MEC’s tour spotlights Zululand tourism gems
11 November 2020 | Web Article Number: ME202021203
KWAZULU-Natal MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA), Nomusa Dube-Ncube recently led media on visit to uPhongolo Local Municipality as part of an effort to draw tourism to the area.
The tour coincided with the reopening of the country’s international borders on 1 October 2020 for business, leisure and other travel, under alert level 1 of lockdown. “KwaZulu-Natal is all aligned with the strict health and hygiene protocols,” said Dube-Ncube.
“We are saying to our visitors, please come back to KZN that you love so much. You still have your beautiful ocean waiting for you. The magnificent nature and game reserves are waiting for you. I have just experienced a tour of the wonderful Mkuze Falls Private Game Reserve. This is all waiting for you.”
She said that with Lockdown Level 1 reopening the doors of holiday resorts and inter-provincial travel, KZN game lodges have come back to life.
“The department, working with uPhongolo Local Municipality and other role-players, is investing resources in the tourism infrastructure at local level. We believe that local government is best placed to create a memorable experience for tourists.”
Media were shown the upgrades to Koppie Alleen Guest House which is owned by the Mahlalela Community Trust through the land restitution programme. EDTEA funded the renovations to the guest house.
This was followed with a visit to the Mkuze Falls private five-star game reserve between the Kruger National Park and the Zululand Coast which recently had a R2.5-million revamp. It is one of just two private game reserves in the region.
General Manager Mathew Tucker said, “We were delighted to host MEC Dube-Ncube and Tourism KZN at the lodge and to have shown our beautiful game reserve. We have had 80% occupancy rate throughout October and looking forward to hosting more tourists over the festive season.
“Mkuze Falls is a beautiful private five-star game reserve. I loved the tent chalet made especially for outdoor stays.”