Lundo Island ideal to woo tourists -RC

19Jan 2021
Gideon Mwakanosya
The Guardian
Lundo Island ideal to woo tourists -RC

​​​​​​​RUVUMA Region consultative committee (RCC) has directed Tanzania Wildlife Authority (TAWA) to bring wildlife to Lake Nyasa’s Lundo Island in Nyasa District.

Addressing the RCC meeting at the weekend, Ruvuma Regional Commissioner Christina Mndeme urged TAWA to bring wildlife to the island to increase tourist attractions in Nyasa District that has been named as the tourist hub for Ruvuma Region. 

The RC further directed tourism and conservation stakeholders including TAWA and TANAPA to take the responsibility in providing education on conservation and tourism to the people in Ruvuma Region in particular on the importance of the tourism sector to spur economic growth.

Mndeme also directed wildlife corridors in Ruvuma Region be respected and protected because they are among the country’s resources and directed for the removal of all human settlements from the corridors.

Following RC’s directives, tourism stakeholders in Ruvuma Region – TAWA, TANAPA and TFS have begun taking steps including the need for the establishment wildlife and birds’ sanctuaries in Lundo and Mbambabay islands respectively.

Ruvuma Region’s natural resources and tourism consultant Afrikanus Challe said they expect to establish Mbambabay sanctuary that will incorporate Lundo and Mbambabay islands and Mbamba, Tumbi and Ndengere mountains in Nyasa District.

He said the Mbambabay sanctuary will be 597 hectares in area and that the areas are fit for wildlife and birds sanctuaries.

“The mountains and the islands have been bestowed with excellent natural growth of miombo woodland, boulders whilst Lake Nyasa shores are abundant of many kinds of fish,” he stressed.

He said Mbambabay sanctuary was important for tourism including fishing, swimming, yachting and canoeing.

He said the area was also suitable for fish farming, the activity that would increase residents who depend on fishing for their livelihoods. Read More...

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