Effective construction of eco-tourism structures worth over one billion FCFA has been launched by PSMNR-SWR in the Mount Cameroon National Park to boost the eco-tourism potentials of the park.

As part of its committement to contribute to the livelihood of local communities around MCNP, the programme through its collaborative management approach is working with local communities in the construction of these structures; which will enable community members earn direct income as well as conservation bonuses and credit for their communities.

Construction work at Hut 2 and Maan Spring has begun following the completion of architectural design and the award of contracts. The infrastructures in each of these areas will comprise of a main building with kitchen, lounge and toilets; six firm cabins that will accommodate three to six persons; terraces for tents; buildings for staff; water supply system; and solar electricity supply plant.

The Architectural design for a “Discovery Center” has equally been completed. This center is envisaged to serve as an entry point into MCNP and will be made up of an exhibition hall, offices, video room, a shop and ticketing office.

Also, the Programme has received a non objection to launch an international tender for the construction of the Park head quarters some 5km from Buea. This building will host a multi-purpose hall with a kitchen/bistro and offices for all park staff. Engineering designs for this administrative building have likewise been done and the tender for its construction will be launched by the end of January 2016.
It is estimated that these structures will be completed in 16 months.

These amenities will be ideal for visitors who would like to spend more days and nights within the park, exploring nature via hiking and other eco-tourism activities. Therefore, effortless adventure awaits MCNP visitors in a couple of months ahead!