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Ecotourism in Africa

  • Tanzania Not Planning Hunting Ban

    TANZANIA, 2015/09/15 The government has made it clear there are no plans to suspend sports hunting in the country as demanded by conservationists. Dr. Adelhelm Meru, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism was reacting to proposals last week by the Lusaka Agreement Task Force (LATF). The proposals ask that African nations that allow hunting should consider suspending the business, pending the establishment of sustainable rules of the game.
  • Maverick Elephant Causes Mayhem At Lunch Table,Zimbabwe

    ZIMBABWE, 2015/09/15 A video has emerged of an elephant causing mayhem at the alfresco luncheon table of guests at a luxury camp in Zimbabwe's famed Mana Pools National Park. Two male diners appear to be slightly nervous as they sit with their backs turned to the giant mammal, who searches the grassy floor with his trunk just metres behind them. Again the elephant, ears flapping, takes several steps towards the two men, lowers its chief and swings his trunk and tusks at one of them, propelling him out of the picture frame. The elephant instantly turns on the man's fellow diner, nudging him over the top of the table.
  • Angola Ministers assess acotourism potential

    ANGOLA, 2015/05/14 At the conference, held for the initial time, the minister agreed that boosting and promoting ecotourism in the various conservation areas will provide numerous gains to both sectors. The Environment minister said that the chain of environmental actions involving tourism will promote the complexity of national culture and strengthen the economy. Angolan ministers of Environment Fátima Jardim, and Hotel and Tourism, Pedro Mutinde, met Wednesday in Luanda, under the presidential order on the promotion of ecotourism in protected areas.
  • Killing of elephants in Mozambique reaching proportions never seen before

    MOZAMBIQUE, 2014/10/09 Environmentalists warned in mid-September that killing for ivory by organised syndicates was being carried out on an “industrialised” scale – between 1 500 and 1 800 elephants are being poached a year, mostly in northern Mozambique. In Niassa National Reserve, the country’s major game reserve, the World Conservation Society (WCS) counted 22 elephants poached in the initial two weeks of September alone. “The killing of elephants in the north of Mozambique is reaching proportions at no time seen before. The killing of elephants is being industrialised,” said Carlos Pareira, an advisor to the WCS. Between 2009 and 2013 Niassa’s elephant people was reduced from 20 374 to less than 13 000.
  • Rhinos in South Africa: Illegally killed for their horns

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2014/10/09 Just over a thousand rhinos were illegally killed for their horns in South Africa last year. These figures contribute to the 34% increase in the number of reported environmental incidents during the 2013/2014 financial year. Environment minister, Edna Molewa, revealed this at a briefing in Pretoria. During the 2012/2013 financial year the department has registered almost 5 000 incidents compared to just over 6 000 in the previous reporting period.
  • EU Money for Virunga National Park in Congo with no safeguards in place?

    CONGO KINSHASA, 2014/10/05 Announcements that the Virunga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, will be getting additional EU funding next by presently spending some 30+ million Euros over the completed 25 years, have met with instant demands that safeguards must be provided by the regime in Kinshasha on several areas of concern. irunga National Park is a 7800 square kilometer World Heritage Site that lies on the eastern border of the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is the is the second oldest national park in the world, behind only Yellowstone, and the oldest in Africa. It is the majority diverse national park on the African continent that boasts savannas, lava plains, swamps, erosion valleys, forests, active volcanoes and the ice fields of the Rwenzori Mountains. Part Virunga’s numerous species of wildlife, the park is home to approximately 200 of the world’s critically endangered mountain gorillas that live on the slopes of the Virunga volcano ranger which includes active Nyiragongo volcano and the major lava lake in the world.
  • Discover bird watchers paradise in the depths of The Gambia

    GAMBIA, 2014/09/14 Situated in West Africa, The Gambia’s diversity of birdlife is ranked as one of the richest in the world making it a favorite with bird enthusiasts. Whether you’re a initial timer, a keen amateur or an enthusiast looking for a particular bird species, there are a team of fantastic knowledgeable guides to help find the rarest and most elusive birds. For the ultimate bird watching trip in The Gambia, join BBC presenter and wildlife expert Chris Packham to record your rare species. With a maximum of 17 people on a trip there are plenty of opportunities to learn from Chris’s extensive knowledge of birdlife. Chris describes The Gambia as “an ornithological nirvana, with 170 species regularly seen in three leisurely days birding on the coast alone, and 400 additional situated further afield”. Exotic species such as rollers, kingfishers and bee-eaters are waiting to be discovered whilst the dynamic array of raptors are truly impressive.
  • Uganda Tourism Industry Wants Government to Get Behind Them

    UGANDA, 2014/03/13 Uganda tour operators have reiterated the need for government to increase its funding budget to tourism marketing to at least $5 million. The operators say the government has not from presently on prioritized the sector giving it little attention. The government and the World Bank recently signed a credit financing facility of $25 million to tourism, of which $12 million were allocated to the revamping of the Jinja Tourism Training Institute. About $3million was allotted to building capacity in the Uganda Tourism Board and the tourism ministry. However, the remaining $10million has not been assigned according to Tourism Minister Maria Mutagamba.
  • Zambian Tourism and Arts Minister Mrs Sylvia Masebo

    ZAMBIA, 2014/03/13 TOURISM and Arts Minister Sylvia Masebo has said Government could not afford to award most of the 19 hunting blocs to family cartels at the expense of indigenous Zambians. Ms Masebo said it was for this reason that Government saw it fit to direct the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) to cancel the tendering process so that it could be re-advertised with the aim of ensuring equal distribution of the concessions. She said it was not Government's desire to discriminate against anyone, be it a foreigner or Zambian, but to ensure that the ordinary Zambians as well benefitted from the hunting blocs.
  • KAZA, Kavango-Zambezi Conservation Area,

    BOTSWANA, 2013/11/12 KAZA, Kavango-Zambezi Conservation Area, covers an enormous area around Livingstone, into Zambia, Zimbabwe, Angola, Namibia and Botswana. The plan is to include the villages inside the conservation area and allow the animals free passage from one National Park to an extra. And the animals, notably, elephant are presently moving into and around Sioma Ngwezi National Park. They are moving outside the park and going in to the villages. Although the planting season has not started properly the villagers are by presently complaining. In a statement in the Post: Manyandelo (UPND Chairperson) accused ZAWA of having failed to do their work, alleging that the elephants had been terrorising the area for over two months, but no proper measures had been put in place by the officers.