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Dilolo Lake: largest natural freshwater lake in Southern Africa with “tourist potential” awaits investment

Lake Dilolo, considered the largest natural freshwater lake in southern Africa, is one of the main tourist attractions in Moxico. Despite having “tourist potential”, this lake has not yet been properly explored, awaiting investment in order to “awaken the sleeping monster”.

: Facebook do Governo Provincial do Moxico
Facebook do Governo Provincial do Moxico  

The Provincial Government of Moxico, in a statement to which VerAngola had access, explains that the aforementioned lake "is the largest natural freshwater lake in Southern Africa and one of the main tourist attractions in the province of Moxico". Located in the municipality of Luacano, it has "an area of around 200 square kilometers and an average depth of 1.5 meters", being rich in biodiversity as it has a "wide variety of fish and water birds, as well as a mild and a stunning landscape that invites leisure and contemplation".

However, its tourism potential "has not yet been adequately explored", due to the "lack of investment and infrastructure in the region", the note states.

According to the statement, the commune of Lake Dilolo presents problems in terms of road accessibility, communication, electricity and drinking water. However, the government of Moxico has been investing in the requalification of roads through an earthmoving project financed by the Integrated Plan for Intervention in Municipalities (PIIM), "and despite the shortcomings, there are great expectations with the proposal to elevate the commune into a municipality , a fact that could boost socioeconomic development and the promotion of tourism in the region".

According to Ernesto Muangala, governor of Moxico, who recently visited the town, work needs to be done to "awaken the sleeping monster".

"We must all work to awaken the sleeping monster. It is the largest natural freshwater lake in Southern Africa", said the governor, in statements to the press.

Quoted in the statement, the governor also considered that the "province gains a lot from the elevation of communes to municipalities, which is why the private sector is called upon to play a large role in fulfilling this aim".

He also said that it is "necessary" to have "investment in the area of tourism", aiming to develop the sector: "There must be investment in the area of tourism, for the development of the sector, because in addition to fish farming, Lake Dilolo offers a favorable climate for the practice of tourism", he said.

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