Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Tap Lake Victoria tourism potential

From The Citizen Daily, Dar es Salaam

One of the most remarkable things about our country’s tourism is its vast potential that still remains unexploited. The northern circuit is, of course, the most popular, as it includes the Ngorongoro Crater, Mt Kilimanjaro and the Serengeti, which have legendary reputations worldwide. But this is only a fraction of what this huge country has to offer.

Another major site is Lake Victoria, which this country shares with Kenya and Uganda, though it has the bulk of the waters. Not enough has been done so far to exploit the tourism potential of this third largest fresh water lake in the world. For a start, the lake is endowed with a variety of fish species. They include the tilapia, sangara, ‘furu’, ‘ningu’, ‘nembe’, ‘mbumi’, and the richly delicious ‘kamongo’.

Tourists and business people could be enticed to visit Mwanza to view the enchanting waters and the magnificent afternoon waves in boat rides and sample the fish either cooked, fried or charcoal-roasted. The lakeside city is easily accessible by air, train, tour van or regular bus service.

It’s, therefore, disappointing to note that the city has been losing tourism revenue because of the prevalence of bilharzia in the lake. Although the disease is not a major killer, it can damage internal organs and, in children, impair growth.

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