Covid-19: RC calls upon Katavi wildlife based domestic tourism

21May 2020
The Guardian
Covid-19: RC calls upon Katavi wildlife based domestic tourism

​​​​​​​KATAVI National Park authority has been called upon to start investing in domestic tourism promotion during the Covid-19 pandemic period instead of waiting for foreign tourists.

Katavi Regional Commissioner Juma Homera.

The call was given yesterday by Katavi Regional Commissioner Juma Homera after his visit to the park where he was informed on the plummeting incomes due to the absence of foreign tourists due to Covid-19 pandemic.

He said during the Eid el Fitr  holidays the park should mobilize workers in the region, including those in the government, private institutions, business people and other stakeholders to visit the park.

"We must first mobilise ourselves here because I am sure if we  advised  all public servants in Katavi region to come and visit the park while wearing  face masks as preventive measures against the disease’s infections and all enter by paying entrance fees that are almost equal for free,” he said.

He said they have succeeded to reduce poaching activities through the regular operations conducted and so far more than 100 weapons of various kinds had been seized and some those involved had already appeared in court.

He called upon the people not to place barriers to prevent the flow of water of Katuma river for the  wild animals such as the hippos.

The park’s Ag. Assistant Commissioner Menendo Peter said last year the river dried up endangering the lives of animals like hippos and crocodiles; hence they had to spend a lot of money to transport water to save them.

park’s Ag. Assistant Commissioner Menendo Peter.

Katavi National Park is the third largest park in Tanzania. It is also by far one of the least visited in the country, making it a truly untouched wildlife paradise. It is located in the west of Tanzania and is quite hard to access it  by road, so the easiest way in and out is by charter flights.

The park is primarily fed by Katuma river which normally in the rainy season of April and May transforms the park into a wetland. Lake Chada and Lake Katavi are both seasonal lakes which are situated within the park boundaries. In terms of vegetation the park hosts a varied mix of bush land, Miombo forests, riverine forests as well as grasslands.