Latest News3 March 2014
Limpopo National Park: increased anti-poaching successes
Limpopo National Park's protection unit delivered improved successes during 2013, with the arrest of 43 poachers (up from 14 in 2012) and the confiscation of 21 rifles (up from 15 in 2012). → read more…
Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park straddles the borders of Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe and joins some of the most established wildlife areas in Southern Africa into a huge conservation area of 37 572km² (± the size of the Netherlands). This forms the core of the second-phase transfrontier conservation area (TFCA), measuring almost 100 000km² - the world's greatest animal kingdom.
The larger transfrontier conservation area will include Banhine and Zinave national parks, the Massingir and Corumana areas and interlinking regions in Mozambique, as well as various privately and state-owned conservation areas in South Africa and Zimbabwe bordering on the transfrontier park.
The three heads of state signed a treaty establishing Great Limpopo on 9 December 2002. In 2006 the Giriyondo Access Facility between the Kruger and Limpopo national parks was opened. Almost 5 000 animals have been translocated from Kruger to Limpopo National Park. This, combined with 50 km of fence being dropped, has encouraged more animals, including more than 1 000 elephants, to cross the border of their own accord. The harmonisation and integration of various policies to improve the cooperative management of the transfrontier park are under way. Processes such as standardising a fee and rate structure, introducing a border-crossing protocol and a tourism strategy that will optimise the transfrontier park’s tourism development opportunities, in particular cross-border products, are also far advanced.
Gonarezhou National Park component was undertaken.
The Shingwedzi Cliffs Trails Camp, which will be a joint venture between Kruger National Park and Limpopo National Park (LNP), was designed and operating procedures for crossing the border at an undesignated point were drafted.
Great Limpopo’s Safety and Security Management Committee spearheaded joint training for field rangers from Limpopo National Park, Lebombo Conservancy (south of LNP), Kruger National Park and Gonarezhou National Park in cross-border patrolling and anti-poaching procedures at the Southern African Wildlife College.
Operational cooperation continues between Kruger and Limpopo national parks and includes regular operational and strategic meetings, intelligence sharing, joint border patrols and placement of a permanent Limpopo National Park field ranger team at Giriyondo to provide a fast reaction support to cross-border operations. The parks have also increased cooperation at executive management level. During the year, joint meetings were held and field trips undertaken to improve inter-park communications and to allow for a better understanding of the challenges of poaching, largely attributed to socio-economic imbalances and the extremely lucrative market. Read more about the efforts to combat wildlife crime in the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park.
Mozambique proclaimed Limpopo National Park on 27 November 2001 and requested Peace Parks Foundation's assistance in overseeing its development as a SADC-approved project, funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development through KfW, Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the World Bank. In 2001 a project implementation unit was set up to develop this million-hectare park.