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Decongestion

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The Slide posits on issues dealing with aspects of sustainable use of natural resources through conservation of biodiversity in Chobe National Park (CNP).

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Decongestion

  1. 2. INTRODUCTION <ul><li>Concern over congestion from Sedudu gate to Serondela picnic site. </li></ul><ul><li>Covers a distance of 17km. </li></ul><ul><li>Beautiful scenery and healthy animal population. </li></ul><ul><li>Small area, but used by many tour operators and private visitors. </li></ul><ul><li>Game viewing experience degraded </li></ul>
  2. 3. Intro cont’d <ul><li>Series of meetings with stakeholders to come up with mitigation measures </li></ul><ul><li>Businesses versus environmental sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental sustainability compromised </li></ul>
  3. 4. Aims of strategy <ul><li>Booking system for certain route </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One way traffic system for game drives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>One way boat cruise (clockwise) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2. Provide boreholes in certain areas to provide water for animals. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>animals attracted to those areas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>make these areas attractive for game viewing </li></ul></ul>
  4. 5. strategy <ul><li>Three routes to be booked </li></ul><ul><li>River bank route </li></ul><ul><li>Upper route </li></ul><ul><li>Nogatshaa junction route </li></ul><ul><li>2. One way river route (clockwise around sedudu island) </li></ul>
  5. 6. River bank route <ul><li>Main route that runs from sedudu gate to serondela (17km) </li></ul><ul><li>One way route from sedudu to serondela along the lower route </li></ul><ul><li>Way back is along ihaha-sedudu main road </li></ul><ul><li>Serondela to ihaha to ngoma at the tarred road </li></ul><ul><li>Colour token is blue </li></ul><ul><li>Higher fee/price because of its scenic beauty </li></ul>
  6. 7. Upper route <ul><li>Start at sedudu gate, runs left at sedudu valley, up the valley until it joins the firebreak where borehole no bh 10666 is located. </li></ul><ul><li>No right turn at the firebreak junction, but only left turn or crossing over until you reach serondela –nogatshaa junction route. </li></ul><ul><li>It is a one way route </li></ul><ul><li>Colour token is red </li></ul>
  7. 8. Nogatshaa route <ul><li>Starts from sedudu gate along the park boundary towards nogatshaa (southwards) </li></ul><ul><li>One way route </li></ul><ul><li>Way back is along ngoma-sedudu tarred road </li></ul><ul><li>Shorter route to be developed connecting boreholes in this area </li></ul><ul><li>Colour token is green. </li></ul>
  8. 9. Entry and access into the route <ul><li>Entry into these route is at sedudu gate </li></ul><ul><li>Can enter at any gazzeted entry for any other routes except the three routes in question </li></ul>
  9. 10. time sessions Seasonal period Tour operators Self drives and day trippers 1 st April– 30 th September Morning: 0600-0900 hrs 0900-1430hrs Afternoon: 1430-1830hrs 1 st October - 31 st March Morning:0530-0900hrs 0900-1430hrs Afternoon: 1430-1900hrs
  10. 11. <ul><li>NB: time limits in the route, not in the park </li></ul><ul><li>Access to the river bank, other than through the river bank route is along the tared road, nogatshaa junction to serondela and then to ihaha </li></ul>
  11. 12. Map of other routes vs 3 routes
  12. 13. Booking system <ul><li>Access to these route is through booking </li></ul><ul><li>Each route is alocated 25 vehicles per session (morning and afternoon session) </li></ul><ul><li>Booking can be done up to 7 days in advance and up to the last day for walk-in clients provided 25 is not reached on the route </li></ul><ul><li>Confirmation of booking must be done within 2 days by submiting a completed client registration form. </li></ul>
  13. 15. Cont’d <ul><li>Each company allowed only 2 vehicles per session </li></ul><ul><li>Waiting list on first come, first serve basis </li></ul><ul><li>Bookings are done at Sedudu gate </li></ul><ul><li>Tel: 6250235/6251772 </li></ul><ul><li>Fax: 6251623 </li></ul><ul><li>Client registration forms must be dropped at Sedudu or regional wildlife office </li></ul>
  14. 16. Anticipated challenges <ul><li>Lack of transport by DWNP for monitoring </li></ul><ul><li>Commitment of tour operators? </li></ul><ul><li>Taking onboard already planned trips? </li></ul>

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