This year in April, the republic of Tanzania will host tourists from the Holy land of Israel, when the Tel Aviv based El Al Israel Airlines will be launching its once a week flight into Kilimanjaro International Airport found in the northern tourist circuit of Tanzania.
A minimum of 150 tourists traveling from the Israel a Christian Holy Land, are expected to enter Tanzania each week, bringing about 600 visitors from Israel to Tanzania’s leading tourist sites within northern Tanzania each month.
The Northern tourist circuit of Tanzania comprises of Mountain Kilimanjaro, Arusha National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire National Park, the famous Serengeti National Park, as well as Lake Manyara National Park, well-known for its unique tree climbing lions.
Flights between Israel (the Holy City) and Kilimanjaro International Airport will be done by an El Al aircraft, serving as a charter flight.
The Managing Director of the company Ronit Hershkovitz stated that Tel Aviv based travel company, Menelik, is going to be arranging trips between Israel and the Republic of Tanzania.
Ronit added that From the Tanzanian side, pilgrims that will be going to Jerusalem will reserve the El Al Airline to Israel which will take a five hours direct flight between the two countries.
As Israeli tourists will be coming to Tanzania mainly for wildlife photographic tours, Tanzanian will travel to Israel mainly to visit the holy cities of Galilee, Jerusalem, and Bethlehem, in addition to other Christian chronological sites in Israel.
Tours of the holy cities will cover the majority of the places in which Jesus Christ lives during his time and these include Jerusalem, Nazareth where Jesus lived during his early years, Joppa where Prophet Jonah took a ship to Tarshishi and Caesarea where Prophet Paul was actually imprisoned.
In the recently launched 2006 itinerary the Other holy places itinerary include Capernaum, Negrev, Tiberias, Judean Hills, Jerusalem city, Golan Heights, coastal plain of the renowned Red Sea as well as Galilee.
Pilgrimage tours to Israel will help promote Tanzania’s tourism as well as travel industry to the Israelis who mainly visit Kenya plus Ethiopia, however this time will be done in an exchange program including Israel and the Republic of Tanzania, they expect more Israeli tourists to enter into the Republic of Tanzania.
Christians within Tanzania have going to the Holy Land in reaction to the regular calls made by late Pope John Paul II encouraging Catholics plus other Christians all over the world to visit the holy land of Israel.
Excursions into Israel are the most thrilling tailor-made schedule attracting several Tanzanians plus foreigners operational in Tanzania, for the reason that they are more affordable to the majority of travelers in comparison to other trips beyond Africa.
In General, airfares from the Republic of Tanzania into Europe as well as Asia, the closest continents, are pretty higher and are affordable to only senior citizens, government officials as well as diplomats. It costs around US$1,400 for one Tanzanian to have a one week tour to the Holy Land including airfare plus accommodation charges.
Last year, Israel recorded a big number of foreign tourists the majority being Christian pilgrims