By Kenias Chivuzhe
The President of Botswana, Dr Eric Mokgweetsi Masisi has described Nyanga as one of Zimbabwe’s unique and intriguing tourism destinations with hidden treasures that should be popularised.
Dr Masisi, who was accompanied by Botswana’s First Lady Neo Jane Masisi, first visited Nyanga National Park before proceeding to Trout Farm where he had some fishing experience.
He then proceeded to the magnificent World’s View before touring Troutbeck Inn with his last destination being the Popular Mtarazi Falls which he viewed from a helicopter.
In an interview at the end of the tour, President Masisi said the description of Nyanga as Little England is well deserved.
“I must admit that this was unknown to me expected for the names and descriptions and I have been always curious to know why the place was known as the Little England until I got the full story today. The highlight of my visit by all means was the World’s View. It’s spectacular, well-positioned and well-described. The ambiance is breath taking. The second highlight was the Trout research centre and I was excited as I have never done Trout fishing before. I flow over the park and I saw the forest reserves and the water falls. Besides the sheer beauty, I went to Troutbeck Hotel and I saw a fire that has been going since 1951. I saw the mountains and these are hidden treasures that should be talked about more and be advertised more.”
President Masisi says Nyanga is a must go tourism destination.
“The people who have never been here should take an effort. They will be surprised, it’s really spectacular. You don’t need to go far to see good things, Africa has a lot of good things. We met an artist, a sculptor called Livingston and bought a few pieces from him. I bought a pangolin sculpture. We will come back and spent more time here and also visit Chimanimani.”
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Ambassador Fredrick Shava says the visit by President Masisi puts the tourism resort on the map.
“We want to thank President Masisi for putting Nyanga on the map in terms of tourism. Maybe we are one of the first to accompany a president to Nyanga. From now on, people will be looking at what they can find in Nyanga and I hope more heads of state will visit the place. There are very beautiful places here including the World’s View,” he said.
“ZTA has a challenge to improve what the World’s View can offer and put maybe telescopes so that people can try to see the mentioned places from a distance. There is also a need to provide hotels and other facilities in the area. We are very happy that the president has exposed that to ZTA Mtarazi falls can also have more packages.”
Zimbabwe Tourism Authority CEO, Winnie Muchanyuka said it was a great honour to host the Botswana president.
“We had a great day today hosting the President of Botswana and he was pleased with what we offer here and vowed to come back as he only saw a snippet of what is on offer in the district. We have been challenged to do more and bring more activities to further increase the appeal and attract more tourists,” she said.
Over and above the areas visited by President Masisi, Nyanga is famed for a number of tourist attraction sites that include Nyangani Mountain, Gairezi River, Nyangombe Falls and Ziwa Ruins among others.
The Minister of Defence and War Veterans Affairs, Cde Oppah Muchinguri Kashiri and the Minister of State for Manicaland Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Honourable Nokuthula Matsikenyere also accompanied President Masisi during his tour of the Nyanga tourist sites.