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Issue 5, 2018

Cresta-l-clear ...An Icon Being Re-born

Fresh look for Vic Falls Safari Club CULTURAL TOURISM 2018

Interregional Tourism Holy Grail for Africa

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Sustainable Tourism: Digital Marke ng: P 11

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Sustainable Tourism Development in Zimbabwe | page 11

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Sophie Zirebwa, Farai Mabeza, Trish Matongo, Wesley Charnock, Laiton Kandawire

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Climate change is real, and African tourism will bear the brunt of it… The tourism industry has a key role to play in confron ng the challenges of climate change, and Zimbabwe Tourism and Hospitality industry is no excep on. There has been now now a clear understanding that the travel sector can be part of the solu on to the global warming crisis, by reducing its greenhouse gas emissions as well as by helping the communi es where tourism represents a major economic source to prepare for and adapt to the changing climate. This issue tries to highlight the mi ga on in the tourism sector how can be achieved by reducing energy use, through changing travel behavior, as well as improving energy efficiency, increasing the use of renewable energy, carbon offse ng strategies, as well as being sustainable in tourism business. This issue also tries to be of value not only to readers but also to tourism players with regards on how they can be sustainable as trends in the tourism sector show that to remain compe ve, des na ons are diversifying to a ract environmentally oriented tourist segments. In this edi on, in response to the need to remain compe ve, the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority embarked on the Sustainable Tourism Programme and the ar cle elaborates extensively on interest in ecotourism experiences which is growing by 25% to 30% per year and cultural tourism at 10% to 15% per year according to (UNWTO). We are excited to explain how li er can effect des na ons, communi es, the local environment, the economy, business and tourism. We do hope going through this issue you see the value of being sustainable and being good stewards of the environment for the future and simultaneously impact posi vely on our ROIs. As usual in each issue we dedicated a space for a special animal, and this me around we highlight the plight of the rhinoceros, please #SayNoToPoaching! #Enjoy!


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Cresta Oasis – An Icon Being Re-born Cresta Hotels, as one of Southern Africa's leading hotel management groups with a total of 17 hotels and lodges situated in Zimbabwe, Botswana and Zambia in its por olio, has developed a corporate and brand iden ty that reflects the very essence of its brand personality. Cresta Group pride itself in keeping up to date with global standards in terms of facili es and features. This includes a regular refurbishment programme to keep its hotels fresh and invi ng. Originally opened in 1975 as the Oasis Motel, the iconic Cresta Oasis Hotel and Apartments in Harare is currently undergoing a $2.5-million refurbishment, a complete restora on while maintaining the pulsa ng energy and urban heartbeat for which the hotel is famous of. Last renovated in 1997, the improvement is gearing for an expected increase in local and interna onal business in coming months and years. Speaking at an announcement briefing, Cresta Hotels' country director, Chipo Mandela, said the revamp is an cipated to be completed by year-end involving a brand new look and feel in its bedrooms and bathrooms. Public areas and conference rooms will also benefit as part of this complete 'makeover' exercise. “We are already in the process of undertaking a major refurbishment programme that will transform this hotel into what will be the most exci ng venue in its specialized market field,” she said. “It will be the natural home for

small to medium-size conferences, long-stay guests, short-stayers primarily from around Zimbabwe and across the Southern African region, and people from within the city looking to be hosted and entertained in a stylish and modern manner. This hotel celebrated its 40th anniversary just three years ago and it is our belief that we will create on its already solid founda on one of the true hospitality gems of Harare. Today's refined travelers will find comfort in the plush linens, and state-of-the-art entertainment arrears of the completed Cresta Oasis. “Work will involve all apartments and bedrooms, all public areas, all conference rooms, the crea on of a new conference room on the site of our exis ng public bar and the crea on of an exci ng new bar and entertainment center in the old night club on the eastern side of the hotel. In all the bedrooms and apartments, bathrooms are being upgraded, an important factor given that almost 60 percent of decisionmaking related to choosing accommoda on is based on percep ons of the bathrooms,” Chipo Mandela explained. “In addi on, we are opening a new hotel entrance along Kwame Nkrumah Avenue, closing entrances through the sanitary lanes, which will become service lanes. As a result of having a new entrance, the recep on will also be reposi oned to face north. We are also re-paving



all the car parks and installing car ports in the main car park to improve the shade factor for guests' vehicles. “This is a significant and exci ng development that will cost Cresta Hotels about $2.5 million and is scheduled for comple on by the end of this calendar year. It is a major investment and stems from our confidence in the current and future poten al of Harare, of Zimbabwe and of this region. We firmly believe that a golden age of travel and tourism into this region and this country is about to happen, spurred on in part by the changes that have taken place and con nue to take place in the macro-economic environment. Between 1988 and 1999 Zimbabwe was the go-to des na on of Africa, and we in Cresta believe a return to this posi oning is on its way.” Both exci ngly different and aesthe cally pleasing, Cresta Oasis looks forward to surround itself with innova ve design and technology suited for travelling business people. It's a des na on in its own right with quality a la carte restaurants and bar making it ideal for business lunches, private dinners or a er work drinks as well as fully equipped conference facili es. This is the where Zimbabwe meets the world; a fresh, stylish, cosmopolitan se ng in the hustle and bustle of Harare city life. Cresta Oasis is the perfect place to mix business and pleasure, as you can do serious business in the day and sit back and enjoy a heavenly cocktail at night.



Sustainable Tourism Call to action to protect and Conserve the environment Sophie Zirebwa ustainable Tourism Development has been a topical issue for a long me up to the point that the UN declared 2017 as the Interna onal Year of Sustainable Tourism for development. Different scholars have come up with varied defini ons and understanding of sustainable tourism. The commonality however, of all these different defini ons has been the urge to ensure that current and future genera ons benefit from the resources that have been bestowed on mother earth. It has been noted that whilst nature can thrive on its own, even be er without humans, on contrary humans cannot survive without nature. Thus a call for ac ve par cipa on to protect and

conserve the environment. A growing number of people from the public and private sectors, religious and civic groups, scholars, environmentalist and many other pressure groups have been keen on environmental sustainability and the urge to combat climate change and its effects. The tourism sector is not an excep on and is concerned about the long-term integra on of healthy communi es, healthy ecosystems and healthy livelihoods. Trends in the tourism sector show that to remain compe ve, des na ons are diversifying to a ract environmentally oriented tourist segments. The environmentally oriented segments are growing at a very high rate, for example, interest in ecotourism experiences is growing by 25% to



30% per year and cultural tourism at 10% to 15% per year according to (UNWTO). Zimbabwe is not an excep on in tapping into the above growing niche market and is embracing ways of ensuring that the sector is prepared to meet the demands of this niche market. This entails prac cing sustainable tourism which ensures op mal u liza on and preserva on of natural wealth and biodiversity, respec ng the host communi es by preserving their cultural and tradi onal values as well as enhancing the visitor experience through offering unique and authen c experiences. The businesses in the process reduce their opera ng costs and increase profit margins. Sustainable tourism development might sound like a sectoral concept, but it is borne out

of the broader and globally acknowledged concept of sustainable development in all sectors of the economy of any country. It is a rela vely new global development strategy that seeks to deliver benefits for eternity without damaging the natural and sociocultural resources that each country on the globe is endowed with. In response to the need to remain compe ve, the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority embarked on the Sustainable Tourism Programme such as the Green Tourism



Cer fica on Programme, Community Based Tourism Programme and the History and Cultural Heritage Development. The Green Tourism Cer fica on programme is a voluntary programme being implemented in partnership with the Green Tourism Business UK. The Cer fica on is based on a broad range of prac ces ranging from management, staff welfare, ethical procurement, social responsibility, waste management and resource efficiency. So far thirteen businesses in Victoria Falls and Hwange were cer fied with Gold, Silver and

local proper es, sites and tradi ons of historical, cultural and spiritual signiďŹ cance. Revenue accrued in these projects is being channelled towards community development in the form of educa on, sanita on and clean water supplies. Entrepreneurial businesses in local arts and cra s also beneďŹ t from sustainable tourism as there is increased support from both the tourists and the operators.

Bronze. The Authority is also working towards introducing minimum Green Tourism standards to all operators within the sector. The community Based Tourism programme is another programme derived from sustainable tourism development no on. It emphasizes empowering communi es to par cipate in the tourism sector, improve their sources of income and ul mately quality of life. This also includes the par cipa on of local communi es throughout the tourism value chain. For example, in Victoria Falls established tourism operators are sourcing fresh organically produced vegetables from local communi es in Hwange. Empowerment is also being done through the capacity building and support in the development of community owned tourism businesses such as Chesvingo Village, Kambako Village, Beitbridge Village, Kompisi Village. The cultural villages are premised towards protec on, preserva on and enhancement of

The Tourism Operators have also been ac ve towards reducing the nega ve impact of their opera ons to the environment through programmes such as improved waste management prac ces such as waste separa on, onsite water recycling and re cula on, zero use of plas c bo les policy, up-cycling of furnishings has been implemented by most operators. Waste separa on include separa on of food waste and reusing the waste for organic compost, vermiculture. Plas cs and biodegradable materials are separated on site for collec on by recycling industries. This has helped reduce the amount of waste to municipal dumping sites. A signiďŹ cant number of Tourism Operators par cularly the Accommoda on and restaurants sub-sectors have already switched to renewable sources of power such as solar and gas for cooking and hea ng reducing the business opera ng costs. This to an extent has also reduced pressure on the na onal electricity grid as well as crea ng an opportunity for



industrial development for industries specializing in the produc on of solar systems and related products. At other establishments operators are having joint conserva on programmes with biodiversity based ins tu ons. Assessments done on Victoria Falls and Hwange show that for some lodges in Hwange for every bed night sold, a certain amount is contributed towards conserva on programmes. At the same me there are also joint conserva on and an -poaching programmes with Parks and Wildlife Management Authority. Sustainable tourism development has the poten al to protect and enhance the natural environment, empower the local communi es and improve their livelihoods. Sustainable prac ces also enable the businesses to reduce their opera onal costs and increase revenues. The visitor experience is also enhanced thereby boos ng arrivals, revenue, employment levels and ul mately the development of the na on. It is very strategic for any des na on to implement sustainable tourism programmes to remain compe ve. For more informa on in sustainable ini a ves in the tourism sector contact Domes c Tourism and Strategic Research Division at the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority or email dstr@ztazim.co.zw

The Love-Hate Relationship between Climate-change and Tourism

he growing interna onal awareness about the fast pace of climate change taking place on our planet, together with the impacts that such changes are having on the natural environment, on humans and their economic ac vi es have become evident.

Overview Climate change is real, and African tourism will bear the brunt of it… Africa consumes a ny frac on of the world's fossil fuels, yet it is predicted to shoulder far more than

its share of the nega ve impacts of climate change. Between its size, vast natural resources, and unique weather pa erns, the con nent is especially suscep ble to the effects of rising temperatures. Without comprehensive measures to understand and address the impacts of climate change, the wellbeing of both Africa's wildlife and its people are in jeopardy. For tourism, climate change is not a remote event, but a phenomenon that already affects the sector and certain des na ons in par cular. As climate defines the length and quality of tourism seasons, affects tourism opera ons, and influences



environmental condi ons that both a ract and deter visitors, the sector is considered to be highly-climate sensi ve.

Challenges The rela onship between climate change and tourism is twofold: climate change impacts tourism and tourism impacts climate change. Responsible tourism is the need of the hour. The tourism sector is contribu ng to greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). Tourism and travel as a vector of climate change, it accounts for approximately five per cent of global carbon dioxide emissions. By 2035,

under a “business as usual” scenario, carbon dioxide emissions from global tourism are projected to increase by 130 per cent. Most of the increase is a ributed to air travel but the tourism sector has pledged to substan ally reduce emissions. Africa is home to just 17% of the world's forests, yet deforesta on on the con nent is es mated to be four mes the global average—and the pace is accelera ng. Prac ces like rapid deforesta on combined with excessive greenhouse gas emissions from around the world are all contribu ng to climate change. Rising temperatures are having a catastrophic impact on the people of Africa, resul ng in low water supplies, increased droughts, severe heat waves, heavy storms, and flooding. In 2017 Zambezi Ra ing associa on suspended white

water ra ing in Victoria Falls owing to five percent water levels increase per day in the Zambezi River. White water ra ing is one of the popular ac vi es in the Victoria Falls. Part of the challenge in addressing climate change is that it can be a difficult concept to understand. Even once people understand the threats climate change poses, it is hard to get individuals, businesses, countries, and communi es to change their behavior and adopt new habits, such as using ecofriendly methods in reducing and offse ng greenhouse gas emissions. Solu ons Preserving Africa's rich forests and incredibly biodiversity ecosystems are cri cal to the solu on. So is ge ng people to buy into new, more sustainable prac ces. There is need to con nuously adapt and improve our conserva on planning,

resource management, and livelihood strategies to strengthen the resilience of Africa's people, its ecosystems, and its wildlife to climate change. I think the government should give these companies a levy to pay once a year and use that money to contribute to solving [the problem]. Levying these companies will give them a wakeup call to minimize pollu on, and make them realize what they are doing to the environment United Na ons World To tourism Organiza on has taken more responsibility on climate change and sustainability as they pledged to raise awareness of climate change's impacts and effects as well as calling for more immediate ac on to combat climate change and biodiversity travelpulse.com/news/features…..

Climate Change Mitigation 101 Solar Energy Hotels of all sizes are quickly taking to this technology. One 16-room bou que hotel, which invested $80,000 in its solar panels, cut its energy bills by 60 percent, or $1,000 per month. Although solar power installa ons can take as long as a decade to pay for themselves, more hotels are choosing this op on.

Daluyon Beach Resort, Zero Carbon Resorts member and ASEAN Green Hotel Awardee



Solar Energy Hotels of all sizes are quickly taking to this technology. One 16-room bou que hotel, which invested $80,000 in its solar panels, cut its energy bills by 60 percent, or $1,000 per month. Although solar power installa ons can take as long as a decade to pay for themselves, more hotels are choosing this op on.

Green Hotels Best Prac ces: low impact eďŹƒcient energy management & savings

Geothermal Energy Geothermal energy is ready to double in size as countries around the world embrace it. In Reno, Nevada, the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino heats itself with a geothermal aquifer located 4,400 beneath the surface of the desert. As much as 1,200 gallons per minute are heated this way, saving the company about $2 million each year compared it's previous natural gas hea ng. For now, the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino is unique for its sole use of geothermal hea ng. This area is certainly a hotbed of green innova on especially within the hotel industry. Hotels in the area are con nuing to be built and all are green structures. Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel,Travel+Leisure Global Vision Awards Winner

Bio Fuels Biodiesel is quickly becoming more popular, and the U.S. economy reaped about $4 billion from it in the past year. The Hilton Stockholm Slussen, in Sweden, turns its organic waste into biodiesel at a nearby plant. Increasingly, the biodiesel that results from this and similar projects in Sweden are powering the na on's vehicles. Eco Agri Bio Fuel Implements

Reuse Waste management is an important issue at hotels, which are increasingly running programs to reuse linens and towels. Guests can choose to dry their towels and keep the same bed linens rather than ge ng new ones each day. To deal with waste from gardens and kitchens, the 'Taj Hotels Mahal Palace in India is sending waste to biogas plants and even oering facility tours to guests. 'Natures Village Resort, Negros Occidental, ASEAN Green Hotel Awardee




New-Look Victoria Falls Safari Club is Better than Ever!



he exclusive Victoria Falls Safari Club has established itself as one of the resort town's premium accommoda on choices, offering an even more enhanced guest experience, following a major redevelopment, Africa Albida Tourism chief execu ve Ross Kennedy says. The $600,000 redevelopment, which included the addi on of a swimming pool and new restaurant, completed in March, has prompted much posi ve feedback and strong forward bookings for the remainder of 2018 and throughout 2019, Mr Kennedy said. “These indicate the redevelopment had been a success. It is very clear that the travel trade and the media are genuinely impressed by what has been created and the kind of service, a en on and quality being delivered,” Mr Kennedy said. “Recent comments about the

dinner menu include “the best food I've eaten in Victoria Falls in 20 years” and “finally a restaurant and chef in Victoria Falls is delivering modern, interna onal and crea ve dishes that are about flavours, taste and ingredients”,” he said. The mo va on for the redevelopment of Victoria Falls Safari Club, a luxury bou que hotel, located on the same estate as Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, was observa ons and feedback from the travel trade that the Safari Club was not a complete product, he said. “What has been achieved in the last few months certainly puts that to bed, and has posi oned the Safari Club very clearly as one of Victoria Falls' premium accommoda on choices,” he said. The project included the addi on of a swimming pool, sundeck and gazebo, and an expansion and upgrade of its central building, which doubled the size of its exis ng deck,

increasing the lounge space, and crea ng a new restaurant, with a dedicated kitchen. The new swimming pool precinct features a plunge pool, with a horizon waterfall spilling over into a lower 15m lap pool, surrounded on two sides by a split-level deck with sun loungers, and an adjacent thatched gazebo, housing a bar, servery and change facili es. Rock gardens are being developed, as well as indigenous bushes to ensure guest privacy in the swimming pool area, which overlooks a small waterhole visited by kudu, warthog and bushbuck as well as various bird species. Africa Albida Tourism is a Zimbabwe-owned hospitality group which operates a por olio of proper es in Victoria Falls, including Victoria Falls Safari Club, Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, Victoria Falls Safari Suites, Lokuthula Lodges – Victoria Falls and Ngoma Safari Lodge in Chobe, Botswana.




Rhinoceros QUICK FACTS: Scien ďŹ c name Black: Diceros bicornis

White: Ceratotherium simum

Weight Black: 1 to 1.5 tn. (2,000 to 3,000 lb.)

White: More than 2 tn. (4,000+ lb.)

Size: Life span: Habitat: Diet: Gesta on Predators

About 60 in. at the shoulder

Conserva on Status: Other

35 to 40 years Grassland and open savanna Herbivorous 16 months humans

Cri cally Endangered There are2species of African rhino Rhinos can gallop up to30miles per hour Black rhino popula on down 97.6% since 1960



Where do rhinos live? The African rhino is divided into two species, the black rhino and the white rhino. White rhinos mainly live in South Africa, but they have also been reintroduced to Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe. Southern white rhinos have been introduced to Kenya, Zambia, and Cote d'Ivoire. The majority of the black rhino popula on—98%—is concentrated in four countries: South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Kenya. South Africa houses 40% of the total black rhino popula on. There are some black rhinos in the region spread between Cameroon and Kenya.

Challenges Rhinos have become vic ms of organized crime. In the wild, the adult black or white rhino has no predators except for humans. Rhinos are hunted and killed for their horns. The major demand for rhino horn is in Asia, where it is used in ornamental carvings and tradi onal medicine. Rhino horn is touted as a cure for hangovers, cancer, and impotence. Their horns are not true horns; they are actually made of kera n—the same material that makes up our hair and nails. Truly, rhino horn is as effec ve at curing cancer as chewing on your fingernails.

Habitat loss is also a major threat to rhinos. As human popula ons rise and ci es grow, logging, agriculture, roads, and se lements destroy rhino habitats.



Solutions to saving the rhino from extinction: 1.

Engage the public.

Conserva on organiza ons and governments need to spread public awareness about the illegal rhino horn trade, the horrors of poaching, and dwindling rhino popula ons. Engage the public to bring a en on to the atroci es of rhino poaching and dispel myths about rhino horn. You can also help spread the word.


Give rhinos a sanctuary.

Provided the sanctuary with camera traps, which once caught poten al poachers on camera, to monitor rhinos.


Recruit wildlife scouts.

Recruit, train, and equip wildlife scouts who protect the rhino from poachers. Wildlife scouts are familiar with landscapes, wildlife, and community members. As insiders, they are able to quickly iden fy any suspicious ac vity. They monitor rhinos—and other wildlife—and work with local authori es to help them apprehend poachers and even iden fy wouldbe poachers.


Work with the legal system.

Strengthen law enforcement, curbing demand and trade, and reaching out to influence policy makers and legal en es. There is need legal en es to come up with harsher penal es for wildliferelated crimes.

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Fastjet Breaking Barriers astjet, Africa's affordable airline for everyone, commenced daily flights between Harare and Bulawayo on the 20 July 2018, with a special Launch Fare star ng at $59 taxes included. Fastjet will be the first affordable airline to operate the Harare Bulawayo route; the airline presently flies between Harare and J o h a n n e s b u r g 4 m e s d a i l y, between Harare and Victoria Falls twice daily and up to 3 mes a week between Victoria Falls and Johannesburg. “Fastjet has been pursuing this route designa on for several years,” says fastjet chief execu ve Nico Bezuidenhout. “We are delighted to see that posi ve changes in the Zimbabwean environment made this development possible, enabling low-fare connec vity between more domes c des na ons.” Fastjet will celebrate its third year of Zimbabwean opera ons in October

and “has invested substan ally in the market with posi ve outcomes. While we are launching with a single frequency at present, fastjet intends to further grow the route following further consulta on with stakeholders and ul mately to introduce addi onal aircra to facilitate growth,” he adds. Bulawayo being the second largest city in Zimbabwe and a strategic economic hub that services nearby mining, industrial and agricultural ac vity, Bezuidenhout believes that fastjet's entry into this market will contribute posi vely in terms of further s mula ng economic ac vity and growth. The 2017 ICAO (Interna onal Civil Avia on Organisa on) study shows that avia on creates substan al up and downstream economic benefits. The air transport industry employs around 381 000 people in Africa and contributes more than $ 9 billion to the con nent's GDP. “The cataly c



impact of avia on stretches this to around 6.8 million jobs and $ 72.5 billion toward GDP. On a country and city scale airlines benefit local tourism, supply chain procurement and on average the market entry of a carrier on any new route s mulates job crea on of around 100-200 opportuni es across various sectors.” With the addi on of the Harare Bulawayo route fastjet's network in Zimbabwe now totals 4 des na ons with more than 100 weekly flights; this makes fastjet the leading carrier in Zimbabwe. “With our affordable fares, mul ple daily frequencies for business travelers, our commitment to promo ng local and inbound tourism and our on- me performance of 90%, fastjet has become the airline for everyone,” says Bezuidenhout. “We look forward to con nued engagement with all stakeholders in Zimbabwe to realise addi onal frequencies on the route as well as the development of new des na ons.”

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Welcome to Eastern Highlands We suspect most folk don't realise how amazing and diverse Zimbabwe is, or how best to go about exploring it This narrow strip of mountain country that makes up Manicaland province isn't the Africa that normally crops up in armchair travellers' fantasies.



Visa fees the “biggest obstacle” in growing African aviation

By Wesley Charnock Visa reform is a priority for Africa to reach its tourism poten al, a panel of experts have agreed. African governments should stop regarding visa fees from travelers as a revenue genera ng tool and reform them, Routes Africa 2018 has been told. The Seychelles was the first African na on to remove visa fees for Chinese travelers and, according to former minister for tourism and culture Alain St.Ange, others should follow suit. “When we removed the visa in the Seychelles our policy was to become the friend of everybody and enemy of none,” he said. “You don't need a visa to enter a friend's house.” “Visas were never meant to be a revenue genera ng machine; they were designed to control borders. If you increase the number of visitors because you remove visas you will get much more revenue generated.” However, St. Ange noted that African na ons must ensure that any growth in tourist spend ends up in the hands of local people and businesses. “We need to make sure that the people get the money,” he said. “The people must benefit from this, pay more taxes, and the government gets more money.” Adam Wu, chief execu ve officer, CBN

Travel and MICE, noted that Chinese tourists are much more likely to visit a country which has scrapped visa fees. “As soon as a country removes the visa requirement, the increase in Chinese visitors is up to 600 percent,” he said. In agreement was Samson Fatokun, area manager for South-West Africa at IATA, who said that visa fees were a l s o p re ve n n g i nt ra - A f r i c a n transport. “African ci zens need visas for 60 percent of other African countries,” he said. “How can we get governments to understand this issue and liberalize the visa regime? “You get that money back in people paying for taxis, ea ng out. It creates more jobs in SMEs.” Meanwhile Stephanie Wear Pintado, director of economic and air service development, Tenerife Tourism Corpora on, noted that increasing the tourist opportunity creates addi onal benefits for a des na on. If you don't have obstacles and are able to a ract more tourists it becomes much easier to secure investment,” she said. “You can create a working economy that grows on its own.” Various models were suggested, including a regional visa system, for example in West Africa, whereby t rave l e rs co u l d v i s i t m u l p l e des na ons in one trip. This is par cularly a rac ve for Chinese visitors, noted Dr Wu. However, underpinning this must be more coopera on between countries in Africa. “We need all of the respec ve



tourism boards to speak with one voice,” said Akwasi Agyeman, chief e x e c u v e o f G h a n a To u r i s m Authority. St. Ange added: “The African Union (AU) finally has a tourism desk a er we pushed and pushed. It is the job of the AU to work with every tourist board to create one visa for east Africa, west Africa and southern Africa.”

Kariba on the Rebound By Laiton Kandawire

er almost two decades in the doldrums, Zimbabwe in general and Kariba in par cular, are on a tourism recovery path. Zimbabwe had become a largely add-on des na on packaged with Botswana (55.3%), South Africa 50.3%) and Namibia (21.7%), according to sta s cs released by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) at the Na onal Tourism Sector Strategy Workshop on 26 February 2018. Kariba is a giant reawakening from this deep slumber to reclaim its righ ul place among Zimbabwe' to tourist des na ons.

Unique Features Kariba has a large water body that has become the playground of the rich and famous. Lake Kariba is known as Zimbabwe's own Riviera

and is adorned with houseboats which you do not find anywhere else in Zimbabwe. These “floa ng hotels” take clients along the length and breath of the lake to some very beau ful places. Game viewing is prolific in the Matusadona Na onal Park, which borders the lake. With an -poaching ac vi es receiving massive support, wildlife thrives here. There is no other place in Zimbabwe where you can encounter large herds of game from the comfort of your houseboat cabin. The African Dream has been the latest luxury addi on to the fleet of houseboats on Lake Kariba. This investment is being followed up by an even bigger sister vessel which is being built in Harare, boos ng confidence in houseboa ng sector. The lake's shoreline is also do ed with exo c safari camps which offer



a combina on of luxury and the rugged wild. Many of these have established themselves so well in the market that they have become “miss not” resorts. These include the iconic Bumi Hills (now under the new management of noted operator African Bush Camps), Musango Safari Camp, Spurwing Island, Rhino Safari Camp, Gache Gache and Changa Safari Camp. The others are not too badly either, they are reposi oning and very soon tourists will be flocking to Kiplings and Tiger Bay Resort again, for instance.

Linking Kariba with Victoria Falls Most domes c tourists are not aware that they can do both Victoria Falls and Kariba in one holiday. The trend is that the

Kariba ferry service, which links Kariba and Victoria Falls in almost exclusively patronised by foreign tourists. This has seen the service slow down with the slump in tourist arrivals, but this service is very much alive. The ferry service also improves access to Mana Pools Na onal Park as, a er spending two nights in Kariba, you can drive to the park before heading back home. The ferry liner carries both passengers and their vehicles across the lake in a 22-hour journey.

Kariba Town Kariba town is seeing new lodges to boost accommoda on availability which nega vely affected when three major hotels closed down in the town. The 1-star Zambezi Valley Hotel closed down years ago. So did the 2-star Lake View Inn and Kariba Breezes Hotel. There is some

ac vity at the Kariba Breezes Hotel site, raising hopes that the facility will re-open soon under a new brand. Kariba Dam wall remains a major a rac on, par cularly now that the Kariba South Power Sta on Extension Project has been completed, adding a Chinese flavour to the site. Yes, there is a bit of colour now and tourists are flocking there in droves to take photos. It certainly has to be one of the most photographed facility in the whole of Zimbabwe. Incidentally, Lake Kariba has received a boost in water levels. The current levels have never been seen since 2011 and it is a good omen for the resort town. The lake, just like the tourism in the area, is rising again to be the giant it was. There is no be er me to plan your



Kar iba holiday.

About the author: Laiton is a noted blogger, Incen ve Travel Organizer and Kariba Des na on Planner with over 20 years of experience promo ng travel in the wild areas of the Zambezi River and Kariba. He has wri en numerous ar cles for several publica ons. He can be contacted for comments, enquiries and commissioned assignments on: +263 772817733 or by e-mail on: ulakariba@gmail.com. He promotes Kariba holidays on social media through www.facebook.com/Ulakariba; www.twi er.com/KaribaHolidays, and his blog his used by most houseboat enthusiasts – www.karibaholidays.wordpress.co


offers a glimpse into of Zim to visitors Farai Mabeza AROUND the beginning of every May, at a me when the early signs of the winter season are se ng in, Zimbabweans are joined by mul tudes of visitors from different parts of the world for a six day celebra on of art that is known as the Harare Fes val of the Arts (HIFA).

Despite its rela vely short dura on HIFA board chairman, Muchadeyi Masunda, believes that those six days are an important shop window for the country's tourism industry. “You find that quite a lot of people that have thronged previous HIFA events; they come from all over the world, people have come from far afield as Sea le in Washington State



as well as Australia, Cape Town and so forth. It is those people when they go back to their respec ve homes, those are the people that actually help to market our country because as you know our country has had more than its fair share of nega ve publicity most of which was self-inflicted. “You can imagine someone who

has come all the way from Sea le, she goes back there and starts recoun ng to her friends, rela ves that I have just been to Harare in Zimbabwe for the Harare Interna onal Fes val of the Arts and here I am in one piece. And they will be able to take back with them fond memories about what would have happened to them during the course of their visit. So that goes a long way towards marke ng our country as a desirable tourism des na on,” Masunda said. HIFA has in the past had problems with ar sts and foreign visitors encountering difficul es with immigra on officials but Masunda believes that such issues have now been rec fied saying that the immigra on department was now very suppor ve of the arts showpiece. “I think we now have a very good working rela onship with Clemence Masango, the principal director responsible for immigra on. And that's a very important rela onship because of these ar sts that come from all over the world to have them cleared with the minimum of hassles at whatever checkpoint they come through because in the past there actually has been problems at those entry points and those problems end up giving us a bad image. “Clemance Masango and I are on the same page when it comes to those issues that we need to take a cri cal and dispassionate appraisal about all these visa issues. It should be possible for people to pay the visa fees, if they are any applicable,



at the point of entry,” he said. Masunda, a celebrated lawyer and former mayor of Harare, has been HIFA chairman for four years and he says that he does not do it for monetary gain but points out that it is a way for him to give back to the community which has given to him. HIFA associate execu ve director, Tafadzwa Simba, says that the fes val was designed as a Zimbabwean celebra on and not necessarily to a ract interna onal visitors but explains that it is the fes val's authen city that a racts people from beyond the country's borders. “I want to emphasise that HIFA is not an event created for tourists. We most certainly warmly welcome visitors but the raison d'être of the fes val is the celebra on and magnifica on of Zimbabwe through

arts and culture. “Like all truly genuine and worldfamous wonders or a rac ons, they were not created as tourist a rac ons but their authen c nature is what a racts visitors in the long run,” Simba told the media earlier this year. When this year's fes val came it came as a mely reminder of all the good things that audiences have come to associate with HIFA. It was complete with inspira onal performances from Lira, one of South Africa's most brilliant ar sts, Freshlyground, who eventually made their way to the fes val having been deported before their performance a few years ago for a poli cally incorrect song and a number of others including the imitable Winky D. There was also the refreshingly different Congo



Cowboys who warmed the chilly late night with their hearty performance. HIFA is a home not just for the performing ar sts but for sculptors, painters and others who also tell the Zimbabwean story in their own unique ways. A tour of their exhibi ng space is like going through a museum of both the country's history and modern day life. Various works on show talk about history from the precolonial days, history from the libera on war days and also showcase the contemporary. The fes val is a good star ng point for anyone who may be lucky enough to be in Harare during those six days of inspira on and wan ng to see the best of Zimbabwe.





veryone talks about being successful or being rich but there is li le explana on on the things that “successful” people do every-day to get where they are. Today my task is quite simple and straight forward, I'm going to share with you what I call “habits of success”. These are things that have worked in the lives of most of these great men and women we aspire to be like and they can work in your life if you apply them. Please Note: I don't want you to read just for the sake of it, but I want us to go step by step and follow these habits of success star ng this week if you weren't following them already and please, give me feedback on how it goes be it challenges, insights or anything, so let's jump right in!

Reading Reading is one of the things you have to do if you want to be a successful leader. Being a leader might not mean being in government posi ons, it means being in a posi on to influence others. As such, you can be a leader even without holding a posi on. Reading a lot of personal development books, will open up your mind and you'll begin to see the world from and eagle's point of view which will enable you to influence people in the right way and the right things. Mind you influence can be posi ve or nega ve. Someone once told me this: 'leaders are readers' and yes, that is true because even if you don't want to read a book, you'll be forced to read your followers anyway.



Quiet Time Most of these big businesses that we see today were born out of “quiet mes”. This is a me that you inten onally set yourself in isola on for at least an hour, away from any form of distrac on, with only a pen and a notepad. One of the people who reaped the rewards of this habit, Napoleon Hill, would sit in a dark room that was sound proof and had no window and he would sit and sit un l he drew ideas from his inner spirit. The reason why this is so important is that it enables you to draw ideas not from your mind, but from your inner being – your spirit. This is because your mind gets ideas from what you see physically but your spirit gets ideas from God himself. So by shu ng out the physical, you are hiberna ng your mind and awakening

your spirit and before you know it, you have a billion dollar idea that people marvel at.

Think success Now this is one thing that I'm figh ng to perfect because I know it holds the key to any form of success. The bible says: for as a man thinks in his heart, so is he (Proverbs 23:7) and the mouth then speaks from what the heart has or contains. The [intrinsically] good man produces what is good and honorable and moral out of the good treasure [stored] in his heart; and the[intrinsically] evil man produces what is wicked and depraved out of the evil [in his heart]; for his mouth speaks from the overflow of his heart (Luke 6:45 AMP, emphasis added). This has been said over and over by a lot of people such that by now everyone should have been successful but here we are, in a society where not everyone is rich. Thinking success must be deliberate and should be done consciously un l your mind accepts nothing else. I think I talked about this in my post, Will Power: Conver ng your dreams into reality The danger of not voluntarily feeding your mind with the right thing is your mind will automa cally feed on what other people say. Be in a posi on to determine what you think and when you get to that point, think what you want to become.

Wri ng Another thing I have no ced is that successful people write a lot. They always carry a notepad or whatever gadget in order to write down what comes into their mind throughout the day. Wri ng does not only help you remember ideas that would have popped up, but it also helps you in achieving whatever you would have wri en down according to Habakkuk 2 verse 2 which says: “And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it” (KJV). The issue here is in running with the vision that is wri en since he who reads the vision will run with it. This means that you have to go through what you would have wri en down or else you will not run with the vision because you'd end up forge ng that you even wrote something. This is the reason why a lot of people write down new year resolu ons only to change the date the following year without accomplishing anything, “…that he may run that readeth it”, write a lot and revisit what you would have wri en. This week, I'm challenging you to focus on these four things. It might not be easy to develop a reading culture or to have quiet mes, but start with five minutes, then ten, then 20 un l you can go up to an hour or more.



“Oppurtunities don’t happen.

You Chris Grosser

create them.”

Aviation in Zimbabwe on course with regional and continental trends

o have a bigger, be er facility for interconnec vity is great news for Zimbabwe and for the region The $153 million rehabilita on and modernisa on of the RG Mugabe Airport will bring in new technologies and efficiency in the facilita on of passengers, aircra s and cargo as well as to significantly upgrade interna onal arrivals and departures, and create more retail and dining op ons for domes c and interna onal travelers. China Jiangsu Interna onal, a Stateowned firm with a prominent global presence has been appointed project builder and comple on is

expected to take three years. The upgrade will include a new common user premium interna onal lounge, new facili es for interna onal arrivals and departures, Lounge and an expansion of office space for terminal tenants. Speaking to one of Zimbabwe's newspapers, Newsday, Chinese ambassador to Zimbabwe Huang Ping said the RGM Interna onal Airport improvements would include the expansion of interna onal terminal building and aprons, installa on of four brand new air bridges, a secondary radar system, an airfield ground ligh ng system, communica on system, check-in



system, construc on of a VVIP pavilion and a new satellite fire sta on. The groundbreaking ceremony for the RG Mugabe Interna onal Airport, which was officiated by President Mnangagwa, signals the first steps of ensuring that the Robert Gabriel Interna onal Airport reclaims its former posi on as one of the best airports in the region and beyond. Officials also hope the new airport will a ract more aircra s, increased foreign currency and create employment. Considering that RG Mugabe Airport is the gateway into country,

the modernisa on project is targeted at ensuring that the airport reflects the hospitality of Zimbabwe, and the beginning of a “memorable experience” for visitors. The airport, with a passenger capacity of 2,5 million per year and a capacity u liza on of 45%, was last upgraded in 2001. “. . . in this current state, the airport (RG Mugabe) boasts of one of the longest runways in the world at 4 725 metres and its rehabilita on is just one of the many planned airport and avia on infrastructure development projects, said the Minister of Road, Transport Dr

Gumbo. “This (rehabilita on) is cri cal if we are to gain a compe ve edge over our neighbors who are con nuously upgrading their main gateways.” The $150 million upgrade which was done to the Victoria Falls Airport is a posi ve development as it now ensures that bigger aircra s can fly directly into Victoria Falls. The planned expansion of the Robert Mugabe Interna onal Airport is also a step in the right direc on. The RGM interna onal upgrade project move will see Government acquiring more land in areas targeted for such infrastructure



projects including Mutare and Beitbridge. This was said by Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Dr Joram Gumbo during the ground-breaking ceremony to mark the commencement of works for the modernisa on of the Robert Gabriel Mugabe Interna onal Airport. Africa gets 65m visitors per annum and by 2030 projec ons are 134m. We only get 2m and we can treble that in a short space of me if we are serious. Zimbabwe remains top 5 des na ons in Africa right now. We must build capacity and re-price our tourist packages.


There is s ll an exci ng opportunity to play your part in conserving Zimbabwe's wildlife by suppor ng the Victoria Falls An -Poaching Unit's (VFAPU) annual fundraising Golf Day to be held in Harare on September 21. While the ďŹ eld is ďŹ lling fast, there is

s ll space for more teams to enter, as well as for businesses or individuals to sponsor greens, tee-boxes and prizes in the event organised and sponsored by hospitality group Africa Albida Tourism.



VFAPU head of opera ons Charles Brightman said the $24,972 raised at Borrowdale Brooke Golf Club event last year was vital in ensuring its opera ons against all forms of poaching in the Victoria Falls region could con nue.

“Our supported opera ons last year produced posi ve results, where a total of 245 poachers were apprehended, and we were able to save a buffalo, a giraffe and several warthogs injured by poaching ac vi es,” Mr Brightman said. “VFAPU was also instrumental in saving a pangolin from poachers, which was rescued a er an undercover opera on,” he added. During 2017, VFAPU also removed a total of 388 wires snares from the bush surrounding Victoria Falls, he said. “The annual VFAPU Golf Day is such an important event, providing necessary funds and support for the unit, and we look forward to seeing all

the teams on the course soon.” Africa Albida Tourism (AAT) chief execu ve Ross Kennedy said: “VFAPU has always been a major part of our corporate social responsibility program and we con nue to support it nearly 20 years later.” It is significant that every cent raised through the Golf Day goes directly to VFAPU, and in the last six years alone $115,000 has been raised for the unit through this event, Mr Kennedy said. Up to 144 players, making up 36 teams, par cipate in the VFAPU Golf Day, one of the most enjoyable and best organised events on the golf fundraising calendar, which will also include lunch, entertainment, prizes and a charity auc on. Since VFAPU was established in 1999, the unit has arrested 734 hardened poachers, removed more than 22 300 wire snares and 224 mammals injured by snares have been treated and released back into the wild. VFAPU, which works in support of the Z i m b a b we Pa r ks a n d W i l d l i fe Management Authority and the Zimbabwe Republic Police, operates in a 50kmsq area around Victoria Falls, and has 17 scouts patrolling seven days a week. For more informa on on VFAPU Golf Day and how you can play your part in conserving Zimbabwe's wildlife please email: golf@africaalbida.co.zw Image Cap on: Victoria Falls An -Poaching Unit scouts on patrol around Victoria Falls. Media release by Africa Albida Tourism 16 August 2018 AFRICA ALBIDA TOURISM T: + 2 6 3 ( 0 4 ) 8 8 5 2 0 0 E : pr@africaalbida.co.zw W: www.africaalbidatourism.com




he effects of li ering are obvious and there to see. Li ering, I believe, is as a result of carelessness and ignorance above all being insensi ve. Wild animals, pets and the environment suffer from human beings' insensi ve behavior. Simultaneously, li ering is dangerous and hazardous to the human beings, the same perpetrators of such conduct. Li ering on roads can cause severe and deadly road accidence. Harare and other major ci es storm drains around the world have been clogged and pollute water bodies a rac ng pests and diseases.. Plus they are just an eyesore and nasty Studies have shown that li er can

also have las ng social and economic impacts on communi es. Higher volumes of li er correlate with higher crime rates and lower home values. Communi es besieged by a li er problem may also have difficulty a rac ng new businesses, residents and visitors. It's impossible to tell when li er is more of a cause or an effect in these situa ons; likely, it's a bit of both, and only one factor among many. It is, though, a factor we can all do something about. Consider these li ering sta s cs before tossing that candy wrapper out the window. · People are more likely to







li er where other li er is present. (Source: KAB) The presence of li er can nega vely impact home values in a neighborhood. 93% of homeowners report that li er would influence their decision to to buy a home. (Source: KAB) Ci es with lots of li er have a harder me a rac ng businesses and investment. (Source: KAB) The EMA Li er Scorecard ranked Harare as the 45th worst state for li ering. (IN.gov) Come on, guys. The public and private costs of cleaning up li er amount

to $11.5 billion annually. (Source: KAB) That's money that could go toward economic development, community programs or other environmental ini a ves. · It takes 10 to 12 years for a cigare e bu to decompose. (IN.gov) When one part of an ecosystem is compromised, the en re machine suffers and degrades over me. Communi es that respect their environment by not throwing trash at it or on it are more likely to protect their environment all around, including its air quality. Addi onally, when public services like DPW have to drive around the city and clean up li er, it expends resources and impacts air quality through added emissions. Here are three things you can do to help keep li er off the ground and pollu on out of our air: 1. Set a good example. People are less likely to li er in areas where li er is not already present. Hold on to wrappers and other waste un l you find a recycling or garbage can. 2. Organize or par cipate in a local cleanup. See how you can make a difference in your neighborhood. 3. Remember that recycling is an op on. Much of the material we could be recycling ends up in landfills. This is our city. If we work together, small ac ons can lead to a big impact. To get involved in making Zimbabwe clean, green and beau ful.



Bots, Chatbots, and the Past, Present, and Future of Social Media and Content Marketing Marketing Bots We've all no ced it. You post a photo on Instagram, and within hours you receive a barrage of emojis or oneword comments—wow and nice! And

For example, what if one of your friends posts a hear elt message a er the death of a loved one, and as you're scrolling through all the sympathe c comments, you no ce

cool—from followers you don't recognize. Most of us are condi oned to just shrug it off, but some mes words from these mysterious users can have unintended consequences.

that one user has responded to your (Russian) social media accounts that friend's post with a totally out-of- influenced the 2016 elec on, and place smiley-face emoji? the fake accounts that follow celebri es (when Instagram cracked A NEW ITERATION OF BOTS HAS



APPEARED, AND IF YOU BELIEVE THE HYPE, THEY ARE THE FUTURE OF DIGITAL MARKETING. Our concep on of bots is usually restricted to two categories: the fake

down on fake accounts back in 2014, Jus n Bieber lost 3.5 million followers overnight). But a new itera on of bots has appeared, and if you believe the hype, they are the future of digital marke ng.

or [insert emoji]?

intelligence. For example, many Twi er bots use an algorithm known as Markov chains, which, according to FiveThirtyEight, “analyze what words are most likely to follow others in the source material. The tool then Rise (and Fall) of automa cally generates new text where words are sorted based on the Machines those linguis c probabili es.” First of all, what is a bot? It's important to dis nguish bots from pirates, trolls, Do you want to target tweets to a

If we bracket the issue of spreading fake news and other divisive poli cal messages, it's obvious why the use of bots would be beneficial to i n fl u e n c e rs i n n e e d o f m o r e impressive social media numbers, or a brand looking to grow its social media engagement. Many brands

and spammers and other online irritants, which are, at some level, actual human beings. Bots, as in “robots,” are algorithms or other more sophis cated forms of ar ficial

have endured similarly embarrassing mishaps with bots; for example, one of Oreo's automated bots replied to a Twi er message from a user with a profane username, which resulted in

par cular group of followers or users? Do you want to make sure that every me one of your Twi er followers posts a tweet, your account immediately responds with “great!”



chat bots

the bot repea ng the profane username on Oreo's official Twi er account (along with an offer for limited-edi on Oreos). Chatting with Bots A new genera on of bots has come onl i ne a nd ta ke n cons um e r engagement to an en rely new level. At last year's F8, Facebook's annual conference for developers, Mark Zuckerberg announced that users would now be able to chat with businesses, via Facebook Messenger, just as they would chat with friends. More than 50 million businesses were given the tools to create interac ve experiences for their customers, what are known as “chatbots.” The rollout hasn't been en rely smooth—two bots, Alice and Bob, had to be taken offline a er they created their own secret language.

49 PERCENT OF CONSUMERS PREFER TO CONDUCT ALL CUSTOMERSERVICE-RELATED ISSUES OVER TEXT, MESSAGING, OR CHAT. In their most rudimentary form, ChatBot are exactly what they sound like—digital assistants that converse with consumers over text- or digitalmessaging pla orms. A basic example is Steward Bank's ChatBot Batsi, available on most smartphones, which allows users to …….; the bot will then inform the user, via text,.. According to a survey conducted by Aspect, 49 percent of consumers w o u l d p r e fe r t o c o n d u c t a l l customer-service-related issues over text, messaging, or chat. The same survey showed that millennials think tex ng is the best and most effec ve way to communicate with brands. For those reasons, as well as the infinite amount of brandedmarke ng opportuni es they offer, chatbots are at the top of every



company's to-do list. WHY PAY FOR AN EXPENSIVE HUMAN CONTENT MARKETER WHEN YOU CAN USE A BOT TO CREATE DIGITAL CONTENT? If you are a content marketer who spends hours per day wri ng content, or perhaps the client who pays for the services of a contentmarke ng agency, you know where this is going. Why pay for an expensive, and occasionally lazy, human content marketer when you can use a bot to create digital content? Sure, the prose might not be the work of Henry James, but if the main audience for much of digital content isn't really people but instead Google's SEO bots, who really cares? Right now, u lizing the power of bots for marke ng is all a b o u t t h e co n s u m e r- to - b o t interac on, but in the future, the bots may just skip the middleman and start talking to themselves.



7 reasons to trade with Zimbabwe


clothing), tourism and arts and cra s sectors.

Diversified economy

Zimbabwe, due to its diversified economy a range of trade opportuni es in the agricultural (tobacco; co on; maize; wheat; hor cultural crops; animal husbandry), mining (gold; Pla num Group of Minerals (PGMs); diamonds; coal etc.), manufacturing (Agro Processing i.e. Oil Pressing), fer lizers; electronics; tex les &


Zimbabwe has one of the best climates in the world and quality soils amenable to the growing of numerous hor cultural products.

Natural resources endowment

Rich in natural mineral resources with over forty different minerals, including the world's largest deposits of chrome, the second largest reserve of the pla num group metals, as well as significant deposits of gold, copper and nickel.




High literacy rate

According to several sources, Zimbabwean literacy rates are the highest in Africa at 90.7 %. These rates are based a common defini on – the ability to read and

currencies as legal tender. (US Dollar, Bri sh Pound, South African Rand and Botswana Pula)


Good basic infrastructure

Zimbabwe has good basic infrastructure as roads (a total road network of 88,328 km), railways (narrow gauge rail network of 2,583 km), power and strong telecommunica ons.

write at a speciďŹ ed age (15 and above).


Highly skilled labor force

Due to the high literacy rates, the work force in Zimbabwe is educated and well trained.


Use of mul ple currencies

ďŹ nancial exchange risk is lowered because the country uses mul -




Centrally and strategically

located in Southern Africa Not only is Zimbabwe centrally and strategically located in the Southern African Region), it is also a regional gateway serving as a North-South Corridor with access to major regional markets of SADC and COMESA.


idespread deforesta on has turned out to be one of the chief global ecological tragedies of modern mes and Zimbabwe is no excep on. Regre ably, it con nues at an even more alarming rate fuelled by the global demand for mber, paper, farming, veldt fires and energy requirements. Our forests are deple ng much

faster than nature can replenish on its own including current reforesta on efforts. According to the Forestry Commission (2010), 330 000 hectares of trees are destroyed annually in Zimbabwe (1 ha =1600 trees) and 'at this rate our forests will be completely wiped out in 52 years'. It is a sobering sta s c and quite mind numbing. Much of our rural landscape lies desolate and we are faced with creeping deserts.



We will never be able to solve the climate change crisis without seriously engaging in reforesta on while at the same me stopping deforesta on. Friends of the Environment (FOTE), a not for profit organisa on has taken it upon itself to plant trees in an effort to fight deforesta on which leads to deser fica on. FOTE is mainly made up of private sector companies which propagate and

FOTE has created the following nurseries throughout the country and in all the country's provinces.

plant trees as a corporate social responsibility (CSR). Our target is to plant 500 million trees by year 2026. This decision was taken in 2010. This led to the crea on of Friends of The Environment (FOTE) whose main ac vi es include awareness campaigns (annual walkathons), crea on of tree seedling nurseries throughout the whole country and tree plan ng ac vi es. All these ac ve nurseries produce both indigenous and exo c trees. They form part of the new educa onal curriculum. These

nurseries also generate revenues for the schools. Friends of The Environment has and con nues to create planta ons with our tobacco farming community for sustainable cropping. We also plant trees with churches, schools and rural communi es for energy requirements as well as for commercial purposes. We have moved a step further as we now create orchards across various communi es in order to contribute towards the eradica on of poverty while improving nutri on in the na on.



Crocodile Cage Diving - Victoria Falls Matebeleland North

Lion Walk - Victoria Falls Loca on: Livingstone Way, Zimbabwe

Lion Walk - Antelope Park Gweru




Gorge Swing - Victoria Falls Loca on: Livingstone Way, Zambia

White Water Rafting - Eastern Highlands Loca on: Aberfoyle Lodge, Hauna, Zimbabwe Victoria Falls Bridge Tour Loca on: Livingstone Way, Zambia, Matebeleland North



DIRECTORY LISTING Singita Pamushana Lodge Loca on: Singita Pamushana Lodge, Chiredzi, Zimbabwe Singita Pamushana Lodge is the ecotourism arm of this 130,000 acre reserve, and its role is to help foster the sustainability of the wildlife and broader ecology, while enabling guests to share the magic of the lodge and the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve.

Save Valley Conservancy Category: Wildlife Loca on: South Eastern Lowveld Save Valley Conservancy focuses on the preserva on of species in danger of ex nc on such as the black rhino especially the white rhino species and the African wild dog. The conservancy began as a ca le ranch in the 1920s and then in the 1990s the land was divided into 15 units to make up what is now Save Valley Conservancy Park, the main goal being of restoring the ecosystem and protec ng the rhino from ex nc on

Antelope Park Category: Wildlife Loca on: Gweru The 3000-acre game park is home to a variety of beau ful and charisma c wildlife. See them on game drives, lion walks, horseback safari, bird walks and more. Get up close and personal with over 20 mammal species, such as zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, kudu, impala, hartebeest and discover over 150 different species of bird that call Antelope Park home, including vultures, rollers, sunbirds and hornbills.

Tshabalala Game Sanctuary Categories Nature, Wildlife Loca on Bulawayo Tshabalala is situated about 10 km from the city center on the Matopos Road. It is a wildlife sanctuary of thorny bushveld and hosts a variety of birdlife and wildlife. Some of them include guinea fowl, francolins, giraffe, zebra, warthog, impala, tsessebe and other smaller antelope, and many species of wild birds and waterfowl.

Wild is Life Animal Sanctuary Categories: Nature, Wildlife Loca ons: Harare, Mashonaland East Wild is life Animal sanctuary 20 minutes out of Harare city center near Harare Interna onal Airport. Wild Is Life is an animal sanctuary and elephant nursery in Zimbabwe. It accepts all kinds of orphaned, sick, injured or vulnerable animals and cares for them in a holis c and dignified way. Where possible, the animals are released back to

Fees: $4.00 per person Matopos Road, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Time Open Mon – Sun 6am – 6pm

safe wild areas when they are ready to do so. If not, they live at the sanctuary enjoying a safe and peaceful life. Cost: $95 per adult, $80 for 12-18 year-olds TEL: + 263 779 949 821 EMAIL: bookings@wildislife.org Open: Tues – Sun, 1530hrs – 1800hrs



DIRECTORY LISTING Matusadona National Park Category: Na onal Park Loca ons: Kariba, Na onal Parks Matusadona Na onal Park is situated on the shores of Lake Kariba but was proclaimed a non-hun ng area on 7 November 1958 before the dam was built. It became a Game Reserve in 1963, and in 1975, in terms of the Parks & Wildlife Act, it became a Na onal Park. The Park comprises some 1 400 square kilometers of diverse flora and

fauna. Before the lake was built, Matusadonha was a vast, rugged wilderness with limited access. Fees: Residents Adults $5.00 Regional: Adults: $ 12.00 Interna onal: Adults: $15.00 Time Open: Mon- Sun, 9am – 6pm

Lokuthula Lodge Category: Hotel Loca ons: Matebeleland North, Victoria Falls Meaning “place of peace”, the two and three-bedroom lodges are nestled amidst beau ful gardens, frequented by warthogs, bushbuck and mongooses, and featuring a three- ered swimming pool and playground.

Batonka Guest Lodge Location: Reynard Rd, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Set in lush gardens, a tranquil haven away from the bustle of town but within easy walking distance of the main a rac ons. The main lodge will offer indoor and outdoor dining, a cozy lounge and beau ful verandah opening out onto the surrounding gardens. Facili es include a swimming pool, ac vi es desk and curio shop.

Yedu Lani Travel & Tours Book your stay with Yedu Lani Travel & Tours. We also offer African safaris, culture trips, adrenalin ac vi es in Zimbabwe and explora ons in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and many more. Contact +263 782 469 000 o +263 771 649 855. E-mail info@yedulani.com



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