Shear­wa­ter to ex­pand re­gional foot­print

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business Chronicle -

LEAD­ING leisure and travel com­pany, Shear­wa­ter Ad­ven­tures plans to in­vest in Namibia and An­gola as it moves to ex­pand its pres­ence in the South­ern African re­gion, an of­fi­cial has said.

For­merly a di­vi­sion of Innscor Africa Lim­ited, the com­pany presently has op­er­a­tions in Zim­babwe, Zam­bia and Botswana.

Shear­wa­ter group pub­lic re­la­tions man­ager Clement Muk­wasi said plans were afoot to ex­pand its re­gional foot­print.

“We want to ex­pand into other coun­tries we have not op­er­ated from be­fore.

“We will soon be mov­ing into Namibia, we will prob­a­bly be mov­ing to An­gola. We car­ried a sur­vey in DRC on their rivers in or­der to find out if we can ac­tu­ally do raft­ing there, so it is some­thing that is still be­ing in­cu­bated, but our ex­pan­sion plans are un­lim­ited,” he said.

“In the re­gion we are look­ing at (in­vest­ing) be­tween $10 mil­lion to $15 mil­lion over five to seven years.

“Each des­ti­na­tion has its own cir­cum­stances. Our ac­tiv­i­ties will be coined ac­cord­ing to what we find in an area,” he added.

Mr Muk­wasi said an in­vest­ment of about $5 mil­lion would be made on the lo­cal front in the next five years. The com­pany has also ven­tured into ac­com­mo­da­tion fa­cil­i­ties and is build­ing a camp site, which will be com­pleted by De­cem­ber this year, he said.

Established in 1982, Shear­wa­ter owns and op­er­ates most of the leisure ac­tiv­i­ties avail­able in Vic­to­ria Falls in­clud­ing he­li­copters, cruises, bridge ac­tiv­i­ties, raft­ing, sa­fari ac­tiv­i­ties and restau­rants.

The com­pany has well-de­vel­oped des­ti­na­tion in­fra­struc­ture and a team of over 250 staff mem­bers based in Vic­to­ria Falls, Liv­ing­stone in Zam­bia and Kasane, Botswana. In 2015, the com­pany up­graded its ve­hi­cle fleet and has a wide va­ri­ety of game drive ve­hi­cles, buses and mi­crobuses at its dis­posal for tours and trans­fer re­quire­ments. — New Ziana

Shear­wa­ter Ad­ven­tures owns and op­er­ates most of the leisure ac­tiv­i­ties avail­able in Vic­to­ria Falls

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