Zambia wants to develop the tourism potential of the Sinazongwe area near Lake Kariba in the southern part of the country.
The area’s District Commissioner, Dodo Sindaza, was quoted in local newspapers as saying the area had several tourism sites that have remained untapped to date. He called for foreign investors to investigate the possibility of building resorts in the area.
Chennay Jordaan, Kariba Bushclub, reports that tourism numbers to the area have increased every year. She explains that there is potential for further tourism opportunities in the area, but currently the attraction to the area rests solely on the lake. She adds: “Unfortunately the fish populations are not being protected. Due to overfishing in the area natural fish populations are under a lot of pressure and on the decrease. This will affect the tourism industry overall when it comes to operating fishing safaris on lake Kariba.”
According to Jordaan, the lake in itself is very beautiful as are all the islands in the area. She says: “Some of the privately owned islands in the area have been restocked with wildlife. The protected national parks Sikula and Chete Island further are some of the untapped tourism sites the commissioner is talking about.”
Ian Brooks, Gwembe Safaris, agreed and told Tourism Update: “There is definitely good tourism potential for Sinazongwe. It’s a beautiful area rich in culture and with great access to one of the biggest lakes in Africa.” He said the main problem remained access, although he reported that it had improved considerably.
According to Sindaza, the government is aware of access issues and is improving the road network in the area. “As you are aware, government has embarked on an ambitious programme to construct roads countrywide, which will open up a lot of opportunities for tourism. Government is facilitating access to tourism sites and tourism investors should take advantage of this to invest in most of the sites.”
From : Tourismupdate.co.za
21 October 2013
By : Dorine Reinstein