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Zambia - Infrastructure
COMMUNITY ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT; SEKUTE COMMUNITY TOURISM ENTERPRISE.
The Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA) and the African Wildlife foundation (AWF) are jointly supporting the Sekute Community to develop a profitable and sustainable community tourism enterprise in Zambia as part of their improved socio economic empowerment and a strategy for poverty alleviation and to conservation of wildlife corridors and the protection of the Zambezi ecosystem.
MACHENJE FISHING LODGE
The Machenje Fishing Lodge is a brand-new 10-bed lodge situated on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, 70 kilometers from Livingstone, Zambia’s tourism capital. The Lodge is a sport fisher’s dream, ideally located in an area renown for Tiger Fishing, a highly sought after target of anglers worldwide.
The Lodge is owned by the Sekute Community through the Sekute Community Development Trust (SCDT). KAZA TFCA and AWF have supported the development of the Lodge through both financial and technical assistance. SCDT has partnered with a private operator, Taonga Safaris (Ltd), to manage the lodge under a 10-year operator agreement. Under this community-private partner model, Taonga will provide the operational capital, moveable assets and the management team while the community has agreed to lease the facility and the land on which the lodge is situated. Taonga and the SCDT will share the financial benefits of the Lodge’s operations as per the terms of their partnership.
This model is the first of its kind in Zambia, and provides an opportunity to:
- Consolidate the sustainability of community projects as the Lodge will be managed by an experienced tour operator that has links to regional and international tourism markets;
- Maximize economic returns to the communities while minimizing their business risk;
- Transfer business and management skills from the private sector to the communities; and
- Demonstrate conservation-based socioeconomic benefits as the lodge is liked to sport fishing on a catch-and-release approach and situated within wildlife migratory route.
UTILIZATION OF PROFITS BY THE COMMUNITY TRUST
The communities will utilize the proceeds from Machenje Fishing Lodge to undertake community development projects as agreed upon by leadership of the Sekute Community Development Trust. The executive members of the Trust are democratically elected from the representatives of the various community zones that constitute the Sekute Chiefdom.