Kruger goes Disney
The growth of the black middle class has prompted SANParks to build luxury hotels in Kruger National Park. The latest is a luxury lodge near Malelane, to be operated by the Radisson Blu hotel group.
But the development is dogged by controversy, with environmentalists outraged that the lodge is to be built in a sensitive biodiversity area along the Crocodile River. The site is home to several species of endangered birds and plants, including the Pel’s fishing owl and the Swazi lily.
It will be the latest in a string of commercial ventures to open in the park. Others include chain restaurants such as Wimpy, Debonairs and Cattle Baron at several camps.
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