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Ngonye Falls Community Partnership Park
Ngonye Falls
Ngonye Falls

BACKGROUND

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In 2007, the development of an integrated development plan for the Zambian component of KAZA TFCA resulted in discussions between the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) and the two communities on whose land the falls are situated, namely the Simumbi and the Linganga. This led to the recognition of the cultural, aesthetic and tourism value of the Ngonye Falls, the highest waterfall along the Zambezi River after the Victoria Falls. It was agreed to find a way to protect and conserve the falls and its riverine habitat as a landmark feature and to unlock the ecotourism potential of the area to benefit the communities. Consequently, the villages offered portions of their land for inclusion in the proposed protected area.

Current Projects

The visitors information centre
The visitors information centre
The Ngonye Falls Community Partnership Park was officially opened on 27 August 2012. The park is jointly owned by the traditional leadership, the local community and Zambia Wildlife Authority. On the same day, the newly renovated visitors information centre was opened and four new vehicles, a tractor and other equipment handed to park management.

A major improvement has been the construction of bathrooms at the campsites in 2014. Both campsites now have running water, flush toilets and showers. A local tourist operator has started to use the facility on a regular basis, bringing in groups of 10 people at a time to camp. Tourist operators from Botswana and South Africa also use the camps regularly. The revenue from these bookings reverts to the communities.

In September 2015, eight waterbuck, 36 impala, 10 red lechwe, and 11 puku were donated to the park by Zambia Wildlife Authority and translocated from Kafue National Park thanks to the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development through KfW.
In order to secure food for the local communities, three community gardens were started and are progressing well. A fence was constructed around the fields to protect the crops from livestock. Individualfamilies have followed suit and planted their own vegetable gardens along the river or close to boreholes.

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