20 Percent Reserved for Batswana in Tourism

| May 15, 2015

About 80 per cent of tourism activities in Ngamiland District are undertaken by non-citizens, an official from the Department of Tourism, Mr Taelo Moncho has said.

He told the Ambassador of Germany, Mr Rolf Ulrich and his entourage during a visit, that the government took a decision to reserve 20 per cent for Batswana.

He also observed that Maun was busy all the time as it was the gate way to the Okavango Delta, noting that even the airport was the busiest in the country due to passenger volumes and aircraft movements.

The village, which is known as the ‘tourism capital of Botswana,’ is a busy crossroads for those visiting the delta and Moremi Game Reserve. Mr Moncho said the main activities included lodges, camps, safari boating, chartered scenic flights and game drives.

He explained that the government had made efforts to diversify the area to minimise high concentration of tourists in one area, adding that a lot of activities were in the Okavango Delta.

He said the area through the Okavango Delta Management Plan has been divided into tourism development areas, adding that ensuring sustainable use was critical to the future of the delta and the local economy. He said the development plan came with some recommendations that set limits of acceptable change to ensure sustainable use of the natural resources.

The Department of Wildlife and National Parks regional coordinator, Mr Bolt Othomile told the delegation that poaching in Ngamiland District has always been a challenge and that things have not changed despite efforts by law enforcement officers to arrest the culprits.

He said NGs 25, 26, 29, 30 and 43 have been the flagships of the district albeit at the expense of other equally affected areas.

He said there has been an increase in poaching of high profile species, adding that last year more than 50 elephants were poached.

Mr Othomile said poaching was rife and was done for commercial purposes as the culprits sell the elephant tusks outside the country. He also explained that it was also done for subsistence whereby the culprits kill animals to get meat but noted that such poaching was under control in the area.

He said it was important to assume that poaching was rampant in all areas accessible to locals, noting that efforts should accordingly be directed at covering all the areas in the district with whatever means available.

In addition, he said the terrain was a major challenge as it requires specialised means of transport especially boats, aerial and amphibious vehicles.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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