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Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

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.

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