As part of sustained efforts at growing its tourism offerings, Mozambique launched the first stone of the integrated tourism development project, at the Namaacha Waterfalls.
The project was launched on September 22, 2023 by Eldevina Materula, Minister of Culture and Tourism. The initiative aims to value and preserve the Namaacha Waterfalls, located in the province of Maputo, approximately 80 km from the capital. It is one of Mozambique’s main natural attractions, with scenic beauty and rich biodiversity much sought after by domestic and foreign visitors. It is also an example of beauty, tranquility and charm.
The integrated tourism development project will be developed by Fork On Hill, which plans to build 10 cottages, restaurant, climbing wall, obstacle course, zipline, trails, conditioning dams for canoeing and sport fishing, concert area, among other facilities.
In her speech, the Minister of Culture and Tourism stated that the implementation of the project will offer visitors an integrated and diversified experience that combines leisure, culture, education and environmental sustainability, in addition to contributing to the socio-economic development of the region and the country, as It will generate jobs, income, taxes and foreign currency. Therefore, Eldevina Materula emphasized on the need for the project to contribute to the preservation and appreciation of the natural and cultural heritage of the Namaacha Falls, which are a symbol of national identity and a strategic resource for tourism.
The representative of Fork On Hill, Fernando Sitói, affirmed that the project is more than a business, it is the symbol of the commitment that the organization has to create a welcoming, authentic and sustainable tourist destination.
On the other hand, Fork On Hill wants to use the power of tourism to engage communities, at all levels, and help promote locally produced cultural goods.
In general, local communities ask for more benefit about the project and say they are ready to support the visibility of the project that will be raised in the benefit of tourism development.
Among several figures, the President of the Municipal Council of the Village of Namaacha, Manuel Munguambe, the Director of the Office of the Governor of the Province, Kátia Come, and the Provincial Director of Culture and Tourism, Lúdgero Gêmo attended the ceremonies.
The launching ceremony of the first stone of the integrated tourism development project was succeeded by the visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Gruta Nossa Senhora de Fatima, Quinta Arca, sites of great tourist attraction in Namaacha.
The activity is included in the framework of the World Tourism Day celebrations, which will be marked on September 27, 2023.