Local and foreign investors to invest in Kalambo waterfalls

11May 2019
The Guardian
Local and foreign investors to invest in Kalambo waterfalls

KENYA's High Commissioner to Tanzania Dan Kazungu has called upon local and foreign investors to invest in the Kalambo waterfalls located in Rukwa region thus improve tourism sector in the country.

KENYA's High Commissioner to Tanzania Dan Kazungu.

Kalambo waterfalls, the second highest uninterrupted fall in Africa after Tugela Falls in South Africa is located on the Kalambo River near the south-eastern shore of Lake Tanganyika on the Tanzania- Zambia border in Kalambo district.

The envoy who paid a visit to the area recently said that the falls had huge potential which is yet to be fully exploited.

Kazungu said that investors can chip in and utilise the opportunity by constructing tourist hotels and other attractive areas for tourists to rest and spend time when they visit the waterfalls.

“As Tanzania is working tirelessly to improve tourism sector, it is better to put good strategies that aimed to improve special areas like this (the waterfalls),” he said.

Earlier, Rukwa Regional Commissioner Joachim Wangabo said that his office was doing everything in its powers to ensure tourism sector continues to record good performance by making sure that attraction areas like Kalambo waterfalls are well promoted and preserved.

According to him, the government through the ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism had also embarked on a plan for heavily investment in marketing, hospitality and infrastructure to boost tourism in the country especially the southern circuit.

“Tourism is a very key sector that if well promote will transform lives and economy in the county,” he said.

He however cited lack of airport as among the challenges facing the region and tourism development saying that once constructed will help increase the number of tourism in the region and thus improve revenue collection and economy.

Tourism is the largest foreign exchange earner since 2012, contributing an average of $2 billion annually, which is equivalent to 25 per cent of all exchange earnings, according to the government data. It also contributes to more than 17 per cent of the national Gross Domestic Product (GPD) and creating more than 1.5 million jobs, 500,000 of which are direct.

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