Namibia – Behind the scenes Namibia – Behind the scenes
Conservancy tourism is a term that is being increasingly used by the media and tour operators but what does it mean, and what is the value to the visitor? In fact, Conservancy Tourism is the fastest growing sector in the international travel and tourism industry. Other ways of describing this form of tourism are “Ecotourism”, “Sustainable Tourism” & “Responsible Tourism”. What this means to you the traveller is that it is possible for you to interact with nature, wildlife & communities without intruding or leaving a negative impact. Many countries make the claim of being pioneers in the fields of conservancies & conservation; however no country can compete with the excellent achievements of Namibia.
Namibia’s Communal Conservancy Tourism
Namibia’s Communal Conservancy Tourism Sector Namibia’s Communal Conservancy Tourism Sector (NACSO) is achieving conservation and community benefits at a scale never before seen in Africa. Namibia was the first African country to incorporate protection of the environment into its constitution, and the government has reinforced this by giving its communities the opportunity and rights to manage their wildlife through communal conservancies. Today there are 59 registered Communal Conservancies covering 16.8% of the land area of Namibia, or 130,000 km2 of prime wildlife habitat. Some 29 joint-venture lodges and campsites operate in partnership with conservancies, a vibrant and growing part of the destination’s tourism profile. The result may well be ‘the greatest African wildlife recovery story ever told’ • In 1995 only 20 lions roamed freely in Northwest Namibia – today that number is more than 130! • In 1982 the Black Rhino was almost extinct – today Namibia has the largest concentration of free roaming Black Rhino in the World! • Other wildlife such as giraffe, kudu, springbok etc have gone from being less than 1000 - to today being over 10,000!