Eco-Tourism Park to be completed in 2010

Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Nthambeleni Gabara

Mutale - An Eco-Tourism Park at the Tshikuyu Village in Limpopo will be completed in January 2010 just in time for the thousands of soccer fans who will descend on the country for the biggest soccer spectacle ever.

The R30 million project, which started in 2007, will play a vital role in providing accommodation to tourists who will be visiting the Kruger National Park during the 2010 FIFA World Cup and beyond.

The park will consist of modern and stylish chalets, an administration block, a conference hall, swimming pools, a restaurant, ladies bar and a curio shop.

Local Economic Development Manager at the district municipality, Mukundi Mushaphi said since the start of the project, several jobs were created for locals.

"The project has already created 93 temporary jobs in construction and it will further create 200 more jobs in the fields of security, cleaning, game ranging, maintenance and other services."

Herbivorous wild animals such as the kudus, impalas and zebras will be conserved at the park, except the big five.

A cultural village will also be established where different types of cultural dances will be performed to entertain tourists.

Cultural paintings, sculptures and other types of art creation will be sold at the cultural village.

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