Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA) is intending to revamp key road passing through the world heritage site, an official said Wednesday.
Paul Fissoo, NCAA’s Manager for Tourism Services said the project involves the construction of the 84-kilometer stretch, which has for years been a subject of complaints from tour operators and tourists alike.
But, before doing so, Fissoo said that NCAA had already initiated talks with UNESCO so that it gives a green light for the project to kick-off.
UNESCO had earlier put a restriction on the planned maintenance of the gravel road, with UN body insisting that the proposed rehabilitation will tamper with the area’s ecosystem.
The official expressed his optimism that the engagement between the two parties will yield fruitful results in the project execution.
According to Fissoo, NCAA was spending 1.3 million U.S. dollars every two years for periodic and routine maintenance of the stretch that links Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Serengeti National Park, an undertaking which has proven costly to the NCAA.
“It is a repetitive exercise and proven to be too expensive as we carry it after two to three years depending on the condition of the road,” he said.
The completion of the rehabilitation of the notorious stretch is likely to boost tourism prospects around the area, hence ending the complaints by tour operators, according to Fissoo.
Meanwhile, the NCAA has in this financial year set aside 134,049 US dollars for the purchase of a 50-seater tourist bus in a bid of promoting domestic tourism.
The bus will be used to ferry local tourists from the NCAA’s main gate to the crater and back, according to Fissoo. Enditem