robin pope safarisAfrican Parks Zambia expects to earn about US$100,000 from tourists’ arrivals this year.

Park manager Raquel Seybert said the revenue will be raised from the five camp sites which have continued to attract increased inflow from both local and foreign tourists.

“Five community campsites have been constructed while Matamanene Camp has undergone full refurbishment for use by Robin Pope Safaris and other guests at the African Parks Zambia.” Ms Seybert said.

Speaking in an interview in Kalabo on Friday, she said some revenue raised from the campsites is ploughed back to the local community in the Liuwa Plain National Park.

The Liuwa Plain National Park has five campsites namely Kwale, Buffalo Boma, Sausage Tree, King’s Pool and Matamanene.

Ms Seybert said the firm has also constructed an airstrip in the core tourism area of the park, Matamanene to allow for a year-round access for tourists and park management.

She said this will significantly reduce the journey time to Liuwa, adding that last year the company recorded the highest number of tourists.

On future plans, Ms Seybert said the company intends to put up a lodge to attract investors in the area to invest in the park.

“We are hoping to build a lodge to bring investors to in the park. You know, most of the investors would like to invest in an area where there is already some kind of investment,” she said.

Meanwhile, the African Parks Zambia will not directly participate in the United Nation World Trade Organisation (UNWTO) but indirectly through the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA).

Ms Seybert, however, said the UNWTO is anticipated to bring in more tourists that will stimulate tourism.

African Parks Zambia manages Liuwa Plain National Park in partnership with ZAWA and Barotse Royal Establishment.

From: www.daily-mail.co.zm

By: CYNTHIA MWALE

Date: 2 May 2013