Hospitality group, Africa Albida Tourism, is working on construction of an $18 million education and entertainment park in Victoria Falls, expected to boost occupancies by 40 percent.
The park will be constructed on an 80 hectare land adjacent to Victoria Falls Safari Lodge and is touted to become the biggest commercial investment in the resort in over 10 years.
It is also expected that over 1 500 jobs will be created from the investment, which was approved by Victoria Falls Town council. Victoria Falls is a United Nations recognized heritage site.
AAT chairman Dave Glynn said the park, Santonga, will tell the story of Victoria Falls in all its aspects; culture, history, flora and fauna.
“Four post graduate paleontology students have researched the entire recorded history of Victoria Falls and its surrounds,” Mr Glynn said.
“We have the greatest historical collection of information on the area probably ever compiled,” he said.
Visitors to Santonga will be taken on a journey from the formation of earth and the geology of the region, through the dinosaur periods to post dinosaur mammals era, formation of the falls and hominids known to have inhabited the area. They will learn about the lives of the San, the Bantu migrations, the Great Zimbabwe trading zones and the arrival of European explorers while time will be rolled back to cultural practices from both sides of the mighty Zambezi River.
It is hoped that Santonga’s six hour experience, would boost the average 2.3 night stay for tourists in Victoria Falls.
“If we get people to stay just one day longer, occupancies will go up by over 40 percent, and 20 percent, if half a day longer,” he said.
“Santonga will appeal everybody from age 1-100 and will provide an attraction for older arrivals, families and those not keen on adrenalin activities.”
From : Zimbabwe Situation
23 October 2014