Sunday 12 June 2022

Ambitious plan to revamp Mara River tourism facilities

Western Zonal Conservation Commander, Deputy Conservation Commissioner Martin Loibooki (with a cap) exchanges ideas with tourism stakeholders who attended a recent two-day meeting to discuss strategies to improve tourism along Mara River at Maramara Tented Camp in the Northern Serengeti National Park.

By Mara Online News reporter in Serengeti
Tourism facilities along Mara River, north of the world-famous Serengeti National Park, will undergo major rehabilitation this season to enable the expected influx of global holidaymakers enjoy attractions available in the area.

The improvements will include the construction of picnic sites and rehabilitation of ferry number 4 by changing the wildlife viewing site to enable sightseers view the animals while at ferry number 3 if these animals change the course when crossing River Mara.

Tourism stakeholders, at a recent two-day meeting held at Mara Mara Tented Camp in the northern fringes of Serengeti National Park, agreed to improve key facilities in the Western Zone Conservation area.

The Western Zonal Conservation Commander, Deputy Conservation Commissioner, Martin Loibooki, chaired the meeting as part of preparations for upgrading services to tourists visiting the area this season beginning this month.

Participants at this important meeting for the development of the tourist sector included tour guides from north of Serengeti National Park, the Tourism Committee of Nyumbu Ferries in Mara River, the Serengeti District Environment Office, the College of African Wildlife College (MWEKA), Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute, (TAWIRI), Associations of Tourism Agents (TATO, TLTO) and Association of Tourism Guides (TTGA).

The tourism stakeholders also agreed to collect statistics of tourism vehicles and the different activities carried out in the area to enable them arrive at tangible decisions.

Stakeholders in the tourism industry who attended a recent meeting at Mara Mara Tented Camp in Serengeti National Park to discuss strategies to revamp the sector.

Conservators say the series of wildebeest caravans seen north of the Serengeti National Park during the months of July to October every year are the major attractions for tourists from various parts of the world.

Speaking during a special interview with Mara Online News and Sauti ya Mara newspaper, the Western Zonal Conservation Commander, Martin Loibooki, said apart from preparations for this tourism season, large groups of wild animals including the rare ones are now seen easily in the Africa’s best park.

“Large groups of animals like wildebeests, elephants, antelopes and giraffes are seen roaming the Serengeti plains. Even rare animals are resurfacing in the area and can be seen easily,” he said.

Tourists view wildebeests in the Serengeti National Park.

Royal Tour to woo more tourists this season

Loibooki added that this season “we expect to see more tourists from many parts of the world after President Samia Suluhu Hasan’s launch of the Royal Tour Film in the United States.

“This season we expect to receive many tourists because of President Samia’s efforts through the launch of the Royal Tour Film which advertises the country’s tourist attractions, including the Serengeti National Park,” said Loibooki.

“We have really laid the ground to receive more tourists in the Serengeti this season,” he added.

He said, for example, a 40-km road has been rehabilitated to enable tourists enjoy the various attractions in the world heritage site. Similarly, other roads, totalling 110 kms, have also been repaired, apart from the construction of a bridge along Grumeti River to make the area passable all the year round.

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