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Limpopo National Park revenues started increasing in the last quarter of 2014, thanks to more tourists visiting the conservation area.
In 2013, approximately 15 000 foreign and domestic tourists visited the park. The number decreased in 2014, owing to a pre-election phase, combined with foreign tourists not always being able to correctly guage a situation in a far-off country.
2015 got off to a good start, though. Antonio Abacar, the park administrator, said that nearly all the park’s chalets were busy for the Easter weekend. “Hopefully last year was an unfortunate exception. Indeed, from 2012 to 2013, revenues increased by 30 percent. We believe that this year the situation will be even better,” said Abacar.
Communities benefit from park revenues, thus this is good news for all concerned.
Created in 2001, Limpopo National Park today has an accommodation capacity of 40 beds, plus numerous camping sites. For those who prefer the latter, the park offers kitchen and bathroom facilities as well as security.
Plus, there is plenty to see. Despite pressure from poaching, Abacar says that animal populations remain at a healthy level. “Compared to former times, these populations have been growing. In 2001, for example, the number of elephants was about 40 individuals. A recent census put the estimate at 1300.”
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