We hosted 4 journalists from Australia, Norway, Germany and the UK on a trip to the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area.
The purpose of the trip was to showcase the incredible wildlife experiences that are available within well-known Parks such as Chobe and the Okavango Delta, as well as lesser-known areas such as Makgadikgadi, Bwabwata National Park and Simalaha Community Conservancy. Safaris were taken both by boat and by game-viewing vehicle ensuring a variety of experiences along with a wealth of birds and wildlife.
We explored both wildlife and community-based projects and cultural heritage experiences in all the 4 countries visited. Some of the projects run in partnership with the lodges that we stayed in, including the Sijwa Project in Namibia and the Mukuni Community in Zambia. We learnt more about the human/wildlife conflict and how one community in Livingstone, Zambia is teaching their children how to live in harmony with the elephants that are their neighbours.
We visted the Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust in Zimbabwe, which houses the only wildlife forensic lab in the whole of the KAZA region to see the incredible work that they are doing.
Our aim on this media trip was to give you a brief insight into the region, and introduce the journalists to some of the experiences, projects and people that make up the region, to enable them to inspire and to educate their readers about this incredible part of the world.