GREAT LIMPOPO TRANSFRONTIER PARK TAKES ANOTHER STEP FORWARD TOWARDS FRUITION
The Great Limpopo Transfrontier Peace Park which was a remarkable step forward for our country when in 2002 the then presidents Mandela, Mugabe and Chissano signed a Treaty, agreeing to the creation of a vast game reserve totalling six million acres and spanning three countries. The park links the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique; Kruger National Park in South Africa; Gonarezhou National Park, Manjinji Pan Sanctuary and Malipati Safari Area in Zimbabwe, as well as two areas between Kruger and Gonarezhou, namely the Sengwe communal land in Zimbabwe and the Makuleke region in South Africa into one huge conservation area of 35 000 km² .
Included in the terms of the Treaty was an agreement to symbolically remove the long-standing military fence which had divided Mozambique and South Africa for decades, allowing wildlife to once again roam freely as they had done prior to the turn of the previous century.
On the 5th of December 2018, yet another major milestone in conservation was achieved at the signing of the Cooperative Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area Agreement. This agreement provides for all private reserves, neighbours and land owners bordering Kruger National Park, including neighbours in Mozambique, to cooperate towards a common cause of conservation, regional economic regeneration and ecosystem protection.
We pay tribute to South African National Parks for its leadership and fortitude in bringing all parties together to achieve this milestone agreement representing a giant leap forward for conservation and the expansion of land under wildlife. The creation of a Transfrontier wildlife free-movement zone has now been expanded to 7.5 million acres in size. This inclusive arrangement incorporates all land owners and stakeholders in an achievement unique to Africa, suggesting that future meaningful wildlife range expansion could become a central tenant of sustainable development in Africa.
Article courtesy of Londolozi Private Game Reserve