Two national and two foreign companies set to invest in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique

9 March 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 9 March – The Barra Lodge, One Africa, Nwedzi Investimentos and Xivulo companies have been awarded the international public tender to implement tourism projects in Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, the park’s director for Communications said.

Contacted by Macauhub in Maputo, Vasco Galante, who from Wednesday until 13 March will be in the German capital for the International Berlin Fair, said that of the four companies two were Mozambican, one was South African and one was Portuguese.

The tender, which was run by the Mozambican Tourism Ministry and the Project to Restore Gorongosa (PRG), was launched to select companies interested in investing in quality tourism projects in selected areas of the park.

Galante also told Macauhub that the new tourism facilities would complement the two operations that had been in place for some time, specifically the one in Chitengo that provides cabins and the camping area.

In July 2010 Gorongosa National Park celebrated its 50th anniversary as it was given that status in 1960. Until then it was just a reserve where, via a decree set up in 1935, hunting was not permitted.

In 2010 the park was visited by 5,500 tourists, mainly foreigners, which was an increase of 20 percent on the number of visitors in 2009. (macauhub)