MOROGORO, Tanzania – Tour operators in Tanzania are expected to start using the shortcut in the Mikumi National Park – Selous Game Reserve.
However by the time the tourist season starts in June the road will be ready for use.
News from the Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA), the custodians of Tanzania parks says to repair the road linking Mikumi and Selous has been received well from the travel and tourism players.
Andrew Malalika, the owner of Jackpot Safaris based in Arusha said, the road will provide another opportunity for the southern parks to attract many more visitors as the time and fuel expenses will be reduced to a significant level.
According to the Mikumi National Park’s Chief Park Warden, Dattomax Sellanyinka, the road would result in less hours travelled between the two destinations by cutting the current distance of 150 kilometres.
It takes a drive of nearly 298 km to connect the two tourist gems at present, which will after the completion of the road will only mean 148 kms.
The road, set to be ready by the end of February, 2014, is a major boost to the tourists wanting to visit both Mikumi National Park, the fourth largest in the country and Selous Game Reserve, the largest protected area in Africa and a United Nation World Heritage Site.
Mikumi National Park owes its penchant for its profound ecosystem with the Selous Game Reserve, the biggest in Africa, larger than Switzerland, and reputed to hold some of nature’s best-kept secrets.
Selous’ beauty is largely due to its great measure and the indefinable thrill that is experienced far from civilization in primeval settings.
Naturally, the park benefits from the highest game density between the two ecosystems offering the best game viewing all-year round, in which a road network is being built one that will enable visitors to enjoy a twin visit of both Mikumi and Selous, one after another.
A drive through the route will also provide game viewing as animals such as elephants, buffaloes, zebras; antelopes (kudu, eland and sable) migrate to and from the northern pocket of the Selous into the Mikumi Park.
TANAPA invites tour operators in the country to start using the road and maximize on the potential of the Mikumi-Selous ecosystem.