With the establishment of the Linyanti and Linyanti Ebony Camps in the Chobe Enclave in 2012, the Foundation’s programs are only just beginning. We are looking into holistic ways of contributing to the local community, and are partnering with community leaders to find the best way forward
Background on Chobe Enclave
The Chobe Enclave in Northern Botswana is surrounded by protected areas; the Chobe National Park to the west and the east, the Chobe Forest Reserve to the south, and the flood plains of the Chobe River, which forms the border with Namibia to the North. Kasane, a small town about 50 km from the northern tip of the Enclave and on the southern side of Chobe National Park, is the hub of the tourism industry for visitors to Chobe. Unfortunately, this distance coupled with the lack of reliable, affordable transportation has resulted in the residents of the Enclave being mostly isolated from the economic opportunities in the wildlife and tourism industries enjoyed by residents of Kasane; there are no major shops or services such as filling stations, and residents must travel to Kasane for major requirements. The area has limited agricultural potential and, as it is surrounded on all sides by wildlife areas, residents suffer from elephants and other herbivores that damage crops, predators that kill livestock, and from a shortage of land. The Enclave consists of five main villages, Mabele, Kavimba, Kachikau, Satau and Parakarungu, with Parakarungu being the most distant from the town of Kasane.
In order to support the sustainable management of the Enclave’s natural resources for the benefit of the local communities, The Chobe Enclave Community Trust (CECT), the first community based organization to ever be registered in Botswana, was created. However, a large percentage of the CECT revenue has historically derived from the sale of quotas for hunting safaris, the activities of which have recently been curtailed, thereby resulting in a significant reduction of income for the Trust and employment opportunities for the residents. CECT is now developing an updated management plan to address this significant change in revenue from hunting to photographic safaris.
Vuche Vuche Craft Project
The aim of this project is to create employment for women who were either not employed or only employed on a part time basis, but who had financial obligations to their families.learn more.
Kachikau Sewing Project
The main objective of this development is to assist the local community take an initiative to development their own income levels using their locally available resources… learn more.
In addition to utilising solar heating and lighting systems at all African Bush Camps, the Foundation is making efforts to minimise the use of plastic bottles in favour of reusable stainless steel water bottles…. learn more.
Kavimba Hardware Shop
The shop will aid in reducing the strain of procuring and transporting from Kasane to all the five villages. More important, it is envisaged that the new hardware shop will create at least 15 full time positions of employment and about 12 part-time… learn more.