour operator. The firm which is well known for handling mountaineering expeditions also won the title in the 2022 awards.

While Zanzibar Island has been sunk in the 2023 World Travel Awards, if it is of any consolation then the Emerald Zanzibar Resort and Spa, has won Africa’s leading New Resort 2023.

Kenya wins Africa’s Leading Destination as WTA 2023