Conservation areas have to be protected form destruction
The Nkomazi which was upgraded to the standards of a national park in 2008 and it is now well known to those tourists who are interested in Tanzania and look at it as their tourist destination. This park is pretty different from all the other 14 parks in the nation in terms of its ecological set up and all the operations in the park as well as its uniqueness and this according to the report by the experts, may in fact serve as the park’s main selling point.
Ms Beatrice Yawingi who is the park’s Tourism Warden said that the name Nkomazi was got from two local terms which include the Mwiko which means a wooden spoon and Mazi which means water. It is situated in a semi-arid area, really dry and it is just like these people called it, there is no enough water to even fill up a spoon. All the 15 Tanzanian national parks besides their trademark wildlife species, has own outstanding features, Serengeti is an endless plain, Kilimanjaro is a mountain, Saadan features the coastline, Manyara is basically a lake, Rubondo is an Island, while Gombe and Mahale are hilly forests. This makes Nkomazi fit into its own niche of tourism marketing as a dry park with very few animals like the Oryx and the African Coyote (wild dogs).
It is very unfortunate that this park has not attracted financial and political support like all the other reserves in the country like the Serengeti, Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro and was left to be destroyed by human activities up to until late 1980s the time when the government reclaimed this land. The park is about 3,300 square kilometers and the government looked at the condition of the park in 1989 and chose it as a National Priority Project and since then, its true significance and importance was recognized. Southwards, the park lies at the foot of both the Pare and Usambara Mountains striding Kilimanjaro and Tanga regions and also borders the Tsavo National Park of Kenya, across the northern borderline.
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