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African Renaissance Conference 2017

                                                  

     

    Boundless Southern Africa

    Bringing together stakeholders across nine different SADC countries, Boundless Southern Africa is a major regional tourism initiative that jointly markets seven transfrontier conservation areas
    throughout the sub-region.
     

    It promotes African nations as viable and worthy collective tourist destinations, and encourages greater collaboration between SADC member states in the conservation and preservation of the region’s rich
    natural and cultural heritage.

    In 2005, the tourism and environment ministers of nine SADC countries (Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe) endorsed a TFCA development
    strategy for 2010 and beyond. Its main objective is to increase the tourism potential of southern Africa by consolidating the marketing and investment promotion efforts of existing transfrontier initiatives.
    South Africa was given a mandate to coordinate the implementation of the strategy.

    Boundless Southern Africa is the marketing brand for transfrontier conservation areas developed under the auspices of this strategy. Seven TFCAs that straddle the nine stakeholders’ borders are being marketed as preferred tourist and investment destinations. These include: /Ai/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park (Namibia and South Africa) – This park encompasses the oldest desert in the
    world and is home to an abundance of unique desert flora. It includes the Fish River Canyon – the world’s second largest canyon – that boasts 194 species of birds, a number of nomadic tribes, sulphur springs and several archaeological sites dating as far back as 2200 BC.

    Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (Botswana and South Africa) – This park is located in the red brown sands of the Kgalagadi. It is home to 60 species of mammals, prolific birdlife, rare medicinal flora, exciting
    wilderness trails and the San people. Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe) – This massive area boasts the Okavango Delta, the
    largest inland delta in the world, the Chobe National Park, Kafue, Hwange, Victoria Falls and other national parks; it is home to the largest contiguous population of savanna elephant, as well as highestconcentrations of wildlife on the African continent.

    Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area (Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe) – This region offers remarkable Stone Age and Iron Age archaeological sites and evidence of an ancient African civilisation that ruled from the famed Mapungubwe Hill. The remains of a dinosaur that become extinct 65 million years ago have also been
    excavated here.

    Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park (Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe) – This park incorporates the world famous Kruger National Park and is a significant wildlife refuge with more than 1500 lions, 3000 white rhinos and 17000 Cape buffalos.

    Lubombo Transfrontier Conservation Area (Mozambique, South Africa and Swaziland) – This area straddles the Indian Ocean and has the highest vegetates dunes in Africa, more than five ecosystems
    that are home to the greatest diversity of amphibians in southern Africa, and well established populations of hippos, crocodiles and giant leatherback turtles that come to nest on the isolated beaches of this unspoilt region. Maloti Drakensberg Transfrontier Conservation Area (Lesotho and South Africa) – This region holds spectacular mountains and dramatic escarpments, and more than
    2500 species of flora. The mountain ranges host the highest waterfalls in southern Africa, and boast one of the finest outdoor galleries of rock paintings the world has to offer.

    In addition to the marketing of the TFCAs as tourism destinations, Boundless Southern Africa also actively promotes tourism investment into these unique ecotourism sites. This work has culminated
    in the identification of a portfolio of 51 investment opportunities (offering 5000 beds) within these conservation areas, ranging from rustic to five-star luxury accommodation. The bulk of the products
    are in the mid-range category and include three-and four-star lodges, house boats and hotels, new facilities and existing ones that need to be refurbished and upgraded. The total estimated value of these investment opportunities is R785 million.


    For more information on Boundless Southern Africa visit www.boundlesssa.com or email dkahatano@
    environment.gov.za