Main photograph: Skeleton coast shipwreck by Amy Schoeman
Three more days until bidder registration forms can be fetched at the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) offices in Namibia, in order to put in a bid to operate a Tourism Lodge inside the Skeleton Coast National Park. The tender would award private parties the opportunity to jointly with the Sesfontein and Puros conservancies develop and operate accommodation facilities at the Huarusib River Mouth, a camping area between Terrace Bay and Möwe Bay and a satellite camp at Westies camp.
In late January, the MET released the tender information for a Tourism Lodge Concession to be built inside the Skeleton Coast Central Concession inside the park.
The notice for tenderers explains that the Skeleton Coast Central Concession area is located between the Hoarusib and Huanib River. These concessions “contain irreplaceable and vulnerable wildlife habitat for species of the highest conservation importance, including black rhinoceros, elephant, black faced impala and Hartmann’s zebra”.
Furthermore, the MET states that the area “hosts the only other viable lion population in Namibia outside of Etosha National Park.”
Bidder registration forms are available until Monday, 10 February until 17h00. And the closing date for proposal submissions is until 17h00 on Monday 10 March.
For more information go here: MET Tenders
The document states that the Puros and Sesfontein Conservancy have been awarded a 25 year head concession contract for the Skeleton Coast Central Concession Area by MET. Now, assisted by MET, the conservancy are looking for proposals from private parties to help develop and implement the concession.
The document states that this concession is valuable a visitors are keen to visit the area “for its landscapes, unique desert dwelling large mammals, traditional cultures, quality of its remoteness, sense of isolation and perception of uncrowded exclusivity”.