Mozambique: Government plans to privatize Maputo Reserve

15 November 2007

Pemba, Mozambique, 15 Nov – The government of Mozambique will soon launch an international public tender to hand over management of the Maputo Reserve to a private company in order to increase tourism, a Tourism Ministry official said in Pemba Wednesday.

The reserve is located 120 kilometers south of Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, covers an area of 10,000 hectares, according to the national director of Conservation Areas, Bartolomeu Soto, “has many types of fauna and flora that can attract tourists.”

Last July, the government announced it would invest US$54 million in the renewal of national parks and their fauna after a 17 year civil war that ended 15 years ago.

The civil war dramatically reduced the herds of wild animals in national parks and reserves with mines and other explosive devices making off-road trails very dangerous.

Mozambique hopes to benefit from an influx of tourists during the Soccer World Cup in South Africa in 2010. (macauhub)