By Yankho Phiri:
Department of National Parks and Wildlife is excited with the increased number of local tourists visiting Lake Malawi National Park over the decade.
This was revealed on Wednesday through the department’s Upper Shire Division Manager, McPhillip Mwithokoma.
African Development Bank (AfDB) organized a media tour to appreciate the implementation of Promoting Investment and Competitiveness in the Tourism Sector (PICTS) project.
According to Mwithokoma more than 8,000 local people have visited the national park from last year to this year which is the highest number over the decade.
Previously, less than 3, 000 local tourists used to visit the park.
“We are very much excited because of the recorded increased visits of local tourists at the national park. This means that our sole purpose of preserving beautiful nature of fresh water and exceptional aquatic species for the nation is being achieved,” said Mwithokoma.
He, however, pointed out that lack of publicity for the place to the nation has been the biggest contributing factor for Malawians not to know about the beautiful park.
Manager for the National Park, Talandira Kasapira, hailed AfDB for their support which has seen some remarkable improvements in many aspects.
“AfDB has supported us in many ways and one area is in law enforcement where they helped us with a modern engine boat which we use when going around the protected areas,” said Kasapira.
A journalist on the media tour Johans Mumba described his visit as the great adventure beyond the expectations he had.
“This was my first time to visit this place. The experience and the pleasure I have is really captivating than what I expected. Its quite different. There is freshest waters than any other part of this lake I have been to,” said Mumba.
Lake Malawi National Park was founded around 1980s and is well known as one of the best park with fresh waters in the world and small villages where people live together with small mammals which are found at the 94 square kilometers park.
Malawi News Agency-MANA