The Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW), has revealed that the African Development Bank(AfDB) is pushing for the construction of a five star hotel at Cape Maclear, as part of its project aimed at promoting competitiveness in the tourism sector.
AfDB is already supporting a number of interventions aimed at improving law enforcement in the protection of wildlife and other endangered species in both Lake Malawi National Park as well as Kasungu National Park.
Briefing journalists during a media tour at some of the islands which make up Lake Malawi National Park, Park Manager Tamanda Kasapila stressed that the bank greatly assisted the park to improve its efficiency in law enforcement. Kasapila pointed out boats, floaters, tents, uniforms for park rangers and other office equipment which is assisting the park operate with ease.
“We greatly appreciate the commitment that AfDB has shown in helping us to improve our law enforcement operations. We were nearly handicapped in the past with only one plank boat and a few resources, but we are now able to see the tremendous improvements we have made in law enforcement,” said Kasapila.
Kasapila added that the AfDB is currently searching for an investor who will find the missing link, by constructing a Five Star hotel in the area.
It is believed that such a structure will boost confidence of international travelers.
Lake Malawi National park is made up of 13 islands which are found in Mangochi and Salima, most of which are being managed on concession by foreign tour operators running lodges and other facilities within the park.
It is also surrounded by a number of villages, some of which are within the park, hence posing a threat of human conflict.
Division Manager for the Upper Shire at the DNPW, Phillip Mwiithokana hopes that AfDB interventions will not only ensure the protection of wildlife but also that tourism activities will be boosted for both local and international tourists
“We believe the preservation of the fish species and other wildlife will encourage more people to come and appreciate the beauty of the park, ” he added.
The AfDB is supporting both Kasungu National Park as well as Lake Malawi National Park through the Promoting Investment and Competitiveness in the Tourism Sector. A project which is being run by government through the ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Culture