Govt lures hospitality investors to Kalambo Falls

03Apr 2020
Getrude Mbago
The Guardian
Govt lures hospitality investors to Kalambo Falls

​​​​​​​THE government is engaging private sector players to increase investment especially in accommodation facilities at the Kalambo Falls so as to attract more tourists and stimulate growth in the country, the House heard yesterday.

According to the ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, private sector can invest in accommodation facilities such as hotels and lodge, a potential is which not fully utilized.

Responding to a question from Aida Khenan, a Chadema Special Seat MP who sought to know the government’s plan to improve accommodation facilities in the area, the ministry stated that the government recognizes the potential available in the 41,958 hectares-Kalambo Reserve Forest and will always improve efforts to protect it.

According to the ministry, Kalambo Falls are one of the most attractive tourist attractions in Southern circuit and the government is well prepared to make sure that it well promoted and heavily invested in a bid to attract many local and foreign visitors from around the world.

“In 2019, the government upgraded the Kalambo forest to become a reserve so as to make sure that the waterfalls are preserved for present and future generation,” read part of the response’s statement.

Furthermore the ministry, through Tanzania Forest Services (TFS) has since 2016 been improving infrastructures such as roads in the Kalambo falls.

 “We have also constructed six new offices, construction of walk trails for visitors as well as construction of supporting lifts to the water falls,” noted.

Kalambo waterfalls, the second highest uninterrupted fall in Africa after Tugela Falls in South Africa is located on the Kalambo River near the south-eastern shore of Lake Tanganyika on the Tanzania- Zambia border in Kalambo district.

Downstream of the falls is the Kalambo Gorge, which has a width of about 1 km and a depth of up to 300 m, running for about 5 km before opening out into the Lake Tanganyika rift valley.

At 221m in height Kalambo Falls is twice as high as Victoria Falls and the second-highest single-drop waterfall in Africa (the highest being Tugela Falls in South Africa).

From spectacular viewpoints near the top of the falls, can be seen in the Kalambo River plummeting off a steep V-shaped cliff cut into the Rift Valley escarpment down into a deep valley, which then winds towards Lake Tanganyika.

Kalambo Falls is also considered one of the most important archaeological sites in Africa, with occupation spanning over 250,000 years.