Government has expressed satisfaction with the performance of Majete Wildlife Reserve whose annual revenue has reached $400 000 (about K242 million).
Speaking during the African Parks Annual Stakeholders meeting in Blantyre on Friday, deputy director of National Parks and Wildlife, Chiza Manda, said Majete’s performance has shown that tourism can bring forex into the country.
He said Manda: “We are impressed with the performance of Majete Wildlife Reserve which has clocked 12 years now. It is more pleasing to note that the reserve, which used to contribute nothing 12 years ago, is contributing so much.”
African Parks country director Patricio Ndadzera said his organisation invested $16 million (about K9.7 billion) in Majete Wildlife Reserve project in foreign direct investment.
Meanwhile, the reserve has over 8 844 species with only 20 animal mortality, according to its latest Aerial Animal Census presented at the stakeholders’ meeting. Africa Parks is managing the reserve under the public private partnership (PPP) arrangement. n