• Joint Venture lodges bring jobs to conservancies

    It was the tourist who spotted them first. “Lions,” cried Hendrik Hiller. Guide Dereck Mwilima hit the brakes and then reversed. Sure enough, there were four lions lying almost hidden in the tall, yellow grass in Nkasa Rupara National Park.

  • Joint Venture lodges bring jobs to conservancies

    "The boat is easy, I learnt it in an hour," says Benito. We are on a cruise up the Chobe River looking for hippos – we have already seen the elephants just across the river from Serondela lodge where Benito is a tour guide.

  • Zambian Induna leads awareness about wildlife crime

    "I began poaching in 1968," says Paul Sipangule. Born in 1953 in western Zambia in a small village called Simfumwe, Sipangule is now an Induna – local chief – and a strong supporter of conservation and an opponent of wildlife crime.

  • Joint Venture lodges bring jobs to conservancies

    The elephants were gathering to drink from the Chobe River across from Serondela Lodge. Guests on the terrace were enjoying the view after breakfast while a flock of redbilled quelea settled in a flurry on a nearby bush.

  • Prosecutors and magistrates improve skills to combat wildlife crime in Namibia

    Namibia’s population of free-roaming black rhino is the world’s largest, but there are no rhinos in the north-east Zambezi Region. The last were killed for their horns in the late 1980s. A Namibian public prosecutor from Zambezi’s regional capital, Katima Mulilo, says she once asked a poacher if her had ever seen a Northern White Rhino. "No," he replied. "Well you never will," Prosecutor Khama said. "The last one just died. It is extinct. And it is your fault: the poachers."

  • Rural electricity supplied by conservancies

    There is a buzz of activity at Sikunga Conservancy office. As always, people are gathered under the huge Mahogany tree, which gives shade on even the hottest day. The conservancy office is a small, dark hut, used only for paperwork. But that’s set to change. Up above is an electricity transformer with two cables, one running to the new conservancy office and another to the Khuta: the traditional authority office.

  • Rural electricity supplied by conservancies

    Things are changing in Mashivi village. Although Zambezi Region is famous for its fish – Tilapia and Bream are firm favourites on the menu – Mashivi is 40 kilometres from the nearest river, and the residents want fresh fish.

  • Rural electricity supplied by conservancies

    If you want a nifty Z in your hair, Ocacious Sanmombo is the man to do it. He has been trimming men’s hair since 2002 under a tree in Sangwali village. He started with a pair of scissors and taught himself to cut gent’s hair. With the money he earned, he invested in an electric razor powered by a solar panel, but that didn’t produce enough power. Business was slow. His average was five haircuts a day. Now, thanks to Wuparo Conservancy, Sangwali has electric power. For Sanmombo it meant an opportunity to incease his business.

  • There is a brand new tractor outside the conservancy office, where the Indunas have gathered to discuss village issues. Bamunu values the advice of its elders, and has decided to invest its income from conservation hunting in projects that will benefit the community.

  • Tracker dogs trained at Waterberg Plateau Park

    The new Dog Unit for Wildlife Protection and Law Enforcement in the Ministry of Environment and Tourism was let off the leash at the Law Enforcement Training School at the Waterberg Plateau National Park on 14 September.