Portuguese group Visabeira to refurbish and manage tourism facilities in Gorongosa, Mozambique

15 November 2011

Lisbon, Portugal, 15 Nov – The Chitengo safari camp in Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique will be refurbished and managed by Portuguese group Visabeira, which owns the Girassol hotel chain in Mozambique and Angola, officials said in Lisbon.

According to a statement from the group, which announced an investment of US$2 million in the project, the tourism unit in Gorongosa National Park, located in the far south of the Great African Rift Valley, in the heart of central Mozambique, was initially built in 1941 and, for many years welcomed thousands of tourists from across the world.

After being closed between 1983 and 1995 because of the Mozambican civil war, Chitengo was refurbished and expanded and the Project to Restore Gorongosa was set up. This was a partnership between the Mozambican state and the Greg Carr Foundation the aim of which is to support the recuperation, maintenance and repopulation of the Gorongosa National Park whilst also improving the living conditions of the local people.

Once the Visabeira group takes over, after it was selected by the Mozambican Tourism Ministry and the Gorongosa Restoration Project, there will be an additional investment to provide the Park with all the facilities needed to ensure the quality of tourism based on the Chitengo safari camp.

Chitengo now has accommodation for 78 guests along with a camping area and a number of services such as a restaurant, swimming pools, gift shop, a vast network of tracks for safaris, walking areas and other tourist activities, framed by the natural beauty and biodiversity of the Gorongosa National Park. (macauhub)