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28 September 2007 - Safarimappers launches Safari Routes

We have recently released a new application that shows safari routes using both Google Maps and Virtual Earth. Both these options use GPS satellite maps of Africa. Users can zoom in and out of the map to give incredible detail of the area. We are adding new routes all the time, but if you have a safari that you have done and have a short trip report and photos, why not send them to us and we can put them up on site to show the world. Alternatively, you can load the route yourself by registering for free and following the easy steps in creating your own route. It's easy and fun to see your safari come to life. A picture (and route map) is worth a thousand words.

28 JUNE 2007 - Kaza Park discussions will create largest Park in Africa

Tourism ministers and environmental experts from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Angola, Botswana and Namibia have been meeting to finalise plans for the largest wildlife sanctuary in Africa.

The proposed Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Park (also sometimes referred to a Kaza Park) will cost an estimated $100m to set up and is expected to contribute significantly to job creation in the five countries. The planned conservation area will straddle the borders of Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Rough outline map of Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Park

Kaza Park

The main objective of environmentalist is to open up the ancient migratory paths of the wildlife that is currently restricted to the National Parks and Game Reserves. The main objective of the tourism ministers is to ensure that Southern Africa maximizes its tourist potential, especially ahead of the Football World Cup that will be held in South Africa in 2010.

Kaza Park will incorporate an amazing collection of wildlife areas and National Parks, including Chobe National Park (Botswana), Okavango Delta (Botswana), Caprivi Strip (Namibia), Hwange National Park (Zimbabwe), Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe/Zambia), Kafue National Park (Zambia), large parts of south eastern Angola, and parts of the Zambezi River up to Kariba! Although this is still aspirational, the likelihood of success has been improving in the last year and as a result of this latest meeting.

See our large map and read more about Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Park.