Unknown to many, Tharaka Nithi county and particularly Tharaka is endowed with countless potential tourist destination sites that probably may not have been discovered by many.
This year’s Ura gate Tharaka annual cultural festivals having been called off due to covid-19 pandemic in the country, NewsFlash 254 has learnt that domestic tourists visiting Tharaka in this season have resulted to touring different natural sceneries in the community.
Our visit led us to Manyirani waterfalls in Manyirani village on River Kathita about 4 kilometres from Marimanti town. During our visit within the vicinity, the falls was flocked with visitors mostly from far counties who had travelled all the way for adventure.
Kennedy Nyaga, a visitor from Kirinyaga county expressed his pleasure to pay a visit to the place which according to him is worth being ranked as the second from the famous Thompson falls. Kennedy says unlike how outsiders have known Tharaka Nithi as home of politics, at least the county has potential of sites that can serve as tourist destination.
Dorcas Mbatia, another visitor at the falls noted that the county and particularly Tharaka is endowed with special and unique natural features which if exploited could earn the county government a lot of revenue from the visitors who would flock the sites.
The falls does not only offer a beautiful site for visitors to come and adventure but also has potential for economic gain. Japheth Kiria, a local from Manyirani sub-location told NewsFlash 254 that the waters at the falls harbour a big number of local fish commonly known as Ngoko and Nguru which locals have been fishing for food and trading.
Japhet however says nothing has been done by the county or the national government to make the place more viable and as a result the place has remained just like any other place which no one can tell is of any interest. “Currently nothing has been done in tapping and exploiting the resources here, even a visitor cannot discover if the place is unique in any way despite its potential,” he said.
Tharaka land is lucky to have most of the permanent rivers passing through the land towards the Indian ocean, which has also gifted Tharaka with another famous Kibuka grandfalls on River Tana, a site to behold.
However to make use of these natural sites, the county government has to undertake a serious venture of ensuring the sites are made accessible to visitors. For instance, a visitor showed disappointment over the poor access road from Marimanti to the falls which they said need to be worked on.
Both locals and the visitors have challenged the Njuki-led county government to make efforts and find a way of developing these scenes to make them known and accessible to tourists who may not be aware of their existence.