The Gorongosa National Park, in the central Mozambican province of Sofala, received 7,000 tourists in 2011, said its administrator Mateus Muthemba speaking in Washington to the Voice of America radio station.
The park’s administrator said that the number he gave was “very significant” given that the park was still undergoing improvements after the devastation caused by the 1976-1992 civil war.
Muthemba, who spoke to Voice of America on the sidelines of the launch of a film produced by the National Geographic Society about the return of elephants to Gorongosa entitled “War Elephants,” noted that when the park re-opened it had no tourists, but that now there was good accommodation in the park.
The civil war in Mozambique ended in 1992 but it was only in 2005 that renewal of the Gorongosa National Park began, as part of a plan involving the Tourism Ministry and the Carr Foundation of US multi-millionaire Gregory Carr.
A formal agreement was signed in June 2008 and since then the park authorities’ main concern has been to repopulate the park and so far has relocated 4,000 large mammals, including critically endangered species such as rhinoceros. (macauhub)