Plans are underway to turn Hora Mountain, a historical site in Mzimba district in the northern region of Malawi into a fully-fledged tourism attraction centre.
Hora Mountain is an important place for the Ngoni tribe of Mzimba who led by their Paramount Chief, Inkosi ya Makhosi M’mbelwa hold Umthetho Cultural Festival at the foot of the mountain to, among other things, preserve their cultural heritage in August every year.
The three-day Umthetho festival which brings together all the Ngonis in Malawi as well as other Ngoni representatives from neighboring countries like Zambia, Tanzania and South Africa is characterized by feasting and traditional dances like Ingoma celebrating the lives of their ancestral fathers and the victories that they acquired.
Malawi News Agency recently quoted Mzimba Heritage Association (MZIHA) Vice Secretary, Kingsley Jere stressing that Hora Mountain is a potential tourism attraction centre and it is high time local and international tourists started visiting the place.
“The place is beautiful and we will make the place more attractive so that we attract visitors,” he said.
Jere said MZIHA will employ a tour guide who will be taking care of the site and guiding tourists when they visit Hora and climb the mountain.
Recently, Inkosi ya Makhosi M’mbelwa the Fifth and his wife, Her Majesty Inkosikazi, climbed Hora Mountain as the royal couple celebrated her majesty’s birthday. Jere said what the ngoni paramount chief did clearly indicated that Mount Hora is a potential tourist attraction centre.
Director of Planning and Development for M’mbelwa District Council, Precious Kantsitsi said tourism Industry was one of key areas that could economically lead to transformation of Mzimba as stipulated in the district’s development plan.
He said the mountain has potential of becoming a key tourist attraction site because it preserves the rich cultural heritage of Mzimba and the Ngoni tribe.
Kantsitsi said the site will help to preserve Ngoni cultural heritage for the younger generations and people from all walks of life will be visiting the Hora to appreciate the ngoni culture thereby putting Mzimba a must visit destination for tourists coming to Malawi.