BULAWAYO, Wednesday, August 3, 1966 — AN extensive programme of improvements and development work for Wankie National Park has been drawn up to cater for the heavy influx of overseas tourists which is expected soon it was announced today by the Department of National Parks and Wild Life Management.
The programme calls for a new 50-seat bed rest camp to be built over a cost of 33 000 pounds. A further 15 000 pounds has been earmarked for constructing new roads and re-aligning and improving old gravel roads. The new rest camp at Wankie will be part of the existing main camp and has been designed specifically with the international tourist in mind.
More emphasis will be given to luxury fittings although the units will be self-contained rondavels retaining the thatch and stonework of previous game park accommodation.
The first year’s programme costing 17 000pounds will provide extra accommodation for 24 at a cost of 16 800 pounds. This will bring the total number of beds available for tourists at Wankie to 250.Sinamatela can accommodate 80 and Robins about 60.
The department also announced today that it proposed to spend about 7 000 on new ablution blocks and other small improvements at the Mana Pools camp site on the Zambezi.