$18 million conservation hub for Vic Falls

An $18 million conservation, culture and history park planned for Victoria Falls will be “a force for good” in the region, incorporating a conservation, education and research focus.

Santonga, the 80-acre park, scheduled to open in 2017, will tell the story of Victoria Falls from the very beginning, 4 billion years ago, through its history, people, plants and wildlife. It is expected to be at least a six-hour experience, drawing 120,000 visitors annually, and boosting the average length of time tourists stay in Victoria Falls, thereby benefitting the entire economy. The brainchild of Africa Albida Tourism, the park is also expected to create 150 direct jobs, and many more downstream jobs.

“We will be involved in fundraising initiatives and we wish to become a specialist conservation, education and research unit. In other words, to add a focal point for conservation in the area,” said AAT group chairman Dave Glynn.

“We want to tap into research, both regionally and globally, and put together a consolidated view of what is threatened and how it is threatened in our area, and then create a force for good in terms of conservation messaging, conservation education and preserving wildlife.

“The history of the area will be told in a very first world, multiple film set type of environment because we know this can’t be a museum, it can’t be a zoo, it needs to bombard the senses and it needs to be highly interactive with very powerful audiovisual content throughout,” explained Glynn.

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