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Published on : Thursday, August 3, 2017
In Rusape, St. Theresa, in particular, Manicaland province, villagers talk of the Maninga Mountains – a range adding to the beautiful landscape. A part of Zimbabwe’s apocryphal tales, the Maninga Mountains’ rich history is rich with tales associated with the craftiness of the Maungwe people. Various large caves surround Maninga range’s story as these ningas – caves running for kilometres and large enough to accommodate villagers, their livestock and food stocks for months.
These caves, believed to be bigger than the popular Chinhoyi Caves, were used to protect the yields. They acted as grain storage but also came in handy when the villagers hid in the caves from the marauding warriors who invaded these parts.
The Zimbabwe National Tourism Master Plan seeks to identify potential tourism magnets to grow new tourist attractions in Zimbabwe. The plan has identified 11 Tourism Development Zones in Harare, Eastern Highlands, Chimanimani, Gonarezhou, Limpopo, Great Zimbabwe, Midlands, Bulawayo, Victoria Falls, Kariba and Mavhuradonha.
These can generate small to medium investments and larger, more ambitious, projects to diversify the tourism product in Zimbabwe.
Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Walter Mzembi, in his foreword to the Master Plan, says that there is a vibrant, real and powerful tourism economy that can play a central role in helping Zimbabwe to flourish.
“My ministry sees tourism as one integrated economic system – making substantive social, economic and environmental contributions that are very necessary, structurally, to economic success, very responsive to the citizens of the nation and that can bring wealth creation across many sectors and communities,” Dr. Mzembi said.