14 Sep 2017 13:00pm
SANGWALI, 14 SEP (NAMPA) The Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) on Wednesday inaugurated 19 newly built houses for game rangers of the Nkasa Rupara National Park in the Zambezi Region.
The facilities, built at a cost of over N.dollars 41 million, comprise one- and two-bedroom houses, office administration block and tourist reception centre.
The German government supported the project financially.
Construction started in 2014 by the Nexus Group.
Deputy Minister Tommy Nambahu, who officiated at the event, said game rangers conduct patrols, manage wildlife, share information on wildlife conflict with the community, and also to take care of tourism infrastructure in the park.
Our ongoing cooperation [with Germany] aims to foster conservation and socio-economic development in the country by establishing viable tourism game parks in our communities, Nambahu said.
The park has an impressive concentration of wild animals such as elephants, hippos, crocodiles, giraffes, lions and impalas.
Nambahu also launched newly designed information brochures of the park and pocket maps for tourists.
Zambezi Regional Governor, Lawrence Sampofu and German Ambassador to Namibia, Christian Matthias Schlaga were among the dignitaries.
Schlaga said his office has interest in developing tourism facilities in Namibia, as most German nationals visiting the country wish to travel to areas where wild animals are found.
He promised continued support in developing tourism infrastructure, assist in anti-poaching activities and capacitating Namibians in tourism.
Speaking on behalf of the community, Mayeyi Traditional Authority Chief Boniface Shufu thanked the Namibian and Germany governments for efforts to promote and develop tourism in his area.
Shufu requested the Namibian Government to in future consider recruiting local community members as game rangers.
The park is situated over 140 kilometres south-east of Katima Mulilo in the Lyaboloma Constituency. It covers 320 square kilometres and was proclaimed a park in March 1990.
The Zambezi Region has a variety of wild animals and birds. About 14 000 of the country's 22 000 elephants are found in this region.