TheTanzania Tourist Board (TTB) has encouraged members of the public to travel to Njombe and Mbeya regions to witness the annual solar eclipse set to occur on September 1st, this year, at Wanging’ombe and Ruweja districts.
Addressing journalists in Dar es Salaam yesterday, the Acting Director of Marketing at TTB, Mr Philip Chitaunga, said the incident will occur at around 10am to 1pm and centred over Tanzania is expected to attract eclipse chasers from around the world and across the country.
“People in Tanzania will witness first-hand the sun go evening- dim at midday as more than 90 per cent of the sun will be covered by the moon in a partial solar eclipse, leaving the sun as a thin crescent,” said Mr Chitaunga.
He said since the incident will take place in the country, Tanzania expects to receive a big number of experts and tourists from across the globe, saying it is thus a great opportunity to promote the country and the many tourist attraction sites located along the Southern Highlands.
“TTB as the responsible tourism promotion organ we have been promoting various awareness campaigns aimed at attracting the attention of people to go to Mbeya and Njombe to witness the annual solar eclipse,” he noted.
Mr Chitaunga said a team of experts is already at Wanging’ombe and Ruweja districts to observe the entire process until the actual date.
He said that this event can be exploited by pupils, students and teachers to vividly learn on the occurrence of the annual solar eclipse which is usually taught theoretically in schools.