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New theme park resort planned in South Africa

Ruwaad Destinations has submitted a proposal to build a theme park resort in South Africa. The Dubai-based real estate developer headed by Darrell Metzger (pictured) wants to construct two parks, 20 hotels and a number of residences on the coast in KwaZulu-Natal.

One park will apparently portray an African wildlife theme, while the other will concentrate on Zulu culture. The self-contained destination will also have access to a game reserve, offering guests a “bush-beach experience” in a malaria-free zone chosen for its excellent year-round climate.

“The theme parks will be to international standards and transform KwaZulu Natal,” says Joop Demes of Pam Golding Hospitality, which conducted research for the project on behalf of Ruwaad.

The company believes the R15.5 billion ($2bn/€1.3bn) development can be supported by regional and domestic travellers without the need for international visitors. Completion is expected by 2014.

South Africa is currently short on provision of theme parks, Gold Reef City in Johannesburg and Ratanga Junction in Cape Town being perhaps the only notable examples. However, the KwaZulu-Natal project, together with a planned Africa Theme Park Resort near Johannesburg, signal a new era of development.

*KwaZula-Natal is described as the “Zulu Nation” but where is it? See: www.kzn.org.za

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