TFS invites people to visit Magamba nature forest reserve in Lushoto

06Jul 2019
Beatrice Philemon
The Guardian
TFS invites people to visit Magamba nature forest reserve in Lushoto

AS part of efforts to promote domestic and nature tourism, the Tanzania Forest Services Agency (TFS) has organised a three-day trip to visit the Magamba Nature Forest Reserve (MNFR)—a state owned forest reserve in Lushoto district, Tanga region to see available tourists’ attractions.

Magamba nature forest

This was revealed on Thursday by Magamba Nature Forest Reserve (MNFR), Eco-tourism Research and Tourism Officer, Samji Mlemba when speaking at the on-going 43rd Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair (DITF), he said the trip will be held from July 12 to 14th this year.

“We now invite local and foreign exhibitors to register for the safari at our pavilion. We want them to see what the Magamba Nature Forest Reserve contains”, he said adding interested people should be willing to contribute some 171,000/- for adult and 148,000/-for children, which are the cost for accommodation, food and transportation.

Apart from nature tourism, Magamba is home of endangered animal species and a hot spot biodiversity site, he added.

Tanzanians and international visitors who will take part in the trip will get a chance to see a variety of frola and fauna, water falls located at Sungwi and Mkusu, dams, German caves, old saw mills trail, Kigulu Hakwewa, Jiwe la Mungu, and Skyline, Mdanasa viewpoints.

Mlebwa added that they decided to arrange the trip to make the Magamba Nature Forest Reserve well known to the people since there are many people including Tanzanians who are not aware of its existence.

“It is one of the nature forest reserve in Western Usambara Mountains with high biodiversity of endemic flora and fauna and high water catchment value. It is managed by TFS under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism.

According to the official, there will be 3000 tourists expected to visit the nature reserve in Lushoto district this year.

Currently the statistics shows that the number of tourists that toured in Tanzania in 2018 stood at 1.3 million and the Government is targeting to attract 2 million tourists by 2020.