Maputo, Mozambique, 13 Feb – Tourism activity in Limpopo National Park is beginning to generate dividends, bringing in 5.8 million meticais (US$200,000) in revenue in 2011, 7.1 percent more than in 2010, reports Mozambique’s AIM news agency.
From January to December 2011 22,000 national and foreign tourists visited the conservation area included in the Limpopo trans-frontier programme. About 2,400 slept in the park, while the rest crossed it to other destinations.
In December the park was crossed by 2,752 foreign tourists, most of them South Africans on their way to visit national tourist resorts, especially in southern Mozambique.
The park’s tourism director, Lodovico Salinha, said the institution’s main concern is to continue improving lodging, including entertainment conditions that will encourage tourists to spend more time in the park.
The Limpopo National Park has received more than 40,000 national and foreign tourists since it was founded in 2001. Its wildlife population has increased substantially and includes antelope, lions, elephants and rhinoceroses, despite a rise in illegal poaching in the region. (macauhub)