Mozambican government to contract tourism operators for Gorongosa National Park

22 October 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 22 Oct – Mozambique’s Ministry of Tourism and the Gorongosa Restoration Project plan to begin contracting tourism operators for certain areas of Gorongosa National Park, a government source told Macauhub in Maputo.

The decision was made in line with the two entities’ powers as joint managers of the park, the source said.

The agreement to jointly manage Gorongosa National Park aims to further development of the park and surrounding areas for sustainable tourism that maintains ecological integrity and should also stimulate economic growth in Sofala province.

Mozambican and foreign companies are welcome to apply, the source said, adding that the latter must make a firm commitment to establishing themselves in Mozambique if awarded a contract.

Associations in consortium or company groups are permitted, the source said. Interested foreign companies may also join up with national companies.

Gorongosa National Park has an area of 3,700 square km and was severely affected by the civil war. Work on restoring the park has since been carried out by the Mozambican government and the Karr Foundation.

A National Geographic film portraying the diversity of Gorongosa National Park has earned several international prizes. (macauhub)