Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority Plans New Gates to Enhance Tourist Services
The Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA) in Tanzania is planning to introduce two new entry gates at Engaruka and Eyasi, aiming to enhance services for tourists and improve the tourist experience. The announcement was made by the Deputy Commissioner of NCAA, Elibariki Bajuta. The construction of one gate at Eyasi is nearing completion, while the construction of the other is set to begin during this fiscal year, with a completion date set for the 2024/25 fiscal year.
Location and Features of the New Gates
The second gate will be located on the border between Engaruka and Empakaai crater, introducing a new road from Engaruka to the crater. There is also a plan to connect Embakai crater, Olmoti crater, Ngorongoro crater, and Serengeti with a new road. Both gate constructions will involve the installation of electronic revenue collection systems to expedite the collection process and ensure accuracy.
In addition to the construction of the new gates, the government through the NCAA has made significant infrastructure improvements. These include the repair of a 78-kilometer road from the View Point area to Nayobi. The completion of this road is expected to facilitate the increasing number of tourists visiting Ngorongoro. Furthermore, the construction of a new 45-kilometer gravel road from Enduleni to Ndutu is currently underway and is reported to be 44% complete.
Government’s Objective for these Initiatives
The primary objectives of these initiatives by the government are to improve visitor services, increase tourist attractions, and reduce congestion at the Loduare gate and main road. For visitors exploring the Lake Natron area, the new gates will mean they will not have to backtrack to the Wambu River to Karatu to enter the Ngorongoro reserve, making their journey more efficient and convenient.
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