SANParks has officially begun construction of a major safari lodge in Skukuza, the Kruger National Park’s foremost rest camp.
The R269,5-million project includes the construction of a three-star lodge, a conference centre and accommodation for staff.
“With this new additional accommodation, we will be able to host various sizes of events, exhibitions, conventions and meetings,” says SANParks CEO Fundisile Mketeni, “while this will also cement the parks international reputation for sustainable business establishments.”
Speaking at the official commencement ceremony, Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa says that the development will increase the park’s contribution to the economy, while providing jobs for locals.
She adds that the new facilities will not significantly increase the park’s human footprint.
In other related news, the Kruger National Park has re-opened most of its roads following the heavy rains caused by Cyclone Dineo last week.
Visitors should, however, note that several roads remain shut to the public, until further notice.