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New bridge set to open beach tourism in Tanzania’s business capital

Apolinary Tairo, eTN Tanzania correspondent  Apr 17, 2016

TANZANIA (eTN) - Set to open up a new tourist corridor on the southern beaches of the Indian Ocean, a new bridge has been constructed to link up the once dormant beach areas of Kigamboni in the southern part of Tanzania’s capital city of Dar es Salaam.

With a length of 680 meters, the Kigamboni Bridge across the southern tip of Indian Ocean and which is set for official opening Tuesday this week will open up new business and settlements in the newly-developed Kigamboni suburb, the upcoming tourist and luxury satellite city in Dar es Salaam.

This longest cable-stayed bridge in East Africa and which connects Dar es Salaam city center and the satellite city of Kigamboni on the other side of the Indian Ocean has been financed by Tanzania’s National Social Security Fund (NSSF) at a cost of over US$120 million upon completion.

Known as the “South Beach Zone,” Kigamboni city hosts a number of high-class tourist accommodation and recreational facilities in its long beach stretch south of Dar es Salaam city center.

A modern and ambitious real estate project is at its final stage in construction at Dege Village in Dar es Salaam, an internationally designed business and settlement area.

Known as “Dege Eco Project”, the estate involves the construction of 7,160 modern houses (flats) and 300 villas, a social club, secondary, elementary and a kindergarten schools, a health facility and shopping Centre.

Dege Eco Village has also been designed with modern facilities, including 24 shopping units, a supermarket, restaurants and cafes in garden areas, outdoor sports fields, outdoor swimming pools, indoor pools and a spectacular rotating restaurant.

NSSF executives said the Kigamboni satellite city will be comprised of modern, luxury hotels, tourist apartments and shopping malls.

This new city will be a modern one with international facilities that would make it a tourist hub in southern beaches of Tanzania to attract visitors likely to stay longer, making Dar es Salaam city an attractive destination for beach holidaymakers.

Before laying the bridge over the ocean, southern beaches on the other side of the Dar es Salaam city were left with little development while lacking proper links to other parts of Tanzania.

Tanzanian president John Magufuli is expected to open this ambitious bridge for motorists and other users.

New bridge set to open beach tourism in Tanzania’s business capital

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