Gorongosa National Park, in Mozambique visited by 5,500 tourists in 2010

8 February 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 8 Feb – The Gorongosa National Park, in Mozambique in 2010 was visited by over 5,500 tourists, a rise of 20 percent against 2009, the park’s board of directors said in a statement issued in Maputo.

The statement said that the rise in the number of tourists was, “impressive, if we take into consideration that Gorongosa is a specific and remote tourist destination and that visits by tourists to Africa rose by just 6 percent in the last year.”

International tourists accounted for the majority of visitors, but visits by Mozambicans to the park rose by 45 percent in the last year, according to the statement.

Last year the Mozambican government decided to increase the area of the park, located in the centre of the country, from 3,700 square kilometres to 4,067 square kilometres to prevent destruction of its ecosystem.

Gorongosa National Park, which is one of the biggest in Africa, is being managed, for a period of 20 years, by US magnate Greg Carr, who invested US$40 million in its restoration. (macauhub)