Cape Town - The Radisson Blu Safari Resort in the Kruger National Park is still on the cards, but development on the resort has been postponed due to "logistical challenges".
This is according to Reynold Thakhuli, SANParks's general media manager, who told Traveller24 that "the project is slightly behind schedule due to some logistical challenges which are currently being managed".
The Safari Resort was approved in 2016, following a lengthy Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). Then, following the approval, booking sites were advertising its opening for 2017.
But, according to William Mabasa, acting head of communications for SANParks, the opening date has been pushed out due to "discussions which must take place between the parties involved, in order to make sure that all is well before the development starts".
Mabasa says they are unable to say when exactly development will start.
When the development was initially approved, SANParks welcomed the proposed 240-bed Kruger National park hotel saying it will have the lowest development footprint in the world at less than 4%. The full-service facility that will be constructed on the periphery of the park at the Malelane Gate Precinct.
The lodge is meant to operate at a higher level than the traditional camps in the park, which serves the traditional self-catering market. In the initial fact sheet on the development, SANParks said that "international visitors are accustomed to resort-style accommodation in national parks around the world, and expect the same when visiting the Kruger National Park".
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