21 November 2012

Gambia: Kasan Conservation & Koba Lodge in the Offing

The tourism and hospitality sector in The Gambia will soon be boosted with the opening of another resort named Kasan Conservation and Koba Lodge located at Njassang Kaolong Forest Park.

This new project was disclosed to reporters Sunday at Senegambia Beach Hotel, Kololi, by Bakary Jammeh, GTBoard chairperson, who is also a partner to the project. He said Kasan Conservation and Koba Lodge project is in the offing as they havebeen introduced to the Ministry of Tourism and Culture and they are waiting response from the authority.

He revealed that there is a key educational component in the project, as they would partner with the University of The Gambia (UTG) and Ministries of Higher Education Research and Technology and Basic and Secondary Education. "It is not only for people to go and watch animals for pleasure but to learn and understand the animals. Therefore, it is going to be an opportunity to see, study and develop the habit of living side by side with nature," Jammeh further stated.

He reiterated that they are already engaging the government of The Gambia through the Ministry of Forestry and the Ministry of Tourism and Culture to allow the kick-off of the project as soon as possible hence there are a lot of investors who have already come on board.

Jammeh assured of the immediate commencement of the project as soon as they receive the nod to proceed. He explained that among the major advantages of the project is that it will defend the surrounding villages and their rice fields against the hippos.

Hans Musters, among other partners to the project, shared similar sentiments. He said The Gambia is a nice place to invest and in the future they intend to contribute to education among other things.

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