Location: Botswana - Chobe
With the establishment of the Linyanti and Linyanti Ebony Camps in the Chobe Enclave in 2007, the Foundation’s programmes have had some time to develop here and relationships continue to build. We are looking into further holistic ways of contributing to the local community, and are partnering with community leaders to forge future plans.
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 floodplains 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.