TANZANIA: TAZARA RAILWAY SET
TO PROMOTE TOURISM INDUSTRY
The Tanzania and Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA)
offers huge potential in promoting tourism
industry in the country.
Thousands of tourists are among the millions of
passengers ferried by the 1860 kilometres TAZARA
rail line from Dar es Salaam to New Kapirimposhi
It crosses in some of the most unique and
spectacular tourist sites. The Minister of
Tourism and Natural Resources, Mr Lazaro
Nyalandu said at the weekend in Dar es Salaam
that investors could invest in the much needed
tourism infrastructures along the railway line
like hotels and lodges which in turn contribute
to economic growth.
Mr Nyalandu made the remarks shortly after
witnessing the signing of the Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) between Tanzania and the
Chinese government to deliver 18 new carriages
and repair 42 others to TAZARA.
"I invite Chinese investors take advantage of
the abundant opportunities in the southern part
of the country where the railway cut across to
invest in hotels and lodges as well as other
sorts of infrastructures to host the increasing
number of tourists in the country," he said.
Last year, the country registered a 1.73 per
cent increase of tourist arrivals to 1,095,884
from 1,077,058 in 2012. During the period,
foreign exchange earnings from industry climbed
to 1.88 billion US dollars up from 1.7 billion
US dollars in the preceding year.
Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of
Finance and Economic Affairs Ms Doroth Mwanyika
who signed on behalf of the government said the
new wagons will improve railway transportation
that would in turn improve socio-economic
The Chinese ambassador to Tanzania, Dr Lu
Youqing said at the event that apart from
promoting economic growth, TAZARA was an
important symbol for improving conservation in
the country's largest wildlife reserves where it
The railway line starts from Dar es Salaam
through Kazimzumbwi forest, one the oldest
forest in the world, and the savannah wooded
plain, where the major southern national parks
of Mikumi, Udzungwa and Selous Game Reserve are
From there, TAZARA crosses the Great Ruaha
River, towards Kilombero Flood Plains. Then it
passes through tunnels under Udzungwa Mountain
ranges and, adjoining Kipengere Ranges to
From Makambako the train runs on the foot of
Kipengere Ranges and at the edge of Rift Valley
to Mbeya. From Mbeya the train passes though
smaller train stations of Mbalizi, Songwe, the
Uporoto Ranges of Shikula, Mlowo, Vwawa before
it arrives at Tunduma.
TAZARA Acting Managing Director Ronald Phiri
said the railway not only eases mobility for
some of the most disadvantaged rural communities
in Tanzania and Zambia, but also provides a
public railway service that is very predictable,
reliable, safe and convenient.
TANZANIA: LOCALS TOLD TO SPIN
16 FEBRUARY 2014
Arusha — The Local Government Authorities in the
north of Tanzania will work with state tourism
authorities, Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA)
and (Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB), to start
promoting unexploited destinations in the
northern part of the country.
According to Felix Mabula, the Hanang District
Executive Director in Manyara region, which
borders Arusha region, the number of tourist
attractions in the northern part of the country
needs to be promoted.
"Local communities will be engaged through
groups to facilitate implementation and
sustainability," Mabula said.
Local authorities are working on setting up
strategies on how best such kinds of tourist
destinations will be managed and promoted in and
outside the country.
"This is a community driven project where they
are empowered to conserve the environment and
promote tourism, including their own culture, to
generate more income and to improve their
livelihood," Mabula said.
He also said that Mount Hanang at 3,417 metres,
is one of the tourist spots that is yet to be
exploited fully as a destination. The dormant
volcano is an ideal place for mountain climbers
and tourists because its peak provides a good
view of the local scenery.
Mt. Hanang is the third highest in Tanzania
after Mt Meru (4,566m) and Kilimanjaro (5895m).
The promotion targets Mount Hanang among other
tourism attraction sites in Manyara region.
The move will make the mountain as the main
source of revenue of local government and the
central government as it is to other tourist
destinations in the country, Mabula said, adding
that the promotion will involve different
Manyara Regional Commissioner Elaston Mbwilo
said Mt Hanang is one of the tourist
destinations that need to be promoted for higher
economic growth. Others include Mt. Kwahara,
which provides beautiful scenery of Babati
Township and Lake Babati.
Besides, Hanang has some natural, cultural and
man-made attractions, hot water springs
Balang'da-Lalu and Balang'da-Gidaghang'd (Gendabi)
salt lakes, Lake Bassotu; huge rocks some with
prehistoric rock drawings.
This promotion is being spearheaded together
with TANAPA and local government authorities to
help diversify tourism products while also
boosting income for the local communities.