Wilderness Safaris to invest in Ethiopia
600 USD per night lodge in the works
Wilderness Safaris, a widely acclaimed ecotourism operator, will invest in Ethiopia,Â CapitalÂ learned.
Representatives from Wilderness South Africa recently concluded a visit to Nechsar, Bale and Awash Parks checking out the different prospect areas for their investment.
The trip was organized by the Sustainable Development of the Protected Area System of Ethiopia (SDPASE) and the ecotourism operator is to present its investment proposal soon.
According to Ludwig Siege, Chief Technical Advisor for SDPASE, Wilderness Safaris is interested in investing in a high-end lodge where accommodation per night maybe as high as 600 USD per person per night.
Ethiopian wildlife tourism has huge potential and the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority (EWCA) is working on attracting investors. Ethiopia has the worldâ€™s second largest wildlife migration which would be an interest to investors. EWCA has a vision of becoming one of the top five wildlife tourism destinations in Africa by 2020.
Founded in Botswana in 1983, Wilderness operates 50 luxury camps and safaris across nine African countries including Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Seychelles and South Africa. The safari offers private access to more than 3 million hectares of Africaâ€™s finest wildlife and wilderness areas.
Among several acknowledgments, the Safari has been the recipient of the 2013 National Geographic Travelerâ€™s Best Eco-lodges award.