Dunhu Ramambo expands operations

DUNHU Ramambo, the group which owns Chengeta, Pamuzinda Safari lodges and Umbozha Houseboats aims to expand its operations as well as its market share, a top company official said.

Kudzai Kuwaza

The organisations’ group general manager, Chris Chiparaushe told businessdigest last week in a telephone interview that they were plans to build a 100-seater conference room at Pamuzinda Lodge.

“We are building 100 seater conference room,” Chiparaushe said. “We hope to have finished by October this year.”

He added that they were also looking to add another eight rooms at the lodge in their bid to increase accommodation as the tourism sector continues its recovery. Chiparaushe said they will begin the project next month.

Chiparaushe said the group was working on the development of Game Park that includes the Big Five at Chengeta Safari Lodge. The big five are the lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros.

The members of the Big Five were chosen for the difficulty in hunting them and the degree of danger involved, rather than their size.

He said there had been a marked dip in tourist arrivals in June last year compared to the same period in 2012. This, he attributed to the harmonised elections held on July 31 last year. However, he said there had been a marked improvement in arrivals after the plebiscite.

The company recently added a sixth houseboat called Umbozha under their Umbozha Houseboats franchise. The 102 foot long boat was launched in October last year.