The national parks which have been upgraded from game reserves in the just ended National Assembly session are Biharamulo,Burigi, Kimisi, Ibanda and Rumanyika-Orugundu.
The move has seen the 4,702 square kms- Biharamulo, Burigi and Kimisi game reserves being merged and become one national park. It national park is located in Biharamulo, Ngara, Karagwe and Muleba districts in Kagera region and in Chato in Geita.
The other national park (Ibanda) will cover 248 square kms located in Kyerwa District and the 225 square kms-Rumanyika-Orugundu national park in Karagwe District in Kagera Region.
Speaking to this paper through telephone, TANAPA director general Dr Allan Kijazi said that that the budget is for the 2019/20 fiscal year.
He said that the funds will be used to strengthen security, build important tourism infrastructures and administration.
“The funds will also be used to install electronic systems of collecting revenues as well as prepare and developing tourist attractions in the parks,” he said.
For his part, director of the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI) Dr Simon Mduma said that the ecology of the new national parks’ ecology resembles much with the Serengeti National Park.
The parks have forests, dams and valleys, animals like reedbucks, leopards, whales, hippopotamus, elephants, zebras and Red collubus monkeys among others.
Reacting, some tourism stakeholders called on the authorities to fast-track the identification of investment areas especially for building accommodation facilities like hotels and lodges in the new national parks.
“As stakeholders, we are ready to chip in and contribute in the development of this national parks, we are ready to invest by building attractive accommodation facilities in the areas thus attract more tourists to visit the places,” said Roman Chuwa, the director of Equatorial Safari Limited.
Samuel Regemalila, a stakeholder from Kagera Region and the director of Victoria Expeditions Company said that the new national parks will also attract tourists from the neighbouring countries of Rwanda and Uganda as they are in border areas.