The Department of Parks and Wildlife is optimistic that tourists visiting Kasungu National Park will continue to rise following face lifting interventions by the African Development Bank AfDB).
Unde the Promoting Investment and Competitiveness in the Tourism (PICTS) sector project, the African Development Bank initiated a number of interventions meant to cover critical gaps in the tourism value chain.
AfDB has since rehabilitated the road network within the park, introduced cyber tracking gadgets to detect poaching activities, and provided vehicles for patrol as well connecting solar electricity to the park.
Head of wildlife management at Kasungu National Park Petros Kachulu Msiska indicates that management is now in control of the park activities.
“We have greatly been assisted especially on the control of human-wildlife conflict, we could receive reports of poaching or elephants raiding surrounding communities, we were however unable to attend to that until AFDB came in,” Kachulu Msiska said.
The park’s wildlife officer responsible for education and extension Matheus Elisa also disclosed that AfDB is also promoting eco-tourism activities by encouraging local communities to form cultural villages or museums as part of strengthening their culture.
Group village headman Linyangwa who is also strengthening the formation of the cultural village is hopeful that poverty levels may decline in the community once the cultural village is refurbished.
Kasungu National Park has since taken communities of Linyangwa to education tours in other places like Mandebvu Farm.
GVH Linyangwa has expressed hope that there will be a cultural boost once all activities are aligned.