The Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Park is now a reality. The world’s biggest conservation area, to be known as Kaza, spans five countries and cover an area of almost 444 000 square kilometres.
Parts of Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe is located within the park which covers mainly the wetlands of the Okavango and Zambezi river basins where the borders of the five countries come together.
Kaza is a tourist’s dream, encompassing 36 game reserves and management areas, national parks and community conservancies. These include the Hwange and Matusadona national parks in Zimbabwe, the Nxai Pan, Makgadikgadi, Moremi and Chobe national parks in Botswana and the Kafue and Sioma Ngwezi national parks in Zambia.
Kaza incorporates the Victoria Falls and the beautiful Lake Kariba, famous for its houseboats and fearsome tigerfish, and the nearby Kariba Dam; the age-old Makgadikgadi salt pans in Botswana; and the Okavango Delta, which sees thousands of animals pouring into the region to romp in the waters during the seasonal inundation.
Those visiting the area for thrills and spills can choose from extreme sports such as the white water rafting associated with the mighty Zambezi, 4×4 and horse trails, hiking, fishing, birding, microlighting, ballooning, elephant safaris, and a host of other activities.
In conservation terms, the park is highly significant as it will eventually be home to 250 000 African elephants, the largest single population of the great animals to be found on the continent. And the establishment of the Kaza area will allow large herds of wild beasts to again assume their traditional migration routes.
For more info see Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Area