The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) has intensified its local tourism drive by adding seven lions to the Tshabalala Game Sanctuary in Bulawayo.

It will just take 10km from the City of Kings and Queens to visit and see the kings of the jungle at the thorny bushveld wildlife sanctuary along Matobo road.

This is not only an interesting development for international visitors but also for local game lovers as they will have one of those rare experiences right at their door step, said the Zimparks Public Relations Manager, Mr Tinashe Farawo.

“We are quite pleased to unveil these big cats at Tshabalala Game Sanctuary. We have brought three lions so far and four more are coming to make a total of seven. We hope this will boost domestic tourism from this region as we are in the process of also setting up a crocodile farm in this sanctuary,” he said.

The game sanctuary boasts of its variety of birdlife and wildlife that include pangolins, warthogs, tsessebe, zebra and other game species.

With the iconic Matobo Hills not so far away, the recent developments at Tshabalala Game Sanctuary position Bulawayo as one of the best tourism destinations for would-be local holiday makers.