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.