Call made to Tanzanians to visit Kalambo reserve

21Aug 2019
The Guardian
Call made to Tanzanians to visit Kalambo reserve

THE Tanzania Forest Service (TFS) board chairman Brigadier General Mbaraka Mkeremy has encouraged Tanzanians to visit the Kalambo Forest Reserve to witness and learn various attractions including the waterfalls available in the bloc.

Kalambo Falls

The Kalambo Falls on the Kalambo River is a 772-foot single-drop waterfall on the border of Zambia and Tanzania at the southeast end of Lake Tanganyika. The falls are some of the tallest uninterrupted falls in Africa.

Speaking during his visit to the reserve, Mkeremy said Kalambo Falls are one of the most attractive tourist attractions that should be promoted and heavily invested in a bid to attract many local and foreign visitors from around the world.

According to him, the government’s decision to upgrade the forest to become a reserve was aimed to make sure that the waterfalls are preserved for present and future generations but also promote tourism.

He said that the government will continue supervising well the resources available in forests for the country sustainable development.

According to him, authorities of late been busy strategizing to improve and put all necessary infrastructures in the waterfalls located in Kapozwa village on the border between Tanzania and Zambia so as to attract more tourists inside and outside the country.

“I encourage the locals here and others across the country to come and witness the World heritage site as announced by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO),” he said.

Mkeremy commended TFS for putting up key infrastructures including building stairs which goes down to waterfalls with wonderful viewpoints.

For his part, TFS Chief Executive Officer Prof Dos Santos Silayo TFS has set strategies to make sure that forests inject more revenues through tourism and selling of forest products.

“We are well prepared to market well all the attractions available in the forest sector to stimulate tourism growth in the country,” he said.

The Kalambo Falls are among some of the tallest uninterrupted falls in Africa namely South Africa’s Tugela Falls, Ethiopia’s Jin Bahir Falls and others.

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.

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

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