Maputo, Mozambique, 17 Feb – Safari and tour operators as well as hotel chains from across the world have applied for the international public tender to attract new operators to Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park, Mozambican daily newspaper, Notícias reported.
With a view to achieving, “sustainable tourist development,” each tourist development area – the biggest of which covers just over 47,000 hectares – will house several camping grounds for luxury tents and other camping areas.
In two areas located on the edges of the park construction of luxury cabins will be permitted and most of the camping grounds will be built near (but not in) wetlands, karstic areas, breeding areas and areas where the park’s zoning will make it possible to do jeep safaris, walking safaris with a guide and other tourist activities.
Some tourist development areas include “wildlife areas” where excursions will be restricted or exclusively limited to walking safaris.
Notícias reported that all of these new tourist facilities would start to be built in 2011 and the Mozambican Tourism Ministry was currently and the Gorongosa Restoration Project were selecting the projects that best fit with the park’s high ecological standards ensuring that, “the ecosystem is preserved and a sustainable tourist industry is set up.”
The Gorongosa National Park in July 2010 celebrated its 50th anniversary as it was given national park status in 1960, having since 1935 been a reserve where hunting was banned.
In 2010 the park received 5,500 visitors, mostly foreigners, which was a rise of 20 percent against the number of visitors in 2009. (macauhub)