18 December 2012

Namibia: N$60 Million for Poppa Falls

Divundu — Poppa Falls Resort in the Kavango Region will soon receive a N$60 million facelift. The dilapidated resort is owned by Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR). The Poppa Falls are rated one of the main tourist attractions in the region, along with the game parks of Mahungu, Kaudom and Sikerete.

The Poppa Falls Resort is situated about 10 kilometres from Divundu in eastern Kavango. The redevelopment of the resort is scheduled for completion in December next year.

Government will pump in the money through the Ministry of Environment and Tourism. "We were in the process of seeking funds to revamp the place, but the Ministry of Environment and Tourism halted our plans and informed us that they would provide about N$60 million to revamp the place," said an excited resort manager, Shuufeni Abel Shafa.

Once completed the resort will also offer game drives and boat cruises and will boast brand-new conferencing facilities. Shafa says there is no doubt that the resort will attract more tourists if revamped, because more facilities will be available.

"At the moment most of our visitors are foreigners, the locals are mostly day visitors. Sometimes tourists come here with the impression that the rapids are similar to that of the great Victoria Falls," he said jokingly.

With the camping place at the resort currently in a flood-prone area, Shafa said there are plans to relocate the camping site to higher ground. He also assured all prospective visitors that safety at the resort is guaranteed, since no crime related activities or incidents have been reported recently.

The rapids, many bird species, crocodiles, hippos and excellent fishing are some of the major tourist attractions at the resort. Since the region is ranked among the poorest in the country, tourism revenue is expected to boost regional revenue significantly once the resort is refurbished.

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