07 Feb 2014 14:40pm
WINDHOEK, 07 FEB (NAMPA) - The Namibian Government is considering the purchase of local, private game reserve Erindi.
The owners of the reserve on Monday announced that it was on sale, and on Thursday made offered it to Government.
The selling price is N.dollars 1.3 billion, or N.dollars 20 000 per hectare.
By law, any land on sale must first be offered to the government.
The Ministry of Lands and Resettlements Public Relations Officer Chrispin Matongela told Nampa on enquiry on Friday that it is a yes and a no that government will buy it, adding that due process will now be followed.
During the announcement of its sale, one of the two owners, Gert Joubert, expressed hope that it will become the property of a Namibian citizen, or the Namibian government.
Joubert suggested that Government should buy the range to complete its portfolio of game reserves, and in the interest of the country.
Erindi comprises more than 7 000 hectares of pristine wilderness, mountains and savannah.
It is situated along the B1 road between Okahandja and Otjiwarongo.
Erindi was a cattle farm during the 1970s and 1980s, and was later converted into a hunting farm and a game reserve.
It has been in the Joubert familys care for the past 30 years, with brothers Gert and Paul Joubert as owners.
The owners decision to sell was based on the fact that the development of Erindi as a successful private game reserve, including infrastructure, biodiversity, lodges and as a national and international eco-tourist destination had been achieved.
Another reason for selling was that the reserve needed to be developed to the next phase, where emphasis should be placed on upmarket international tourists.