The Mbozi meteorite is three meters long and weighs an estimated 25 tonnes, nearly twice that of Willamette meteorite. The meteorite is among ten heaviest meteorites in the world and the second heaviest in Africa.
The Deputy Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Constantine Kanyasu made this observation when speaking at the closure of the world meteorites day ceremonies held for three days at Ndolezi village in Songwe region.
He said improvement of the infrastructures will also boost tourism in the southern circuit.
The celebration was attended by Regional Commissioners and Regional Administrative Secretaries from Southern highland regions.
The Deputy Minister mentioned some of the infrastructures that will be improved as construction of permanent pavilions, sports grounds and a tourist’s lounge.
He said completion of the infrastructures will attract more tourists to the Mbozi meteorites and southern regions at large.
He said the government is also thinking of paying compensation to people residing near the meteorites to allow expansion of the site. He said expansion of the area will enable authorities to establish other tourist attractions such as a zoo where animals will be displayed for the public.
The government aims at conducting an annual exhibition at the area together with celebrations of the World Meteorites Day.
“Improvement of the Mbozi meteorites area will help generate income for the villagers due to increased business fuelled by a good number of tourists visiting the area,” he stated.
Kanyasu said the ministry has tasked the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA) to improve infrastructures of the Mbozi meteorites to boost the tourism sector. Efforts are being made to ensure that tourists are entertained with traditional dances, he pointed out.
Songwe Regional Commissioner Nicodemus Mwenga said the regional authorities are sensitizing the community to visit the tourist attraction in the southern circuit.
The Geological Survey of Tanzania (GST) says that meteorites originated in the asteroid belt between the planets Mars and Jupiter. “A meteorite may range in size from less than a gramme to more than 60 tonnes.
A meteorite is a chunk of rock or iron usually from a meteoroid or asteroid which pass through Earth’s atmosphere and survives impact with the ground.