Maputo, Mozambique, 8 July – Work to build the Zalala Beach Lodge and Safaris tourist resort, in Mozambique’s Zambézia province, is practically finished and the resort is due to be opened on 27 September, World Tourism Day, Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias reported.
The resort, which is the result of Mozambican, Greek and British investments, is located around 50 kilometres from the city of Quelimane and in its first phase will have 10 bungalows, a restaurant, swimming pool and sports fields.
Manuel de Araújo, a Mozambican partner in the resort, told Notícias that in the first phase around US$1.5 million had been expected to be invested but, due to difficulties during construction, the costs rose to US$2.5 million.
Amongst the difficulties, Manuel de Araújo noted the poor state of the road linking the city of Quelimane and the beach at Zalala, particularly the dirt road to the Sulpinha area, where the tourist resort is located.
In practical terms, the work began in 2009, but the group has been working the area since 2008, when the 23-hectare area was cleared to make way for the resort.
After the resort starts operating, work will begin on the second phase, which will include a further 10 bungalows, a conference room and landing strip for light aircraft, amongst other facilities. (macauhub)