Tourism company Africa Albida Tourism has started the construction of a US$18 million education and entertainment Park in Victoria Falls dubbed Santonga.
Construction of the 80-acre eco-park, adjacent to Victoria Falls
Safari Lodge began last month. Santonga will interactively tell the
story of Victoria Falls through its history as well as culture and
Africa Albida chief executive Ross Kennedy said construction was
delayed because of the lack of a conducive economic and lending
He said the construction of the park would take two and half years to
complete and create 150 jobs as well as downstream employment benefits.
The park which is expected to draw 120 000 visitors each year is scheduled to be opened in June 2016.
The site is currently being rehabilitated with more than 600 tonnes
of topsoil, 6 000-plus indigenous trees and shrubs as well as the
construction of a road, waterholes, weirs and a fence.
“Santonga is a product that will appeal to everybody,” Kennedy said.
“The tours at the park will take between four and half to seven hours and could add half a day’s stay in Victoria Falls.”
He said this extended stay would significantly boost revenue inflows.
Kennedy said improved tourism arrivals had been recorded as
demonstrated by the increase of room nights sold this year compared to
the same period in 2010.
He also revealed that they had carried out a US$1 million upgrade of the
66 rooms of their flagship property, the Victoria Safari Lodge which
was completed in July this year.
He said the hotel group was poised to take advantage of the
construction of the Victoria Falls airport which was expected to boost
tourist arrivals into the resort town.
Africa Albida Tourism has a portfolio of hotels and restaurants in
Victoria Falls including its flagship property, the Victoria Falls
Source: US$18 million Santonga construction begins