An unprecedented amount of effort is being set forth to link the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Serengeti National Park, two of Tanzania’s most popular destinations. The new Deputy Minister of National Resources and Tourism, Constantine John Kanyasu, has pledged to solve these problems hindering the road project between them.
The project intends to link an 88-kilometer road to Loduare Gate, the main gateway to both the NCA and the SNP. This undertaking has been revered by the local tour operators who believe this addition will dramatically improve the tourism as well as save them repairs on equipment.
As efforts to preserve the natural beauty and be environmentally conscious continue to take the forefront, the NCAA chief conservator has vowed that the new road will be paved using “very hard material”, instead of traditional tarmac.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization gave the green light for the road project earlier this year, after having several environmental concerns properly addressed.
Tour operators in the region have long complained of the rough terrain and poor access to the country’s largest tourist destinations but have had their concerns go unanswered despite the $130 Billion in revenue that the Ngorongoro Conservation Area generates for the government.
According to Sirili Akko, executive secretary of TATO, a breakdown exists in communication between the complaints of tourist and tour operators when conveying these issues to the government officials.
Long standing bureaucracy slowdowns at the Ngorongoro gate entrance have led to a buildup of frustration and a decrease in tourism that the new Deputy Minister hopes to address quickly.
With the United Nations and local operators already on board, all that seems to remain is the approval by The Tanzanian Roads Agency of the infrastructural drawings and measurements of the proposed road. While they are eager to get the road project moving, they claim the proposals must also meet their stringent requirements.
With any luck, the nearly 1,000,000 visitors to Tanzanian nature areas will be enjoying a new road in the near future. Find out here how you can see this for yourself!