By ZBC Reporter
ZIMBABWE has reopened the Victoria Falls Rainforest exactly 100 days after the unprecedented closure of the UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the global pandemic.
The long wait is over and domestic tourists now have the opportunity to view the legendary and world’s largest curtain of falling water the Victoria Falls, after the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority took a decision to reopen all the National Parks on Tuesday morning.
A handful of domestic tourists from Victoria Falls and surrounding areas thronged the popular waterfall and could not hide their joy for the opportunity to once again set their eyes on the majestic waterfall.
“We are so excited to be back here and we are proud as Zimbabweans to have this natural wonder. It is an amazing feeling and from past experience, one cannot tire of viewing the legendary waterfall,” said one tourist.
Zimparks Public Relations Manager, Tinashe Farawo said the reopening of the rainforest follows the nod given by the government and highlighted that all operations will be guided by the recently adopted health and safety guidelines.
“We rely on tourism to fund conservation activities including law enforcement. Over the past few months, we have been facing challenges as our revenue streams were cut off due to COVID-19. We invite local tourists to visit our facilities as we look within to kick start the tourism industry,” said Farawo.
Love for Africa Director, Blessing Munyenyiwa made a passionate plea for the government to consider resumption of inter-city travel as the country moves towards full-scale resumption of tourism business.
“The one thing l am appealing to our listening President is that we allow inter-city. Without inter-city, a lot of domestic tourism cannot happen. There are a lot of people who want to travel within their own country and this will give us an opportunity as tourism to prepare for international market,” said Munyenyiwa.
Known to the locals as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ Victoria Falls which this year recorded its long term peak flow, has been thundering in isolation as tourists could not enjoy the sprays from the waterfall due to the COVID-19 induced lockdown.
By ZBC Reporter