Improved Land and Air Access

GLTFCA Partner Countries; GLTFCA Implementing Agencies; Peace Parks Foundation; Frankfurt Zoological Society; USAID Supporting Communities And Law Enforcement Against Poaching (SCALE-AP) Programme; Sustainable Agriculture Technology (SAT) WILD Programme
GLTFCA Partner Countries; GLTFCA Implementing Agencies
Improved air and land access will support the following key outcomes: (1) Realisation of Treaty objectives, especially Objective (e): “develop trans-border eco-tourism as a means of fostering regional socio-economic development’’; (2) Supporting local economic development through increased tourism occupancies, especially in the Mozambican and Zimbabwean components of the GLTFCA; (3) Consolidation of the “core” through operationalisation of Sengwe-Tshipise Corridor, which effectively links Kruger National Park with Gonarezhou National Park; (4) Support “seamless” cross-border tourism development between GLTFCA components; and (5) Effective management integration between GLTFCA components to support joint operations.

Tourism offers the best potential for developing a sustainable local economy and growing the gross domestic product of the GLTFCA region.  To realise the tourism potential, facilities need to operate at minimum sustained occupancies to be viable. This is best achieved when the right policy environment helps reduce risk. To extract value, investment is required in facilities, skills and marketing. A well-known destination and a brand make it easier to achieve viability.  

The following are proposed interventions or strategies that must be explored to optimise the opportunities and remove or mitigate some of these major constraints and risks:

  1. Phase One: Improving occupancies: Improved air and road access, border crossings and destination marketing;
  2. Phase Two: Developing new products: Tourism planning and cross-border events; and
  3. Phase Three: Supporting locals capture benefit: Ownership, enterprise development and talent management.

The first priority is to improve the occupancies of the existing tourism facilities in Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Adding more facilities without developing strategies to improve the occupancies of existing facilities could jeopardise the financial viability of both sets of facilities.

The following interventions are therefore proposed to bolster occupancies and enhance the viability of existing investments:

  1. Improved air access to the area;
  2. Improved road access (including border crossings); and
  3. Destination marketing and integrated marketing efforts.
Specific Area (Village, Town, District, Province): 
Mozambique, South Africa, Zimbabwe
HQ of the Initiative: 
GLTFCA Secretariat
2018 to 2030
Is the timeframe likely to be extended?: 
Thematic Focus: 
Community Livelihood Dev, Tourism
1st Contact Name: 
Piet Theron
1st Contact Email: 
2nd Contact Name: 
Lola Lopez
2nd Contact Email: