Highway Development Threatens Serengeti

The Serengeti ecosystem extends from Tanzania to Kenya and includes areas within and without the Serengeti National Park and Masai Mara Reserve. The area along the Kenya-Tanzania border is particularly important.
The ecosystem is surrounded by growing human population. Dots in blue on the Tanzanian side represent settlements. Pink and green areas on the Kenya side show agriculture. (ref: Harvard WorldMap) Farms and cattle grazing are putting pressure on the area.
Road development is planned to connect settlements to the west and east of the Serengeti.
Areas in light green show where wildebeest and proposed roads, shown in red, overlap throughout the year. Wildlife ranges well outside of the park boundary, so even roads built outside the park itself will have an impact on the migration.

Timing varies, but herds generally move from the Western Corridor north around July crossing a proposed road outside of the park.

In August, they continue north toward the Masai Mara Reserve. They may stay in this area for a time, however, and move back and forth as there is permanent water here.

Around November, herds return south toward the short grass plains where calving takes place. They extend outside the park into the Loliondo area, which is settled by Maasai herders.

Road development will service established gold mines on the west.

Roads will also service soda ash mining on Lake Natron to the east. Mining was previously prohibited there as it would endanger the entire breeding population of Lesser Flamingoes in East Africa. Now mining is back on the table.

Road development will also service a new international airport, allowing passengers to arrive from other countries, being co-financed by a US billionaire who owns luxury lodges in this area.

Roads outside the park are a serious threat. But the most critical piece is the section through the Serengeti National Park. The government says this will be maintained as a “gravel road.” In fact, it is currently neither a road nor gravel. It’s a seasonal dirt track as shown above. Serengeti Watch has documented the entire route with photos and GPS.With roads on either side, there will be increased traffic on this section and pressure to eventually pave it. If this is done, the impact on the migration will be devastating, as it will attract even more settlement, invasive species, human-wildlife collisions, poaching, and the fragmentation of the ecosystem.
See a survey of more than 300 scientists Serengeti Watch conducted.
Wildlife preservation is important. But human welfare and development is vital. In fact, there is an easy win-win solution, an alternate southern route that would be less costly, help more people, contribute more to development, and save the Serengeti.See detailed information on this route
 
 
 

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July, 2012
Development for Local Communities

In March 2011, the German government made an important announcement – It acknowledged that there were legitimate development needs for communities around the park. So in order to avert a road across the Serengeti, it offered funding to build local roads and other projects for these communities. Equally important, it offered to help build a southern route around the Serengeti.

During that same time, the World Bank said it was ready to help finance an alternate route, provided that the Tanzanian government made such a request.

In April this year, the German government followed through. It granted 23.5 million euros for communities around the Serengeti. And again, it offered to participate jointly with other donors in the development of a southern route. 

This much is good, but there are problems.

Serengeti / Loliondo

The big roadblock – the Tanzanian government has never accepted the World Bank offer to fund a southern route. It has never publicly accepted the southern route concept as an alternative to the Serengeti highway. It has never made any statements on the German development funds. And nothing has appeared in the Tanzanian press about funding for local communities.

Recently, the East African Community (the regional association of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi) proposed and  passed a widely praised Trans-boundary Ecosystem Bill, which would ensure that one country could not unilaterally make decisions affecting the ecosystem of another without a rigorous study and process. The bill required approval by all country presidents, but Tanzania’s president is refusing to sign.

All of this raises new fears and old suspicions, especially since the upgrading of roads is already happening around the Serengeti National Park.

Without a southern route, there will be enormous pressures to someday connect the dots and complete the original Serengeti highway plan.

 Finally, there is the question of the existing “road” through the northern Serengeti. Last year, the government told the World Heritage Committee that the current road across the park will “remain gravel.” The problem is, there is no gravel road. What exists is a seasonal dirt track. It was even described in a government study in 2010 as “the existing road is earth track which becomes impassable during rainy season…” So the door is still open for upgrading this dirt track to a road.

January 8, 2012

Welcome news,

The Tanzanian Minister of Transport, Mr. Omar Nundu, has again stated that the proposed new railway line will not affect the Serengeti.  See the full news article below.

This is encouraging. We applaud Minister Nundu and the government of Tanzania for this wise decision to route the railway well to the south of the park.

The geography of the Serengeti, in fact, does offer a much greater challenge for a railway, as it involves traversing a steep escarpment. Big questions still hang over the economic viability of this port-railway system from Uganda. But should a railway prove feasible and be built around the southern end of the park, it would greatly relieve pressure for a Serengeti highway in the future. This would be a victory for the Tanzanian people and a win-win for human development and conservation, something that we all have wanted from the outset.

 Read more:  http://www.ippmedia.com/frontend/index.php?l=37233

January 3, 2012

An ominous new development! 

Everyone’s big fear – that China would somehow get involved in the Serengeti highway. Well, it’s happened. 

Serengeti railway

A Chinese company has entered into an agreement with Tanzania and Uganda for the construction of a Tanga-Arusha-Musoma-Uganda railway. Most likely, it will be accompanied by a road as well. The most direct route for this transportation corridor would be through the Serengeti.

 

Uganda_Tanga route

 

 What’s happened
Tanzania’s Minister of Transport, Omar Nundu, announced on December 23 that the Chinese company, Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCEC), will conduct a US$450 million feasibility study and implementation of the railway project.“We hope implementation will start very soon and that the feasibility study will take between three and six months and the project completed by 2015,” said Nundu. Managing Director of CCEC, Wang Xiangdong said that experts would arrive in the Tanzania next week. He said the feasibility study will be completed by April 2012 followed by the construction of the railway line and ports.According to a report from Uganda,“It is understood from sources close to the action in Kampala that China has offered preferential credit terms to pre-finance the feasibility study… and that the entire financing of the project may well also be arranged by China, clearly aiding their desire to establish further political and economic strongholds in the Eastern African region and cement its greater influence on the continent as the hunt for the remaining global resources intensifies.”Another report from Uganda stated, “The Parliament did not need to approve the deal because the Chinese are carrying out the feasibility study free of charge.” says Ugandan Minister for Transport, Mr. Ambraham Byandala.Read more:Tanzania and Uganda sign rail pact with Chinese firmChina’s double edged Christmas present to Tanzania and Uganda rattles conservationists

What It Means

Instead of a highway, a railway would bisect the great migration. It would have the same or worse destructive impact as a commercial highway.  The Serengeti as we know it would be destroyed.A swath of land in a critical area would be removed from the Park, bisecting it two. An access road, power lines, settlement, trade, and mining would inevitably follow. An article in the Uganda press states, “The railway would also open up pending mining concessions in the area between Serengeti and Musoma and possibly give the much needed green light for a soda ash factory at Lake Natron in Tanzania.”We knew this was a possibility and have reported on it.See a Serengeti Watch presentation hereThe Tanzanian government announced the project last April, and there were subsequent references to it in the following months. In October of this year, the press reported that the Presidents of Uganda and Tanzania had formed a task force to fast-track the project. President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda said that the Musoma link was “the lifeline of the Uganda of his dreams.” These dreams now include export of oil, estimated to be $2 billion a year for the next 20 years.At the end of June this year, Tanzania Minister for Transport Nundu said, “We intend to involve Public-Private sector Partnership (PPP) for the development of agriculture, agro-industry, manufacturing, tourism, mining, transport and service sector.”The whole idea has been met with skepticism by transportation experts, who argued that the enormous cost and risk would deter investors. It would involve not only constructing a railway, but a series of ports and a crossing of Lake Victoria, with expensive and time consuming land-water transfers. Moreover, such a corridor would have to compete with: an upgraded Uganda-Kenya railway, with a railway from Rwanda to Tanzania already being planned, and with a possible new railway from Sudan to a port at Lamu (a World Heritage Site) on the Kenya coast.According to one expert, the upgraded Uganda-Kenya railway alone “would make the Tanga link uncompetitive in terms of freight costs relative to the route through Mombasa, Kenya, if capital costs were to be factored into the freight rates.”However, these same experts also concede that, should the railway be built, the shortest, most logical, and most likely route would be through the Serengeti.References:Uganda plan $2.7b new port-lake railwayCorridor of Destruction

A Critical Juncture

Last June, Transport Minister Nundu stated that the project will consider concerns by Tanzanians and the international community of the need to preserve Serengeti National Park’s ecosystem. According to the press report.“The proposed multi-billion-shilling railway project to run from Tanga via Arusha to Musoma will steer clear of the much contested stretch in Serengeti National Park by 100 kilometres to preserve the ecosystem, Transport minister Omari Nundu said here yesterday.” Read the article here.But the risk is high that the Chinese study will recommend a route through the Serengeti National Park. The final decision on the routing is the responsibility of the Tanzanian government and the outcome of the feasibility study. Bypassing the Serengeti would add considerable cost and time, and quite possibly this factor alone will determine whether this development project will even be feasible. Uganda would not stand in the way if it crossed the migration route. China presumably would not care either.

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2010-2011

The government of Tanzania has stated that it will build paved roads on either side of the Serengeti National Park but not through the Park itself. This, it says, will be a gravel road. It has also said it will consider a southern route around the Serengeti. This is positive news, but the danger is not over. To learn more,

See this National Geographic article.

See the discussion on the southern route, here.

The Serengeti Highway

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The government of Tanzania is planning to build a major commercial highway across the Serengeti National Park, linking the Lake area Victoria with eastern Tanzania.

Scientists around the world agree – this ill-conceived project would destroy a priceless world heritage that has been protected by the people of Tanzania since the birth of their country. It would also cause grave danger to their entire tourist industry. See this economic impact statement.

A World Heritage Site in Danger

We sincerely believe that the road will have disastrous effects on the entire ecosystem. The northern parts of the Serengeti and the adjacent Masai Mara are critical for the wildebeest and zebra migration during the dry season, as it is the only permanent year-round water source for these herds. Recent calculations show that if wildebeest were to be cut off from these critical dry season areas, the population would likely decline from 1.3 million animals to about 200,000 (meaning a collapse to far less than a quarter of its current population and most likely the end of the great migration).

– The Frankfurt Zoological Society. Read entire article!

The planned highway (in red on the map) will cut across a pristine and remote wilderness area of the Serengeti. It carves a swath across the migration path of millions of animals, shown by the colored arrows. This is not a track or a road — it’s a high speed highway for trucks that could eventually reach hundreds a day! Traffic will inevitably grow more and more frequent, invasive, and damaging as time goes on.

Left: Survey markers already are in place. Photo: Nikki Waterhouse

According to Tanzania’s own 10-year management plan, painstakingly developed in 2005 by scientists, Park officials, and conservation organizations, the area in the northwestern part of the Park is particularly sensitive. As shown on the map below, the area of the proposed highway cuts right through areas designated by the Management Plan as “Low Use” and “Wilderness” zones.  The Low Use Zone “will have a lower number and density of visitors” and “more limited road network and lower bed capacity.”

The Wilderness Zone in green “is subject to minimal disturbance. As a result, visitor access will be restricted to walking safaris, with game viewing by vehicle prohibited. The only infrastructure permitted will be a limited number of access roads that can be used by SENAPA management and support vehicles for walking safari operations.”

These areas were not determined lightly. The management plan’s authors themselves state,

“There are significant management challenges facing the Serengeti National Park and its associated wildlife and the migration that contribute to the Park’s uniqueness and global importance.

The actions we take in the next ten years to address these pressures are certain to be critical to conserving those unique aspects of the Serengeti that we all hold dear, and to our ability to fulfill the pledge made by Tanzania’s First President, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, to conserve our precious heritage for the benefit of future generations.

— Serengeti 10-year General Management Plan, 2005

 

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A Threat to the Greatest Migration on Earth

The northern Serengeti is the most remote and pristine are in the entire ecosystem. Located near the Kenya border, it is the main route for the great wildebeest migration, and is also an important elephant migration area.

The wildebeest photo was taken on May 31, 2010, in nearly the exact place where the proposed Serengeti highway would bisect this part of Serengeti and Loliondo. Not far from this spot there are survey ribbons hanging on trees.

The Tanzanian government’s own impact study states that there will be 800 vehicles a day by the year 2015, and 3,000 a day by 2035. That would be more than a million vehicles a year!  Experts say that even these figures have been understated.

In the short term, heavy truck traffic will result in:  loss of wildlife and human life through accidents, fragmentation of habitat and alteration of water and soil systems, and increased introduction of animal disease and alien plant life.

The highway will be a convenient pathway for increased poaching by organized gangs. They will be especially interested in the thirty-two black rhinos being introduced by the Frankfort Zoo in the next few years.

One of the introduced rhinos recently ended up like this.

But the long term impact will be worse, as population and development grow…

Areas to the west of the Serengeti are already heavily populated. The northwestern section of the Park is a critical area for wildebeest, which use it as a refuge for much of the year. A highway will add even more human population and development.

Areas to the east of the Serengeti will be radically transformed as people migrate there and change land use from cattle grazing to farming. These areas are crucial dispersal zones for the migrating herds.

A Better Way

There is already too much commercial traffic going through the central Serengeti on its way to western Tanzania. A route is needed to link this area, to be sure.  The government of Tanzania must work for development and human welfare in all areas of the country. Preserving nature is not the only task. But the answer is not to carve out a permanent commercial corridor through a World Heritage Site. The net effect will be to damage Tanzania’s vital travel industry, destroy thousands of jobs, and end a heritage of protection in place since the country’s independence.

The choice is not be between people and nature. There is no need for Tanzania to sacrifice its most precious wilderness, or income from tourism, or its heritage.

A safer alternative route to the south can bypass the Serengeti altogether and provide more economic benefit for the people of Tanzania!  It would connect with paved highways to western, central, and eastern regions of the country, serving several times the number of people.

See our discussion on the southern route.

A southern route around the Serengeti can preserve Tanzania’s greatest tourism asset and spare the devastation of a priceless World Heritage Site. With the help of the world community, Tanzania can find a way to preserve its inheritance, help bring prosperity to its people, and show the world that it still leads the way in conservation.

807 Comments

    1. Musa

      Hi Tom,

      Since you posted this comment we've added some links to the petitions and Facebook page above.

      And by signing up through our site you'll be notified of future alerts and ways to act.

      1. Daudi

        The madness that should be stopped is the hysteria displayed on these pages – all based on second-hand information of an aspect of a scientific assessment of the road project by the Frankfurt Zoological Society. Though infinitely sworn to protect the pristine aspect of the wildebeest run, the FZS only warned of the dangers of the Road if certain things are are done and others are not done – and the FZS hypothesized from experiences elsewhere that that he negative things about roads through wildlife parks are the more likely to be adopted. A hypothesis – and the hysteria in the responses here is in this hypothesis, not about science. For example the FZS report hypothesizes that hundreds of heavy trucks will pass through, that new diseases may be brought in, that new plants may grow and disturb the status-quo, that a wall may be built around the road and stop all the wildebeest from crossing. Scientifically speaking, must this happen? has it happened in Mikumi, where the road passes in like manner?

        1. BwanaB

          I don't think anyone is claiming to be scientifically accurate. We can only rely on common sense and reasonable assumptions. Don't blame the FZS for doing its job. It is sincere in its motives and conclusions. TANAPA was originally against this road. And there was a previous, independent environmental impact statement that warned of the dangers as well. Recently, there was an economic impact statement that warned of the terrible effect on Tanzania's tourist industry if the highway is built. That report is listed on this site and warns of the loss of billions of shillings and thousands of jobs.

        2. Robin

          Do we really need a scientific study to understand that a highway will impact on this most valuable and unique resource.
          Should we build the highway first and then, when the damage is done, we can sit back and say Oops! that was a mistake how can we fix it?
          Common sense tells us their will be damage, Even in places like the Kruger National Park, with very controlled, low speed roads, Animals are killed due to irresponsible driving. What do you think will happen when drivers are let loose on 480Km of tarred road through wild country. Next thing fences will be erected to protect drivers from animals roaming onto the road at night.
          No there is only one correct decision. The road must go around.

          1. milton

            Robin where do you get your facts? I have written on this site before that currently trucks a passing right through the heart of the Ngorongoro conservation area (100km) and Serengeti National Park(200km) anybody inTanzania would tell you this. Where is this 480km of tar road are you referring to? you have been told its only 53km for Godsake!! If you are eally serious about animals you should be talking about the government’s plan to establish a Uranium Mine in the Selous Game Reserve!! For whose benefit only God knows. Who buys Uranium? we don’t have use for Uranium in Tanzania. But everybody here is quiet. Which is more harmful. Hypocricy..

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  2. Mazolo Dube

    I would like to encourage the Tanzanian civic society,and more importantly the East African community to publicly protest in condemnation against the road construction. It is evidant and quite obvious that the highway will negatively impact the tourism industry in the East African region and more importantly the finite wildlife heritage.

  3. Whhwf

    There is no end to the hunger of the Chinese Dragon, that belch flame and consume land and river, desecrating everything in its path. I have seen the face of the enemy and it is US. Stop consuming endless box stores of useless shiny trinkets and regard and repair our sacred mother earth. We defile the sacred to create the superfluous.

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  5. Babynkossa

    Realy Tanzania should look back and thank God for the precious gift,now that we humanbeings have done alot of damage to the earth by changing nature,lets stop and give the animals right to be on this planet.The road is not as important as our beloved animals.

    Baby Nkossa

    1. John Mbaga

      Karen, I have read your comment and I smiled while reading it all the way down, of course it is a disaster because if this happens your business is on threat, but dont tell me you have a genuine pain about this, not true, I real enjoy the investors who come and invest in this Hospitality and tourism Industry, they look like real good people, and have concern about Tanzania and her people, but never true, we help, we have foundation, we have built these classes, all these are just marketing tools, nothing more, you real dont care about the local employees, and nothing at all.

      There are genuine people when they say these things I take them serious, but some of the companies? no way, take an example of Mnemba Island, Crater lodge and Tree lodge, how much do you charge clients, and how much do you pay your local staff? ehe? any relationship?

      Tanzanians are poor, and they just work for something we call hand to Mouth, nothing is left for them, They just see your massive luxury vehicle with your clients, and that means lots of $$$$$$, and they have nothing, no clean water to drink, not sure of the next meal etc, do you think they will care about your Preachings? no way ….

      People are tired with the foreigners songs who doesnt care anything than their own business, and you will see this in few years, this is what I promise you, so I real see dont see any sense in these things when Tanzanians are struggling for the next meal and a cup of water.

  6. Keith Bristow

    I sincerely hope that there is still time to reconsider the building of this proposed new highway through the ecologically sensitive northern area and reroute through a more southerly route. We must find a solution which meets all needs; surely it is not beyond the will of planners and politicians to consider the requirements essential to the tourism industry, conservation, animal and human welfare and commercial development. Having enjoyed safaris in Tanzania I am desperately keen to see the continued preservation of this World Heritage Site
    Keith Bristow, Thixendale, North Yorkshire, UK

    1. Alice

      Are the missions not the problem!
      They started disrupting the locals life's about a century ago.
      Doesn't the Bible say that mankind is the master of everything that swims, flies and crawls upon the Earth!
      We have seen the result and only now some people can see by observations that animals have the same emotions as we have.

  7. Diana Conway

    Please —no! I've been to witness the great migration twice, with our extended family of two dozen. It is priceless and must be protected for all the reasons above. It was a foundational, formative experience for my children and their cousins. Let us not be stupid in our desire to help far-flung communities.
    Diana

  8. Josturmey

    Unbelievable that the Tanzanian government have OK'd a major highway through the Serengeti National Park – straight across wildebeest's migratory route. These fantastic animals are so dark coloured and much bigger that a cow.

          1. James

            It is evident that if people used their brains, there would not be this discussion, there would not be poverty in a continent that is so rich in resources and above all-there would not be corrupt leaders. This is less than ideal world where survival of the fittest seems to be the norm.

          2. Red

            Maybe you should look at the entire world, it is not only africa, there are many leaders who have made incorrect decisions and many many leaders all over the world who in some way have acted in corrupt ways. Which country are you from, im sure if we go looking into conservation and concrete invastation and corruptness we will also find some in your country as the human nature obtains power and power brings on corruptness.

          3. James

            Red,
            I do not disgree with you. What is important here is to understand why there just too many conflicts in Africa. Too many sad stories. The people of Africa are wonderful-they are simple and very accomodating. However, when some of these guys get power-they get tempted and it is necessary to understand who tempts these fine people into turning against their own. I have deliberately initiated this discussion because to a common person-having a proper road is more meaningful than the animals. Sometimes I have felt that conservation is a luxury for those who have the means to spend!

          4. Musa

            James, your intention is correct and everyone agrees that the people of Tanzania are of equal importance to the natural wonders that the country holds. The people that are speaking and acting out against this highway want nothing more than prosperity and happiness for Tanzanian people.

            Please understand that it is not merely a highway that we oppose – it is an *ill-conceived* highway, through a Tanzanian national heritage.

            The logic is simple: The words “Serengeti” and “Migration” are one. This highway would destroy that migration. And without a migration the Tanzanian people will lose their Serengeti.

          5. James

            Musa,
            To best of my knowledge and sources, this project will go ahead. It is being funded by the Arabs who already “own land in Loliondo” complete with Cellphone towers which read WELCOME TO UAE! Have you ever heard this proverd (It is a common African saying). “However hard a chicken would pray for the safety of her chicks, the eagle will always snatch them from her!” Musa, Nyerere once said: IT IS VERY EXPENSIVE to be poor! This the price. He is turning so much in his grave right now. Only if he could come back alive and whack all these people! He was one person who could stand by principles. God does not make such people anymore!!!!

          6. Corinne

            And once destroyed it cannot be recovered. The last great expanse of the most precious wildlife on Earth and greed would destroy it.

        1. Robin

          Brainless, moronic comments like that do no good to anyones cause. You simply divert peoples attention to yourself, or is that is your intention.
          As an African I resent the way people like you think you are so superiour (probably American)
          Most of our resources had to be taken back by force as the 'civilised' countries plundered them.
          Please tell me what percentage of your continent is dedicated to game & nature preservation.
          Africa's wealth is its people,

  9. Morne Peens

    What is the world coming to, We need to take action on this freeway! Look at how many animals get killed on the road heading throught Makumi National park in Tanzania. I have seen Even lions lying dead on the side of the road. STOP THE ROAD THROUGH SERENGETI

  10. totoro

    allien tour operators!
    allien hotteliers!
    corrupt govmnt!
    how does that migration benefit the ordinary tanzanian?
    better highway for poor people to pass through.
    pity for organizations rising their voice to save animals than to save lives of tanzanians dying of hunger!

    1. Musa

      Totoro,

      Please speak with Tanzanians and they will tell you their pride in the Serengeti. Think of how a National Park in your country inspires national pride. For Americans, it is a park like Yellowstone. These parks and the flora/fauna that inhabit them have been around for millions of years and are the life blood of the regions they inhabit…literally. We have an obligation to respect and protect them.

      This movement to stop the Serengeti highway seeks not to cut off and make less of the Tanzanian people around the park; on the contrary, the alternative to building a road directly through the migration route will provide many more long term benefits to Tanzanians. Please read::

      http://www.savetheserengeti.org/news/highway-ne

      Any short-term benefit of a highway will be lost once this World Heritage is torn in half. Controlled tourism and sustainable development create a system that preserves, not destroys, both human and wild life.

    2. Shunie

      Try to look a bit more deeply into the facts of a road in this place. It would be a total disaster for the many and a money maker for very few. It will destroy the benefits of tourism that the Maasai have and one of the most beautiful places on earth. Without the unique migration of the wildebeest the tourists will depart in droves, that is what will cause deprivation to the area. Read the Frankfurt Zoological Society's report on this road and the far better place to build it to benefit many more people.

    3. Fritzlothar

      Dear Totoro
      You shall find many, many more victims of hunger, crime, deseases among the population WITH that road. Look around elsewhere in Africa, there is enough proof of my statement. Destroying nature is NEVER a solution, live with it and use it with brain AND heart!!

      Rgds Lothar

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  12. Tim Corfield

    The best way to stop this highway crossing the Srengeti is with a constructive alternative. There is one – a highway going south of the Park via the densely populated agricultural region of Shinyaga. Such a road will help far more people, boost agriculture and bring many more tourists from the Arusha region to Laker Victoria. The route is also shorter. However, upgrade the Natron route and link it to the Maasai Mara but without crossing the Serengeti.

  13. Marc A

    These new road networks are just opening up the meat trade to Wholesale slaughter.We are giving access to illegal traders and poachers.Already in South Africa we have lost over 130 Rhino with access in all areas of the Game Reserves we have.We cannot have this!
    Humans are always putting themselves first and wildlife last.It's about time we start protecting our 'LAST' Wilderness areas for our future children.We owe it to them because we don't own it but we borrow it from our children.
    Let's not be selfish and work together for a solution that benefits all.

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  15. Stefano Allavena

    The construction of the highway would favour poachers but damage very much the Serengeti National Park, one of the most important protected areas of the world, and destroy the economic benefits that local populations have from tourism. This project is absoluteli crazy and ALTURA (an italian NGO involved in protection of birds of prey and their habitata) asks the Government of Tanzania to abandon the project. There are alternatives that do not damage the National Park.

  16. Tim

    I am pleased to see so much heartfelt concern for the animals of the Serengeti expressed by non-Tanzanians. Perhaps Tanzanians will share their outrage at the decimated bison herds of the American west and vanished wilderness in Europe. If these were restored then we would not have to concern ourselves with wilderness so far far away from our prosperous countries. When people read “highway” they imagine something akin to what we have in Europe or North America – multiple lanes with barriers and huge cloverleaf exits. In Tanzania, a highway amounts to a 2-lane road not 10 meters wide and no shoulder. Sure there is some disturbance, but there is economic benefit and progress for the people of Tanzania (a tiny percentage of whom actually receive any benefit from tourism, by the way). And why is it that an African government trying to develop infrastructure to improve transport and communication for economic development for its people labeled “corrupt?”

    1. BwanaB

      Tim,

      Highway or road, call it what you will — it would be extremely destructive, cutting off the migration route at its most critical section. It's estimated that truck traffic would reach more than 400 a day. The road and 50 meters on both sides would be excised from the Park and all its regulations. That would open the floodgates for any kind of development in the future (including fences) without need to consult the Tanzanian National Park authority or the World Heritage Center.

      Tourism represents an enormous 25% of Tanzania's foreign exchange that goes to development across the entire country. We're not saying don't build a road. Just build it in a better place — one will benefit more people and avoid destroying Tanzania's great World Heritage Site.

      btw, we're all for restoring our bison herds too.

      1. Jojo Ellensohn

        Agree wholeheartedly ….. it's not so much a question of not building a road, just (as you so rightly state) building it in a better place in order to preserve an irreplaceable heritage (see, for example, Tim Corfield's input below)

  17. Andy

    I'm not sure how we can make a difference by posting comments here, but having visited Tanzania in 2007 and spending quite a lot of time and money enjoying the natural wonders of Kilimanjaro and the Serengeti, I think this development would be disastrous for Tanzania's environment, its tourist industry and its international reputation. As some comments have indicated, we have plenty of environmental destruction in Western Europe and we have “exported” it to other countries as well through unfair trading and “international development” practices, so we should not try to tell another country what to do. But we should ask the Tanzanian government to reconsider, and go instead for the alternative southern route. If the unique qualities of the Serengeti are lost, they will never be restored.

  18. BwanaB

    By being informed and doing their part people around the world can help.

    But please don't think that Tanzanians are rallying behind the Serengeti Highway project. There was opposition from the Tanzania National Parks when it was proposed, opposition by Tanzanian environmental groups, and there still is opposition. One safari guide said that he would go there and lay down in front of the bulldozers if need be. Read the Stop the Serengeti Highway Facebook entries from East Africa. One person said he was proud to be a Tanzanian, but if this goes through, he will no longer be proud.

    They need to know that the world is with them. This is not West vs. Africa, rich vs. poor, us vs. them. It's a call for rational decision making that preserves Tanzania's natural heritage.

  19. Fritzlothar

    Just a few simple words: I am a tourism expert with more than 30 years experience. Tanzania will destroy its own Tourism with such a project. Why should tourists visit the country instead of South Africa with the Kruger National Park? All the world is waking up to conserve natural environments – why does Tanzania go into the opposite direction?
    Lothar

  20. Ruediger

    Infrastructure is important for growth, but anybody should be aware of what is beeing destroyed. There might be alternatives! Not to forget that even nature and those very important wildlife resort is a rich value for Tanzania and provides a lot of income, too.

  21. Dirk

    governments are only interested in economic reasons. So there is one thing, that a destroyed NP doesn´t attract tourists. The next thing is, that it doesn´t make sense, to build a street through a largely uninhibited region. The south-route would connect a large amount of towns to the highway, which improves the infrastructure for those people

  22. Fredddie

    A Serengeti Higway?? That plan can only come from people which do not love Tanzania! Because people of Tanzania know that the Serengeti and this NATURE is one of the jewels of their country and they are proud of it.
    Who would benefit from that higway? And now thinking about the consequences it is clear that this plan must be stopped.
    Unfortunately us men use our intelligence to destroy consciously our own planet and this is just another sample.

  23. Benyrebel

    Tanzania was until today one of the countries that could be described in terms of conservation as a model country.
    Now with this unwise project the clean image of the country will be tarnished. This will certainly not remain without consequences for nature, people and the government!
    Tourists who want to see a pristine Serengeti will probably spend their money elsewhere if the Government would interfere with this Highway. It is once again one of the plans, which are realized by a few players and will cause a lots of damages to the nature and will cause suffering to millions of animals and people. It would be very sad for Tanzania, and eventually for all people on earth when it comes to the building of the road, which is a nonsense! For me it would be one more reason not to fly to Tanzania to spend my holidays!
    B.R. from Germany

  24. BwanaB

    Dear Benyrebel,

    Well said. You are right about the consequences to Tanzanian tourism and its people. I think that when the bulldozers start carving out a road through this pristine area, there will be such a horrified world reaction that a tourism boycott to Tanzania might well take place.

  25. Nataliescorer

    Africa what are you doing to yourselves? Do not spoil what God has put on earth we can live side by side with the Wild, Save Serengeti PLEASE! Tanzania please learn from your neighbours and avoid serious mistakes now, there will be no time later.

  26. Mkweli

    Tanzania seems not to be focused at all!!! This should stop!! Some short minded official are involved. I am getting tired of people who can just think of now instead of tomorrow. Construction of this road for sure will kill Serengeti as one of the world wonders and at the same time crowd tourists away.

  27. Mothernurture

    There is precious little left of a pristine world as it is…what will be left for our grandchildren if we continue to destroy our planet and all on it. If there is another way, let us take it. This really is a no-brainer.

  28. Werner Stucke

    When being a small child my parents allowed me to watch the TV program called “Kein Platz fuer wilde Tiere” by Prof. Bernhard Grzimek. It was he high-light of the week for me and it became absolutely clear to me, that when grown up, I want to visit the Serengeti in Tanzania and see these animals in its natural environment. In the last 10 years my wife and I made this long time whish true, by joining several safaris, in the Serengeti and Masai Mara.
    The plans to build a highway through this unique area will make Prof. Grzimek rotate in his grave on the rim of the Ngorongoro crater and will make us search for a new safari destination.
    Werner und Beatrix Stucke, Germany

  29. Werner Stucke

    When being a small child my parents allowed me to watch the TV program called “Kein Platz fuer wilde Tiere” by Prof. Bernhard Grzimek. It was he high-light of the week for me and it became absolutely clear to me, that when grown up, I want to visit the Serengeti in Tanzania and see these animals in its natural environment. In the last 10 years my wife and I made this long time whish true, by joining several safaris, in the Serengeti and Masai Mara.
    The plans to build a highway through this unique area will make Prof. Grzimek rotate in his grave on the rim of the Ngorongoro crater and will make us search for a new safari destination.
    Werner und Beatrix Stucke, Germany

  30. Mokhathi

    Building the way, in the middle of the World Heritage site is wrong and should not go ahead. At the same time we should start to see these kind of objections for unfair trade Africa is getting from the west, unfair farm subsidies that makes us dependent on the west for our food security.

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  32. Rosemary Horea

    Excuse me please. When will we start respecting mother nature and give it priority of over economic considerations. We already saw the consequences when the ecosystem cannot support itself, the Amboseli Game reserve in Kenya when the lions resorted to livestock.

  33. Alexis de Vilar

    This project is a colosal mistake that will jeopardize wildlife and the beauty of it all. But is it only the stupid usual mistake (the whole world is getting cemented…) or there are other obscure reasons? In my view once more behind the scenes is the GREED by high ranking politicians. Attached the article in The Guardian of Dar es Salaam about the projected soda ash factory in Lake Natron which we managed to stop for a while… I'm passing info of this to Transparency International, to “Ben Wikler – Avaaz.org” <avaaz@avaaz.org> and to “Ken Mwathe” <Ken.Mwathe@Birdlife.or.ke> from Lake Natron Consultative Group so that they move in INMEDIATELY in order to investigate any corruption at top levels… The road they built years ago from Arusha to Ngorongoro Crater was already a mistake. Officials thing wrongly that tourists will increase they numbers if they have confort… But is the opposite way round: they come to Tanzania and other wild areas of the world, to experience bad roads on 4X4 and suffer inconveniences, because they know this is the price to pay to get the privilege to experience pristine Nature… They already have freeways at home…

  34. Alexis de Vilar

    The world should move in to stop this stupidity as it affect as us all. People tend to think that what they do in far away places does not affect their daily lifes… But it does in a very perverse way, because as Chief Seattle told us longtime ago, “All is connected…” He also said as probably the first environmentalist, watching the greed of the white people moving in the wild plains of the West: “This is the end of living and the beginning of survival…

  35. Alexis de Vilar

    PLEASE ADD THIS ADDRESSES OF PEOPLE AND ORGANIZATIONS THAT CAN HELP US: “Ali Kaka” <Ali.KAKA@iucn.org>, “Alice Owen” <alice@bornfree.or.ke>, “CEO Ecotourism Kenya” <ceo@ecotourismkenya.org>, “DG Nema Kenya” <amwinzi@nema.go.ke>, “Dr Alice Kaudia” <alice_kaudia@yahoo.com>, “Dr Mekuria” <mekuriaa@hoarec.org>, “Dr Mwinzi” <dgnema@nema.go.ke>, “Hazell Thompson” <Hazell.Thompson@birdlife.org>, “Helida Oyieke” <cbd@museums.or.ke>, “JamesIsiche” <jisiche@ifaw.org>, “James Ndungu” <james.ndungu@acc.or.ke>, “Janny Poley” <jc.poley@minbuza.nl>, “Julius Kipngetich” <kipngetich@kws.org>, “Lota Melamari” <melamarilota@yahoo.co.uk>, “nehemiah rotich” <nehemiah.rotich@unep.org>, “Paul Mafabi (Uganda)” <pamfabi@yahoo.co.uk>, “Paul Matiku” <director_naturekenya@mitsuminet.com>, “Shelley Waterland” <shelley@bornfree.org.uk>, “Taye Teferi” <tteferi@wwfearpo.org>, “Yobo Rutin” <yobo_rutin@yahoo.com>, “Ken Mwathe” <Ken.Mwathe@Birdlife.or.ke>

    1. BwanaB

      Thanks, Alexis. Please refer all your contacts to the web site.

      It is still a mystery why the northern route was chosen. Whichever highway is built will cost half a billion dollars. This is a colossal amount for Tanzania. Why would officials not spread the benefits of such an investment over a wider population base? How many schools and dispensaries could be built with that much money? Many questions are unanswered at this point.

  36. David Dugmore

    A global initiative is needed to raise the extra funds to build the highway around the parks as shown in the alternative route. This way, much needed progress doesn't compromise the environment.

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  38. Geneanton

    We traveled to the Seriengeti and the Masai Mara last year and had a magnificent expreiance. Any thing that jepordizes the fragile eco system and the Great Migration would have social and economic concequences to the entire region. Short sighted decisions, that would severly impact the wild life, would be nothing less than a travasty for Africa as a nation and loss to the rest of the world. WILD LIFE, ONCE LOST MAY NEVER BE REGAINED

  39. David

    Dear Friends and partners,

    In this era of world concern for bio diversity conservation, we are very much concerned and at the same time required to put our hands together in order to live in harmony with our environment surrounding us.

    There can be few more pressing and critical goals for the future of humankind than to ensure steady improvement in the quality of life for this and future generations, in a way that respects our common heritage -the planet we live on. As people we seek positive change for ourselves, our children and grandchildren; we must do it in ways that respect the right of all to do so.

    To do this we must learn constantly -about ourselves, our potential, our limitations, our relationships, our society, our environment, our world. Wildlife protection and Education for sustainable development is a life-wide and lifelong endeavour which challenges individuals, institutions and societies to view tomorrow as a day that belongs to all of us, or it will not belong to anyone.
    The United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm in 1972, helped to focus attention on environmental concerns and in the years following the conference, the global community acknowledged that more exploration was needed of the inter-relationships between the environment and socioeconomic issues of poverty and underdevelopment.
    Thus the concept of sustainable development emerged in the 1980s in response to a growing realisation of the need to balance economic and social progress with concern for the environment and the stewardship of natural resources of which Serengeti is among them.
    We at Kifaru African Expeditions (KAE), and Community Livelihood and Wildlife Outreach (CLWO), are very much dedicated and concerned about the future of Serengeti NP and our next generation. Putting our hands together for the protection of wildlife and nature is everybody's concern; the rich and the poor. Serengeti National Park needs attention and we are obliged to act now in this era of globalisation. I hope the Tanzanian parliamentarians will take this matter as serious and halt the construction whichever it might be.

    Thanking you so much and wish you the very best of this year.

    Regards,

    Baluku David.
    Project founder
    KIFARU AFRICAN EXPEDITIONS LTD/Community Livelihood and Wildlife Outreach
    P.o Box 818, Entebbe- Uganda
    Nkumba University Close, Plot 13A
    Tel: +256-(0)752-575366, +256-(0)779591387 Fax: +256-41-255156,
    E-mail: info@kifarutravelafrica.com
    Website: http://www.kifarutravelafrica.com and or http://www.clwo.org

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  41. BigSigh

    I fully support the boycott of such a disastrous scheme, and whole heartedly appeal to the parties concerned to withdraw their plan to carve up one of the wonders of the world….

    Years ago Basil Fawlty referred to the Serengeti….. 'What did you expect to see out of a Torquay hotel bedroom window? Sydney Opera House perhaps? The Hanging Gardens of Babylon? Herds of wildebeest sweeping majestically?!' His buffoonery seems to permeate the Tanzanian Authorities….. Those plains carry significant stature in our world…Let them be!!
    Alas many of the comments here have omitted to acknowledge the single biggest factor in this fiasco…. Corruption. Unfortunately Africa thrives on it, so half a billion today is how much after the gravy train has pulled out of Dar Es Salaam…?

  42. Boswell

    My husband and I took the trip of a lifetime in Tanzania, including the Serengeti. This area MUST be preserved allowing the animal population to behave naturally. What a retrograde step this thinking is. We came to Tanzania from New Zealand, solely to see the animals, this affects us enormously to think that what we saw with Natural High Safaris will no longer be available to the peoples of the world.

  43. Ed-L

    What does the President of Tanzania, Jakaya Kikwete, have to say about this northern Serengeti truck road proposal?? He is one person who can stop this insane idea in its tracks. What is the Tanzania President's contact email address??

    Edward Loosli – USA

  44. Jojo Ellensohn

    This idea is nothing short of criminal – STOP IT please …… Serengeti is an irreplaceable heritage. If you tip the balance in the Serengenti, you will also affect the Masai Mara and the ecological damage will be HUGE. Look to the current situation in US and the devastation caused by the unstoppable oil leak …… isn't it enough? Nature cannot be re-stocked the same way as shop shelves. Please think again (and again, and again ….. and then again) and take that abovementioned “oil” scenario as a warning, PLEASE STOP …..

    Jojo, Switzerland

  45. Fehmida Mccarthy

    Please please stop this maddness this is a world heritage site there is non other like this site anywhere it will be a crime to do this to the animals who cannot have a say in this please stop it now before it is to late for the sake of the animals and for the sake of our children it will be and ecological disaster.

  46. Irma

    The impact of that highway is so very obvious and still polititians go ahead? There is anything else behind it than just infrastructure (which by the way will definitely lead to huge decrease in tourism, jobs and income not only to Tanzania but also Kenya!)……IF camps or lodges within the Reserve favour that highway – their management skills are far behind any conservation and cutting their brqaches on which they are sitting!4Even purely money focused managment can't be THAT stupid to not realise what's at stake!
    People of both countries should drive the government out of office as the gov is potentially dangerous to them and the domestic economy!

  47. Renate

    The Serengeti is a World Heritage site and irreplaceable. It would be criminal to jeopardize this fragile ecosystem by building a highway through Serengeti National Park. The goal should be to save the habitat and the animals that live there, not to save time driving.

  48. Jennnifer

    I hope to visit Africa one day and go on safari as I love their wildlife. I'm kinda shocked and angry they would even consider this highway. I know that I don't live there and I do not know what the locals go through but there must be alternatives? I'm so disappointed and will be heartbroken if they decide to go ahead with something that will increase poaching and disturb the animals even more than they are now.

  49. jaime

    I am going to africa in 15 days and will be travelling through this area with toucan travel and i am completly amazed that the government has even proposed such an environmental disaster. This would be a absolute discrace if this is allowed to go ahead. The southern route idea is much better and does not interfere with the natural wildebeest migration which is an event that thousands of tourists go to africa to see every year. This tourist influx would bring in lots of money to the local towns and communities, is the government really going to risk loosing that???

  50. Jean King

    I am shocked that the TZ government has approved plans for ruining the Serengeti with the north/south highway which will carry huge lorries careening through the path of the great migration. Tanzanian has always been a shining example of a country which is saving vast spaces to protect the environment – the wildlife, the people, the tourism. I thought that they knew what a treasure they hold. Let it continue to be protected.

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  52. Brian Wood

    The proposed southern route would pose a grave threat to the Hadzabe people and this cost should be considered by all those wishing to preserve the land and culture of the last remaining groups of hunter-gatherers in east Africa. The route appears to pass through the Yaeda Valley and through the southern edge of the Kidero Hills, which are the last remaining strongholds of the Hadzabe people. Please be aware of this terrible threat to preservation of their land as a viable base for hunting and gathering subsistence. Placing a highway in this area would be a far worse tragedy than what is proposed in the Serengeti!

    1. BwanaB

      Yes, agreed about the Hadzabe. An alternative route must go well to the south and avoid their home. That should be a priority for the southern route. Again, we don't have to trade the welfare of people for wildlife or vice versa. It must be a win-win, and with some enlightened leadership in Tanzania, it can be done.

    2. alascaux

      The land of the Hadzabe also needs preservation. Only less than 1000 members they need the little land they still have. I visited them last year and went hunting with them. They are such gentle people who use so few resources and preserve their environment. Their land is already encroached upon by herders and farmers. Both natural resources and native people need to be taken into consideration. Annick

  53. Hilary Amolins

    I was in Africa 20 yrs ago (Kenya) on the Masai Mara lands and remember the absolute pristine beauty. If an alternate route can accomplish what the government is setting out to do then I also encourage an alternate route. A country's development cannot nor should be stopped by us “eco freaks” but if the objective can be accomplished without so radically compromising a unique ecosystem like the Serengetti then the alternatives must be explored.

  54. Brian Sandberg

    If anyone is interested and a FACEBOOK member, I've set up an online support group there called: Click 'LIKE' to SAVE the SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK, with links to this site. Please login in there and voice your comments and support. This project is critical for our natural future.

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  57. Alliey

    Tourists are not interested in a paved highway. We are not going to the ZOO, the beauty of Serengeti starts from expectations of going to the third world country, the dust, the insects, the roads etc. The highway will kill tourism because we can see the animals right here in America or any European country by just going on a highway to the ZOO. Serengeti is something special and god know how long it will be there with all the global warming and other man made factors. STOP THE MADNESS BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE.

  58. Amsterdamborn

    It never fails to amaze me as a TANZANIAN that our leaders have NO CLUE on what is going on in the world. I live in New York and I visit Tanzania every year, the highway will NOT benefit any TANZANIAN who cares about our country. All the monies will end-up in someone's pocket like everything else. Serengeti is the world's animal sanctuary and should be left alone. I am very disappointed with my government but I am not shocked because I am sure someone has a contract with the construction company which will fill his pockets with corruption money if this project go through. SHAME SHAME SHAME.

  59. James

    To best of my knowledge and sources, this project will go ahead. It is being funded by the Arabs who already “own land in Loliondo” complete with Cellphone towers which read WELCOME TO UAE! Have you ever heard this proverd (It is a common African saying). “However hard a chicken would pray for the safety of her chicks, the eagle will always snatch them from her!” Musa, Nyerere once said: IT IS VERY EXPENSIVE to be poor! This the price. He is turning so much in his grave right now. Only if he could come back alive and whack all these people! He was one person who could stand by principles. God does not make such people anymore!!!!

  60. Marcel Toonen

    What are we doing over here !?!?! Keep this NP as it is; “one of a kind”.
    There is even an alternative trough the south to provide 5x more people. Why discuss it? Go for a route trough the South. The Serengeti & Masai Mara should stay as they are. I've been in Mikumi last year and I saw some road kills. Very owful to see this if you love and respect wildlife. I would like to ask the Tanzanian government to STOP THIS PROJECT in the north and GO TO THE SOUTH ALTERNATIVE.

  61. Richardndaskoi

    Richard Ndaskoi
    The Tanzania government has concluded that it is going ahead with a road project linking eastern and western Serengeti. A stretch of 480 km tarmac road is to be built. However the President Kikwete pointed that a stretch of 52 km across Serengeti national park will have no tarmac. To his views and those of his government, this is enough to protect the ecosystem and the migration.
    A number of questions remain unanswered and others unasked. The human right side of the project is clearly contentious: why does the rest of the world want to hold down the rights of resident and neighboring communities to develop and own development? The road from Arusha via southern part of the ecosystem through Shinyanga is clearly not an option. It does not serve anybody in Ngorongoro, Loliondo or areas around L. Natron and Sonjo. However the literature objecting the project sounds from conservation perspective responsible because it provides an alternative and well as cite the benefits therefore such the priceless migration and magnificent Serengeti and its game. It conspicuously leave unattended or rather trample rights and cries of Serengeti Maasai Mara resident and neighboring communities.
    Conservation concerns are however clear and indisputable, but in total conflict with those of politicians, local and resident communities, developmentalists and social justice advocates. It is like a paradox of blind people touching parts of the elephant and debating how it looks like. Apparently all are right but from a holistic perspective all are wrong, the elephant is neither like a stick, a broad sheet, a truck etc but a different creature called an elephant. The argumentation being advanced against the highway construction in my view will not sail through because of one sided argumentation.
    A current road linking Arusha-Loliondo and the other linking Arusha-Bunda, are both less than 400 km. The cost of travelling those routes is enormous, financially it cost twice as much as travelling from Arusha-Dar-es-Salaam, almost 800 km. Time, comfort, and assurance are the same; one travelling across the Serengeti-Masaai Mara ecosystem part with twice as much money, waste more time, and risk serious vehicle breakdowns compared with one travelling on a tarmac road. All these translate into high cost of living in and close to conservation areas. Conservation authorities and their employees do not share this hassle with local resident and neighboring communities though they live in the same area. Conservation authorities and their employees afford better means of travel like flight and comfortable strong vehicles like posh four wheel drives. How do we position the different privileges of different sides of debaters?
    In the highway debate tourism and conservation are portrayed as sacred undertakings. At least tourism is not, it is merely a lifestyle of well to do, much as hunting named poaching is a lifestyle of impoverished communities. Two prominent western anthropologists, Henry Fosbroke and Jan Shetler at different times wrote critically of tourism and I would add irresponsible tourism in the name of hunting to have exterminated hundreds of games in the name of leisure and or sports. Residents of Serengeti-Maasai Mara ecosystem are quite aware of this. It is called hunting, and foreign exchange generation, while a similar act by resident communities is called poaching. Why? because it is not licensed and therefore indiscriminate! It is a matter of where one stands, if you belong to elites and the powerful, it is illegal, but for resident communities it is eking a living out of ones environment.
    Within this debate, I am yet to come across a discussion based on options such as different modes of transport; say a railway line. Mikumi and Selous Game reserves are both traversed by a highway and a railway line. Statistics from conservation and traffic police have always pointed an unacceptable rate of game killing along the highway and but not the railway line. This is telling. Secondly, in terms of attracting human activities, the railway line is less and can easily and conveniently be controlled by central authorities. Possibly much more thinking needs to go into this option.
    It is contentious to say, the road outside or around the Serengeti will serve more people. Yes, it does but not the 176,000 people plus in Ngorongoro district and more others in western Serengeti it is another group all together. Why one would want to punish these people living within Ngorongoro and Loliondo game reserves and other neighboring communities just because that happened to be their homeland? My proposal is lets’ give serious thoughts a railway line option, which does not exclude the need to build a tarmac road around the southern part of Serengeti through Maswa all the way to Musoma.
    Trains can be scheduled: speed controlled and ensure that all stop-over along the line remain wild as they should be. This amount to land use control along the railway line, people will settle if there are services linked to the railway but if none, the places will stay wild as always. Railway line and trains however do not provide the flexibility and convenience provided by private transport from an individual perspective. We can now consider these along lines of compensation and or tax tag to these few, but the general population is already served by railway line transport. The railway is rather a responsible footprint to nature as compared to a highway.
    On the other hand the highway is a magnet for human settlements along the road. Roads are also fatal in terms of accidents killing the game among others. A highway will attract an influx of fueling stations that are associated with small shops, restaurants, bars, guest houses etc. All these turn wilderness into domestic environment unsuitable for game and therefore nature tourism. Speed along highways is also uncontrollable as demonstrated by southern highway to Zambia and other destinations in south. A train can easily and conveniently be managed in terms of speed, stopovers, fueling, noise and seasonality of movements.
    The majority of us debating this project are elites, investors, tourists and politicians. Certainly we hear less or nothing from the ordinary people living or residing in areas we are debating about. Note also that the wild animals are not involved. As one development gurus posed in the World Poverty Forum in Copenhagen, will the poor sign the cheque to approve the spending we (experts) make in leading capitals to debate poverty? His answer was no. Equally, having lived and still working within Serengeti-Maasai Mara ecosystem legitimatize me to say ordinary people will tell you to build the highway not today but yesterday. They may not be right, but they have legitimate concerns which cannot and should not be shelved as if they don’t matter.
    We have an obligation and not an option to come out with a responsible solution and not convenience to the powerful. This does not amount to crushing conservation, and for the time being let me leave aside tourism.

    1. Tim

      Richard, I appreciate your very reasoned and well-thought points, with much perspective on all sides. Far superior to the “save the Serengeti for us western tourists” knee-jerk self-centered (yes!) reaction. It is a complex issue and deserves attention from all Tanzanians, including those in the Loliondo, Natron, and Ngorongoro areas. You make a point about roads as a magnet for human settlement and small business. Although the implication is the negative impacts of those, I would imagine that many of the residents in the area would fully support that development as a means to earn some cash income, have access to more goods and services, and bring much-needed activity to their quiet (read: dull) area of the world. From their perspective and for this reason, a road may be superior. And finally, to all those who lament the “ruin” of the great wildebeest migration by this all-weather (non-tarmac) road, I suggest that the wide and flowing Mara and Grumeti Rivers, chock full of hungry crocs, have never stopped the wildebeest from following their migratory path. I don't see how a narrow dirt road with a passing truck or bus about once every minute will stop them from their annual trek.

  62. avalon

    If the alternative Southern route is too long, why can’t Tanzania negotiate with Kenya so that the Arusha – Musoma Road bypasses the Masai Mara Section in Kenya which is very small anyway? Kenya and the world can easily secure funding for the section bypassing masaai mara. In any case East Africa has just created a common market with free movement of goods and labour within the countries. Why does Kikwete want to be on the wrong side of history? I pray that Tanzania will see reason so as not to affect migratory routes of the wildebeest.

  63. Brian_Sandberg

    Can we please ask supporters of this campaign to also go to a supporting Facebook campaign that has almost 100 fans opposed to this 'major highway'?

    The link is: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Click-LIKE-to-SAV

    Hopefully, added support to the overall campaign can be grown, globally, through FB friends and users, in parallel to this online space.

    The FB page needs more interactive comment and data. Please help!

  64. Brian_Sandberg

    Apologies – we didn't know about the other FB page.
    I'll migrate fans a.s.a.p.
    Dilution is the last thing this project needs right now!
    Thank you for the update and the great work.
    Brian

  65. Jamile_siddiqui

    I'd love to sign the petition but at the moment its only possible for US residents. Please can you make it so that people from the rest of the world can add their names?

    Thanks Jamile

  66. Lyaruu

    Leave Tanzania alone. Those who propose the Construction of the road foresee all the issues you are trying to rise long before you.. after all Tanzanian particularly Masai who live along the passage of the road knows best how to live with wild animals than you foreign idiot. If they wouldn't have know how to live with wild animal they would have killed them long before you know them just the way you do to yours….

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  68. Simbafrica

    I took my 4 years old daughter to see the great migration of wildebests and zebras in Mara-Serengeti Ecosystem that is the last Eden garden for wildllife and the natural miracle. Our human being is almost occupy every cornor of the earth, may we leave a piece of land for the wildlife and the greatest migration?

    Friends of Africa is a china-based NGO whose mission is to promote wildlife conservation in Africa and China. We'll join your efforts and try our best to contact with the senior officials in Tanzania and China to stop the road project.

    Simba
    Friends of Africa, born for the nature
    Blog:http://blog.sina.com.cn/africasimba
    Tiger Encyclopedia: http://www.hudong.com/z/w/tiger/

  69. sejalpatelfromkenya

    There is no better solution than to turn this into a WIN WIN situation. Build the highway through the South, leave the Serengeti in peace; the highway can serve the economic needs and developments associated, the Serengeti, a natural gold mine the country is blessed with,continues to bring in revenue and most important of all, the harmless, helpless wildlife can can escape from destructive, selfish human claws FOR ONCE PLEASE ?!

  70. Simbafrica

    I already assigned the mission to the members of FOA from all over China and ask them to investigate more to see whether there are Chinese funds or companies supporting the project. If yes, we'll try to persuade them to negotiate with Tanzania government to build the south road instead of the north road acrossing Seregeti.

    Simba
    Friends of Africa, born for the nature.
    Blog: http://blog.sina.com.cn/africasimba
    Save Serengeti: http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_5327244a0100kzca
    Skype: africansimba

  71. Smstrade

    The excessive greed and selfishness shown by leaders the world over now spreads to my beloved Tanzania! – surely it's easy to see that the greatest potential for wealth in Africa is in agriculture and tourism? Now that Government proposes seriously curbing the latter – has anyone explained why they want to take such a strangely immature action? – Mangafu (aka Martin Konstant)

  72. Simbafrica

    Tomorrow I will go to Shanghai Expo to meet with vice president of Botswana.It might be some chances to reach the president of Tanzania through leaders of other African countries. It might be more efficient for us to persuade Tanzania leader in that way. We do not have much time, and we have to try our best to use all of our channels to save Serengeti…I really could not imagine how miserable for our human being to lose the best national park in the world with the great wildlife migration on the globe.

    Simba
    Friends of Africa, born for the nature.
    Blog: http://blog.sina.com.cn/africasimba
    Save Serengeti: http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_5327244a0100kzca
    Skype: africansimba

  73. Jan Fleischmann

    This has to be stoped. I have followed the migation not only for today but also for our future generations would be devasting not having the chance to experience this wonderful ecosystem. I have seen the wildebeest migration in Seronera and Grumeti and made articles about it.
    We all have to think out the best sollution. Some years ago an pipeline threatend the wildlife in eastern Russia. But with efforts from wildlife organisations like Phoneix in Vladivostok they managed their government to change the direction of the pipeline that was planned to cross into a reservation for the elusive Amurleopard.

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  75. Sharon Karpel

    Years ago my husband and I traveled to east Africa and witnessed the greatest sight in the world – that of animals living in their natural environment. I implore the government of Tanzania to re-consider the plan for a highway that will surely alter this fragile eco-system.

  76. Gisela & Rick Davis

    Gisela & Rick Davis Eugene, Oregon USA. We have been to Africa 3 times and it is our most favorite place to go and see. Please don't allow a freeway to be built through the most beautiful area of East Africa. We would like to show our grandchildren the wonderful show of the migration of Wilderbeest and Zebra.

    1. Arnold

      You know this has been exaggerated. Some people have not found what facts are. A highway in Tanzania is totally different from what Westerners know.

      If the wildebeests can cross river Mara with all its crocodiles to masai mara in kenya and come back to serengeti, will they fail to cross a 6m wide road with all mitigation measures taken into consideration?

      By the way serengeti has a number of roads and one of them has been in use for transport and it measures more than 250 Km.

      Why the fuss about a 50 Km road stretch?

      You westerners are very good in looking down upon Africa, it is consoling that China is on the rise to tilt the balance of power.

      Can you tell us how many animals/species became extinct in Europe and USA after the invention of the gunpowder? You finished your animals and you are now pretending to be very sympathetic to animals.

      After all the migration will continue and the road will be constructed.

      Serengeti shall never die.

      Ar.

  77. Simbafrica

    I planed to nominate Tanzania to be the good sample country to be against the climate change. But I am now so confused about Tanzania government's decision to build a road acrossing Serengeti. No doubt, It is a short-sighted desision for them to do so. Obviously, to maintain and improve Serengeti Eco-system benefit Tanzania much more than destroying it unless there are some black-room transactions for personal interests instead of national interests.

    Simba
    Friends of Africa, born for the nature.
    Blog: http://blog.sina.com.cn/africasimba
    Save Serengeti: http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_5327244a0100kzca
    Skype: africansimba

    1. Arnold

      Simbafrica why should you be confused? Do you think Tanzania is led by kids?
      We have our own decisions(Tanzanians). Can you give me the number of animals that have been gunned down since the days of the invetion of the gunpowder to the present in Europe and the USA?

      Who started to kill animals in the Serengeti in large numbers? It was colonialists Germans and Britons (Colonialists) with their guns.

      The Maasai would kill a few for pride.

      So from time immemorial Tanzania are good conservationists.

      But with the coming of western life style in which selfishness reign what do you eexpect?

      1. Sue Gray

        They may have been good conservationists in the past, it is a shame that this decision has changed their record. Anyway Serengeti is also a world heritage site!! When China colonises you …….well……….”you ain't seen nothin' yet” any past colonialisation will look like charity in comparison to what will come your way from China and yet you are buying into it!! How can you say Tanzania is sovereign when you are promoting such pernicious and final colonialisation of your country and all your natural resources for short term gain!!! No wisdom!

  78. Joe Martin

    The world knows it is down to its last wilderness sites. Connections and human transport routes can be planned without disruption of the ecosystem, and creaating yet more major endangered species. I suggest an open competition, as for the design of the new World Trade Center in new York, for teams of engineers and planners to come up with the best possible trans Tanzanian transport sytem, with the least ecological damage. Have the best compete, and have it supported by a fund from the Commonwealth, if possible.

    1. Philippe Girerd

      Faîtes attention à vos richesses, préservez là c'est le meilleurs investissements que vous pouvez faire pour l'avenir à court moyen et long terme. Votre autoroute, vous la faites passer ailleurs…et respectez le contrat passé avec l'unesco

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  80. T. Amijee

    Nobody has yet asked the people of Tanzania, and in paticular the people who have always lived in and around the Serengeti area, whether they want the road or not. This is so typical. How selfish. Most comments on this website favour 'no road' – but has anyone asked for whose benefit?
    I have read some comments about the damage to tourism that such a road will cause. This is as if tourism is some godsend assistance to the people around the Serengeti and of Tanzania. Has anyone addressed the more urgent question of – who benefits from tourism? Where do the hundreds of millions of dollars supposedly earned from tourism go? Believe me when I say this that most of the dollars remain in the western countries where the tourist pay in advance to the tour companies. The air travel fares, mostly to European air companies such as KLM, is paid in the West. The hotel bills are paid in the West to the head-offices of the companies owning the hotels in the Serengeri..and so on and on…Have the people to whom the Serengeti truly is home ever seen the benefits….the answer is a very simple NO. The tarmac from Arusha to Ngorongoro that was built some years ago has actually resulted in alleviation of poverty for the people living along and around the road route. Mind you, not from tourism but mainly from other economic activities.
    So, yes, I can understand the concern of the many on this website about the road through the Serengeti and the purported negative impact it may have on wildlife migration, but if you address the issue in the selfish manner that most of you are portraying, without actually addressing the desperate needs of the people around the Serengeti, than I would say the attempt to stop the road is bullying the desperate people of Serengeti into further prolonged poverty.

    1. BwanaB

      It's not being selfish when you defend the Serengeti. In fact, it makes perfect economic sense.

      You're right, too much tourism income goes out of the country. But a huge amount stays — 25% of the country's foreign exchange is based on tourism. And tourism and its support industries provide Tanzanians with tens of thousands of jobs. Building a Serengeti highway would foolishly put all this at risk. See: http://www.savetheserengeti.org/economic-impact

      And for what? In pure economic terms, what sense does it make to spend half a trillion dollars on a road that would destroy a priceless asset of the country? How do you replace the lost jobs and income? How many schools and hospitals would half a trillion dollars build?

      You can certainly point out that people around the Serengeti do not get their share. Or argue that more tourism dollars should remain in the country. But it's unfair to paint those who want to preserve the Serengeti, or any World Heritage Site, as selfish.

    2. friendsofafrica

      I understand some of your points reflecting some of the local residents, however, can we build the road in the south instead of the north? it plays the same role for so called economic development. As a Chinese, I envy your guys in Tanzania, you have so many lands for national parks or reserves that makes Tanzania the ideal place for living. Our China is now the fastest-growing country in the world and even the second strongest economic power next to the United States. Do you know what is the price of sucn economic achievements? Our Chinese people lives in a polluted land, the air, the river, the lake and the food are polluted at all. the jungles and savannahs were replaced by mines, highways, vehicles, highskycrapers, dust, noise and cranes. how do you spend your money and live in the polluted land even if you are rich enough? I envy your Tanzania people, we do not have any national park in China. Our tigers, leopards, bears, wolves, foxes are endangered into extinction. Our children only see them in the zoo or even in the picture book or by watching TV. To have a national park like Serengeti is only our dream, but you have it over there, I could not imagine why you people would destroy it for a weak excuse of economic development. It was the beginning of the tragedy of the earth since our human being surpassed the other species on earth. we are so selfish that human population exceeds 6.5 billion that lives in every cornor of the earth. we really envy your people, you have the best ecosystem with the best natural environment and beautiful secenary, is there any thing more important for a human being than to live in such a nice environment. who is selfish? the answer is there. For me, I prefer to live in a humble life in a place like Serengeti than a extravagant and vacuous life in a polluted place.

      Can we chinese people move to your country while your people move to China?

      Simba
      Friends of Africa, born for the nature.
      Blog: http://blog.sina.com.cn/africasimba
      Save Serengeti: http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_5327244a0100kzca
      Skype: africansimba

      1. Tim

        You may prefer a “humble life” (highly romanticized, no doubt) but for those who truly endure grinding poverty, economic growth and development – even at the cost of the loss of wildlife and the natural environment – is their only hope. Tourism is an economic benefit to some, but in reality to only very very few of the people living around the Serengeti, who see improved transportation and communication links as their economic future. Tourist hotels with low-level subservient jobs paying $5 per day (plus tips!) serving wealthy foreign tourists paying $300 – $1,000 per night will not allow people to take control of their destiny on even a modest scale. The well-paying and professional jobs in tourism that do go to Tanzanians (and not Kenyans, South Africans, Europeans, and Americans) usually go to those from Arusha, Moshi, Dar, Mwanza, and other well-developed cities, rather than to those people from the immediate vicinity of the tourist parks. Developing businesses serving a transportation link, the ability to transport goods to market, and easy travel to and from towns and cities will bring true economic benefit to these people. (And in response to BwanaB below), another hospital and school are nice, but these are not engines of growth for the Tanzanian economy.

        1. BwanaB

          Tim… we appreciate your concern for the people living around the Serengeti. As a former Peace Corps Volunteer who lived in a village in Uganda, I share that concern. But your sentiments do not make good economic sense for the Tanzanian people. Do you really believe, for instance, that “schools and hospitals are not engines of growth for the Tanzanian economy”..?

          Tourism benefits disproportionate? Sure. But the same is true of mining, agriculture, and every other industry. The proposed highway is not going to be an engine of progress, and the motives for building it are not altruistic.

          The big, half-a-trillion-dollar question remains — why trash the tourism sector of the Tanzanian economy when good development alternatives exist?

          Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
          The contribution of Travel & Tourism to Gross Domestic Product is expected to rise from 8% (TZS2,378.0bn or US$1,759.5mn) in 2010 to 7.9% (TZS6,076.3bn or US$3,836.1mn) by 2020.

          Employment
          The contribution of the Travel & Tourism economy to employment is expected to remain level at 6.3% of total employment, 624,000 jobs, or 1 in every 15.8 jobs in 2010, to 6.3% of total employment, 776,000 jobs, or 1 in every 15.9 jobs by 2020.

          Growth
          Real GDP growth for Travel & Tourism economy is expected to be -0.1% in 2010 and to average 5.9% per annum over the coming 10 years.

          Visitor Exports
          Export earnings from international visitors and tourism goods are expected to generate 23.0% of total exports (TZS1,560.8bn or US$1,154.9mn) in 2010, growing (nominal terms) to TZS4,102.6bn or US$2,590.1mn (23.2% of total) in 2020.

          Investment
          Travel & Tourism investment is estimated at TZS864.8bn, US$639.9mn or 13.4% of total investment in 2010. By 2020, this should reach TZS2,192.5bn, US$1,384.2mn or 13.8% of total investment.

        2. Xavier Surinyach

          Tim, Do you have been there? If you have been in this region of Tanzania you have to agree that the alternative Southern route will give more and better benefit for Tanzanian people, more local bussiness, more development….instead of the Highway crossing North Serengeti. I think you don't know nothing about the place.

        3. Trudy

          I'm all for economic growth and prosperity for all the citizens of the earth but giving your country up to the Chinese who then control the politicians is not the way to go about enriching your citizens. Tanzanians must think very hard about the motives for this project and what it will cost them. Roads are and can be built anywhere. This ancient migration is unique and priceless and should therefore be preserved at all costs. You don't know what you have until it is gone.

    3. Tim

      Thank you for another reasoned response that makes clear the vast disparity in needs and perspective between those people writing on this website and those people whom this road would really impact in a beneficial way.

      1. friendsofafrica

        It is reasonable that our human being have rights to live “better”, but it is not reasonable that our human being live a life at the cost of destroying the eco-system and annihilationing the other species. Our human being almost destroyed all the earth at a fragil excuse of economic development, how can people live in a climate change polluted world even you have earn lots of money?

    4. Dee

      As a Tanznain raised in Serengeti, I have seem the impact of the Arusha – Ngorongoro gate tarmac has done. The beautiful tree lined read has been destroyed, especailly around Karatu and Mitu-wa-Mbo. The same is going to happen from once they stsrt building the highway. Why don;t they finsish the Arusha – Nairobi highway first, before they start this one.
      The beautiful rim of Ngorongoro will be destroyed forever.
      Save the wilderbeast migration path!!!!!! The most awesome thing to see!!!!

  81. Ritatsas

    I agree that the northern highway should be stopped and funding for a southern route encouraged. I have been several times to the Serengeti which must be preserved at all costs.
    Rita “tSas-Rolfes

    1. Arnold

      You know this has been exaggerated. Some people have not found what facts are. A highway in Tanzania is totally different from what Westerners know.

      If the wildebeests can cross river Mara with all its crocodiles to masai mara in kenya and come back to serengeti, will they fail to cross a 6m wide road with all mitigation measures taken into consideration?

      By the way serengeti has a number of roads and one of them has been in use for transport and it measures more than 250 Km.

      Why the fuss about a 50 Km road stretch?

      You westerners are very good in looking down upon Africa, it is consoling that China is on the rise to tilt the balance of power.

      Can you tell us how many animals/species became extinct in Europe and USA after the invention of the gunpowder? You finished your animals and you are now pretending to very sympathetic to animals.

      After all the migration will continue and the road will be constructed.

      Serengeti shall never die.

      Ar.

  82. Habacker22

    My visit to the Serengeti during the wildebeest migration has been one of the highlights of my life. Please do not destroy this wonderful experience for future visitors. Stop the northern highway! Ursula Habacker

    1. Arnold

      You know this has been exaggerated. Some people have not found what facts are. A highway in Tanzania is totally different from what Westerners know.

      If the wildebeests can cross river Mara with all its crocodiles to masai mara in kenya and come back to serengeti, will they fail to cross a 6m wide road with all mitigation measures taken into consideration?

      By the way serengeti has a number of roads and one of them has been in use for transport and it measures more than 250 Km.

      Why the fuss about a 50 Km road stretch?

      You westerners are very good in looking down upon Africa, it is consoling that China is on the rise to tilt the balance of power.

      Ar.

    1. Arnold

      You know this has been exaggerated. Some people have not found what facts are. A highway in Tanzania is totally different from what Westerners know.

      If the wildebeests can cross river Mara with all its crocodiles to masai mara in kenya and come back to serengeti, will they fail to cross a 6m wide road with all mitigation measures taken into consideration?

      By the way serengeti has a number of roads and one of them has been in use for transport and it measures more than 250 Km.

      Why the fuss about a 50 Km road stretch?

      You westerners are very good in looking down upon Africa, it is consoling that China is on the rise to tilt the balance of power.

      A hard hitting documentary????? You want to hit Tanzanians?

      Ar.

      1. sue gray

        China will colonialise like you have never been colonised before and any of the past will look like childsplay compared to what is going to come to Africa from china….look at Darfur!! Are you Chinese????

    1. Arnold

      You know this has been exaggerated. Some people have not found what facts are. A highway in Tanzania is totally different from what Westerners know.

      If the wildebeests can cross river Mara with all its crocodiles to masai mara in kenya and come back to serengeti, will they fail to cross a 6m wide road with all mitigation measures taken into consideration?

      By the way serengeti has a number of roads and one of them has been in use for transport and it measures more than 250 Km.

      Why the fuss about a 50 Km road stretch?

      Ar.

  83. Daudi

    The madness that should be stopped is the hysteria displayed on these pages – all based on second-hand information of an aspect of a scientific assessment of the road project by the Frankfurt Zoological Society. Though infinitely sworn to protect the pristine aspect of the wildebeest run, the FZS only warned of the dangers of the Road if certain things are are done and others are not done – and the FZS hypothesized from experiences elsewhere that that he negative things about roads through wildlife parks are the more likely to be adopted. A hypothesis – and the hysteria in the responses here is in this hypothesis, not about science. For example the FZS report hypothesizes that hundreds of heavy trucks will pass through, that new diseases may be brought in, that new plants may grow and disturb the status-quo, that a wall may be built around the road and stop all the wildebeest from crossing. Scientifically speaking, must this happen? has it happened in Mikumi, where the road passes in like manner?

    1. BwanaB

      I don't think anyone is claiming to be scientific in trying to predict what will happen. We can only rely on common sense and reasonable assumptions.

      Don't blame the FZS for doing its job. It is sincere in its motives and conclusions. TANAPA was originally against this road. And several years ago there was an independent environmental impact statement that warned of the dangers as well.

      In addition to environmental impacts, there is an economic impact statement that warned of the terrible effect on Tanzania's tourist industry if the highway is built. That report is listed on this site and warns of the loss of billions of shillings and thousands of jobs.

    2. masaki

      You know this has been exaggerated. Some people have not found what facts are. A highway in Tanzania is totally different from what Westerners know.

      If the wildebeests can cross river Mara with all its crocodiles to masai mara in kenya and come back to serengeti, will they fail to cross a 6m wide road with all mitigation measures taken into consideration?

      Ar.

      1. Alice

        Where do you live Arnold!
        Have you ever been to the Serengeti or do you have shares in the highway!
        You might work in one of the thousands NGO's that are poisoning Africa as I heard from many of these people that national parks are wrong….

    3. sue gray

      And look at the poaching that goes on in Mikumi!!! All this in the name of short termism and dare I project or suppose that some Swiss bank account is gaining credit as a result of this decision!! It can only be that because there is no other rational explanation for this decision!

  84. Kersi Rustomji

    Your Excellency.
    please accept this humble plta from a simple man very concerned about this most wonderful spot that Almighty has granted your wonderful nation.It must be preserved in all its splendour and beauty not only for your nation but for all on our only home, this planet Earth, for the only Race, the one Human Race.
    With thanks on behalf all the creatures at Sarengety, naku omba kwa heshima saidiya Sarengeti.
    Kersi Rustomji.
    Australia.
    kersiru@gmail.com

    1. Arnold

      You know this has been exaggrated. Some people have not found what facts are. A highway in Tanzania is totally different from what Westerners know.

      If the wildebeests can cross river Mara with all its crocodiles to masai mara in kenya and come back to serengeti, will they fail to cross a 6m wide road with all mitigation measures taken into consideration?

      Ar.

      1. Wild Africa

        Have you ever seen the migration herds ( including many other ungulate species)on the move? I have frequently, beleive me,It sometimes takes half
        a day for approx one million and a half animals to move across a given area,
        On a practicle unemotional note what are the trucks going to do when this happens, sit and wait.?
        The ungulates are a key species which means that they are crucial to the survival of miriads of other species.( including of course the crocs who only get a substantial meal on these two occasions)!
        The other implications are of course the increased opening for poachers right into the heart of the National Park and the increase of bush meat trade as it is a well known fact that mining concessions all over always take full advantage of that aspect.
        Last but not least
        Millions of ordinary Tanzanian and Kenyan people make their living from the tourist trade in both countries., No migration no tourists
        We can send clients to other african destinations-no problem!, they can't
        As we know the money made by government will go straight into politions pockets, it will not provide a better life for Tanzanian people.

        1. MASAKI

          On this matter you better wait and see.

          Tanzanians have no intention of disrupting the migration. And I do not think it is fare to talk about sending your clients to other destinations at this time.

          I hear Kruger national park in south africa has tarmac roads. Can you tell me why we tanzanians should not have at least the 50 Km tarmaced crossing the serengeti with all mitigation measures taken on board.

          Please bear in your mind that the government here in tanzania has the final say regarding what ever is related to its territory.

          No body knows Tanzania better than Tanzanians.

      2. Sue Gray

        what happens to the elephants and Rhinos that venture near this road! you might find that “All these westerners” that you refer to are not quite as ignorant as you think they are!!!

  85. Aslam_vasanji

    THE HIGHWAY WILL FOR SURE GRANT MOTHER NATURE A BIGGER MEAL TO IMPOWER ITS FORCES WITH MORE DRAUGHT AND THE TICKET TO THE DESSERT LAND WILL SURELY BE GRANTED.
    aslam, tanzania

  86. friendsofafrica

    Dear Friends who suport us to save Serengeti Ecosystem,

    I began to use facebook with the name of africa simba, you can add me as friends and we can work together to stop the highway project. I am Chinese, but I will be the first to oppose the project even if there is a chinese company involoved in the project.

    Simba
    Friends of Africa
    http://blog.sina.com.cn/africasimba

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  88. Dee

    As a Tanzania I condem this highway. I was raised on the Serengeti palins as a child and has seen the demise of this wonderful eco-system for over fourty years. What the govt. is not telling the peopel the Serenegti palins is rich in gold and diamonds and that is what they want to mine. The highway makes things easy for them.
    With the higway”Welcome poachers”!!!! We can still protest, and be hopeful, they will stop this maddness.

  89. Jeetu.Patel

    My name IS Jeetu.Patel.Imhave been visiting serengeti since 1967.All ready so much damage has been done by greedy people by allowing to build so many lodges and camps.By building A highway it will be murder of SERENGETI.

    1. MASAKI

      Are Jeetu Patel indeginous Tanzanians know?
      Tanzania is a sovereign state. Keep that in your mind.
      Westerners/Non indeginous Tanzanians treat Tanzania as if it is a country led by children.
      What about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?
      Have you ever heard Tanzanians complaining of the construction of oil rigs in the Gulf?

      1. Alice

        Arnold, do you think that a country can just murder millions of animals?
        Sovereign or not, it has nothing to do with that. It has to do with animals that are again victims of human creed. The Serengeti belongs to the animals and we can visit their area and then we leave.

        Don't take anything but your memories, don't leave anything but your footprints.

        If the human race did this then the world wouldn't be in such a mess it is today.
        Without animals the world will be a very poor and empty place even-though we are heading towards 7 billion people.

        I have watched the migration from the Masai Mara and it was incredible. This sight I will never forget.
        It has nothing to do with Tanzanians, who will loose a lot, it has to do with the creed of the government, who will pocket the money. How short-sighted are governments world wide.

        1. MASAKI

          The road is going to be constructed, the migration will not die, tourists will be coming to watch the migration as usual.

          After some years we will be wondering 'what was all the fuss about?'

          Serengeti shall never die.

          Masaki

          1. Suegray42

            It will die if this goes ahead. i get fed up of this narrow minded and frankly bigotted attitude of some Tanzanians to people who live beyond its borders. Serengeti is part of Tanzania which IS a sovereign state ….we all know that why do you have to labour such an obvious truth. However, Tanzania is part of planet earth and is therefore charged by the REST of humanity to take care of its heritage; The problem here is that people are reacting to a chip on the shoulder of narrow minded bigots rather than listening to the experts and the voice of ALL humanity to protect what Tanzania is charged by all of us to protect……it is simply demonstrating that it can do what the hell it like and to hell with the rest of the world…..we all know where that leads look at Zimbabwe……simply sacrificing the present resources to prove an unjustifiable past !

  90. Sarah B

    This area of nature should be left undisturbed, allowing free movement for migration of the animals. This is one of the few remaining places on earth where large areas are preserved, it it vitally important it remains so. We as humans need to be stewards of this land, and use our collective knowledge and skills to find a sustainable solution, that learns from mistakes of the rest of the world. I have hopes that African countries will rise to the complex challenges facing them regarding development needs, to be an example of truly long-term sustainable planning that respects and protects nature, and therefore their own cultures, which are so tied to the land and the health of the land.

    1. Masaki

      Tanzania is a sovereign state. Keep that in your mind.
      Westerners treat Africa as if it is a continent led by children.
      What about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?
      Have you ever heard Tanzanians complaining of the construction of oil rigs in the Gulf?

      1. BwanaB

        Arnold, you are completely right. However, I for one would not mind Tanzanians complaining about oil spills in the Gulf. How can big companies, powerful interests, and greedy politicians do what they want to our environment without considering the consequences. It is the people who suffer. Feel free to complain about this wherever you find it. This planet belongs to all of us, and we can't destroy parts of it without all of us being affected.

  91. P. Macdonald & D Kavanagh

    I am completely shocked by the proposed highway across a UNESCO World Heritage site.

    The Serengeti being paramount to the continuation of a spectacle and eco system that is unique to the planet, the last great wilderness on earth and Tanzanian people are the very lucky custodians

    To be instrumental in destroying this now (apart from the practical economic reasons!) would be unforgivable (to say the least).

    The president of Tanzania, Dr. Jakaya Kikwete, has always been known for his interest in nature. When six black rhinos arrived in the Serengeti in May — they were flown in from South Africa as part of a rhino relocation program — the president himself was there to meet them, and he has often spoken of the importance of the parks to Tanzania. Indeed, he sometimes quotes Tanzania’s first president, Julius Nyerere:

    “The survival of our wildlife is a matter of grave concern to all of us in Africa. These wild creatures amid the wild places they inhabit are not only important as a resource of wonder and inspiration but are an integral part of our natural resources and our future livelihood and wellbeing. In accepting the trusteeship of our wildlife we solemnly declare that we will do everything in our power to make sure that our children’s grand-children will be able to enjoy this rich and precious heritage.”

    With this quote in mind how could he even give a seconds thought to constructing a road right through the most important national park on the planet a UNESCO HERITAGE SITE. What makes it worse is that there is an alternative route to the proposed destination in the south, which would not impact the tourist Industry or the Serengeti.

    In building this highway, he will impoverish millions of his people who depend on the tourist trade for their livelihood. As well as neighbouring Kenyans.

    ( Kenya is of course the home of these herds for best part of 5 months of the year)

    Of course in the process, also decimating the last populations of the remaining great herds of this planet, along with all the animals that depend on this miracle of nature and last large pristine area of wilderness.

    In the process of KILLING the Serengeti the people of Tanzania will have not only lost their biggest income “Tourism” but importantly the greatest national treasure on this planet

    I do business with both Kenyan and Tanzanian ground operators, and from our experience with our British clients, the vast majority go to both of these countries primarily for the Migration, the most coveted experience on the whole planet. We can easily arrange safaris in other African countries, but it is the Migration draws people back again and again.

    I suspect also that as feeling against Tanzania’s proposals ( *see the current web bloggs as well as leading environmental and government sources) for this devastating highway is running at fever pitch in UK, Europe and the USA , if it goes ahead a boycott of this country will be most certainly be evident thereafter

    1. BwanaB

      Yes, it is shocking. We share your sentiments completely. Also the prediction that this will result in a widespread boycott of tourism to Tanzania. I do not think that the government realizes this yet, and what an impact it will have on the economy. As a tour operator, if you haven't already, please sign up on this website to get more updates and guidance for action. And please let other tour companies in the UK know about this. Perhaps you have a way to contact BBC as well. The outrage and news is spreading, but not fast enough.

    2. Arnold

      Tanzania is a sovereign state. Keep that in your mind.
      Westerners treat Africa as if it is a continent led by children.
      What about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?
      Have you ever heard Tanzanians complaining about the construction of oil rigs in the Gulf?

      1. friendsofafrica

        Dear Arnold, This is not a question of ethnic difference or sovereign, but a question of whether Tanzania should destroy your own natural environment. Country or nation is just a meaning defined by human being. The land of Tanzania does not only belong to the people, but also belong to wild animals and the whole ecosystem. Human being has no right to destroy the nature for an excuse of selfish economic development. As a Chinese citizen, I am telling you a story in China, It's true that our economy develops very fast, but you know what is the price? the total 1.3 billion population live lives in a environment with polluted air,food, sewage, traffic jams, high buildings and ecological disasters. The nature revenges us with forms of earthquake, flood, drought and infectious diseases. Do you think it is worthwhile? economy for ec-environmental disaster, do you think it is a ideal way for Tanzania people? As a big fan of Tanzania, I wish all the luck with your people and your natural environment—one of the best natural environment and wildlife species on planet.
        Do not copy our old way, you earn the money, but you destroy your motherland into a hell.

        I trust that your Tanzania people has enough wisdom to save your own land. please feel free to contact me if you want to know more about China.
        My face book is africa simba and my skype is africansimba

        Simba
        Friends of Africa, born for the nature.
        Blog: http://blog.sina.com.cn/africasimba
        Serengeti petition: http://environment.change.org/petitions/view/sa

      2. Mundysfarm

        I totally agree. Most comments are from people who have only a hear/say knowledge of the serengeti or Tanzania! While we mess up our European or US ecosystems we want to dictate how the “developing world” comport themselves! Hippocracy tourism! However I also think it is not a very well thought project! Hug a hippo…cuddle a buffalo! LOL

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  93. Marcel Toonen

    Hi there,
    as 2nd note from me….
    I have just sent an email to a news organisation in the Netherlands. I think this subject should get as much attention as possible and I hope that it reaches all nature lovers in Holland, so that they can send every petition available
    I hope that the North route will be cancelled.
    greetings, Marcel

  94. Wild Africa

    We run a small exclusive safari consultancy and know the Tanzania Serengeti extremely well and the Masai Mara even more intimately.I am horrified at the implications of this proposed new highway through the annual. Mass ungulate Migration route and as a Key species, the knock on effect to all other wildlife in the Serengeti that depend on them to survive
    You must be aware that Canada already has a bad environmental record of mining in East Africa
    Is Canada hell bent on wanting world to see them as the ultimate destroyer!

    With all the additional implications of accelerated poaching, bush meat trade becoming rife to feed miners of Canadian mining concessions (as has been already proved time and time again in previous mining concessions in the West African countries).
    It will be the end of one of the last great wildernesses and natural spectacle on the planet. They will also be instrumental in destroying the tourist industry in Tanzania and somewhat in neighbouring Kenya. and in the process, the livelihood of millions of ordinary people in Tanzania.
    Responsible Canadian companies should insist that the Tanzanian Government use the and more expensive route to the south which will not impact the wild eco system so drastically if they are hell bent on mining yet another third world country purely for basically unnecessary minerals and in doing so destroy one of the last great spectacles and natural wild eco-systems on this earth, Gold is no substitute for the a healthy and thriving eco-system.
    As we all know only too well that the money given to the Government for these concessions will not filter down to the masses or improve the lifestyle ; it will go into the back pockets of Government officials as always
    AND I REPEAT:THERE IS ANOTHER OPTION!
    Take the Southern route which has much less impact on the environment and still make a fortune in gold . Everyone is happy. If foreign companies want to rape yet again susceptible third world countries ,let them pay the price and at least use a road route that will not yet again desolate a last remaining wildlife refuge.

    1. BwanaB

      Any evidence that Canadian companies are behind this highway? We know they are there, but seems from the map that they might benefit from a southern route, esp the new Singida mine.

  95. Miklós Puky

    Dear Petitioners,
    Make your voice to be heard by as many as possible. Come to the 2010 Infra Eco Network Europe conference to be held in September, Hungary, where we got international participation from four continents including road engineers, biologists and decision-makers.
    Best wishes,
    Miklós

  96. Manuela Panzacchi

    It is a shame. I am part of a group studying wild reindeer migrations in Norway, and looking back to the last century you can see that the effect of the construction of big roads is extremely simple: the migration stops and populations become fragmented and isolated. I strongly support your initiative in Serengeti, and hope that the government will understand the importance – not only from a conservation perspective, but also from an economic perspective (I am thinking of ecoturism for example) – of preserving migrations

    1. BwanaB

      Thanks for that information, Manuela. Can you point us to any studies or other info that shows how the reindeer migration has been affected? Perhaps just a longer written piece from your group, identifying the study and participants, etc. Something we can add to our website and give to scientists involved. You can post here if you like.

        1. MASAKI

          We are going to construct the road, the migration will not die, tourists will be coming to watch the migration as usual.

          Is Kenya a platform on which you talk about problems happening in Tanzania?

          Any thing to do with a Kenyan related to Tanzania Wildlife is sabotage. We know our neighbours well.

          So if you want to solve a problem happening in Tanzania do not involve a Kenyan. Tanzanians will be suspicious.

          You would rather come straight to Tanzania in trying to argue your case.

          After some years we will be wondering 'what was all the fuss about?'

          Serengeti shall never die.

          Masaki

          1. friendsofafrica

            Dear Masaki,

            I love Tanzania more than most of your citizens, and I think Tanzania is doing better than that of Kenya in wildlife conservation. But it is till now before the highway project across Serengeti. We live in the same planet, a country or a people could not survive isolately in the world. just like our China, It is reasonable that Japan and korea will complain to us if we polluted the air and the sea. I love Masai mara too, but masai mara is the part of serengeti ecosystem, the mara river crossing will perhaps be no in masai mara. It is not the question of sovereignty, but it is a question of our good feeling not to destroy the nature.

  97. Africa Forever

    It is the greatest crime against this famous natural wonder! The humans are as the worms in the apple called the Earth. “The Serengeti shall not die” said B. Grzimek once, now it seems very actual proclamation. Shame to shortsighted Tanzanian government! This is most known animal park of the world, it belongs not only to Tanzania, it is the heritage of all of us!

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  99. Azariayoni

    You people let us be realistic, who are the real beneficiaries of the tourism business in Serengeti? I am on the side of the local people; these people have been living with those wild animals for so many years, surprisingly after the introduction of this convention tourism the common people have been neglected. they are not getting any tangible benefits from the tourism business.
    The road will help to link these communities with other parts of Tanzania, so I don’t see anything bad with it at all. I am writing as a wildlife expert,, Its better to understand that even the President Kikwete himself is an activist, and good enough we have been taking care of this wildlife resources for so many years and we have experience than even Kenyans, I don’t see the reason why these hypocrite Kenyans are trying to sabotage our development efforts?.

    1. BwanaB

      You're right, not enough income from tourism goes to the common citizen. But you can say that about gold mining, manufacturing, big agriculture. Still, tourism does provide work, directly and indirectly for about sixty thousand people in Tanzania. Better to save the Serengeti, save those jobs, and build a southern highway that will actually reach and help more people, don't you think? It just makes sense. And sure, fix the economic and political system so benefits are shared by everyone.

    2. Eunice Kanuya

      It hurts that local people do not benefit foreign money that is brought by tourism business around Serengeti; however, destroying the national park by building a highway will not solve the problem. Please people!!! dont let this happen. President, Kikweti and his government needs to re-think and make better decisions. WE DON'T WANT NORTHERN HIGHWAY????????//

  100. Karin Abrolat

    Dear Tanasians,
    please, don`t make the same mistakes the europeans did in former times.
    Learn from our mistakes !
    New technologies are good but only when they also respect the nature.
    Try to find ways increasing ökonomie, without disturbing your nature.
    We actually try to live in Germany with some our former wild animals (p.e.wolves) and ist not easy when they come back after a long time.
    (apologize please my bad english :-))

  101. Heinz

    Stop the Highway! It is simply absurd to build a highway through the Serengeti! Accidents involving wildlife are already pre-programmed so that, one thing is certain people and animals will the or be crippled by will. If even a road be “built absolutely” must / should be an elevated road can go through so freely the animals. This is my proposal to do so.

    Heinz

  102. razzasnaffa

    What are these people thinking? First it's a road, then it's gas stations, then it's tourist shops, then it's more and more building. I firmly agree that they have a choice that is good for both the people (who desperately need jobs) and the wildlife. They are in the unique position to learn from the mistakes of the past and create a better way for all beings involved.

    Please, please don't disrupt the magical beauty of these areas. They really are a world treasure!

  103. friendsofafrica

    I took my 4 years old daughter to Africa last year, she is the youngest Chinese traveler to Africa. We visited many national parks and It was a great fun for her. She cried and did not want to come back to China when we had to leave for China.
    The reason is that our children in China have no chance to see wild animals at weekend. Our ecosystem is collapsed and can not be recovered even if we have a lot of money. The only way for us to see wildlife is to go to Africa. Africa will be no more if you destroy your nature and your wildlife, Tanzania will be no more if you destroy your serengeti ecosystem.

    Simba
    Friends of Africa, born for the nature
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  104. Kikurrin

    Los animales siguen su instinto, es un recorrido obligatorio si quieren sobrevivir.
    No entiendo, ni lo entenderé nunca. Es como si quisieran hacer una autopista por en medio de la piramide de Guiza, vamos pasando por encima, no se que es peor, almenos allí no vive nadie.Por favor que no la contruyan.

  105. Wild Africa

    Writing your disaproval on the internet is commendable but to really help to make a difference you should write to the Newspapers/TV media.to give this the mass public exposure that it needs
    Also write denouncing the Northern Highway and asking that the Government to use the less destructive southern route to Musumato the Tanzania High Commision in London at-:
    Mr Chabaka F Kilumanga
    Acting Tanzania High Commissioner
    Tanzania High Commission
    3 Stratford Place
    London W1C 1AS
    (I don’t have an email address for the Tanzania High Commission)
    and email the Presidential Office in Tanzania direct at permsec@estabs.go.tz

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  108. Saul Shimechero

    I would suggest that they stop the northern road and make one on the southern wide just below the national park.It woul serve the same purpose.
    thanks

    Shimechero Saul from Kenya

  109. Hikercarl

    In efforts to resolve even more issues than what is described. Why could we not build a monorail type system. Construction can be phased to where it will not interfere with wildlife, traffic is controlled, traffic would not impair any wildlife. Monorail systems can be energy efficient eliminating all the toxins and fuel consumption on building a highway. Just saying a monorail system would be the most logical type of solution I can come up with.

  110. Chriso

    Folks, here's my idea about the situation, and I hope I'm right. The Tanzanian government is not really serious about building a road through the Serengeti, but it's hoping that people will believe it is serious so as to scare them into supporting what the government's plan really is, which is to get rich countries to pay for a road along the alternate southern route.

    If this is true, then I think it's a great plan, and here's why. There is a long and unfortunate history of poor countries damaging their ecological heritage in their desperation to make a better life for their people. In response, there have been some recent proposals made, for example, for rich countries to save globally important rain forests by paying for them not to be cut down. Similarly, because the Serengeti is important not just to Tanzanians but to the whole world, I believe the rest of the world must be willing to help protect it.

    No doubt the Tanzanian government is well aware of the economic importance of Serengeti tourism, but it would seem that this is simply not enough for the country to prosper to the degree it would like, and it is seeking additional ways to generate the wealth and employment the country needs.

    it seems only reasonable that if the rest of the world wants to ensure the protection of the Serengeti, then it must be willing to help Tanzanians to develop their economy in other ways. A road like this might well be an important part of such an economic plan, so paying to have it built along the southern route would be a good start.

    1. BwanaB

      Chriso, your theory about the real motive for the highway (sort of holding the Serengeti hostage for more foreign aid) may or may not be true. It's also occurred to some of us, of course as a theory. But I doubt that this is the real motive, as there are other political forces at work.

      But your comment about the rest of the world helping Tanzania maintain its protected areas is right on target. Tanzania does in fact get large doses of foreign assistance. But given the dire economic situation in Tanzania, the rest of the world must be willing to bear the cost of protecting its wild areas. And that would include a funding for a southern route, and maybe more help for the people of western Tanzania. It is especially true for people living near the parks, who bear extra costs living near wildlife but often do not share the benefits.

      1. Chriso

        BwanaB,

        Thanks for your reply. Are there in fact any plans to get some major international action to help fund the protection of the Serengeti? It seems to me that there should be some international body coordinating such efforts because there are so many instances of countries not being able to afford the protection of their natural heritage.

        I'm sorry if this is all dealt with already in all the comments below, but like any other enviro I'm swamped with all sorts of other issues closer to home, so I haven't got the time to look into this issue in detail. I'm looking for a shortcut! :)

  111. BwanaB

    UN World Heritage Convention. Article 6 —

    “Whilst fully respecting the sovereignty of the State…State Parties to this Convention recognize that such heritage constitutes a world heritage for whose protection it is the duty of the international community as a whole to cooperate.”

    1. Chriso

      Brave words indeed, and I like the inclusion of the word “duty”! “Cooperate” can, I assume, mean “help pay for” in certain circumstances. Does the World Heritage Convention have a trigger mechanism to get such “cooperation” underway? Perhaps it's already underway as we write!

  112. Rish

    Elections are on the way in Tanzania.This question should be asked directly to the president during questioning time and also informing about the road ( funding or construction) is not welcomed.

    Not only the international but also local people should stand for this action.
    The Serengeti is not only generating wealth but also prestige around the world.

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  115. Maitemut

    Creo Sinceramente Que es Una aberracion lo Que Se Quiere Con HACER El Serengeti
     Porque millas de Animales remedio moriran pecado, es Una ” salvajada “
    depredadores desgraciadamente Pienso Que Los verdaderos salvajes y somo Los Seres Humanos y Verdadera Siento pena Por Nosotros .. no de tenemos remedio

  116. Jimmy Wahome

    This route will destroy an ecosystem thats a million years old.
    We ned lobby and encourage decison makers to divert any road that will cross the migratory paths of the wildlife

  117. Dirkjan Steehouwer

    Human beings are messing up the world again and again. Once you have been in the Serengeti and have seen the migration, you will think twice to plan a highway through this beautifull peace of nature.

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  119. James Guest

    I am in total support of the opposition to the plan to bisect the Serengeti, and I have sent a lengthy e-mail to the Tanzanian Minister for Natural Resources & Tourism, airing my objections..

    I am also encouraging a contact, who operates companies organising safaris in Tanzania and Kenya, to join the protest.

    It is absolutely vital that we succeed in persuading the Tanzanian Government to adopt an alternative route, running to the south of the Serengeti Park.

    Yours sincerely

    James R Guest

  120. Shona Salver

    This will not only have a huge ngative impact on African wildlife but will also devastate African tourism and the Tanzanian economy and people. It's a lose lose situation all round.

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  123. David Fettes

    To build this road would be another nail in the coffin of wildlife and our depleting wilderness. For once man has the opportunity to have the integrity and courage to say NO, and to preserve omething for our children and grandchildren, and more importantly fro the wildlife that so depend on uninterrupted access to their environment. David Fettes

  124. Mundysfarm

    Frankfurt does not own the Serengeti! Neither do the tourism enterprises.
    By moving The Masai out of their traditional ranges the early admin under turner opened their precious National Park up to increased poaching. An improved infrastructure may well have its benefits. BTW there is already a road link along that bit between Ikoma and the Lake…so it is a improvement of already existing infrastucture! Also the road from Nabi Gate to Seronera and on to Lobo is already like a motorway with hundreds of tourist buses and 4×4 s. The serengeti and surroundings area is a living landscape with wild life and people! Without them Serengeti is dead!…might as well go to the zoo or watch whispering David on the box!

  125. Maya Oosterhoff

    There is nothing, nothing at all that justifies this destruction of pristine uninterrupted wilderness with it's magnificent wildlife. Is really nothing safe for humanity anymore?

  126. Kari T Haataja

    Tanzanian covernment should take seriously already defined national parks and support wild animal well-being. Southern route will well serve the purpose to connect ecntral part with the western part of the country. Idiotic plan to build northern route would kill also important part of Tanzanian tourism and the nature value which Tanzanians should be proud of. Choose the southern route and show the understanding of nature heritage, wonderful Tanzanian wildlife and its continuation.

  127. Oyier

    The Tanzanian Government should consider a cheaper and friendlier alternative via Kenya now that we are one community and save the mara/serengati. The Highway will lead to increased poaching.

  128. Katry1654

    Vergonzoso la falta de respeto por todo lo vivo no nos damos cuenta que esto supone matarnos a nosotros mismos poco a poco,ya no solo por todo lo que se destruiria alli si no por buscar otras soluciones alternativas que seguro que las hay.

  129. Swahili Baez

    This is an outrage!! This is the home to these beautiful, wildlife animals, their history heritage…the world greatest migration on the face of our planet. Don't sacrifice the most precious wilderness and heritage of conservation. This is not the solution…this is the wildlife's home and history path. It should remain that way indefinitely!! We must join forces together and prevent this highway from being built and going forward and instead, encourage the adoption and funding oof the southern route.

  130. Swahili Baez

    God help us all!! These beautiful, creatures are helpless without our support and care…their habitats must be left “untouched” …it is their homes…they have rights too and have feelings…just like we do…we are all bonded together with nature as “ONE”!! Swahili Baez

  131. Woodism

    Lets just take a second to look at other highways throughout the world….

    It may not destroy the migration straight away but eventually human-kind will have taken over once again. In Australia, I am confronted daily with our dead emblems on the country road side and we people have become complacent. A road, then a roadhouse, then a few more and before you know it! Who is going to parade the road at night to speak in gentle tongue to the animals who want to get to the other side.
    “No Mighty Lion, you may not cross here because you are not first anymore. Your hours are between ….oops sorry I seem to have lost the paperwork.”

  132. Egrancini

    As usual, unfortunately, humans are thinking only at their interests. Doesn' t matter if they are destroing wild, worlwide resource. We need of bush, animals, forests. Why they are so blind to not understand the troubles they will cause for a road. They can build it in the South, without big impact on the park

  133. Oliver

    We humans have taken over this planet killing and destroying everything in site.

    As if thats not enough, J. Kikwete is about to ruin the lives of thousands and thousands of wildbeest to get back at the Kenya government for stopping him from selling elephant ivory tusks. STOP IT PLEASE

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  135. Piyathip Eawpanich

    Reconsider the way the road designed. Can this road be elevated, with high technology there must be possible.

    This habitat and range land are crucial for our future generations. The freedom of wild lifes are rarely be seen. Serengeti is one among not many that has this value. So please keep it,

    Put more investment in Elevated Road. Many more benefit are there: nice wildlife outlook spot from the elevated road, avoid road killed animal, avoid economic and life lost from any accident and wildlife attacks, increase government income from Toll gates, and more controlable of traffics, and etc.

    THINK TWICE, TRI, and more and more, before making any decision to make any mark or scar onto our WORLD HERITAGE and Wildlife habitat and their migration/freeways.

    Piyathip, Thailand

  136. Vgleaton

    If they continue with the plan to build this highway…..it will and can never, ever be undone again. It will change the face of the Serengeti for ever…TO THE NEGATIVE SIDE….for the environment, animals and people.

    Please do not be so short sighted…save this world jewel for ever!

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  138. Jan Kelly

    I have alerted a travel agency in Queensland, Australia, and hopefully through them many more Australians will then be informed about this proposed animal slaughter highway. I am not the only Australian who has visited and marvelled at the magnificent wildlife in the Serengeti. Tanzania, don't sell out on Nyere's pledge and your heritage. Find another route for a highway, which does not cut across ancient land animal migration routes.

  139. Rachel Guest

    this is shocking to see. i am trying to complete a broadsheet for an assigmnent and i saw this. it is scary to think that the beautiful and natural wildlife may no longer exist. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS GOVERNMENT?!

  140. Sandra Hewitson

    I have only just read about the proposed highway in the Cape Times, and am absolutely horrified. I thought the Serengeti was a declared world heritage site and could never be desecrated in this way. It is, as Tony Weaver wrote in the Cape Times, an abomination, and must be stopped! What can individuals do?

  141. Infocarl

    beter geen snelweg en de natuur respecteren,ik denk niet dat een mens het recht heeft zo een waardevol gebied te offeren! dat die president maar eens naar belgie komt;zal vlug weten wat je ellemaal moet doorstaan voor een duivenhok neer te poten !!

  142. Jacques Reynders Belgium

    The Tanzanian government has a unic chance to show that it has the strenght to resist to economic pressure from Azian countries and preserve Tanzanian's unic natural resources.

    Next generations of inhabitants, visitors…and the fragile generations of animals will be thankfull for preserving this unique wildlife.

    We wish this government the strenght to take the right decision.

    They now that their is a valable alternative…

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  144. Thomas_jan68

    this is insane..i know china will put loads of money in it..but this is one of the last real untainted regions in the world..once its gone..its gone… do not chose for money but for wildlife..tourists will come forever..minerals will be exhausted in the end…

  145. wishful thinker

    (Oooops! Sorry. Just saw your section of media links which I had overlooked…)

    This is HORRIBLE. something must be able to be done, and I for one will try to help discover what that is.

  146. Bachelor

    Just read this on CNN… stop this insanity and be kind to our animals; we have to stop thinking about only the economic side of things and look at the larger picture. Treat our animals as our neighbors.

  147. Gloria-upchurch

    I just came across the shocking article this morning. As a photographer, I have traveled throughout the Serengeti for ten years now and never thought something like this could happen. Actually I thought the Serengeti was protected against this type of ruin. Think of the beautiful animals, not to mention the ecosystem. How can you weigh the disruption of the migratory patterns of tens of thousands of zebras and gazelles, and 1.3 million wildebeest to a 50 kilometer (31 mile) road? I am absolutely appalled. Shame on President Jakaya Kikwete for even considering this as alternative.

    We cannot allow this to happen. What can I do?

  148. Jirani

    My good people of Tanazania we have a chance to show the world, how we are investing for a better tomorrow for you and me. This world heritage site is not inherited from our Grandparents but loaned from our Children. We should preserve and secure this wonderful gift. For if the Serengeti dies so too must something in us all be lost for ever.

    Pamoja we can accomplish something amazing.

    1. Bwana

      Well said, Jirani. I hope that more people in Tanzania will speak up. There is more in the press now, but people need to know exactly what is at stake with this decision. If affects the very heritage of the country passed down since independence.

    2. Trudy

      Jirani that is the truth of the matter. Please speak to your President .. Tanzanians have this obligation to your children who in turn will borrow this from their own children. Even they in time will do the math and see that instead of adding to the national asset base your generation subtracted if this is allowed to go ahead.

    1. BwanaB

      Max, a boycott will hurt many ordinary families who depend on tourism. Many jobs will be lost. Common people will suffer. And it may backfire and cause people to rally around the government.

  149. Claudine

    Mama Safari was the name that the rangers give to me.I was eight years in Kenia and Tanzania with a lot of groupes.Everybody was in love for the Serengeti and de Masaï Mara , please don't destroy it.It's so precious, for the all world. I have such a beautifull memory and was so sad the day that my job was finisht, let enjoy it , its a wonderfull country

  150. Tecots

    Considering that many on this forum ae advocating that: As Serengeti is a World Heritage, the govt of Tz should consider world opinion and not build the road. Now, assuming that truly the world opinion is against the road, then I propose a global tax, whereby every country in the world should tax its citizen a certain amount for the Serengeti, and the same remitted to the govt of Tz promptly every year. This tax will compensate for loss of economic development of the people around the Serengeti who would otherwise benefit from the road, and will truly involve the people of the world in conserving a world heritage.

    1. BwanaB

      T. Amijee… could not be done in practice, of course, but point taken. If we want to have protected wilderness areas, we need to pay for them, and for people affected by them. See the current petition on savetheserengeti.org
      It makes just this point and asks for world institutions to help, not only the alternate road, but development for people.

  151. Embu

    The construction of this high way through Serengeti is a very bad idea. My warning is that if the existing ecosystem will be destroyed the current president should carry all the blames forever and be the worst leader of all against nature!!

  152. Doug

    I have led over 45 trips to the Serengeti in Tanzania and find the current planned project to be terrible in every way to the wildlife and the stability of the Serengeti Ecosystem. I have been going to the Serengeti as a tour leader and scientist and photographer since 1978. The Serengeti ecosystem is a marvel and shows us what can be done to save amazing grasslands and bushlands if people really try to save the planet. This road thru the Serengeti will destroy one of the most important and functional ecosystems left on the planet. It is poorly planned and is terrible. We must stop this road by writing letters and protesting to the Tanzania government.

  153. Corinne

    The overpopulation, infiltration and 'progress' of man has brought destruction and extinction to our natural wildlife all over the world and now the great Serengeti is at risk as well as it's diverse wildlife and ecosystem. Please don't destroy the great Serengeti and the largest group of the most majestic wildlife anywhere. It is unimaginable that the powers that be could consider this destruction for any amount of money. Once destroyed, it is lost forever.*

  154. Nyanza73

    stop greed,yourselfish and stop the Highway now!!! you can destroy the great Serengeti and the largest group of the most majestic wildlife anywhere. It is unimaginable that the powers that be take. Pls do another things for your people development.

  155. Ciceroji

    Now in a situation like this the world should show its commitment in the only manner that counts. Financially! We should as a World support an overpass to be built throughout the entire stretch. This way the Tanzanians can continue to grow their economy and we can protect the animals. It is unfair to expect a poor country like Tanzania to take on this responsibility alone.

  156. barini

    the smart new generations of TZ and Kenya must unite and say NO to that highway!!

    It is the God gift given to them to preserve for the next generations and for the humanity as a whole.

    They understand, and the hopoe rests with them!

  157. Vkk

    Having seen the wild beauty of the Serengeti first hand, I am dumbfounded why any nation would consider destroying one of the last natural habitats for the wildlife that lives there. It would be a tragic choice to bring the noise, pollution and chaos of a mainstream highway into this amazing place of beauty.

  158. Spotted_towhee

    hey, i just got a return email from the UNESCO official who is receiving

    these petition emails.

    They say: “please stop flooding my inbox with these emails,” and that they

    are already on this issue.

    So, this petition is perhaps harming, not helping, the cause.

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  160. Edward F. Roberts

    Of course this highway is a bad idea. We have millions of miles of highway on this earth but only one Serengeti Plain. However, I know how strong an emotion greed is. All we can do is hope for the best and expect the worse.

  161. Chris

    The President of Tanzania owns a hotel along this route…that is why he is dedicated to building this highway. Greed! It must be stopped. I am in Tanzania and amazed that many locals are not even aware of this proposed road.

    1. steffi

      I don't know. That's to simple. Hotels this size can be reached via the already existing road link as well as via air. Their is no intra Tanzania tourism which would demand for a highway. The highway is determined to enable whomever to take out of inner Africa all natural resources it has. Africa for sale. And some will get a good portion of the income, but only some. That's it.
      Yes, it has to be stopped!

    2. Charmaine C

      Chris, other posters keep obliquely posting that there are other forces pushing the road through the north. One hotel can’t be the only reason. You seem to have been thinking along the right lines. since you are on the ground there, what and who do you think is the hidden reason behind this projects?

  162. atduncan

    To those who hold the fate of one of the worlds last beautiful and natural wildlife havens, please do build a road that would undoutably endanger this amazing gift you have been given. My wife and I have traveled to the Serengeti in 2003, and hope to be back on “many” future occasions.

    Any alternative to this road must be taken to preserve a trully remarkable sanctury.

    Adrian Duncan – Melbourne, Australia

  163. Simbafrica

    A letter to Tanzania friends,

    Dear brothers, sisters and friends in Tanzania,

    As a Chinese, I am very sad that we almost destroyed our eco-enviornment and tigers, leopards, snow leopards and other endangered wildlife in order to pursue a so called economic development. Most of the environment and wildlife can not be restored in the future even if we want to pay more money to do that. We are not happy because we breath polluted air, drink polluted water, eat polluted food, stand heavy traffic and population density and our kids only see wildlife in zoo or magazines.

    As a big fan of Africa, I am very sad that Tanzania government plans to build a highway across Serengeti national park. Please do not copy the way that China passed before. Nature is your priceless treasure, you have nothing to win and get if you lose your nature.

    As a big fan of Tanzania, I like to suggest you people to rise up to oppose the high way project. It is obvious that the profits you get from the highway project will be much less than that you lose from it.

    Please join us to persuade your president to build the south road outside serengeti national park.

    Simba

    Friends of Africa, born for the nature.

    Petition:http://environment.change.org/petitions/view/save_the_greatest_wildlife_migration_in_africa

    Web: http://www.hudong.com/z/w/tiger/

    Facebook: Friends of Africa, africa simba

    Skype: african simba

  164. Bmanono

    The Tanzanian Government should stop by immediate effects any proposals to construct a highway through Serengeti.Hoping that the Tanzanian Government is made up of educated people ( and not otherwise) they should know the environmental implication of constructing this highway-so stop the madness and concentrate on improving Tourism in your country.

  165. Mariehk27

    Maybe, the big question to economic development of Tanzania should be, “what should come first, conservation or development?” Because from a logical thinking, it would not be possible to be where we are if it was not for the preservation of our natural world; be it getting fresh weather, water and mostly to attract tourists, because we largely depend on tourism as a source of income for our many operations, socially, economically and even politically, simply because we have lost most of industrial developments to foreign investors, as we can not even start sustainable project!! So why not fight to protect the only dear things that can never be taken from our hands and make the most of its value? There are things we simply can not put a value on, in case we lose them, because they are intangible and irreplaceable once lost, one of them is the serengeti. So the government of Tanzania should therefore just stop to think again and compare the cost of losing the only remaining largest migration in the world to that of just diverging the road.

  166. Audiodocelise

    My gosh, havent human beings taken enough from the animal kingdom? Are we so greedy that we have to once more destroy one of the most gorgeous animal habitats on earth. Enough is enough. Seems as though humans will not be happy until we have destroyed all remnants of life on this planet except ourselves. Then the world will truly be an inhuman place to exist

  167. Jack Drouin

    Quoi!! une autoroute…dans 10 ans ya plus de pétrole, ou tellement cher que l'on ne pourra pas le mettre dans les voitures. Alors une autoroute dans un endroit encore non pollué c'est avoir 50 ans de retard ou de grosses commissions à toucher…

  168. nature lover

    Few people know that the so-called SOUTHER ROUTE around the Serengeti is ALREADY FUNDED by the Worldbank and the African Development Bank.

    Therefore, WHY does the Government of Tanzania still insist on the disastrous Northern Route??? There must be a hidden agenda. Maybe gold mining interests want access to the area west of the Serengeti, and have thus provided funding for the ongoing election campaign of the ruling party? At least, there would be some logic in this assumption, that is missing in the government's statements so far!

    1. steffi

      I totally agree. Elections are coming on soon. It's a topic which is kind of spared out in Tanzania and it's media. There must be a reason for it – and mostly for such topics it's money, simply as it is. I have simply no idea what to do. I do inform friends and aquaintances of mine in Tanzania, but what else do to??????

    2. BwanaB

      The World Bank has provided funding for highway construction, but not specifically for the southern route, which would require some segments that are not yet funded. But yes, the southern route could be done by connecting pieces of existing roads.

      No one can quite figure out the hidden agenda. The northern highway does not compute in any sane economic analysis. The cost to the tourist industry alone would be devastating. Gold mining is done around Lake Victoria, but it does not require that much road transport. The gold itself is flown out. Political favors and ambitions, money, something else is working here. Surely this is not simply an issue of helping out the poor people of western Tanzania.

    3. Munaita

      Really, you mean to say that WB is actually on the better side of life???? Amazing…..so do you think they are playing games or is IMF all over further exploitation???? My poor Tanzania what are we going to do???? Kikwete must NOT betray his own people then!

  169. Holly

    I don't know much about this topic, but I've been to Africa and have seen nature at it's best, at peace with animal life. I'm certain if man gets involved there will be terrible outcome.

  170. steffi

    Unfortunately nothing will stop humans from destructing nature as long as they will not get it, that they are part of it -not less, not more. No (intact) nature on our planet,
    around us – no humang being in the long term. I just feel pitty for everything we kill or let die on this path.

  171. Munaita

    Greedy and won't surprise me that the developed world money is allover this one. There maybe pressure on Kikwete to accept this construction, or maybe not for the one time the World Bank/ IMF Brentwood institutions will be clean…..this would be unlikely….who is the benefactor, really…..you build an unnecessary highway, threaten the livelihood of all those in East Africa who depend on tourism and then you leave us!!! NO, this form of neo colonialism must end here!!! Serengeti is not in America, or Europe or anywhere else, It is in my Africa and get your dirty hands out of my Africa!

    1. BwanaB

      Not that the World Bank is without blame, but in this case, they are opposed to the highway and turned it down twice before. No foreign country or institution will touch this project, except perhaps China. As to their involvement, we do not know. Someone will benefit from this highway, for sure. But it's not former colonial powers this time.

    2. steffi

      Munaita, I am very sorry to say this, but this is nonsense. It is not, that our countries, e.g. first world countries, haven't done anything wrong in the past or even in the presence. It is about, that only money counts and in these days you will not even realize anymore where the money is coming from. (But, in the case of road construction in Africa it is quite easy. Poor Third World China. Do you think that China does anything for free? Enormous mineral resources are waiting westside of Lake Victoria to be shipped eastwards. Don't blame us for letting the Serengeti die. It would be dead already if there would not have been enormous efforts from the Western World since the late 50-ties to save it, expertwise, moneywise and so on. Prof. Dr. Grzimek from Germany had – with his vision of saving the Serengeti – huge impact on my whole life, since I was a child. The Frankfurt Zoological Society, the World Wildlife Fund and many more institutions really do a lot. Their work is also a part of the basis, where your valuable tourism industry could grow to what it is today. I have a couple of friends who work in this industry and I do not only want that they can keep their jobs, I also want your children and grandchildren to be able to have a good future. A native Indian said a long time ago: only when the last tree is cut, the last fish is eaten you will realize that you can't eat money. It is your and your governments turn as well, sadly.

  172. salma

    I think this matter should have an international support to stop it as for now in Tanzania some NGO's have joined forces to campaign against it as for the negative effects of the construction is concerned.

    Tanzanians lets join forces together to have a positive result of this issue not to happen in our land for the sake of few people and pain of many of us

  173. Golfenomi

    My husband and I have been to Africa twice and love the country. It hurts to hear Munaita blame people from the USA (like us) to help support the distruction of the most beautiful place on earth the Serengeti with a highway.We are planning to be back in Africa in 2012 but maybe we are no longer welcome —- what a shame—- Gisela

  174. makhaki

    This highway will happen, and the more it is opposed the more determind the Tanzanian government will be to build it. Better to work with the government and suggest the highway be build with the migrations etc in mind. Build it with bridge sections that are high enough for the tallest of animals to to pass under the bridged sections. The bridged sections should have viewing/picnic areas and there should be a charge for using these areas. If the government can see money coming in there is a very good chance they would agree to the viewing areas. The viewing areas would offer the wildlife safe routes across the high way without conflict. The highway can then be fenced off with a game-proof fence.

    1. BwanaB

      makhaki, your plan would probably double the cost to a billion dollars. That would be totally irresponsible. I will leave it to you to figure how many schools and hospitals that amount would provide.

      This highway would result not only in the destruction of a priceless wilderness area and a great World Heritage, but the destruction of a gold mine — The “gold mine” is the Serengeti. It accounts for most of Tanzania's tourist industry, which supports 600,000 jobs and $1.7 billion dollars in foreign exchange (that is the amount that stays in Tanzania).

      Compare your plan to the southern route, which would reach 5 times as many people, including those in the Lake Victoria region.

    2. steffi

      makhaki, your point of view is fatal. There are also people who say, if we continue like this our world will be gone within 100 years. Also to you, the concern is not only about animals, it is about a whole ecosystem. The negative impact of human influence can easily be seen along the road which leads through the central Serengeti, can be more than seen in Mikumi. Who shall sit and watch animals at this viewpoints – truck drivers? While having a
      relaxed lunch? A fence, like it happened in Botswana, will not only keep the animals away from their water sources, it will kill them. A road is not only a road for getting trafffic from A to B. It has wide implications. I totally agree with BwanaB and I will do whatever I can do to keep this pearl in our shrinking world nature for future generations.

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  178. Mbridgwater

    As the Veterinary office for Mara Region in 1963 to 1965 I was asked to work with the Chief Game Officer to create a policy to ensure the best policy to ensure the welfare in the game and the lands the depend upon and to ensure that the needs of farmers and the people dependent on the land were properly looked after. To this end myself and the Regional Game Warden got together to formulate a suitible strategy. We surveyed the extent and possible expansion of farming and cattle keeping and set out the needs of wildlife. We drew up maps to show the extent of settled areas and the extent of the land to be set aside for the future Serengeti Game Park. The Polititions were aware of our recommendations and and their views were taken in to at all times. During the subsequent years there has been a huge increase in agricultural output and of people but the wildlife has also increased without problems over land use. The Mara Region has become one of the bread baskets of Tanzania.

    Given this success I am anxious that this situation should be built upon for the welfare of people and wildlife. To this end workers in the field and those very anxious to support wildlife and farmers need to be aware that the very large migrations of animals into the Tanzania and Kenya Mara normally occur in july and august at other times the herds are scattered in the east and south of the are. It seems therefore the problem with heavy traffic is very seasonal!

    I therefore wish to propose that those affected on both sides ( the traders who wish to use the proposed direct route and those who are concerned with the welfare of the wildlife) Should should get together to formulate a policy to allow the traders and the wildlife to be able to use the road and the grazing in the north of the park without difficulty.

    Possibly, a policy of shutting the road for a short period of the year could be worked out for the benefit of all.

    1. steffi

      With all respect of your work and experiences in the early sixties, the opposition to this project is not only about cute animals and their migration. It is about a whole ecosystem which is under enormous pressure anyhow, from humans, from climate change and so on. Sinclair and Norton-Griffith wrote a very good book “Serengeti. Dynamics of an Exosystem” which I was – even as a layman – was able to understand, set aside certain scientific figures. It is furthermore worth to have a look at who is pushing this project, who is pushing it through the Mara region and who is not even considering the so-called southern solution. And then you might ask as well “Why the hell on earth?” Profile? Money? Why is it that better solutions are simply denied?

  179. Texan285

    Dont these people have any pride in their country???Why must governmets think they need to get rid of all the beauty in this world? Theres always another way to do what they THINK needs to be done. They just want to spend less by destroying our eco system , beautiful animals, so that they can spend it on themselves. I have a question for them. What will they do when there isnt any more eco system to keep this world going ?

    1. tazdelaney

      well, don't we have pride in OUR country? in 1492, there was only pure air, clean water, no toxic lands, no urban sprawl or millions of miles of roads. there were also millions of native people still alive…

      i once read a translation of an interview with a bushman leader of he same tribe from which 96% of human DNA derives. he said, white man came and measured everything; then said, 'we own the land.' my people know that you cannot own the land; the land owns us.” and he then said, “those who call themselves the civilized live off of the world like parasites. our people have always lived with the world as participants.”

      1. Brian Sandberg

        Great comment. Thank you +++ !

        I'm going to use more widely in this debate, elsewhere…
        As well as in other environmental issues confronting Africans and foreign capital investment.

        Brian Sandberg (Durban – South Africa)

        1. tazdelaney

          hey, you're in south africa, eh?

          i'm starting my second novel in a series of mystery-detective thrillers

          about true, if fictionalized, unsolved murders. this one is called

          'jasper saves a gorilla.' i'm in hopes of visiting africa. as i'm going

          to have jasper take the rovos 11,000 mile journey from cape town to

          cairo; would be great if i could actually take that trip myself. we

          donate when we can to the dyan fosse gorillarescue.com; would like to

          give a portion of the proceeds to that group and increase awareness of

          the gorillas plight and that of wildlife in africa in general. know

          anybody who might like to help underwrite this mission? hoping to close

          a contract for book/fil for the first in the series, 'jasper finds out,'

          soon.

  180. Nancybeals

    Opposition against Serengeti Highway prompts appointment of advisory task force

    http://www.savetheserengeti.org/issues/stop-the-serengeti-highway/#thecomments

    Information was received from Dar es Salaam last week, that the continued growing opposition around the globe against the planned routing of a highway across the Serengeti has “disconcerted if not unsettled” the powers that be who slowly seem to understand the strength of the sentiments as well as the substance of counterproposals made.

  181. Chloe Then

    Since the Tanzania Government and their external stakeholders don't respect nature, just build the highway then. When the beautiful creatures and godsend landscape are gone, the greedy humans will reap what they sow. What goes around comes around – you murdered the lives of millions, you will wallow in misery even death is a mercy.

  182. Mohamed

    Why destroy the nature which are assets to our country and we should be proud of this and not all the money in this world would help in the long run…Let us keep this as nature wanted

  183. Olesambu

    Guys i really appriciate all this However, have a look at this.

    Why the EAC Highway Off the Migrations is a best option?

    EAC Highway off Migrations on Thursday, October 21, 2010 at 1:58pm

    Kenya and Tanzania shall squarely shoulder the wildlife conservation burden. Kenya must construct the highway in its border.

    The highway passes by over 90 percent through districts where pastoralists are the majority. It thus alleviates the disgrace to humanity ever aggravating poverty of the Maasai with the flourishing of tourism. This brings to light the human right side of the project keeping in mind the right of West Serengeti people to a road.

    The EAC highway is comparatively shorter, by far. It would shoots from Lenginjape North-West of modern day Arusha town through Ketumbeinei, Engaresero, Pirnyiny, Masusu, Digodigo, Naan (at this juncture Loliondo, the Headquarters of Ngorongoro District, will be connected by a 10 km feeder road). It then enters Kenya crossing the two roads from Narok to Masai Mara National Reserve through Lolgorien all the way to Sirari Gate and presses to Musoma.

    The EAC Highway interconnects the Rift Valley flamingo lakes from Elementeita via Naivasha and Narok to Natron and Manyara that will expand regional tourism.

    It make feasible the upgrading of Wasso, Mugumu and Narok airstrips to airports to get riddance of the environmental hustle of to and from shuttles in the Seronera and Sikinani center, surely a necessary and long overdue conservation measure. The short good link roads to the new modest airports will make a difference.

    Of course in that regard specifically a better direct link road to Lobo between Wasso and Lobo will do away with the senseless operation of the OBC private airstrip and hunting base at binoculars view of choice kill across the boundary trench. The state pert company could be wisely advised to apply urgently to relocate base 80 kilometers East at Olalaa, if still required to hang around.

    With that the riddle of Kleins Camp Gate on Ololosokwan village should be moved onto the park boundary behind the current OBC illegally occupied hunting base with ridiculous as it is with permanent buildings.

    A new proper interstate border post way east at Lemisigio will help decongest Maasai Mara by facilitating optimum circulation and dispersal of tourists time hence expenditures over the greater ecosystem and coincidentally render the Bologonja Gate chronic thorny issue of reopening of redundant.

    The proposed highway will obviously open up the Lake Natron circuit to tourism. Tourists would be entering Ngorongoro Conservation Area through Lodoare Gate shooting to Serengeti National Park and shall return to Arusha through East Serengeti seeing Mount Lengai as well as the flamingos at Lake Natron.

    The route will alleviate the negative impact of tourism on the treasure that the Maasai culture and conservation heritage represent. It will abolish heavy duty tracks and buses through NCA and Serengeti National Park. The four wheels drive posh cars, which on peak season shoot to well over 400 a day, passing through the hearts of both Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area shall be going one way coming through Lake Natron and then to Arusha.

    It will thus reduce by nearly 80 percent the maintenance costs of the existing road through Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

    It reduced almost by 70 percent the lengths traveled by buses plying between Mwanza and Arusha at present via Sirari gate, Narok, Nairobi and Namanga gate.

    The south route alternative through the recklessly human population exploding cotton zone will only transfer the problem. It shall accentuate toll on the less popularized, more vulnerable and in actual fact besieged Tarangire-Manyara ecosystem with the second large scale ungulate migration. It will also, if maps are any indicate, bring misery to the Hadza hunting fields around Lake Eyasi.

    The wildlife preservation lobby proposed South alternative in fact hijacks the highway from the originally intended East and West Serengeti people.

  184. Bwana Pori

    Dear Brother-en,
    People don't understand this. Years back (206) I was at the village known as Rubanda that boarder with the Serengeti National Park on the Western side, I was there looking for a place to build tented Camp. And the local people told me that the Tycoon the gay who own Singita Tented Camp or Gurumet Game reserve is trying to buy them out of the place but the villagers refuse. The reason is that village is in between the game reserve, good news!! But he then decide to suffocate their business of lorries (Fusso) that pass there caring little fish ( Dagga in Swahili) by introducing this high way through Serengeti North, he was talking also of open the International Airport at Bunda I don't know how does that works but it was one of the idea. some body should research on this.

    I remember very well there was a road survey that goes from Karatu/Lake Eyasi/Southern Serengeti National Park toward Lake Victoria and this was excellent road that could help so many people of great lakes regions.

    1. BwanaB

      Singita has come out publicly against the northern highway. Not sure how it would benefit them anyway, as it would bring tons of traffic and ultimately end up destroying the place. They understand this. The airport is another story. We'll be talking about that as well. And yes, the southern route is much more rational. See the discussion of the route on this web site, under News.

  185. Marcel Toonen

    Hi there,

    (i hope my English is ok)

    For 2 month I have been trying to contact one of Holland's news programs. Yesterday they have reserved some time to show the bizarre plans of Tanzania. In the report, the local people told the camera that they were very happy with the plans for the new highway. All the nature lovers hate it.

    Depending on the new president the highway will be build. I think the problem is that the local Tanzania people love the potential new president for his other ideas. They don't think about the nature impact. a lot of local people haven't visited the NP's there selves.

    I hope that the planned road won't be build, but it will be difficult to stop the plans.

    I've been in (south/west) Tanzania in September and we spoke to our guides, and to some local lodge owners. They don't like it as well……

    The people are divided.

    If you look at the Tanzam highway that crosses Mikumi NP it isn't a very big problem, but the amount of animals crossing the road are much smaller.

    There is a small migration of several animals between Selous to Mikumi and vice versa. It can't be compared to the 1.5milj animals in the Nord.

    The news site (Dutch):

    http://www.rtl.nl/(/actueel/rtlnieuws/buitenland/)/components/actueel/rtlnieuws/buitenland/130166/2010w43/di17.130166.92dc02cf-8607791.SnelwegdwarsdoorSerengeti.xml

    Kind regards,

    Marcel Toonen

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  187. tazdelaney

    the people doing this highway destruction of the serengeti are criminally insane and should be so charged, taken out of positions from which they can harm others or nature… just as should be done worldwide…

    if violence is required to halt things like this, then so be it. just inform the governments and corporations involved that 'we don't negotiate with terrorists.' because saving mother nature is way too important to allow these demonic degenerates to continue.

  188. Kathyzg

    We have to stop the construction of this highway before it is too late. One way to do this is getting children from U.S. or other countries engaged. They can organize petitions or possibly demonstrations. Maybe they can come to Washington D.C. and protest there. The government could help with this problem.

  189. Kathyzg

    We have to stop the construction of this highway before it is too late. One way to do this is getting children from U.S. or other countries engaged. They can organize petitions or possibly demonstrations. Maybe they can come to Washington D.C. and protest there. The government could help with this problem.

  190. Sowis

    PLEASE INFORM AMERICAN garden clubs —they have environmental
    concerns —this highway must be stopped. !!
    I have been to Africa and the wildlife and migration must continue.
    Highways not only will bar the migration but also cause dangerous litter
    to accumulate.
    Sandra Sowis
    Allenhurst, New Jersey Garden Club
    USA

  191. Sowis

    PLEASE INFORM AMERICAN garden clubs —they have environmental
    concerns —this highway must be stopped. !!
    I have been to Africa and the wildlife and migration must continue.
    Highways not only will bar the migration but also cause dangerous litter
    to accumulate.
    Sandra Sowis
    Allenhurst, New Jersey Garden Club
    USA

    1. BwanaB

      We don't know who might be financing. The usual funders, World Bank, US, Norway, etc. are not touching it. Perhaps China will give funds for it. But that too, is still not known.

      And the benefit from the cost of the highway? Who has done that calcuation? The highway will cost nearly half a billion dollars. How many schools and hospitals could that build?

  192. Tanja

    I would recommend you set up a petition on http://www.avaaz.org/en. This is the worlds largest petition site “Avaaz.org is a new global online advocacy community that brings people-powered politics to global decision-making”. The results are inpressive and with over 5 Millionen members the largest network available. We need to generate awareness to pressure the TZ government. After the latest deals reached in Japan at the Convention on Biodiversity” this highway should not be a topic for discussion! Tanja

  193. Barb

    There is an alternative route that will allow goods and services to be rightfully delivered to Tanzanian citizens while at the same time preserving the country’s lucrative tourist business. The problem is only a very few benefit from the tourist revenue. Proceeds from tourist revenue must be shared with the local people. The government is too corrupt to share the profits. Thus, American and European tourist companies and conservation organizations need to coordinate their efforts with NGO’s and local tribe officials to set up programs which will directly fund local educational, agricultural and business needs. The Masai have had to stand back and watch their potatoe crops being destroyed by elephants and their livestock fenced out of fertile grazing areas. You can understand their frustration and consequential suffering. The Masai had farmed and grazed their livestock on the Serengetti plains for years. Their culture has been drastically disrupted. We, the far more fortunate, have a responsibilty towards the local people if we want to continue to enjoy “their” country’s invaluable beauty and wildlife diversity . For us, the cost is negligible. Due to rapid population growth and dwindling natural resourses, the “free lunch” that past generations have enjoyed is no longer possible. We must work together to help fund an alternative highway route which will divert truck and automobile traffic away from the precious Serengetti. Now.

    1. Info

      Absolutely right, Barb. Local people, especially the Maasai must benefit. This does not mean building a commercial route through their land. $470 million for a highway would buy a lot of hospitals, schools, and wells.

  194. Maggie-anne

    This is absolutly devestating. I can not believe they’ve agred to go through a project like this without considering the full consequences! When I get back to school, I’m going to ask if I can do a little presentation in assembly so that all my fellow friends can know about this.

  195. robert balidya

    I understand the sence of stoping the serengeti highway constraction project and i would like to advice Tanzania to think of introdusing the underground highway for that route if the Government stil think that is so important project for the people. By Robert Balidya

  196. Anita

    This is ridiculous, governments never learn. It is always the money that counts. I am very sad about this, and if this will go on. I will never travel anymore to Tanzania

    I really really hope you can stop this stupid plan
    Anita

  197. Ankie

    How can we stop the government from Tanzania to build a highway in this so beautiful place and World Heritage? I’ve visited once in my life, want to travel there again and show it to my grandchildren! Now I won’t visit Tanzania anymore untill this madness is stopped. “Only when the last tree has died, the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realise that we cannot eat money!!” (Cree Indian)

  198. Louise

    We hope that economic pressure can be brought to bear on Tanzania’s gov’t. to use the southern route. Tanzania must be allowed to develop their economy, but we want, having seen the Serengeti (and hoping to share it with more of our family), it to be done without destroying one of their “non-consumable” resources – their amazing wildlife and the great migration. The local populations need to be informed since they too depend on the animals. More has to be done to include them in all decisions that ultimately affect their lives. Since it also affects Kenya’s Masai Mara and their tourism as well, do they also have a voice? Louise

      1. Shellyrwanda

        The northern route is also not good for imports coming to Rwanda. As a land locked country we need all the access we can get. The southern route is better for the environment, the animals, tourism, Kenya and Rwanda.

        If this road goes through a major source of income for the country will die along with the migration.

  199. Nimo

    thanks Hannah and BwanaP,

    Normally beofre government embark on such projects they conduct an environmental impact assessment and probably an economic one as well and these ought to be made public….What’s the Tanzanianian wildlife authory’s position on this matter? Could be interesting to see justifications put forward, anyone here has access to such documents?
    Nimo.

  200. Sylmjk

    Before I can even read the entire article, I say to Germany (Frankfort Zoo) consider the terms of any safe release breached and keep those rhinos or participate in another program with a nation that will work to advance both humans AND wildlife. Without the wildlife, Tanzania will surely decline, and it is easy enough to address transportation issues without this destruction.

  201. Hannelore Judge

    Population growth is again THE problem. Although humans are supposed to be the most intelligent creatures on this planet, they seem to create most problems. We now can decide to control our population growth, but no, we have to control the growth of fauna and flora and keep reducing it.

  202. Michael Eric Stein

    Sadly (as I loved visiting Tanzania and seeing the Migration as much as anything I’ve ever done) there needs to be a worldwide travel boycott the minute ground is broken.

  203. Robert Balidya

    We need highways in Tanzania in oder to push foward social development and to build up the sustainable ecconomy of the country I total desagee the option of shifting the road to southern because road are needed every were people are and you cant moove the people. Southern they will also like to have highway and we can have both. But at this point let the Highway be built and please build it underground then for those who real wish the Serengeti as a world haritege to remain please you can provide your surpot by giving the fund for Undergroud highway not only by complain in the news.

    1. Wilhelm March

      Social development does not require a highway. The notion of a highway and connecting the Tanzanian populace of the west with the cities in the east via faster paced traffic, rests on assumptions of development that are akin to capitalist consumption and exploitation. The people in the west would become a cheap labor source for production of materials. What this highway hopes to gain is not social development but capital growth at the extreme and long-term cost of one of the most unique and necessary wildlife preserves in the world. The maps on this site show alternative highway routes if you still wish to pursue a highway, but building it underground would still disrupt the natural processes through soil erosion, gas emissions, etc.

      Before you say any highway is necessary for social development, think critically about what kind of social development and who it ultimately benefits. Sure there might be some quantitative rise in the standard of living for poor marginalized citizens, but ultimately they will remain poor marginalized citizens. Who are the ultimate winners and losers in this plan? and where has long-term ecosystem sustainability been qualified in making this study?

      1. BwanaB

        Wilhelm, your comments are exactly on point. I ask you to post your comments on our Facebook page… Stop the Serengeti Highway.

        This is mindless “development” at an incredible cost. It will ultimately destroy a great economic asset of the Tanzanian people, the Serengeti. Imagine if the government proposed shutting down a lucrative gold mine because of a road. Well, the Serengeti is a gold mine for Tanzania.

        Local people will only marginally benefit. The big winners will be a few fat cats and industries. The proposed cost of this highway is $470,000,000. How many schools and hospitals would this buy?

        But the real cost of the highway would be much more. See our Economic Impact Statement on this web site.

  204. Martin Suhrke

    Tanzania is one of the primary recipients of Danish development aid (and probably also from many other Western countries).
    Man up donor countries……. if Tanzania is about to ruin a UNESCO World Heritage Site they should be blacklisted from any aid.

    Costa Rica is one of the few nations in the world that has understood the true value of a having a pristine nature and conserving it (tourism accounts for more foreign exchange than coffee and bananas combined).
    Why does mankind tend to learn from the bad examples rather than the good ones? ……. Simply, because this world is driven by money and power rather than common sense.

    1. BwanaB

      Tanzania has actually set aside more protected areas than any country on earth, including Costa Rica. They get 25% of their foreign exchange from tourism, most centered on the Serengeti.

  205. Simbafrica

    It is easy to for you to destroy a ecosystem, but it’s impossible or difficult to restore it completely even you can pay 100 times of money you secure from the highway project. Simba

  206. Mzalendo

    The only thing that is wrong with the highway is the paranoia in the minds of western conservationists. There are highways all over NPs in the world including WH sites. Iguazu, Kruger, Yellowstone and Kakadu NPs for example, no one makes noise about these…why Serengeti?? It goes to tell native Tanzanians that this is part of the never ending story of remote versus local control of resources…in other words indigenous Africans subsidize the rest of humanity in conservation terms and bear the cost of conservation at the expense of development. Besides, Tanzania more than any other country has already set a significant portion of its prime land surface for wildlife and environmental protection (look at the foothills of Ngorongoro for instance); no other country compares…Canada, Russia, Australia and the like have huge protected areas outside the habitable zones of humanity…Kamchatka, Canadian Arctic parks etc etc. The often mentioned Costa Rica does not compare anywhere to the realities of African conservation…one is had pressed to think of any protected area in Costa Rica without reference to a manual of some sort. Why were the same groupings of western conservationists not organized when western companies spill oil in places such as the gulf of Mexico…areas equally rich in biodiversity??

    1. Corinne Rider

      Why concern about Serengeti? Because the Heritage site of the Serengeti has the greatest, most diverse and majestic wild life eosytem including the great migration which is necessary to the survival of the ecosystem. Because other naturallized areas of the world have been put into jeopardy by the encroachment of man does not make it logical to also destroy the Serengeti. Use the destruction of the other natural areas of the west and the world as your example for saving the Serengeti. The Serengeti is unique and the environmentalists of the world cares. These vital places are valuable not only to the country but to the world just as the rain forests provide 30 % of our oxygen. Please do not equate oil spills, logging, strip mining and other habitat destruction in the west as a diversion to the protection of the great Serengeti. You know the bottom line is always money and it is sometimes difficult to deter destruction when money exchanges hands, when people are filling their coffers. That is what they care about, not the rural people or the ecosystem. But after the sytem is destroyed and the people realize they let it happen they will suffer the irreversible cconsequences. The damage will not be undone, the animals will die from the top of the chain to the bottom. Vegetation will change, weather will change, tourism will dwindle. Poaching will be rampant or more rampant, road kill will be common and vehicle exhausts will pollute the air. Of course the noise factor will be an offense to the senses. Road stop stations will spring up leading to motels, restaurants. And so it goes until there is no longer a clean, quiet rural area in which to live and the animals will die off. If there is big money offered for a highway to the building of other commercial endeavors it can not possibly be worth the destruction of the great Serengeti except to those who expect the exclusive monetary gain. Thank you.

    2. Johnratcliffe50

      The errors of the west are not a good reason to make the same errors again. I’ve worked in many protected areas, worldwide, and roads are almost invariably bad news for ecosystem conservation. It’s not just the construction and the traffic, but the irresistible pressure for other developments, fuel station, hotels, services, worker accommodation, hunting and poaching that follows.

      I now spend my time trying to restore systems that have been damaged by mismanagement in the past and believe me it’s a lot harder (and much more expensive) than conserving a working ecosystem in the first place. Save yourself the trouble and avoid creating another problem for your children to solve!

  207. Simbafrica

    Jambo Mzalendo,

    Please do not put things into racism. It is natural that most people who has been to Serengeti will say no to destroy the ecosystem no matter we are western people or eastern people. Please note that to Keep Serengeti Ecosystem the last eden garden on the planet is in your interests of Tanzania people. you can collect a lot of money from the national park, you can create a lot jobs from the eco-tourism while you can protect your land away from the heavy pollution form industrialization. It is not western people or Chinese people who benefit from that tourism, it is your eco-tourism which is proved to be the best way to achieve sustainable development.. why do you insist to build the road across serengeti national park? why don’t you accept our proposal to build the road in the south outside Serengeti national park.
    We’ll try our best to help you to build the south road which can play the same role for infrastructure improvement.

    Belowed is my article published long before for your reference.

    Dear my Tanzania friends,

    I understand some of your points reflecting some of the local residents, however, can we build the road in the south instead of the north? it plays the same role for so called economic development.

    As a Chinese, I envy your guys in Tanzania, you have so many lands for national parks or reserves that makes Tanzania the ideal place for living.

    Our China is now the fastest-growing country in the world and even the second strongest economic power next to the United States. Do you know what is the price of sucn economic achievements? Our Chinese people lives in a polluted land, the air, the river, the lake and the food are polluted at all. the jungles and savannahs were replaced by mines, highways, vehicles, highskycrapers, dust, noise and cranes. how do you spend your money and live in the polluted land even if you are rich enough?

    I envy your Tanzania people, we do not have any national park in China. Our tigers, leopards, bears, wolves, foxes are endangered into extinction. Our children only see them in the zoo or even in the picture book or by watching TV.

    To have a national park like Serengeti is only our dream, but you have it over there, I could not imagine why you people would destroy it for a weak excuse of economic development. It was the beginning of the tragedy of the earth since our human being surpassed the other species on earth. we are so selfish that human population exceeds 6.5 billion that lives in every cornor of the earth while we would not leave a piece of land for wildlife.

    We really envy your people, you have the best ecosystem with the best natural environment and beautiful secenary, is there any thing more important for a human being than to live in such a nice environment. who is selfish? the answer is there. For me, I prefer to live in a humble life in a place like Serengeti than a extravagant and vacuous life in a polluted place.

    Can we chinese people move to your country while your people move to China? We have so many highways for economic development, but there are more and more rich people immigrating to foreign countries. This is a clear and painful lesson, as a big fan of Tanzania, I do wish to see you follow the same road.

    Yours Sincerely,

    Simba
    Friends of Africa, born for the nature.
    Save Serengeti: http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_5327244a0100kzca
    http://environment.change.org/petitions/view/save_the_greatest_wildlife_migration_in_africa
    Skype: africansimba

  208. Piet Philipsen

    About 10 years ago I visited Kenia and Tanzania and also the Serengeti. I really understand the opinions of many of the target groups. But what would happen if we asked the Serengti animals. What would be their opinion. We people of this planet rule the world, but I really hope that this time we think also about the animals. Please let us keep this “wonder of earth” and try to finds others solutions than an highway through Serengeti.

    I hope for the best for Serengeti.

    Piet Philipsen
    Dutch visitor.

  209. Carol Crunkhorn

    We don’t want zoos, we want wild places to be protected for the creatures that live in them. We don’t need zoos, we have the technology to show us the planet and its creatures. Let us ban zoos and allow animals wild places where they can exist as nature intended. We must tell the government of Tanzania that the world does not want a major commercial highway across the Serengeti National Park; it is far too important a place to ruin.

  210. Bart

    How stupid we all are acting here. For most of us this is a far off place. At home we complain about traffic jams each day. In our own western societies we have build numerous roads across our countries and we have virtually distroyed every form of wildlife. But he, this is some poor African country and of course we all know what is best for Tanzania. Why don’t we stop writing letters and signing petitions. Offer something concrete. Gather some 1 mln people and let’s all contribute about a $ 100 and than say to the Tanzanian government; Look we raised a $ 100 mln which would be enough to build the Southern route (which costs a lot more money). In short: Offer a solution and the means to the solution and don’t stand at the side crying out loud.

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  212. Nancy Brown

    It’s unthinkable that the Tanzanian government could even consider such a stupid, self-destructive and ecologically destructive preposterous idea, especially when there are credible southern route alternatives. The greatest migration on earth occurs 2 times a year across northern Tanzania into southern Kenya and back. It is a pristine wilderness affecting 1.5 million wildebeast and zebras, smaller hoofed animals, their prey and thousands of elephants. Man has already destroyed or greatly altered far too many ecologies. When are we going to learn from our mistakes.

    And from a purely economic standpoint, the government is shooting itself in the foot — no feet! Tourism is a major income industry for the country. If this road is built, tourism will begin to drop dramatically, along with the thousands of jobs connected with tourism.

    Yes the southern route is more expensive, but I would think the World Bank, and several others would be willing to loan Tanzania the money for the southern route. They’ve already refused to finance the northern route.because of the environmental impact and and economic consequences. Hopefully all banks will feel the same.

  213. Walter W

    I have been to the Serengeti last year. This is the most breath-taking wildlife experience I can imagine, resp. I have ever seen; and I have been all around the world.
    How can corruptive people take such a decision which will endanger the future of the country and of course the environment? Many Chinese construction crews are already in Tanzania… they will be happy to continue, just to secure their Chinese demand on resources.
    How can those people be blocked?
    This road construction has to be stopped under all circumstances.

  214. Lynne Leakey

    Just made my donation. If everyone of the 5000+ who have hit the “like” button would contribute even the minimum amount, there would be adequate funds to get information out where it counts. Please consider making a contribution, however small. It all adds up to something substantial which could be the difference in stopping this highway in its tracks or losing the migration and the serengeti – not to mention heritage, jobs, tourism, future, culture etc etc etc. Let’s not wake up one day and wonder if we could have made a difference. Lets MAKE a difference.

  215. Anne Cusic

    Please do not interfere with a wildlife policy that has been a mainstay of Tanzania’s ethic from it’s inception! You, as a nation, have always been at the forefront of conservation and a highway through Serengeti will impact an incredible natural resource in a very negative and intrusive way. Thank you for your kind consideration. Anne Cusic

  216. Adil Akgul

    Well, in fact, I get bored of watching these animals eating each other every day, nonetheless, they are worth the effort spent here. As a civil engineer, I state that there are many other options to provide transportation without disturbing the environment, a road today can be defined as nothing more than an accident line ,a fuel consumer and a pollution source.

  217. Matthew Reid

    What more can be said. I spent close to 10,000 dollars 3 years ago visiting Tanzania; I wanted to see the Serngeti plains in particular and I did.One of the things I found particularly interesting was how undeveloped the Serengeti plains were. If I wanted to see developed well I could just stay in the USA and see developed and save a pile of money.
    We went into the area on undeveloped roads and our goal was to see birds and mammals and we saw lots of them including a pride of lions right in the middle of the unimproved roadbed.
    The bottom line is that I hope Tanzanea does not develop a highway right through the Serengeti plains. That is just plane insanity with so many alternatives to building a highway through the Serengeti.

    Maybe your goal is to encite a lot of tourists to oppose this project than you can say there is a groundswell of support opposing this insanity!!!!
    I only hope that is the case.
    My excitement level was beyond the pail as I went to this website and read about this insanity for the first time.
    My hope is that this craziness is short-lived.
    Matthew Reid
    Bozeman, Montana
    USA

  218. Mzalendo

    As a Tanzanian I find the comments here as in the case of similar sites opposing the highway to exemplify the hypocrisy that is western conservation…where many exhibit a love of African landscape, resources and wildlife but not its people…presently cocooned as it were in a time capsule of underdevelopment, conflict, disease and ignorance – you love photos of Maasai and other tribal people but do nothing to address the huge infant mortality for example, when your own kids are gloating in obesity, bolimia and related consequences due to over consumption). Just hear yourselves speak…that “the Chinese are out to get African resources”…so who isn’t or hasn’t?…that in considering the highway the “government of Tanzania is stupid”…when in actual fact it has set a significant portion of its prime land for conservation more than any other equivalent country and at the expense of the development of its indigenous people. Does any scientist worth his salt really believe that Wildebeests and Zebras accustomed to jumping over three storey cliffs and crocodile infested waters will fail to manoeuvre a two lane tarmac road?? A 50km road that could easily be regulated by Park authorities and other concerned entities during the migration season? Besides, there are migrations all over the world crisscrossing highways and other human impediments…I have travelled the USA and have seen Pronghorn antelopes cross major highways and canals in Wyoming and no one complains…same to Bison in Montana so why OUR Serengeti?? Should the Pronghorn not be the focus of discussion here than all the major ungulate species in Serengeti put together??? OR is it a case of taking on weak Aid dependent countries?
    I believe this is a conspiracy not only against Tanzania and Tanzanians but Africa in general,…designed to create conditions where the continent and its people continue to subsidize the rest of humanity and thus help restore the sanity of the western world as the quintessential custodians of the environment. I have heard statements such as “I love the Serengeti,…oh! it’s the last heaven on earth etc etc); but in truth, these views are narrow and hollow sentiments emanating from the sensation you westerners and your allies get upon regaining a sense of humanity following a site visit to Serengeti or any similar protected area in Tanzania or Africa for that matter. In other words it is not a sincere or legitimate argument; for how can one love the land and not its people? Is it not bizarre? African people living on the fringes of these protected areas have borne the cost of conservation directly in terms of loss of land and indirectly in terms of opportunity costs and its time the Tanzanian government refocused its efforts in uplifting its own kind from abject poverty and destitution.
    It is also noticeable that much of the opposing view (to what appears to be a rational decision by our government…reducing the motorable highway from 204 km to 50km across the park seems like the most sensible thing to do) is largely western (or more precisely a view with a western oriented mindset, and not a conservation view – and is thus an inward thinking and selfish mindset). I can bet many of you sending letters of protests would not dare swap places with local people living on the fringes of these PAs under existing human conditions devoid of all necessities of human existence in the 21st century. Besides the conservation movement or fraternity is now a fully fledged industry replicate with all the trappings of major economies of scale. What most Tanzanians do not realize is that conservation everywhere especially in western countries is a function of economics and nothing else; that is why all major countries consider the implication of multilateral environmental agreements such as the World Heritage Convention, Kyoto protocol etc purely in economic terms. In other words no one conserves because they love wildlife or are passionate about biodiversity (perhaps with the exception of some tribal and indigenous people); it is all a matter of money. So the many expatriates making noise from the leafy comforts of such cities as Cape Town, Nairobi, Jo’ burg and elsewhere in Africa are doing so purely out of self interest (courtesy of the huge financial incentives they enjoy as a minority expatriate constituency in underdeveloped setups). Under all stretch of human imagination although these people live in Africa, they are not speaking on our behalf; neither do they articulate the African position but rather their own self interest. This goes to highlight the never ending story of remote versus local control of resources…besides our government more than any other nation on earth has set aside huge areas of its prime land surface under some type of protected area (now nearly 27%…see for example the foothills of Karatu and plains of Loliondo) countries like Canada, Russia, Greenland, Australia etc have areas that are huge but effectively out of bounds to human habitation, while the often mentioned Costa Rica does not match in scale and diversity; so in short, they do not compare!
    Personally I see nothing wrong with the highway (and it is sad to hear erstwhile prominent scientists descend to such low levels of intellectualism by appealing to the heart rather than the mind inorder to appease their own kind and placate their fears). So briefly, as ordinary Tanzanians we need to come and support our government fully for it is we who will bear both the cost and benefit of conservation and development, and not a minority western constituency no matter how well organized and loud they turn out to be. Those claiming to love the Serengeti should put their money and focus where the need is and not make unnecessary noises towards a sovereign state and its people who continue to subsidize humanity in conservation terms.

    1. Anonymous

      Mzalendo,

      You say that “most Tanzanians do not realize is that conservation everywhere especially in western countries is a function of economics and nothing else.” That’s not true. Great world heritage sites are not preserved for money only, as President Nyerere rightly understood. And, fortunately, a great many Tanzanians do understand how conservation and economics go hand in hand.

      Tanzania gets 25% of its foreign exchange from tourism. That is a huge part of the economy. In this fragile world economy you’re willing to trash that for what? Spite against foreigners? More than 600,000 jobs are directly or indirectly employed by tourism. How are you going to replace those that are lost? The World Bank refused this highway twice before. No other institutions will touch it. Why? Because it’s a terrible economic idea.

      Your ignorance of biology and ecosystems is stunning. Why would more than 300 world scientists from 32 countries say that the Serengeti migration is likely to collapse should this highway be built? Because they are expatriates living in comfort somewhere expecting to make money? And why would you ignore evidence from across the world about the impact of roads on wildlife and migrations? There were other wildebeest migrations in Africa – the Serengeti’s is the only one that’s left. Scientists, contrary to what you might believe, do not appeal to the heart. They appeal to the mind. You can read all you want on this web site: http://www.savetheserengeti.org/?p=417

      But let’s leave economics and biology aside. Do you honestly think that this highway is being built to help the poor common person? Do you think that the little farmers, herders, and their children will be the ones who will benefit? Or do you think the benefits of this will ultimately flow to the usual fat cats and big business interests? (Sorry, no guilt trips about greedy foreigners please.)

      How many schools, hospitals, veterinary services, water supplies, training courses, and other such useful things could $470,000,000 buy for local people? What impact would that have on their lives vs. trashing the one great natural heritage that sets Tanzania apart?

      Finally, why don’t you even mention a better alternate route that would bypass the Serengeti and benefit more people without sacrificing tourism revenues?

      From any perspective, this highway makes no sense, and lots of Tanzanians agree. You need only go on the Facebook page to see their comments.

    2. Desmond22

      bla bla bla….
      Bleating on, loving the look of your own warbling. What nonesense! You can quote as much shite as you like buddy but the truth is – you get the highway the animals decline, the animals decline the visitors decline. We dont come to see the people, we come to see the animals. The rest of the world dont give a monkeys about the people of Tanzania. There are shed loads of people on the planet but not many wildebeest migrations. I do hope this hasn’t dawned upon you for the very first time!

    3. Dgaskin

      There are no cars or lorries travelling at high speed now, but if a 2 lane tarmaced motorway went thru, i dont think animals could dodge these vechicles.
      when the minerals have been dug up and given to china, and the wildlife
      parks ruined, then what. ,,, short term gain , then long term pain !

    4. Bwesner

      Put a road through the middle of your house and see if you still spout your lame arguments. It all comes down to greedy short sighted monkey’s in suits making insane decisions that will ruin one of the most beautiful places in the world…
      I HATE HUMANS…….
      SIGNED THE ANIMALS OF THE SERENGETI

  219. Martin Suhrke

    Mzalendo……. the reason why “rich” people like us, opposing the highway, call the government of Tanzania stupid is because we have been there and made the same wrong decisions 200 years ago!
    Back then we converted our wild nature into farmland and wiped out the livelihood for the native animals.
    Only then we realised that we had gone much too far in our effort to become modern and civilised. Our nature had been tamed and the animals had become extinct.
    Today we (in Denmark and EU) try to restore the nature by a subsidising set-aside policy encouraging farmers to let their fields run wild. Unfortunately, this artificial nature will never become as natural as it used to be.
    Secondly, we now spend much of our vacation/money travelling to far corners of the world (including Tanzania) to experience what we no longer possess ourselves.
    Noncritical development is a very shortsighted policy. Tourists don’t come to look at highways.
    Instead, take a different approach. Do like Costa Rica. Preserve your wild nature and be proud of it. As time goes by and yet more and more countries (China being a good example) destroy their environments and wild nature is becoming incresingly unique and valueable.

    Doing what we did back then was stupid, repeating history is VERY STUPID!

    1. stop it

      So its the job of the impoverished to stay impoverished so we can go on vacation from our ample food supply and comforts of home to ” see nature” in the form of some BS safari ride?

      1. Corinne

        Many people, though they may not spell as you do, probably are fluent in multiple languages, better educated and obviously concerned with important issues. We are not here for spell check. We all make typos and many also text type now. We are here for much more important concerns. I am sure you have the intelligence to understand the meaning of the message beyond any typo. if you are only here to criticize a minor typo you are not helping and perhaps your intent is to divert attention from the issue.

  220. Thorstein Johannessen

    I’ve been to Masaii Mara, and looking at this map makes me understand that those vast areas only was a small part of the whole migration zone. I’m a big fan of roads and infrastructure, but we only have so much wild life left on this planet, and I’d like to have the opportunity to re-visit these areas in the future.

    A place where animals live in their own environment, instead of a zoo, which we’ve got plenty of. It’s not been put on the World Heritage list for fun. So build the road around the park. Or the other way around, through Kenya. Unite, and work this out together.

  221. Zvezdara forest

    We are appalled by the lack of understanding for environment shown by governments around the world. Our organization faces the similar, though scaled down problem.
    We hope the sound minded people will prevail and the jewel of Africa, the Serengeti will survive.
    All the best from Belgrade, Serbia,
    Zvezdara Forest Protection Association

  222. Tn75

    The Hearth diversity is in Danger… Educated people who have the opportunity to travel and realize it, NEED to act ! It’s our responsability to do so and STOP this stupid act.
    I will support (financialy) like never activist until we WIN.

  223. ħuмдиcℓдyphØtogядpħy

    [although] the giЯaffe is my favorite animal. the test results revealed that im a crocodile …mmmmkay *shrugs* …well, ill be whatever as long as the wildlife isnt threatened by the building of a stupid road through the serengeti! …dear leaders of tanzania …please cease & desist! now! …7ven is for ✌ peace -ħuмди™ [twitter/hcp520]*click hєяe & ‘LIKE’ the page, it takes only a second! but youll love it for a lifetime ☞ http://WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/HUMANCLAYPHOTOGRAPHY520

  224. Susanconn1

    I’m shocked. I heard of this on the Today Show dated 12/27/10. Does everyone know WHY this 33 mile 2 lane highway is being built?. The answer is Chine. The Lake Victoria region is rich in rare earth metal that is essential for cell phones and hybrid car batteries and Chine is buying it up as fast as it can and Tanzania wants to supply. The shortest route to move the minerals from Lake Victoria to the coast is through the Serengeti. How sad that the Tanzanian goverment is so willling to turn their heads from all of the animals that will be killed because of this highway, and all in the name of progress. Shame on you. There are alternate routes beings considered but they would take longer and therefore, not be as profitable. You can find this article on the Today Show 12/27/10 titled “mysterious road threatens ‘Great Migration’. I urge people to watch it. It’s sad as you see the animals looking into the camera. Touches your heart.

  225. Clatt08

    It’s horrible to think that profit is driving us to destroy the last remaining natural area on Earth. Why don’t we all pull $ together and fund an alternative so we don’t destroy it! Why don’t the Tanzanian’s stand up for their land? Money is the root of all evil and this is proof.

  226. Cheryl

    Don’t let man destroy the Serengeti like they have destroyed the rest of the world just for income.
    Let Nature be nature and DO NOT DISTURB!!!!!
    STAND UP for your land and heritage TANZANIANs.

  227. Dgaskin

    just seen a news report on NBC from usa here in australia, I am totally shocked that they would consider a road thru this great park. The government must be corrupt to allow this to happen.

  228. Andrew Hernandezjr

    We must not lose time in protesting this High way thru the serengetti, the tanzanian goverment is committing a terrible crime against the wildlife . of that region. for the sake of money.. STOP STOP STOP. This road..

  229. Joehughes

    we need this road stopped at all cost even if other nations need to donate money to have this stopped, it seems china allways has its name in it when it comes to the disstrucution of wild life.

    1. Anonymous

      Bridges and overpasses would be enormously expensive. And would also lead to further development, which would destroy the migration.

      How about using the money to build schools, hospitals, wells, and other things that will benefit the people not a few rich people and politicians?

  230. Arushaxxxx

    Because President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete plus other top goverment officials has constructed hotels in that area, they dont bother about its impact and future of the generation which preserve the ecological for years. We should order some sniper to kick off this president because since he became president every decision he made results in Chaos.

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  232. adrian

    here we go again china destroying the world.if this goes ahead it can’t be erased
    nature does not recover very well from human intervention.i implore all governments in the western society to help this community to come up with a better solution
    immediately.

  233. hccearl

    There will always be a price to pay for humans wanting bigger and supposedly better things like cell phones and hybrid cars–the lure for the road through the Serengeti. Humans need to stop and ask themselves why we think material things are bigger and better than the natural world we live in and the only planet we have!!

  234. Idbren7

    It’s all about the almighty buck, thats the only thing people think about, they should really think about the beautiful wildlife of the serengetti and the great wildebeest migration there going to destroy the most beautiful thing in the world it is so sad when all they care about is making money thats what it all comes down to.

  235. Ruthlr5

    This is the worst nightmare since the oil spill in the Gulf. It is the most ridiculous, greed-driven decision that could possibly be made. All life on earth is important, one to another, and constantly destroying and not helping other species to thrive that are part of the chain of life will eventually, certainly sooner than later, destroy living beings. There are other alternatives and we should strive to keep our distance apart from the wildlife that still remains.

  236. Jwheyer

    I’m simply dumbfounded. Biodiversity is truly vanishing before our eyes. New study shows that in 100 years half of the known species on earth will be extinct. This number was calculated by the lowest current estimate. This would be equivalent to the 5 mass extinction events on earth in its 3.5 billion years of harboring life. This road will only speed up this process….

  237. Gabriel Kavishe

    Sweedish meal philosophy seems to be a major disease to you,am sorry but it is very true that you have very limited knowledge of wildlife conservation and human development and yet you want to stand out as a conservation expert,the stories about the Pronghorn, American Bisons… as you’ve tried to employ to support the construction of Serengeti Highway are irrelevant.Americans themselves are not happy about that..,Their wish is to have a place like Serengeti in America but its been too late for them and they still put alot of money to try to improve wildlife dreamlands they’ve lost and they are not ready to loose them anymore.I also find no use to whatsoever blame them now than joining hands to strenghen wildlife conservation all around the world. Americans and other people,well wishers for wildlife and also for the people/Tanzanians do not want Tanzania to experience all those misfortunes which happened in their countries are allowed to continue affecting the rest of the world,so we should pour lots of gratitudes to them and honor their efforts.You are also partly driven by some racial brains or probably you tried to use that to weaken the battle against Seregeti Highway, its my assurance that we will never stop it and expect MORE & STRONGER VOICES opposing your corruptive and extremely destuctive mind.Simple question I may ask you is why do you even try to plant a tree in your garden at home,leave along if you even have a garden and why?. Personally am a Tanzanian citizen,patriotic and a wildlife expert,am also TOTALLY against the idea of the whole project of the Serengeti Highway as it will have serious adverse impacts not only to wildlife there but also to the livelihood of the people who are made to think that this road will have postive implications to them,and guess what only you few try to take an advantage of the poor knowledge of these people surrounding Serengeti and places of the like to implement your selfish and short term interests.Take it from me,I open-heartedly see no national interests attached to the Serengeti Highway,you should accept that the whole idea is so destructive and completely shortsighted and we should timingly drop it off.I wish you were really an angel of Wildlife Conservation and People’s development that I could be one of your best followers but I only analyse all your propositions and support for the highway as devilish as ever.As a fellow Tanzanian I see you as a waste and BIG WASTE if you were sponsored by citizens’ money to go to America and elsewhere around the globe to come back with productive ideas for your country and instead this is what you are bringing us,GREAT AND AN UNFORGIVABLE SHAME! And how can you term yourself an intellectual that way,I do not sense any intelligence in you,am sorry!From all your walks for intelligence,in Tanzania,Africa,America,…have you ever come across what EIA is?.Okay let me give you the benefit of doubt,on this forum I would like you to give all the Tanzanians and the World at large the detailed Environmental Impact Assessment which you have done that enabled your conclusion that the Serengeti Highway is both a feasible and sustainable project.Take noet that we have more than enough expertise to completely prove you WRONG.
    It is also ridiculous that some people like you have even gone to an extent of claiming that Tanzanian Government has for years been in favor for wildlife and thus this is the right time for the same Government to side with people by constructing this highway!!!! To give you some tips to enlighten your ‘intelligence’,Tanzania has managed to set aside about 25% of her land as protected areas/wildlife areas in one form or another.You mentioned of 27% which is not bad.That means between 70%-75% is for the people.What do you want to tell the world here?.Don’t you feel even a little shame that people have all that and they still want to grab more land from wildlife?. And even the 25% set for wildlife, the protection is still not 100% effective!Yes you have visited America and many more countries in the world,remember there are many people who have visited more countries all around the world than you have done and they also side with the conservationists.I have met so many people from all those places you say you visited and had so much to share with them about our wildlife and theirs etc, and they are all against the highway you are advocating for!Where did you get that stuff from my brother?.I can analyse that your presentaion is full of deception,please tell me and the whole world now,where else did you find the migration of animals such as that in the Serengeti and you say they are so many all over the world?. Furthermore you say, a 50km road could easily be regulated by park authorities?.My friend there is only one park authority in the Serengeti,where are those other come from?.I suppose you know the case of the highway running across Mikumi NP?.Untill today even the same Tanzanian Government has not been able to reverse the impacts of it to wildlife,what then do you want to tell fellow Tanzanians and the rest of the world?.You go see migration on the move, with an expert giving you an insight of it then you come back and comment on that highway.From your comments I can easily conclude that you either have never been to the Serengeti or do not know exactly what migration people are talking about relative to the Serengeti Highway.I go see it every year and I know very well what it takes to continue having it.
    Am also surprised that you are attacking people from outside Tanzania and especially the western world that they are having a secret agenda against the development of our country,you call it ‘CONSPIRACY’.What would you say about all those many Tanzanians including the professional citizens who are also opposing the highway?.Is this a battle between the western world and Tanzanians and why should it be?.I can see that your allegations are baseless and void.What do you say of organisations such as WWF, AWF,WCS,IUCN,FZS to mention afew.Are all these Tanzanian’s instituations?.If you do not know enough about them,THEY HAVE DONE SO MUCH TO CONSERVE NATURAL RESOURCES IN TANZANIA.Just google them for more.All these also say your proposed highway is hazardous and you think they are wrong too?.
    I would be very glad to also read your views on the alternative roads to the proposed Serengeti Highway. One alternative is said to serve 2 million people more,whats wrong with this alternative?.Conservation biologists and other professionals have come up with a number of alternatives in favor of both wildlife and people.What alternative do you have yourself for this?.
    YOU HAVE STARTED PARTITIONING THE SERENGETI,NEXT WILL BE SCRAMBLING FOR IT.FURTHER NEXT YOU’LL TURN ALL THE PARKS IN TANZANIA INTO AGRICULTURE OR SOME OTHER LAND USES. no DOUBT!!!!!!!!

  238. Sue Nowelll

    This is a terrible crime to cut the lush wildlife populations down to nothing and encourage the torturing of God’s creatures by poachers. Progress will still continue if they choose an alternate route.
    What can we do to change this horrific decision?

  239. val

    Why do humans think they rule the world?
    If it weren’t for the plants and animals, we wouln’t and won’t exist.
    I’m deeply saddened by the potential lose of these beautiful creatures and the greed that is so prevasive. It’s just not those who will make money that profit, it’s each one of us and our stupid cell phones. 30 years ago we got along just fine without them. Instead now, we can’t live without them. Shame, Shame on us.
    We are one step closer to the end of days and you can’t take your stupid, f’ing cell phone with you!

  240. Plittau

    the road is not the problem the problem is china’s pursuit of rare earth minerals. China has the majority ot these minerals and tanzania has a small percentage of the rest of them. rare earth minerals are used for a huge amount of electronics, our phones, electric car batteries, wind turbines, hd tv’s and many others. I love animals and I want to see this problem solved but please look beyond this to why it’s happening now if they’ve (tanzania) has talked about it for at least 10 years. China is trying to corner the market, just like the mid-east has cornered the oil, china has told japan they won’t sell rare earth min. to them. they both claim the same island, this is a punishment by china they both claim. how does world black mail sound to you?

    1. Carol W

      As I understand it these minerals power some cel phones. One cel phone is the Blackberry, made in Canada and RIM Research in Motion, a Canadian
      company is one of the big promotors of this highway/

      1. Jenn

        Carol, This type of information is critical. If we know who is backing this devatating destruction, we can hit these companies hard. I felt terrible when I heard these minerals were mined for hybrid car batteries. Just when you think you may be doing something positive for our Earth, it goes to Hell in a handbasket.

  241. RTravis

    I am horrified that the Tanzanian Gov. would even consider something that will devastate the survival of so many already threatened species and ruin what is, to me, a world treasure. I also find it ironic that many people I know who are concerned about the environment purchase hybrid cars and the very batteries of those cars are created using the metals that will come from the earth made accessible by this highway. I firmly believe that many citizens of Tanzania are as opposed to the highway as those of us who live elsewhere, and I know that for many there this is a source of income in a situation where they have no other means of making a living wage. I can’t begin to comprehend the solution to the problem and I feel ashamed that as a citizen of the United States I have taken for granted so many of the blessings I have access to with little thought that those blessings may cost others very dearly. This is a wakeup call for me!

  242. Kate33

    Just saw a story on the evening news about this looming tragedy. Thank you, Richard Engel, for sounding the alarm and raising the public awareness.

    I can’t believe that this cannot be stopped in the courts. I hope Tanzanian lawyers who want to save this global treasure have filed a lawsuit and requested an injunction to block (or at least delay it). If you happen to be, or know a Tanzanian lawyer, please respond with contact info. I am a lawyer, and I want to help. Although I am licensed in the US only, I would happily donate my time and skills to assist a Tanzanian legal team seeking to prevent this abomination.

    For the love of God, how much $$$ does the developed world, esp. the US and China, need?? When are we humans going to stop raping this lovely planet in the blind pursuit of greed??

  243. Ekg_rulez

    It is understandable that Tanzania needs more economic development for its people. But at the same time, leaving the Serengeti ecosystem untouched is very important in preserving all of these wild icons of East Africa. The question is, will the Tanzanian people, govt and the different conservation groups find a concensus solution that will be a win win for everybody? Let’s all hope they can find a way.

  244. rialbrec

    The Serengeti is a treasure.
    Upon hearing about this, it seems almost everyone believe that building this highway would bring shame to a place that is recognized and admired for its conservation.
    I understand that this is needed but provided there are alternatives, it seems downright asinine to bring complete environmental ruin, as predicted by scientists, to this wonder of nature. It’s simply not worth it. The highway would undoubtably have a fence or guard around it to protect vehicles while is predicted to literally fence in animals and leave them to starve/die of thirst, halt the wildebeest migration, and completely wipe out populations of animals. Please ask yourself, is it worth it?

    Can we really allow the greed of humanity to destroy all of the beauty of the planet?

  245. rufus

    Save Serengeti SAVE life in Serengeti !!!!! Please, it’s one of the last wild land in this destroyed earth. Serengeti it’s not just an human treasure it’s human roots!!!! and an example of how life can be such amazing perfect without the human cancer!

    No limits to human madness

  246. Lnicholas

    This kind of stupidity has been going on for years. I was there 10 years ago and Kruger National Park has a main road that goes right through the park and I was shocked at the wildlife that was on the roads and that approched the car. Of course what is driving this whole thing is the American and European tourish trade! If we and other countries would boycott travel to Africa, this would never be done. We as a species have no respect for wildlife and wild areas. It’s all done for money, progress, development. My friends in Africa have been fighting for laws to protect animals for years. We think that we have such a problem here in the US with dometic animal issues, we have nothing in comparison to what animal advocates face over there. I am humbled by their figth to help. Another large and cruel attraction is the canned hunting safaris. Sick!

    What have we become as a human race? Why don’t people see that what we do to others we do to ourselves? When will this madness stop?

    1. Jiffer1207

      Money is what drives most if not all decisions. Most of us sane people would like to protect these unique areas of the world. If tourists are not allowed to visit these areas they will not be “worthwhile” protecting. If they are wirth visiting by tourists, there is money to be made. Regulations for wise use must be strict and enforced. If this highway goes through the Serengeti, regulations won’t be worth a hoot. It will not belong before there is nothing left to visit or protect. Money is KING.

  247. Athena

    This is disgusting and so devastating. Someone needs to reason with the Tanzanian government that the southern route is a better choice and show that this will help them economically since this is the only thing they care about!

  248. AndrewW

    There may not be a paved road at the moment in the park, but even the connecting stretch of dirt road between Ngorongoro and Serengeti is well-maintained enough for safari vehicles to travel upwards of 50 mph/80 kph. I saw this in person in April, and on this very road I saw a young gazelle hit by a fast-moving car. The animal struggled to the ditch, but probably didn’t survive very long with broken legs. The car also kept speeding along without stopping, probably ruining the trip for a whole group.

    If I saw this and a handful of close calls in a four day trip on existing dirt roads, it’s absolutely ridiculous to think commercial traffic moving even faster on a paved highway would be safe at all for animals.

  249. AndrewW

    There may not be a paved road at the moment in the park, but even the connecting stretch of dirt road between Ngorongoro and Serengeti is well-maintained enough for safari vehicles to travel upwards of 50 mph/80 kph. I saw this in person in April, and on this very road I saw a young gazelle hit by a fast-moving car. The animal struggled to the ditch, but probably didn’t survive very long with broken legs. The car also kept speeding along without stopping, probably ruining the trip for a whole group.

    If I saw this and a handful of close calls in a four day trip on existing dirt roads, it’s absolutely ridiculous to think commercial traffic moving even faster on a paved highway would be safe at all for animals.

    1. Ml1980

      Going back to the beginning of this discussion, which started 6 months ago and 500 plus comments later, I did not find one voice supporting the decision to proceed with the northern route.
      Considering this is the 21st century,it appears that the mentality of the decision makers is rooted in the 17th century when the age of discovery was just beginning. Unfortunately, the mindset then seems the same now except that this old way of thinking is being done by the very people that will be affected the most. Tragic that in 400 years that we, as a species, have apparently learned nothing from our previous activities. Humans, by virtue of their record of planetary degradation are the lowest form of life on the planet. I too am disheartened by this latest effort.

  250. lionheart

    One of the leading countries in the whole Africa region is about to make a huge mistake based on short term economic benefits which will not only damage the reputation of Tanzania, but the whole continent. Do the leaders in Africa live in this century? How could anyone even think of damaging the delegate ecosystem and biodiversity in a region that cannot be compared with any other area in the world? Does Tanzania not have better use for the huge amount of money planned to be invested in this apalling scheme?

  251. Debbylc12

    when I saw this story on the news I though I would throw up. Someone please talk to
    environmentalists or President Obama and make it stop! I think it is so heartbreaking to think of all the animals getting hit by trucks and poachers. Please stop this!

  252. jen

    I keep reading about 27 scientists who are petitioning the build of the highway. Really folks????? There should be hundreds of “Scientists, biologists, zoologists, ecologists…etc” fighting the build of this roadway. It doesn’t take much genius to understand the detriment to global biodiversity this highway presents. I want my children and grandchildren to be able to admire a lion or a zebra in their natural habitat if they chose…not just see them in a zoo or read about them in a history book because they are extinct. Which is exactly where we will be placing the fate of the many unique creatures of the Serengeti. I am willing to give up my cell phone.

  253. ZoeYukon

    My Heart is aching for all the dredgery in this world. This… news… is more than I can bare.
    I will make absolutely positively sure that anything
    I purchase “Is Not From China”- Our Planet , slowly
    but surely destructing….Something must be done-

  254. Jenn

    All the people reitterate the same ideas. We all want to see the highway avoid this critical area. Any suggestions on how to go about helping the Tanzanian Gov’t to see the error of its way? Talk is cheap.

  255. Raffaella

    Please stop this crazy project!!!!… Tanzania does not need this highway which will be ruining this entire and very fragile ecosystem of the Serengenti Natual Park.
    Tanzania needs to devolep a very high level eco friendly tourism (based on eco sustainable safaris) which will respect and protect this natural park and will give the relevant incomes to the local populations. I do hope that the local populations together with the foreigners helps will activally stop this project. Good luck to our future…!!!

  256. Lets SAVE!!!

    I am just a teen and I REALLY want to help!!! What can I do? My parents wont donate and cant! Oh and I LEOPARD i did reasearch and watched tv episodes they wouldn’t let them migrate!!!

  257. Oliver_selwyn

    I suggest three things to everyone who actually want to stop the highway.

    1) Donate!!! I donated $100 U.S. That may be a lot for you, but remember, every little bit counts.

    2) Write!!! Emails are OK; the Tanzanian Embassy (ubalozi at tanzaniaembassy-us.org) and/or Tanzania National Parks (info at tanzaniaparks.com). and let them know that this would be one of the greatest wildlife disasters in history. REMEMBER – a printed or hand written letter is better. Jakaya Kikwete is the current President of Tanzania.

    3) Join! The first two are far far better. But the facebook page shows your interest if you don’t have money or a little time.

  258. Gary

    It’s important for the government and people effected to understand the difference between the resources effecting their economy. The animals have been there for thousands of years and once gone will not come back. The minerals are a valuable
    but not renewable resource. If the north road is built the income from tourism will vanish as the migrations end. When the minerals are depleted there will be no income and no animals bringing an end to both revenue sources. As it is now the migrations are a renewable resource in danger of extinction by using the wrong approach to getting the nonrenewable minerals out. Why risk losing both resources?

    1. Anonymous

      Excellent points, Gary. And not difficult to understand. But this logic seems to have escaped most people around the world. Please post this on our Facebook page: Stop the Serengeti Highway. We’re discussing economic impacts now.

  259. Citygirl

    I recently returned from the Serengeti. Truly a marvel of beauty. I can only hope and pray that people will rally and show the Tanzanian government that this is not a good idea for man or animal (especially their own people who rely so heavily on tourism for thier livelihood.). The Great Migration is in jeopardy and I can think of no greater loss in this world than this natural phenomenon. We must do all we can to stop this highway.

  260. Michael

    I am from Canada and saw this controversy on the News tonight. I am absolutely in shock. I am a Vegetarian for environmental and animal reasons, and I am feel sick that the government is planning on doing this. I pray that this will not happen, it will ruin mother natures blessing. 1000000% for NO HIGHWAY. WE have to take a stand and make sure this doesn’t happen.

  261. Briella

    This makes me absolutely sick and sad. It’s one of the true last great wilds in the world. Don’t make the same mistakes other countries have had to make in their younger years. It’s protection should come before a rock used in cell phones.

  262. troy

    This is another example of china exploiting the earth resources.They have practically ruined their own country,and could care less about the well being of any other country,especially their bio diversity.

  263. carroll fairbairn

    I am in total disbelief that anyone would want to destroy the beautiful Serengeti and endanger the lives of some of the worlds most gorgeous animals , it will never work out in the long run , and will always remain one of Tanzanians biggest mistakes .

  264. Hal_smith

    Typical shortsightedness and grasping for money. I am horrifieed and never thought anyone could be so stupid to propose such a road.
    i was Engineer for the East Lake Disttrict for over 2 years in the 1960′s and we did improve the Musoma to Dodoma highway at that time and it may have been further improved since then. That would be the obvious route to me via Dodoma to Dar es Salaam. I haven’t worked out the mileage difference but it couldn’t be worth destroying a priceless world asset like the Serengeti.
    Harold Smith

  265. Stassia

    I can’t believe they are wanting to destroy something so amazing all in the name of “progress”. They will most certainly destroy nature at its finest. Please DO NOT destroy something so grand and beautiful in the name of progress. I’ve been to Lake Victoria and the Masai in the same trip and didn’t mind the traveling I had to do in order to get to either location. This will be a horrible shame if this goes ahead.

  266. Addikat101

    I am very angry about this plan. I am very environmentally involved and very concerned about many other threats to the environment around us and i don’t understand why people would want to destroy the home of so many beautiful animals, and endangered ones at that. what is our world coming to?