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An increase in both international and local visitors have been recorded on annual basis at Kalabo’s Liuwa National Park, African Parks has announced.

According to Ian Pollard, African Parks Field Operations Manager, the increase in visitor numbers is evidence that the tourism sector in Liuwa is flourishing to greater heights.

Increased visitor numbers are attributed to improved access into Liuwa as a result of the completion of the Mongu-Kalabo road as well Proflight’s twice-weekly scheduled flights to Kalabo.

According to Pollard, a total of 1 166 visitors were recorded at the park last year, the highest that has ever been recorded. In 2016 and 2015 896 and 602 tourist arrivals were recorded respectively.

According to the Lusaka Times, the investment of US$1.6 million in the five star King Lewanika leisure resort in the park’s wild panorama has boosted tourism.

African Parks has also announced plans to develop an additional community-owned campsite and introduce a self-catering tented camp in order to stimulate local tourism.