The fourth quarter was a particularly busy period for the infrastructure team with the deadline of the bats arriving looming over several tourism projects. Upgrades were brought to the following areas:

  1. New chalets at Wasa Lodge – The first new chalet was completed two days before the first guest was booked in and has received very good reports to date, noticeably the addition of an outside shower cleverly carved into an old dugout canoe has been a highlight. The second chalet is a work in progress and is scheduled to be completed in December.
  2. Kapabi tented camp – Thanks to the Dutch Trust funds were made available for a mobile tented camp to be set up during bat season. Four safari tents, a marquee and outside showers and toilets were erected, and the camp has served as an overflow and a mid-range price option for tourists. The camp has been a great success and received many good reviews from its visitors!
  3. Kabwe campsite 2 – An additional campsite with a toilet, shower and nsaka was added at Kabwe and enjoyed a good level of occupancy during bat season. A well was dug to assist the camp attendants with water supply for the campsites and once commissioned will add much value to the campers’ experience.
  4. Pontoon campsite upgrades – The ablution facilities at Pontoon were all upgraded, and a well was dug to improve the water supply to the campsites that will be equipped in the new year.
  5. Kasanka conservation centre upgrades – The dormitory, guest rooms, ablution facilities and kitchen were all rethatched, painted and maintained to ensure the school groups had a much-improved experience at KCC and it is hoped this will generate more interest amongst other schools in the future. A new power supply for the radio system was installed to ensure better communications with KCC and an overhaul of the electrics at KCC is scheduled for 2020.
  6. Wasa solar system – a new 5KVA solar system has been installed at Wasa ensuring that the lodge now has power 24/7 and is no longer reliant on a generator in the evenings.
  7. Wasa water supply – a new solar submersible pump and header tank are busy being fitted to improve the water pressure and ensure that water can be pumped independently of the new solar system.
  8. Chinyangale hide – a new viewing platform was erected on the border of the bat forest to provide more guests with a better “bat experience” and it has proved a popular addition to the selection of viewing platforms available during bat season.
  9. The program to rehabilitate the VHF communication equipment continues with most of the stations in the park now being fitted with either new aerials, masts and improved power supply to ensure better communication overall.
  10. General improvements – a new fire pit was built adjacent to the dining and bar areas and has proved popular among guests in the evenings. Several of the staff houses were also rethatched at Wasa and Luwombwa.
  11. The workshop has been very busy fabricating for the construction projects and also the old Landrover TDi was rehabilitated, overhauled and converted into a game viewing vehicle exclusively for tourists and this has taken some welcome pressure off the vehicle fleet during the bat season.

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