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48 Travel Zambia May 2009 People People Vakacha Vakacha Habitat Habitat Nkani Nkani A HELPING HAND Community to benefi t from partnership park A new ' partnership park' in the Lower Zambezi Valley may change the face of responsible tourism in Zambia. This new park, the fi rst of its kind in Zambia, is currently being established by the Chiawa community and tourism operators in the Greater Chiawa Game Management Area ( GMA), which borders the Lower Zambezi National Park. Private operators supporting the scheme include Chongwe River Camp, Baines' River Camp and the Royal Zambezi Lodge. The project, which is supported by the UNDP, aims to conserve the valley's diverse ecosystems and eradicate hunting in the area. The land in the Chiawa GMA will be managed by the trustees and used exclusively for ecotourism activities. " The communities will now be direct benefi ciaries of all ecotourism operations in the area as a result of the establishment of a community trust," says Chongwe's Chris Liebenberg. " All revenue earned from gate entry will go directly to the communities involved, and all operators will pay an annual bed levy, which will go towards the park's operational costs." If this pilot project proves successful, it should pave the way for similar projects in other parts of Zambia and Africa. Yosefe library Norman Carr Safaris are pleased to announce that a supporter in the UK has pledged funds for a much- needed extension to the library at Yosefe School, in Mfuwe. This library was built about eight years ago and has proved such a great success - not only for the pupils but also for the surrounding community - that there is now a need for more space. Meanwhile plans are also afoot to bring electricity to Yosefe School. With this will come the capacity to plumb in water, plan a computer department and run classes later into the evening. About $ US15,000 is still required in order to electrify the buildings and turn a long- term goal into a reality. Details at www. normancarrsafaris. com Security for Simonga The River Club ( www. wilderness- safaris. com) has been able to facilitate the provision of new on- site accommodation for two policemen at Simonga Village, offering additional security for residents. They would like to thank all donors, and especially Russell and Irene Jacob, who asked all their wedding guests to donate to the appeal in lieu of wedding gifts. The project has cost a total of US$ 12,250. NEWS IN BRIEF More animals in action Following the success of Animals in Action 2007, the Bushcamp Company will host another Animals in Action week in November 2009. Guest speakers, presenters and guides, including wildlife photographer Lex Hes and naturalist Michael Lorentz, will be on hand to offer their insights into the African bush and its inhabitants. At this time of year participants can expect to see the famous elephant ' Wonky Tusk' pass with her herd through Mfuwe Lodge to feed on the wild mangoes. They may also witness the annual impala lambing and carmine bee- eaters breeding and, if very lucky, spot an elusive Angola pitta. Visit www. bushcampcompany. com New Lusaka hotel Lusaka has a smart new place to stay. The Eight Reedbuck Hotel, 30 minutes from Lusaka Airport, offers quiet comfort in the leafy Kabulonga neighbourhood. Each of the Hotel's luxurious suites is named after a different Zambian tribe, whose ceremonies and culture have inspired its d├ęcor. Facilities include private gardens, a swimming pool, outdoor jacuzzis and a modern restaurant. The hotel also offers an Internet connection, with Wi- Fi in gardens and public areas. Visit www. tribehotels. co. zm; info@ tribehotels. co. zm DID YOU KNOW? Education in Zambia comprises ' basic education' ( years 1 to 9) and ' upper secondary' ( years 10 to 12). Tuition is free up to year 7. In 2002 an estimated 80 per cent of all primary school- age children were enrolled. Universities include the University of Zambia ( Lusaka) and the Copperbelt University ( Ndola). View over the Chiawa GMA. EIGHT REEDBUCK HOTEL CHONGWE RIVER CAMP

May 2009 Travel Zambia 49 STANLEY SAFARIS Website: www. StanleySafaris. com e- mail: info@ stanleysafaris. com Tel: + 260 97- 848.615 / + 263- 91- 262.042 Tel: + 32- 496- 67.20.40 Fax/ Voicemail: + 1- 206- 350- 0259 Safari Simplicity Wildlife and wilderness determine days at the intimate Old Mondoro. On the banks of the Zambezi River, this is the fi nest of bushcamps. Canoe the mighty river's meandering channels, walk in the footsteps of elephant herds, track wild dogs in 4x4 or simply sip sundowners on a waterborne safari. Together the natural chalets, land and water activites and remarkable guides offer the ultimate in safari authenticity. To visit Old Mondoro online, follow the links on: www. chiawa. com orwww. sausagetreecamp. com It's the little things that make a big difference! Bush Buzz - Experts in Travel Tel: + 260 ( 0) 211 - 256992 / 256827 Email: info@ bush- buzz. com Website: www. bush- buzz. com * Flights * Car Hire * Safari packages * Accommodation * Corporate travel * Customised tours The Jackalberry Treehouse should be your next African experience... fall asleep star- gazing while listening to hippo grazing below you, elephant rumbling or a hyaena's mournful call. Or maybe one of our new Luxury ensuite safari tents or chalet rooms, while our outstanding guides bring the birds and animals to life on walking safaris, day and night drives. www. fl atdogscamp. comFlatdogs Camp info@ fl atdogscamp. com