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This is not an exhaustive list of project activities being conducted in the TFCA. While some of these projects pre-date the KAZA process, they nevertheless contribute significantly to the overall goals and objectives of the TFCA.
1. Development of campsites & lodges in Ngonye Falls Community Partnership Park
The proposed Ngonye Falls Community Partnership Park (NFCPP) is a special feature that possesses both significant natural and cultural resources, worthy of visiting, interpreting and developing as a tourism product. Offering interactive and participatory guest experiences, visitors would gain insight into Lozi culture and the value systems that have long protected these falls.
By protecting the area around the falls, and specifically some of the sites of cultural significance, such as the Litunga’s Canal (traditional leader of the Barotse Royal Establishment), and the Imamongo shrine, it is believed that numerous viable opportunities will be created for the tourism industry, which in turn can provide significant benefits to both the host communities and Zambia in general.
This project is being funded by KfW and DGIS to develop some tourism infrastructure in the form of community run campsites and private campsites and lodges in the park. The park will also be restocked with founder populations of game to enhance the tourism experience and the tourist information centre will be renovated.
2. Proposed joint policy on tourism for the KAZA TFCA
Supported by DGIS, this proposed policy on tourism will address issues relating to ease of tourist movement across international borders; customs and immigration; development of tourism and tourism infrastructure etc. The activity will effectively complement the work of KfW with SADC to develop protocols and sectoral strategies at the regional level. It will also complement another proposed SADC project which aims to develop a TFCAs policy on cross border activities, by producing such a policy for a specific case study.
3. Integrated Tourism Development Plan
The development of the tourism potential in the KAZA TFCA is a fundamental objective of the TFCA’s establishment. The terms of reference for the production of an Integrated Tourism Development Plan list the following objectives:
- To establish the KAZA TFCA as a single tourist destination that consists of a range of integrated, independent, complementary Sub Regional Tourist Development Areas (SRTDAs) each offering a different experience.
- To optimise economic returns from tourism in the KAZA TFCA in terms of job creation and income generation
- To offer and sustain a high quality visitor experience in the KAZA TFCA.
- To increase and enable public-private partnerships and SMME participation within the industry in the KAZA TFCA so as to enhance the participation of host communities in the industry and benefit sharing.
- To diversify the tourism products offered by the KAZA TFCA
- To ensure that the tourism industry grows in an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable manner.
The consultants will therefore be required to undertake detailed market surveys; assess existing transportation routes into and within the TFCA; conduct a tourist infrastructure audit; propose a phased marketing strategy; recommend friendly and effective border control mechanisms; suggest the best means of promoting public-private partnerships including identifying factors that constrain the same; explore the introduction of non-conventional tourism activities; and assess the social, economic and environmental impacts of proposed activities and infrastructure development.
The development of the plan will be based on a variety of information sources including desktop research, consultations with stakeholders, market surveys and primary data collection. Reference will also be made to the national tourism strategy documents of the respective partner countries and their corresponding policies and allied instruments.