Victoria Falls Reporter
BINGA is a sleeping tourism giant with untapped resources and potential to resuscitate the country’s leisure sector and drive the economy if efforts are made to exploit existing opportunities.
Tourism operators based in Binga, located at the tail of Lake Kariba, recall how some years back Binga used to compete with Victoria Falls in terms of tourist arrivals as visitors from across the globe enjoyed a wide range of activities including boat cruises, boating, fishing, site seeing, hunting, photography and a rich local culture.
There are also five-star lodges and hotels dotted along the Zambezi River and Kariba Dam, completing a full package for visitors. Little attention has been given to the tourism district over the years resulting in Binga being almost forgotten as a destination.
As a result few people are aware of magnificent sand beaches located in Binga, one managed by ZimParks and the rural district council on the western side, while the other is on the eastern side run by Jimba Safaris Zimbabwe, which is leasing Forestry Commission’s Sijalila concession.
Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Nqobizitha Mangaliso Ndlovu also acknowledged during his recent visit to Binga that the district is indeed a sleeping giant.