There ! New pipeline gateway for Kruger National Park


The world-famous Kruger National Park, which is larger than the State of Israel, offers one of the best wildlife experiences on the African continent. The Kruger has always welcomed visitors from South Africa and abroad. The pandemic, which led to a slowdown in tourist attendance for more than a year, had a heavy impact on the park’s income.

Limpopo’s MEC for Economic Development, Environment and Tourism, Thabo Mokone, told Pretoria News that Kruger Park is expected to have a new entrance gate as well as a hub of activities next year. Mokone said both projects have been on the books for some time, but the plans are now reaching the implementation stage.

KRUGER’S NEW ENTRY DOOR

The new entrance, which is called the Shangoni Gate, will be located between the towns of Giyani and Malamulele. Mokone said the project had been plagued by disagreements between the communities of Malamulele and Giyani over the location of the new gate.

“The question of the Shangoni gate is not a new matter. We have agreed that we will start engaging with Collins Chabane Local Municipality and Giyani Local Municipality to resolve this issue as soon as possible so that we can complete this project by the end of next year, ”a Mokone said.

CATERING TO LOCAL VISITORS

Although the Kruger National Park already has several gateways, most of them do not have on-site recreation facilities or activity centers for visitors, forcing visitors to visit. rest camps inside the park to access facilities such as restaurants. , shops and organized safaris.

The new gate and new activity hub are aimed at local visitors who will be able to access the activities and facilities as soon as they enter the park.

“I am particularly keen to launch these projects because they will create jobs in the provincial economy. We cannot rely solely on international tourists to come and visit us. We also have to rely on ourselves to visit our own country, ”Mokone said.

TRANSFORMING THE LOCAL ECONOMY

This new development will stimulate job creation by providing jobs to local communities. Mokone said the new business hub will strengthen Phalaborwa’s economy.

“We made the decision as the (provincial) government to claim Kruger Park. The town of Phalaborwa has been anchored by the mining industry, so we want the tourism sector to be a secondary reminder to develop the city into an epic tourist destination, ”he said.


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