The new Forever Resorts Phalaborwa Safari Park was opened on Friday 27 March, notably celebrated by stakeholders and prominent roleplayers in tourism from Phalaborwa, Limpopo and South Africa. Moketsi Mosola, chief executive officer of SA Tourism, said he stayed at the resort for ten days last year in December. "I had the opportunity to explore and get to know Phalaborwa in that time and it was a great experience," he said.
He added that the importance of Forever Resorts Phalaborwa Safari Park should not be seen as adding just another product to the Forever Resorts product line, but rather by adding value to South Africa's collective competitiveness. "Tourism brings hope to our country. Last year the industry created just under 50 000 job opportunities," he said.
He continued to say that the industry reached a significant milestone when the 7 millionth passenger set foot in South Africa this year. Kobus Tate, managing director of Forever Resorts in South Africa, said he was particularly proud of the staff that made it all possible to have the resort ready in time for the opening. "It was built from scratch with a capital investment of about R16 million. It is all about position, position, position," he said.
The Safari Park is situated at the Phalaborwa Gate of the Kruger National Park. It consists of 10 luxury self-catering tents. These four star graded tents each have one main bedroom with a queen bed, a second bedroom with two single beds, a lounge area with DSTV and fully equipped open plan kitcenette.
The bedrooms are all en-suite with indoor and outdoor showers, Victorian bath and basin. Private decks lead from the main bedroom and lounge area and all the tents are fully airconditioned. The resort also has 47 caravan and camping sites.
These have electricity and are serviced by two modern ablution blocks, which are wheelchair friendly. Cultural and day trips into Kruger can be arranged at reception.