13 April 2013

Tanzania: Serengeti National Park Injects Over Sh90 Million Into District

Dodoma — SERENGETI National Park has contributedto various development projects in Serengeti District during the past three years, to the tune of 97.43m/-, the National Assembly was informed on Friday.

Deputy Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Mr Lazaro Nyalandu, mentioned some of the supported projects as construction of dormitories for girls at Kisangula, Nata, Machochwe and Isenye Secondary Schools.

Responding to a basic question by Serengeti MP, Dr Stephen Kebwe, the deputy minister said the national park had also supported purchase of furniture for Mama Maria Nyerere Girls Secondary School and construction of toilets at Bonchugu Dispensary.

In a basic question, Dr Kebwe had wanted to know the number of investors in Serengeti and how the national park had contributed to the welfare of the district. Mr Nyalandu said the park has 18 investors including five lodges and 13 permanent tented camps employing a total of 1,056 workers out of which 156 are from Serengeti District.

"The investors contribute to development of Serengeti District through various levies charged by the Serengeti National Park," Mr Nyalandu said. Adding; "The national parks charge investors within the Serengeti and part of the funds are given to the district as part of good neighbourliness programme".

He mentioned some of the lodges in the park as Serengeti Seronera Wildlife Lodge, Four Season (Bilila) Lodge and Serengeti Sopa Ledge while tented camps include Kusini Sanctuary Camp, Serengeti Soroi Camp and Serengeti Bushtops Camp among others.

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