Why the Okavango?
- KAZA area
- Angolan National Parks
Twice as large as the UK, the Kavango-Zambezi Trans-Frontier Conservation Area (KAZA) is Africa's great wild space where Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe converge.
It is a stronghold for lions, leopards and cheetahs and also boasts Africa's largest populations of African buffalo and wild dog as well as half of Africa's elephant population.
At its heart is the World Heritage Site of the Okavango Delta. The Delta is fed by headwaters upstream and outside of the KAZA in the far southeast of Angola. The success of the KAZA and protection of the Okavango is of crucial importance to the development of southern Africa.
Landmines in the Okavango headwaters make it almost impossible to apply conservation measures in the area and protect this vital resource. By clearing the mines, HALO can lay the foundation for life, agriculture and eco-tourism to return and thrive in this rich and varied landscape.
Angola designated vast tracks of land for inclusion into KAZA, creating two enormous national parks in 2011; Luengue-Luiana, and Mavinga National Park. Together they form an area roughly equivalent to all of England from Kent to Cumbria.