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Africa’s Wildlife Economy Summit

A new initiative to forge a new deal for tourism, rural communities and wildlife by 2030


Africa is a future global economic growth engine. But this growth faces challenges, particularly the degradation of nature and people-wildlife conflict. Loss of nature is not only a conservation crisis. It is also a human crisis. When managed correctly, habitat and wildlife are critical resources that contribute to the economic and social health of communities, nations and the planet. Conversely, the loss of habitat created by growing economies and increasing populations has devastating effects on human welfare and on economies. This Initiative has been created to address that imbalance.

H.E. President Paul Kagame, during his time as Chair of the African Union, approached UN Environment to together develop a response for this issue. Consequently, the African Union and UN Environment are now jointly launching the Wildlife Economy Initiative.

This aims to help fulfil the vision that President Kagame gave to African Union leaders of the key importance of conservation to the continent’s successful future, saying; “Africans need to take the lead, in partnership with like-minded global organisations, in the conservation agenda on our continent, because it affects all of us directly. Driving conservation will allow us to get the most out of our continent’s assets, contribute to better management of our agriculture and tourism sectors, and support efforts to mitigate climate change.”

In response to President Kagame’s call, the African Union and UN Environment are to unite political and community leadership, private sector know-how and financial resources for a new vision of pan-African conservation that will deliver sustainable economic benefit to nation states and local communities. Supported by Space for Giants through its Giants Club initiative, the initiative will work to develop the true value of nature and the role it can play in the well-being of citizens.

Political leaders from across Africa are now invited to gather from 24 to 25 June 2019 at one of Africa’s most iconic tourism locations: Victoria Falls. Staged in one of Africa’s most important landscapes, the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area, this inaugural summit of the Wildlife Economy Initiative will help set the African continent on a new path to improve the prospects for both people and wildlife. The major commitments and projects developed, as well as the workshops and symposiums that follow, will then report to H.E. President Kagame at a subsequent event to be staged in Rwanda in the next crucial phase in the progress of this Initiative.

Communities for Conservation
Livelihoods related to the appreciation of wildlife and biodiversity that provide solutions for reducing poverty and provide jobs amongst rural communities must be expanded, and people empowered to be meaningful and effective partners in the growing and measurable economic opportunities.

Harnessing Conservation Tourism
A key opportunity for making wildlife a legitimate and effective land use option in Africa is tourism. This Initiative will contribute to making conservation profitable and sustainable by unlocking financing and partnerships through enabling responsible investors to help build a ‘nature-based economy’.

Supporting Governments By gaining conservation-enabling investment, governments can generate opportunities to create jobs, national wealth and to secure wildlife for the future. To attract this investment the right operating environment needs to be in place and experts will work with governments on how to deliver this.

A New Deal: The Wildlife Economy

Where are the next frontiers for conservation tourism?
How can communities benefit from conservation-enabling investment?
What encourages responsible private-sector engagement?
These, and other questions, will be addressed for how Africa’s conservation assets can be a resource for all.

In addition to the formal programme, excursions and gala evening events will be staged for delegates. It will include the delivery of The Giants Club Conservation Investment Toolkit detailing the financial opportunities that nation states can unlock through encouraging conservation-enabling investment.

Bow and Arrow for hunting buffalo

ZimParks has relaxed conditions relating to the hunting of buffaloes by allowing the use of specific bows and arrows as part of efforts to diversify options for professional hunters and boost revenue from the sport.

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Kazuma National Park

Why Kazuma Pan National Park…….

Situated in the north-west corner of Zimbabwe between Kazungula and Hwange National Park and South-West of Victoria Falls,the park is 31 300 hectares in extent.

Common in the park but not often found in other parts of the country is the Oribi, a small antelope species.

The pan system in the park are also ideal habitats for large variety of water birds,including stocks,ducks and kingfishers making it a paradise for ornithologists.

Hwange National Park

Why visit Hwange National Parks….

The parks is the largest in Zimbabwe occupying approximately 14650 square kilometres in the NorthWest corner of the country,about an hour south of Victoria Falls. Hwange provides some tremendous selection of wildlife.

It is Zimbabwe’s most accessible and most wildlife packed national Park. One of the best times to visit the park is in the dry season which is ( August-October )when animals are drawn to the life giving water holes.

Attractions and Activities in Hwange National Park

-Game Viewing and Game Drives


-Wilderness Trails

-Moonlight viewing

-Viewing platforms



-Chalets (38)beds


-Picnic Sites


-Fuel station

Nearest Towns from the National Park

Hwange 80km

Victoria Falls 116.5km

Bulawayo 285.3km

Lake Kariba Recreational Park

Why Visit Lake Kariba Recreational Park…..

Lake Kariba is among the four largest man-made Lakes in Africa.The shoreline is over 2000km long ,a home to numerous species of flora and fauna and is an exciting and unique destination.

The Park lies along the Zambezi River,it is a standing example of the integration between man and nature. As Kariba stands out as one place where mankind still lives in harmony with nature just like the old days and the secret of this co-existence.


Mana Pools National Park

Why Visit Mana Pools National Park……….

With an extent of 2 196km, Mana Pools National Park is synonymous with the Zambezi River, Elephants, Lions, remoteness and wilderness.This unique park is a World heritage site based on its wilderness and beauty. 

Mana Pools has over 350 bird species and aquatic wildlife. Mana Pools is also one of Zimbabwe’s big 5 parks.

Attractions and Activities

Chitake Springs, Game Viewing, Canoeing, Fishing, Guided Walks and Lion Tracking


Lodges, Tented Lodges,  Camp sites and  Exclusive Camps

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On the 10th of May 2019 Ministry of Environment, Tourism & Hospitality, ZimParks officials & stakeholders where in Kariba to meet tourism players.The meeting took place at Caribbea Bay Hotel, delegates were expected to assess & strategize on ways of reawakening the tourism resort town.




Gonarezhou National Park

Why Visit Gonarezhou National Park….

Gonarezhou National Park is situated in the Southeastern Lowveld of Zimbabwe and covers an area in excess of 5000 square kilometres. “Gonarezhou” place of many elephants is an extremely scenic park full of rugged and beautiful landscapes.

Gonarezhou National Park is part of the Great Limpopo Trans Frontier Park (GLTP),massive Pan -African park that includes South Africa’s famed Kruger National Park and Mozambique’s Gaza National Park.

Attractions and Activities


-Chilojo Cliffs

-Walking Safaris




-Tented Lodges



Nearest Towns

Chiredzi 55km


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ZimParks implements five-year strategic plan

The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) has started implementing its five year strategic plan that is expected to stimulate revenue and culminate in the declaration of a dividend to Government.

The authority is running on a five year strategic plan hinged on Government’s Transitional Stabilisation Programme (TSP), in line with President Mnangagwa’s call for the country to leverage on low hanging fruits and stimulate economic growth.

While tourists’ arrivals have been on the increase since the coming in of the new dispensation in November, 2017 resulting in record arrivals in 2018, tourism receipts remain subdued largely due to the lack of adequate tourism infrastructure.

The problem has also affected ZimParks and the authority’s director-general Mr Fulton Mangwanya, has been emphasising on the need for an extensive receipts growing exercise.

Key to this, the authority is seeking to refurbish its accommodation units across the country, which have a current carrying capacity of 880 beds, to the levels of three to five star hotels as a way of ramping up on receipts.

Lake Chivero will be the first beneficiary of this facelift, which will also target Hwange National Park and Mana Pools.

Designs for the upgrade of Hwange have already been done while a mini game park has now been set at the authority’s headquarters along Borrowdale Road, Harare where plans are underway for the construction of a coffee shop.

“You are aware that we sent out adverts for the refurbishment of our facilities at Lake Chivero and we are pleased to say the response from the market has been very positive,” said Mr Farawo.

“Our hope is that once these improvements are done, we would record an increase in our revenue and be able to declare a dividend to the shareholder.

“This year alone we have planned to refurbish facilities at Chivero, which is now work in progress, Hwange National Park and Mana Pools,” he said.

The TSP, prioritises support for aggressive marketing and rebranding of Zimbabwe, to facilitate tourism arrivals and receipts taking advantage of the country’s diverse tourist attractions.

This hinges on provision of incentive packages, and the relaxation of restrictive visa requirements on which front Government has so far upgraded visitors from at least 25 countries from category C visitors (visa before travel) to category B (visa on arrival).


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Zimparks guns down hippo in Nyanyadzi

August 31, 2017August 31, 2017
Inset from Zimpapers. THE Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority last week shot dead a hippopotamus that was damaging winter wheat in Nyanyadzi. The hippo, which had a calf, is believed to have escaped from Save Conservancy. ZPWMA ordered the shooting of the hippos after traditional leaders in the area reported that it was damaging crops and endangering lives. ZPWMA officer, Mr John Danfa, said they were still hunting for the calf which is believed to have found habitat along Save River. “Usually hippos move up and down rivers during the rainy season. We believe the two escaped from Save Valley Conservancy. They were both females and they do not usually click if there is no male. “They are believed to have separated. We received reports from traditional leaders in Hot Springs and Nyanyadzi that these hippos were feeding on wheat and crops in their fields.” “People’s lives were endangered so the authorities ordered its killing. The first time we attempted to kill it, it was in the company of so many cattle and could not do anything. Our officer teamed up with villagers to track it until last week when it was shot down in Nyanyadzi”. The officer is said to have fired 12 shots before the hippo died. The meat was shared by villagers. One of the villagers in Dirikwe village, Mr Tapiwa Munyati, said: “This hippo was becoming a threat to human lives in the area. It was being spotted near homes at night. “There are vegetable gardens along one of Save River’s tributaries where it was being spotted.“We were told that hippos do not like light and the danger was that lives would have been lost.” “A villager survived death by a whisker recently when the hippo strayed into his homestead.“He went out of his house to investigate when his dogs were barking. He had a torch and the hippo advanced towards him. “Fortunately he managed to escape the attack and notified other villagers and the village head. We are appealing to the responsible authorities to make sure that the remaining one is also killed,” said Mr Munyati.