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Cultural park planned for Kasane

Cultural park planned for Kasane

Cultural park planned for Kasane

The Seboba Community Trust based in Kasane, through the assistance of Botswana Tourism Organisation, has embarked on a project to construct a cultural and recreational park on 21 ha of prime land along the Chobe river front.

The project came about after the Kasane community identified the area as ideal for recreational activities coupled with conservation ideals. The community appreciated the need to diversify the tourism product from the wildlife and wilderness experience to a community based cultural and heritage tourism product, to benefit the local community and the international and local tourist markets.

The project is being implemented in two phases; the first will include the gate house, traditional performance arena and cultural village – depicting and celebrating cultures found in the Chobe region, and specifically those of the Basubia, Banambia, Batawana and Basarwa tribes. The second phase entails an administration building to house a curio shop with an associated craft workshop and an information centre. Other components of this second phase will include walking trails interspersed with elevated viewing decks, public picnic areas and fishing spots.

Project objectives:-

• Chobe tourism product diversification.

• Promotion of ecotourism principles that ensure sustainability in the tourism industry.

• Local community economic empowerment and access to the riverfront.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2012 and to start operating early in 2013.

Read more articles from this issue:
Zambezi Traveller (Issue 09, June 2012)

Read more about the region in our destination guide:
Chobe