09 Jul 2015 12:20pm
MARIENTAL, 09 JUL (NAMPA) Four years after the Hardap Recreational Resort closed its doors to the public for renovations, it is expected to open for business by the end of this year.
The resort is situated about 15 kilometres northwest of Mariental and offers bungalows and campsites to visitors on the periphery of the Hardap Dam. The dam is well known for various water sports such as boating, canoeing and fishing. The Ministry of Environment and Tourisms website reads that it is also home to about 284 bird species such as the Great white pelican, Yellow-billed stork, Osprey, Bradfield's swift and Stark's lark.
The Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) Manager Corporate Communications and Online Media, Mufaro Nesongano told Nampa on Tuesday that despite some minor delays at the project, progress is going well at the recreational facility.
The Hardap resort is on course and to be opened this year. We have experienced some minor delays but we can assure the public that we will not end the year without opening the resort, he boasted.
Renovations so far included the restaurant, swimming pool, and five VIP bungalows.
A new conference centre was erected and the kitchen was rebuilt, according to Nesongano.
Meanwhile, the contractor of the project, Paul de Klerk from Mariental Construction told Nampa upon enquiry that the project is well on course.
Government availed about N.dollars 40 million for the renovation of the resort.
Other completed sites include the front office, administration blocks and one house for NWR staff. Other staff houses are still under construction, as well as the laundry room. De Klerk said the company is still busy with renovating 15 standard bungalows that are expected to be done in the next two months, while 30 one-bedroom bungalows will be finished in the next four to five months.
De Klerk is adamant that the project will be handed over to NWR before the end of this year.
The first phase of the project will be handed over to NWR by July/August this year, while the second phase will be handed over before the end of the year. Everything is going well, he added.
Earlier media reports indicated that the resort closed in 2011 for renovations after the restaurant burned down in 2010 due to an electrical fault in the kitchen.
NWR that time announced that it will be comprehensively upgrading the existing infrastructure and building new infrastructure, such as a state of the art conferencing facility.
Other attractions planned for the new development includes a floating bar and restaurant; sunset cruises, canoeing and yachting facilities; and expansion into guided activities such as hiking and nature drives.
This development was envisaged to take about 18 months.