Simalaha Community Conservancy

Zambia

Simalaha is an African wilderness with a unique disposition; a place where wildlife and people co-exist under one sky. Inspired and driven by visionaries—Chief Nyambo Yeta of the Sesheke Chiefdom and Chief Sekute of the Sekute Chiefdom, the conservancy forms a link between the Chobe National Park in Botswana and the Kafue National Park in Zambia. Also, interestingly, the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA) is the world’s largest transfrontier conservation area ever established and is an exciting initiative that involves five countries: Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Partnering with Peace Parks Foundation this vision has now become a reality. Wildebeest, zebra, lechwe, puku, impala, waterbuck, giraffe, eland and buffalo have been re-introduced to the plains and many more wildlife species are on their way in the very near future. The ‘old days’, when the Simalaha flood plains were teeming with wildlife, the forests thick and the people benefiting from this rich environment, are once more being realised. Each step towards this end is carefully worked through by the Simalaha Community Conservancy Trust and Peace Parks, sensitising and supporting the communities to embrace such changes. More and more wildlife can start to traverse old migration paths safely and already elephants have been seen periodically walking their historical timelines.

Simalaha Horse Safaris is the first tourism partner in the area and they offer a unique riding experience combining wildlife encounters and cultural interaction, together with knowledgeable guides and staff, comfortable bush accommodation, hot showers and good horses to boot.

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