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Growth for Colombia's parks industry

The former home of Colombian drugs lord Pablo Escobar is becoming an unlikely centre point for the country's provincial amusements and leisure sector.

Hacienda Napoles, the former ranch of the infamous trafficker who was shot in 1993, now houses numerous attractions, including Hippopotamus Park, Jurassic Park, the Fauna Sanctuary, the Coliseum, the House Museum, the Stables, the Butterfly House and an Aquatic Zone, which features a Crazy River ride, where guests travel in a rubber ring.

Now, in an effort to cater to the increasing number of guests to the expansive estate, a six-star hotel is set to open within its grounds.

The Africa-themed hotel will be built near the interactive Bird World zone of the theme park and is expected to open later in April.

According to developers, the 50-room hotel will have a "tribal and rustic structure and architecture inspired by the south of Africa".

Hacienda Napoles already has the Morrocco-inspired Casablanca Safari hotel and four smaller hostelries.