The Jamanda Wild Life Conservancy in Mahenye, which is run by the local community under the Mahenya Campfire Project, is projected to extensively broaden tourism packages being offered in the South Eastern border of Zimbabwe.

Mahenye Campfire Project lies in the lowveld at the South Eastern edge of Zimbabwe and is adjacent to Gonarezhou National Park which forms the wildlife resource base of the area.

Taking advantage of the area’s comparative advantage, the Mahenye community, Chipinge Rural District Council and a local safari operator, Chilo Gorge formed the Jamanda Trust to make operational the Jamanda Wildlife Conservancy.

“More than 7000 hectares have been fenced using one of the best fences on the continent. Efforts now being directed towards re-stocking of wild animals and this will have a huge impact on tourism packages being offered in the area. In other words, it will increase tourist arrivals in the South Eastern boarder of the country with Mozambique, while making the destination more exciting,” a local safari operator and Jamanda Trust Board member, Clive Stockhil said.

Mahenye Campfire Project Vice Chairperson, Edson Chauke said the move will place the Mahenye project as one of the most vibrant conservancies that will grow the campfire project.

He appealed for more support to re-stock the conservancy that was affected by human wildlife conflict before it was fenced, adding that the project seeks to increase revenue inflows for the campfire project, drastically reduce human wildlife conflict and poaching as well as decongesting animals in Gonarezhou.

Over $400 000 has been spent on the conservancy project so far, with the project requiring two years to reach full potential.