Hwange National Park records increased tourist arrivals

By Tichaona Kurewa

The country’s tourism recovery plan is on course, as more tourists continue to throng Hwange National Park for game drives and other activities.

Zimbabwe’s target of a US$12 billion tourism economy by 2025 is on course with more tourists flocking into the country after the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions.

ZBC News caught up with tourists from the United States of America and the domestic market who spoke glowingly about the Hwange National Park, which is one of Africa’s largest wildlife sanctuaries.

“We are excited. Hwange National Park is a must-visit,” a tourist said.

“We have seen a lot of animals and parks officials are taking good care of the animals,” another said.

Said another, “We are Zimbabweans from the diaspora and we are also taking time to visit our country.”

Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority area manager for Sinamatela, Mike Jonasi disclosed that they are sprucing up various camps to unlock the tourism potential of Hwange National Park.

“This camp wasn’t like this. We are refurbishing it for the convenience of our visitors. Of late, we have seen an increase in arrivals which is encouraging,” he said.

Hwange National Park is home to the big five – the rhino, elephant, lion, leopard and buffalo.