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Zimparks seeks three star status for Hwange National Park lodges

By Mhlomuli Ncube

THE Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) has embarked on an infrastructure refurbishment programme to meet government’s three-star ratings.

The development is expected to come with a 20 per cent increase in revenue for the organisation within a year.

With the Hwange National Park being the heartbeat of wildlife tourism in the Southern African region, the upgrade of the Hwange Main Camp has been cited as key towards creating a memorable experience for tourists in the heart of the wildlife sanctuary.

The target is to ensure the camp meets government’s three-star ratings with the sprucing up of chalets being implemented in phases.

“Over the last two years, we have been failing to break even. Due to COVID-19 not many people were travelling, so we have embarked on this ambitious project where we are renovating our chalets. We want to make sure that Hwange National Park lodges attain a three star status by next year, we are also hoping that by end of next year we are going to increase our revenue by 20 per cent,” said Zimparks Spokesperson, Tinashe Farawo.

12 chalets, with a bed capacity of 36 have been completed with more work required for the 100-bed Hwange National Park Main Camp.

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