The Tsavo Conservation Area (TCA) is the tourism flagship of Kenya Wildlife Service’s (KWS) protected areas and offers a distinctive visitor experience that capitalises on the areas’ exceptional resource values. TCA is well integrated with inland tourist circuits and provides a favoured destination for wildlife-related tourist activities. It accounts for over 20% of average annual visitation into KWS parks.
KWS has put together a comprehensive management plan for the Conservation Area. The 10-year plan to be implemented between the years 2008 to 2018 proposes a Tourism Management and Development Program whose aim is to ensure that the Tsavo Conservation Area’s position as a premier tourist destination is maintained and enhanced.
In the plan’s implementation, KWS intends to offer new sites for the development of boutique, high-quality tourist accommodation facilities in the low use and wilderness areas of the TCA. To support these investments, KWS will enhance the Parks’ management and administration systems. Roads, bridges and security are being improved to promote accessibility and use of the areas.
KWS has identified 13 sites for the development of Permanent Luxury Tented Camps and Eco-lodges within Tsavo East, Tsavo West and Chyulu Hills National Parks. In their first phase of development, KWS expects to realise an additional 422 beds through private investment and they are inviting private sector investors to partner with them in developing up-market tourist accommodation facilities in these areas.
This is a lucrative commercial opportunity for the private sector partners. It is expected that these developments will leverage the opportunity to create a diversified tourist product that will be easily integrated into, complement and enrich the already popular Tsavo tourist circuit.
KWS is inviting Expressions of Interest for lease and development of the sites through a competitive tendering process. The investment opportunities will be available to experienced local and international developers. Visit their website for more details.