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Thursday, 31 October 2013

ZimParks receives patrol vehicles as Zimbabwe gets tough on poachers

Zimbabwe's courts have continued their recent hard line on poachers with the sentencing of two elephant poachers, while Zimparks recieves donation of five new patrol vehicles.

The Land Rover trucks were donated by Mbada Diamonds in order to address poaching problems in Hwange National Park. The five trucks which are each valued at US $57,000 are part of twenty vehicles that Mbada has pledged to donate to the Authority.

Hwange magistrate Dambudzo Munati this week sentenced Isaac Phiri and Johanne Musaka to 11 years each in prison, after they were arrested for elephant poaching in 2008. At the time of the pair’s arrest, more than 20 elephant tusks were recovered along with AK47 rifles.

Caroline Washaya-Moyo, Zimbabwe’s Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZimParks) spokesperson, welcomed the sentence, saying such jail terms are a ‘deterrent’ to would-be poachers. “We will continue to engage the judiciary to ensure that there is consistency in all wildlife cases brought before the courts. It is critical for the judiciary to ensure that cases are completed to send the proper message,” Washaya-Moyo told SW Radio Africa. She added: “The message is that it doesn’t matter if you were arrested in 2006, in 2008 or now, deterrent sentences are still going to be passed.”

The latest sentencing follows similar jail terms handed to five poachers linked to the mass cyanide poisoning of elephants in the Hwange National Park. The discovery of more than 80 elephant carcasses in late August prompted international condemnation. Since then, ZimParks has said that the number of elephants carcasses discovered has risen to just over 100.

Washaya-Moyo reiterated this on Wednesday, saying claims that more than 300 elephants had died as a result of the cyanide poisoning were unfounded. “The official number of elephants that have died in Hwange National Park because of cyanide poisoning is 100. These are elephant carcasses that we have counted physically with our stakeholders,” Washaya-Moyo said.

Meanwhile, lawyers are reportedly probing the claims of torture made by a poaching suspect in Tsholotsho. Lot Zondo has said that and he and other villagers were tortured by ZimParks rangers, who accused them of being involved in the cyanide poisoning in Hwange. Zondo was quoted by the Southern Eye publication that he has instituted legal proceedings against Zimparks.

Source: SW Radio Africa (30 October 2013)

Monday, 28 October 2013

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Shearwater at the 2013 World Travel Market

Shearwater, the longest established adventure company in Victoria Falls, owns and operates most of the activities and has become a one-stop shop for all ground handling requirements – Tours and Transfers, Adventure activities, Team-building, Conferencing, Incentive travel and Themed Dinners.

We are excited about the upcoming 2013 World Travel Market from 4-7 November at ExCeL London. For special updates on our exciting products and packages, please come and meet our team at the Zimbabwe stand. Kindly make an appointment for the time and day that suits you via our website or email trish@shearwatervf.com.

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Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Patience reaps rewards

Leopard images by Tom Varley

Camping in the some of the best national parks in Botswana has great benefits. We woke up one morning on safari to find that there was a dead impala just a few metres from one of the tents. The tracks around the carcass were that of a leopard. Great excitement rushed through the camp, clients clambering for binoculars and cameras, urgent requests to track the leopard to find it…

Sometimes as a safari guide you have to be firm and advise clients clamouring for instant gratification of a leopard sighting that this is not the best thing to do. My instructions to the clients were clear: we go about our business as usual, checking on the carcass from time to time from a distance, letting the leopard get used to us. The next morning, there was great anticipation in the air as the carcass had been dragged a few metres from our campsite to the base of a large tree. Again, I had to calm the clients and dissuade them from getting too close to the kill. On the third morning, we looked for the carcass but it was not there. We looked up into the tree and there was the leopard finally having its meal. For the next 48 hours we had our own private sighting of a beautiful male leopard feeding on his kill as if we were not there.

Read more about the region in our destination guide:
Okavango

Read more articles from this issue:
Zambezi Traveller (Issue 14, Sept 2013)

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Botswana and IUCN call for global action to stop African elephant poaching

Botswana and IUCN call for global action to stop African elephant poaching
IUCN, October 2013

As the surge in African elephant poaching and illegal ivory trade continues, the Government of Botswana and IUCN are convening a high-level summit on the African Elephant calling for stronger global action to halt the illegal trade and secure viable elephant populations across Africa.

Hosted by the President of the Republic of Botswana H.E. Lieutenant General Seretse Khama Ian Khama, the event will bring together Heads of State and representatives of all African elephant range countries, as well as high-level representatives from key transit and destination countries in the illegal African elephant ivory trade chain.

“The need for all African nations to work together to manage our continent’s natural resources is more important than ever,” says Minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, Botswana Mr T S Khama. “Africa needs the world’s support to address the issues of wildlife trafficking and trade, as it is the world that is creating the demand for wildlife products which drives poaching on our continent, and so threatens the survival of species.”

The summit comes on the heels of the recently launched Clinton Global Initiative’s US$ 80 million effort to fight illegal ivory trade. The African Development Bank, the UN Security Council and the US President Barack Obama, who launched a new US$ 10 million plan to combat illegal wildlife trade and related organized crime earlier this year, are also actively involved in the issue.

“It’s encouraging that the matter is receiving such high-level international attention,” says IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre. “Wildlife trafficking is increasingly entrenched in networks of organized crime and addressing the elephant crisis cannot be left to environment ministries and wildlife authorities alone. Such high-level commitment is urgently needed to tackle this complex and increasingly urgent issue.”

According to a recent report from IUCN and its partners, the number of elephants killed has doubled and the amount of ivory seized has tripled over the last decade. Elephant poaching and the illegal ivory trade are a major concern across Africa and beyond, with serious security, economic, political and ecological ramifications.

Criminal gangs are using sophisticated military ware to kill elephants, taking advantage of high-level corruption to move the ivory across borders and out of Africa. The proceeds from these actions are used by criminal networks to undermine democratic rule in many African states and to fund armed militias and rebel groups engaged in internal and cross-border conflicts.

“The summit will be a unique opportunity for governments from Africa and Asia to come together and commit to urgent actions to halt this devastating trend,” says Holly Dublin, Chair of IUCN SSC African Elephant Specialist Group. “Finding solutions to save the African elephant will be an important way forward in saving other species that are also threatened by wildlife crime.”

The African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) is currently listed as Vulnerable on The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, with population estimates of around 500,000.

“Botswana, through its 2012 full country wildlife aerial survey, estimates that there are now over 207,000 elephants within its borders, which are increasing at 5% per year,” says Minister of Environment Mr T S Khama. “We, as a nation, are proud of this fact but it does give us some unprecedented challenges. The protection of Elephants and other species is a daunting and expensive task. The problem of human wildlife conflict must also be managed so we do not lose the support of our people living in close proximity to wildlife.”

The African Elephant Summit will take place from 2 to 4 December 2013 in Botswana’s capital Gaborone.

Read more about ant-poaching initiatives across the region in the Zambezi Traveller:
Anti-poaching

Monday, 21 October 2013

Zambezi Sun update

Sun International Zambia is pleased to announce that the Zambezi Sun Hotel is now offering increased free internet access for its in-house guests with immediate effect.

The Zambezi Sun is part of Sun International Zambia's Falls Resort in Livingstone that includes the Royal Livingstone Hotel. Conveniently located next to the Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and a World Heritage site, the Zambezi Sun Hotel is one of the leading hotels in Livingstone; offering excellent facilities. The hotel already provides internet services; however this has been increased significantly to 250MB per day per hotel guest, and will be available in all the public places including the business and conference centre, and pool area.

“We have listened to our guests and they will now have the convenience of using the internet while they relax at the pool or whilst completing their business in the conference centre” stated Nisha Macdougall; Hotel Manager at the Zambezi Sun.

Guests will have the added convenience of using their own devices in addition to the computers already provided at the hotel. The increased access to internet is part of Sun International's plan to provide world class facilities in line with the Victoria Falls Resort team mission to 'embrace the magic of a bygone era through our shared passion for excellence and innovation, thereby allowing us to exceed our guests' expectations.'

Zambezi Traveller Directory:
Zambezi Sun Hotel

Hwange elephant death toll triples (edited)

Source: The Daily Telegraph (UK)
Date: 21/10/13

Editor's Note: Please note despite the claimes reported below the offical figures still remain in the region of just over one hundred elephants, and the figures reported below are unconfirmed. (28/10/13)

It has been claimed in international media that the death toll from the cyanide poaching incident in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe has reached more than 300 elephants and countless other animals.

Source: The Daily Telegraph (21/10/13)

Read more on the poisoning of elephants in Hwange here:
More elephants die from poisoning in Hwange (14 Oct 2013)
Hwange cyanide syndicate's history of poaching uncovered(10 october 2013)
Zimbabwe declares war on poachers after cyanide used in Hwange National Park (3 October 2013)

Read more about the region in our destination guide:
Hwange

Read more on elephants from the Zambezi Traveller:
Elephants

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Proflight Zambia Independence Offer

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Wednesday, 16 October 2013

New poisoning incident and more arrests in Hwange (updated)

Eleven elephants confirmed dead in second cyanide incident at the Hwange National Park.

The elephants carcases were discovered 38 kilometres from the Hwange Main Camp during a routine patrol by Parks and Wildlife Management Authority rangers. The poachers had again applied the cyanide at a natural salt lick, as in the previous incident.

Parks and Wildlife Management Authority Regional Manager Arthur Musakwa confirmed the incident saying two suspects have been arrested in connection with the case.

He said the spoor was spotted by the rangers and led them to the homes of the suspects who were found in possession of 200 granules of cyanide. Thirteen elephant tusks have been recovered so far.

The two men, Normal Ncube and Akim Masuku are both from from Chizhou Village under Chief Nekatambe near the national park. Another suspect, reportedly believed to be a former solider, is also said to be on the run. The man, linked to the two suspects arrested on Sunday, has been identified as Fanuel Luphahla. According to reports police on recovered an army uniform and a pack of cyanide when they raided the homestead.

The two are assisting Parks and Wildlife Management Authority as well as the Zimbabwe Republic Police with information which will help in breaking the syndicate.

Read more on the poisoning of elephants in Hwange here:
More elephants die from poisoning in Hwange (14 October)
Hwange cyanide syndicate's history of poaching uncovered(10 october 2013)
Zimbabwe declares war on poachers after cyanide used in Hwange National Park (3 October 2013)

Read more about the region in our destination guide:
Hwange

Read more on elephants from the Zambezi Traveller:
Elephants

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Afican Bush Camps special offer

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Lion (Image credit: African Bush Camps)

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Travel to our Botswana camps between 1st December and 31st December and receive an amazing 10% off.

Camps included in this special: Linyanti Bush Camp | Linyanti Ebony | Khwai Tented Camp

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Zambezi Traveller Directory:
African Bush Camps

Monday, 14 October 2013

Birdlife Zimbabwe Wildlife Art Auction

BirdLife Zimbabwe is having an Art Auction on 9 Nov 2013 at 6pm and you`re all invited! The theme is 'water' in terms of biodiversity conservation.

Guest speakers are Prof Amon Murwira, Lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe, on Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation and Tim Broderick, Geologist.

Renowned artists: Lin Barrie, Ant Fynn, Peter Fogerty, Fraser MacKay, Graeme Arnott, Ingrid Weiersbye, Darryl Nero, Debby Hart, Sue Jarvis

More elephants die from poisoning in Hwange

Eight fresh elephant carcasses have been discovered in Hwange National Park in what is suspected to be a new case of cyanide poisoning.

Parks and Wildlife Management Authority public relations manager Ms Caroline Washaya Moyo yesterday said the carcasses recently discovered were barely a day old. "Eight more carcasses have been discovered in Hwange National Park and seven dead vultures were also found. We suspect that this is a fresh case of poisoning. However, we cannot reveal more details as investigations into the matter are still in progress," she said.

Recently three of the eight poachers arrested for spawning the Hwange ecological disaster after poisoning water holes and salt pans with cyanide pellets were jailed for an effective 16 years each.

Villagers from Chief Siphoso's area in Tsholotsho District confessed to making a living out of poisoning elephants with cyanide and resolved to give up the practice and work with authorities in conserving wildlife. The villagers told a seven-member ministerial delegation led by Environment, Water and Climate Minister Saviour Kasukuwere at Pumula Village under Chief Siphoso, that the breaking down of the Campfire programme, council and parks services led some of them to resort to poaching.

Pumula Village is about 87km from Tsholotsho Centre and is the area where cyanide poisoning of elephants was rife.

Read more on the poisoning of elephants in Hwange here:
Hwange cyanide syndicate's history of poaching uncovered(10 october 2013)
Zimbabwe declares war on poachers after cyanide used in Hwange National Park (3 October 2013)

Read more about the region in our destination guide:
Hwange

Read more on elephants from the Zambezi Traveller:
Elephants

Friday, 11 October 2013

Savanna Wood promotion

2013 is Savanna Wood's 20th Year. To celebrate this occasion, and to say thank you to our customers, we will enter the name of anyone (or organisation) that purchases Savanna Wood products from us between now and the 30th of November into a draw. The lucky winner will be offered a Savanna Wood table of 2.4 meters in length as a prize, or product to that value.

Website:
Savanna Wood

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Hwange cyanide syndicate's history of poaching uncovered

Zimbabwe authorities have acted quickly to investigate the poisoning of nearly 100 elephants in Hwange National Park, with four of the poachers already sentanced and several more waiting trail. A man has been charged with supplying the cyanide used in the incident, whilst four police officers have also been accused of accepting a bribe in a previous incident involving the group, members of which have detailed a history of elephant poaching and ivory smuggling.


Image source: New Zimbabwe

Justice Martin Makonese of the Bulawayo High Court recently threw out a bail appeal by three men charged over the Hwange elephant poisoning. Farai Chitsa, 34, a Bulawayo businessman and two brothers Sipho, 54, and Misheck Mafu, 46, will stand trial on October 24 for delivering or offering toxic substances and illegal posession of ivory.

Trial magistrates in Hwange heard how Chitsa paid the two brothers US$900 to poison water sources with salt laced with cyanide. On August 27 this year, game rangers at Hwange National Park got a tip-off that there were poachers in the game park and a team was dispatched to investigate. The court was told that the team picked up footprints of the suspected poachers on August 29 and tracked them to Sipho’s homestead. He allegedly admitted to killing five elephants and led the police to where he had hidden the tusks. Sipho implicated his brother, Misheck, who upon arrest the following day, implicated Chitsa.

Three other poachers, Robert Maposa, 42, Thabani Zondo, 24, and Dedani Tshuma, 25, were recently jailed for 16 years each for illegal possession of ivory and charges related to cyanide poisoning.

The trio were jailed for 16 years each by Hwange provincial magistrate, Rosemary Dub for illegal possession of ivory and delivering toxic substances. They were further ordered to pay US$600,000 restitution to the Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority by December 31, 2013, while Tshuma was further asked to pay US$200,000 by the same date.

In another case Clever Khumalo, 44, of Iminyela suburb in Bulawayo and Sipho Mafu, 54, of Pelandaba in Tsholotsho were remanded in custody until October 8 by Bulawayo magistrate Gladmore Mushove. A third suspect, Sanelisiwe Dube, of Nkulumane 12 is still on the run. In their recorded police statements, Khumalo and Mafu also implicated several other people and detailed a history of elephant poaching and ivory smuggling.

In his police statement, Khumalo said Mafu had previously supplied him with 25kg of ivory in 2008, which he sold to one Mutemwa in Harare for US$1,000. He also said that in 2010 he received 54kg of ivory from one Mthandazo Tshuma of Binga and used it to make bangles which he sold in Cape Town, South Africa, for US$13,000, and that Mafu again supplied him with 130kg of ivory in 2011 which he smuggled to South Africa through the Beitbridge border post, alleging that he lost the consignment to robbers.

Then in August 2012 Khumalo said he received a 240kg consignment of ivory from Mafu after the poisoning of elephants. He said they got the toxic chemical from Albert Buzizi, a former teacher at Mpopoma High School. Buzizi told investigators that Sanelisiwe Dube, the suspect on the run, told him that they had a gold mine claim and wanted to use the cyanide at the mine.

The consignment of ivory was intercepted by police officers in Harare but those involved released after four police officers recieved a US$10,000 bribe to free them and the vehicle.

Following Khumalo's accusations, a Police detective assistant inspector and three colleagues appeared in court in Bulawayo on the 7th Octber and were remanded in custody. Detective Assistant Inspector Alois Gakata, Detective Sergeant Wellington Jena, Detective Constable Shadreck Rore and Detective Ronald Dube allegedly received a US$10,000 bribe from the poachers accused of poisoning the Hwange elephants.

The four were named by several of the alleged poachers as the officers who took the money in order to release their Toyota Hilux. The truck was transporting elephant tusks to Harare when it was intercepted. It is alleged that Daniel Mba, Mthandazo Tshuma, Mai Rumba, Anna Mvereche and Elfina Mzizi had all been placed under arrest but were allowed to walk after the money was paid.

It has also been reported in news media that the man accused by authorities of supplying poachers with th cyanide used in the recent incident in Hwange National Park has appeared in court charged with storing classified hazardous substances at unlicensed premises.

Prosecutors say between October and November last year, Elvis Ncube, 30, of Hillside in Harare, acquired three tonnes of sodium cyanide and stored it at his place of residence, a Bulawayo court heard. He allegedly sold the chemical to different unnamed individuals including the poaching syndicate, who went on to mix it with salt and poison water sources at Hwange National Park. Ncube was remanded to October 16 on US$100 bail by magistrate Gladmore Mushove.

Sources:
Elephant poisoning: Top cop, 3 others in court (New Zimbabwe, 7 October)
Elephant deaths cyanide dealer in court (New Zimbabwe, 5 October)
Elephant poachers implicate cops (New Zimbabwe, 26 September)

Read more about the region in our destination guide:
Hwange

Read more on elephants from the Zambezi Traveller:
Elephants

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Builder's Warehouse opens in Tete

Builders Warehouse now in Mozambique – opening in Tete on October 8th, 2013

Quality building and home improvement products for less

Builders Warehouse Tete

Plot 66f2, North River, on the EN103, City of Tete

Trading Hours : Monday to Saturday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays and public holidays 9 a.m. to 5 pm.

Website:
Builder's Warehouse

Read more about the region in our destination guide:
Cahora Bassa & Tete

Monday, 7 October 2013

Congratulations Winners of KITFT 2013

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Thursday, 3 October 2013

Zimbabwe declares war on poachers after cyanide used in Hwange National Park (updated)

Zimbabwe's Environment Minister declares war with poachers after more than 90 elephants are killed by poachers using cyanide in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe's largest protected area.


Image credit: Xu Lingui/Xinhua Press/Corbis

Saviour Kasukuwere, the country's Environment Minister, said the elephants had died in the last few weeks in Hwange National Park, the nation's largest, while security forces were preoccupied with the general election on 31 July. "We are declaring war on the poachers," he said. "We are responding with all our might because our wildlife, including the elephants they are killing, are part of the natural resources and wealth that we want to benefit the people of Zimbabwe."

Kasukuwere, who was appointed to the environment ministry just over a week ago, said he would push for stiff penalties for convicted poachers, although he believes runners in the village were paid a pittance by international syndicates to lace the salt licks and gather the tusks, and saying “We will cooperate with international organizations such as Interpol to crack down on the pay masters. So the war is on, it’s a war which we will win, we are not going to surrender,” Kasukuwere said. Officials say cyanide used in gold mining was spread by poachers over flat 'salt pans' - natural, mineral-rich salt licks. Cyanide attacks the bloodstream, kills almost instantly and causes rapid decomposition. Most of the poisoned elephants died in the past month. The chemical is commonly used by illegal gold panners to separate the metal from surrounding ore and is easily available.

Wildlife department officials said the chemical also killed other animals, including predators and scavengers which have fed on the carcasses, such as lion and vultures, but that no numbers were available. It is also feared that the poison will contaminate the soil and ground water and that the death toll will continue to rise.

Nine people were arrested on suspicion of laying poison in the park to kill elephants for their tusks. Police and rangers recovered 19 tusks, cyanide and wire snares after a sweep through villages close to the Park. To date three of the poachers arrested have been sentenced to 15 year jail terms and fines of (Zim) $200,000 sending a clear zero tolerance message to poachers.

Earlier in the week Zimbabwe Parks spokeswoman Caroline Washaya Moyo said it was Zimbabwe's worst single case of elephant poaching and that contact with the poison posed a danger to any animal or human. She said the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority had reminded people who live near the park not to eat the meat of any dead animals they find.

Tusks of the poisoned elephants are believed to have been smuggled into neighboring South Africa through illicit syndicates that pay poachers a fraction of the $1,500 a kilogram (2.2 pounds) that ivory can fetch on the black market.

The state Environmental Management Authority is planning to burn the elephant carcasses and call in experts to detoxify the affected areas, beginning with digging out the salt licks and removing the top layers of soil contaminated by the cyanide granules. Officials believe at least two deeply drilled wells supplying the water holes may have also been contaminated and will likely have to be sealed. New wells will probably be drilled away from the tainted ones.

Two years ago nine elephants, five lions and two buffalo died from cyanide poisoning in Hwange National Park. Just 50 rangers with archaic weapons patrol the 4,650-sq km (1,795-square mile) national park, an area almost as large as Swaziland, and wildlife authorities say 10 times that number are needed. Experts estimate Zimbabwe needs $30 million to launch an effective anti-poaching initiative.

"We are increasing our surveillance, we are increasing our intelligence, we are also increasing our enforcement. We are aware that we can't do this on our own, so we will work with other law enforcement agencies in the country," says National Parks Chief Edson Chidziya.

Last year more than 25,000 elephants were killed by poacher across Africa, according to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

Sources: The Daily Telegraph (24 Sept 2013),
The Guardian (25 Sept 2013)
BBC News (24 Sept, 2013)
SABC News (23 Sept 2013)
The Washington Post (01/10/13)

Read more about the region in our destination guide:
Hwange

Read more on elephants from the Zambezi Traveller:
Elephants

Victoria Falls Endro

The Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust held a Vic Falls Motorbike Enduro fundraiser over last weekend, 27,28 and 29 September. The event, which included motorbikes and quads, was well attended, with riders of all age groups and with varying ability. Despite the hot temperatures, riders enjoyed the course thoroughly and most will do their best to attend next year’s event.

Zambezi Traveller Directory:
Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Zambezi Traveller (Issue 14, Sept 2013) Full Content Listing

Zambezi Traveller (Issue 14, Sept 2013) Full Content Listing

Cover Story

Bridging the Zambezi
Livingstone foresaw the Zambezi as an economic gateway for Africa. How wrong he was! When Victorian explorer Dr David Livingstone built a paddle steamer and started his exploratory journey from the Zambezi Delta, his goal was to open the interior of the continent to commercial development. From the time that his expedition floundered disappointingly at the Cahora Bassa rapids, politicians, economists and engineers in numbers have regarded the Zambezi as a colossal obstruction to regional trade and communication.

Feature Stories

ZimParks take to the air
Zimbabwe’s socio-economic circumstances have presented critical challenges to maintaining conservation integrity and the continuity of wildlife protection efforts by the rangers of the Zimbabwe Parks & Wildlife Management Authority. Park rangers, a key frontline force, require recognition and support in their efforts to protect our wildlife and environment.

A bright future for tourism
Zambezi Traveller meets with Zambia’s Hon. Minister of Tourism and Arts, Sylvia Masebo.

Tourism in the spotlight
Activity around the Victoria Falls both in Zambia and Zimbabwe has been frenetic for the past few months as Livingstone and Victoria Falls were chosen to cohost the UNWTO 20th General Assembly.

Chobe

Giraffic Park
History of ChobeNational Park: Part 12
Phase One completed at Chobe Marina
Take your time on the Chobe
A lucky break for one small waif
The banana bridge
Mowana Open a good day out

Okavango

Mutual benefits for man and wildlife
Baskets from Maun to Santa Fe
African travellers
Patience reaps rewards

Cahora Bassa & Tete

The arteries of Tete
M’phingwe: serenity and harmony
Major housing contract awarded
Schooling today for tomorrow
Capturing Tete
Little critter, mass murderer
A national procurement platform

Kariba & Middle Zambezi

A tale of two bridges
Scientist and poet
A career in conservation
How deep are the caves?
From cleaner to chef

A growing mountain of ivory
Elephant rescue at Bumi Hills
The dam that became a bridge
Conservation through education
A new resource from wildlife records
Elephant Charge excitement
Kariba Marathon

Victoria Falls

Bridge in the mist
Early acts of caring
Partners together in conservation
Th e dream becomes real
Positive trends for Victoria Falls
Wildlife boost for Zambezi Park
Keeping it in the family
Ilala wins Zim On A Plate award
A journey of inspiration

Changing nature
Exhausting and exhilarating
Victoria Falls hosts Stanbic
Ndau win at Zim Fashion Week
Adrenalin and history
In search of birding ‘specials’
Inspiration and motivation
Terror and awe sublimely mingled

Harare

Home away from home in Harare

Hwange

Cheetah work in progress
The Look Up
The Elephant’s Eye opens

Luangwa

Bridging the Luangwa
Conservation in fashion

Livingstone

Zambia in festival mode
STAC 2013 in Livingstone
Zambezi Jewels at Livingstone International Airport
In aid of the elephants (Part 1)
The Waterfront is upgraded
David Livingstone – the final journey


Don’t eat the daffodils
Lulu goes to school
Nature’s impis – Matabele ants
As easy as 1, 2, 3
New help for abused pets
The legacy lives on
African Bouquet
The bridge of high treason
Ngonye – the Cinderella falls

Kafue

Ballooning over Busanga Plains
In aid of elephants (Part 2)
Swinging high

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Bridging the Zambezi


The Dona Ana Bridge, Tete (Image credit: Gigi Giumbeau)

The latest issue of the Zambezi Traveller looks at the theme of Bridging the Zambezi through a series of linked articles focussing on the various transport crossings over the Zambezi.

When David Livingstone made the Zambezi River and the Victoria Falls known to the wider world through his explorations of the region, he envisaged the Zambezi as 'god's highway' - the route by which Christianity, Commerce and Civilization would reach the dark heart of Africa and banish the scourge of slavery. Whilst the Zambezi dashed his dreams - the Cahora Bassa rapids blocking navigation to the interior - it would be another man, Cecil Rhodes, who would build his own transport link from the southern Cape to the banks of the Zambezi. Whilst Rhodes's vision of a Cape to Cairo railway never materialised, the bridging of the Zambezi at the Victoria Falls remains one of the most significant events in the economic development of the region.

Read about the Bridging of the Zambezi here in this interesting series of articles:
Bridging the Zambezi
Bridge in the mist
The banana bridge
The dam that became a bridge
A tale of two bridges
The arteries of Tete
The bridge of high treason
Swinging high

Read more articles from this issue:
Zambezi Traveller (Issue 14, Sept 2013)