Supporting Community-led Conservation in the Great-Limpopo Trans-Frontier Conservation Area
At just over 100,000 acres of untouched pristine habitat and with almost 60 km of open boundary with the spectacular Gonarezhou National Park in south eastern Zimbabwe, the Naivasha Community Conservancy has enormous untapped wildlife and tourism potential. The area has never been settled and, save for a sparse road network, human impacts within the area are minimal.
The unique habitat, relatively arid conditions, broad grasslands and large area make Naivasha imminently suitable to conservation of several species of conservation importance including Roan Antelope, Lichtenstein Hartebeest, Black and White Rhino and, in the wet depressions along its western section the area is suitable for Sable Antelope.
The abundance of Marula trees in Naivasha attracts large numbers of elephant bulls into the area during the rainy season – making the large tuskers of Gonarezhou vulnerable to unethical off-season safari cropping.
While enjoying huge benefit in the form of wildlife and tourism potential accruing from connectivity with Gonarezhou National Park, Naivasha Community Conservancy provides a reciprocally important buffer to the Gonarezhou through establishment of sustainable wildlife management and security operations in the Conservancy sustained through improved revenue generation & diversification and long-term partnerships with private sector investors or non-profit conservation partners.
Once wildlife management, security and basic tourism infrastructure and systems are fully functional the Area will be fenced into the Gonarezhou National Park so maximising mutual conservation benefit while limiting adverse human-wildlife conflict on boundaries with settled communal areas.