These three nations share race, culture, history. And one river, the Limpopo, wich gives life to plants and animals without asking their nationality.
I know of no political movement, no philosophy, and no ideology which does not agree with the peace parks concept. In a world beset by conflict and division, peace is one of the cornerstones of the future. Peace parks are building blocks in this process, not only in our region, but potentially the entire world.
— Nelson Mandela

The Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, on the border between South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, is considered “the world’s greatest animal kingdom.” It is a “Peace Park”,  a protected, cross-border, area, which includes the boundaries of three African states.

 

The Park joins some of the most recognized wildlife areas in Southern Africa into a vast conservation zone of approximately 35.000 square kilometres. The creation of the Great Transfrontier Park is a process that would expand Kruger Park’s aim to re-establish historical animal migration routes and other ecosystem functions disrupted by fences and incompatible legislation, thereby biodiversity conservation on a regional basis across international boundaries.

 

With a mosaic of land uses, diverse management plans and man-made barriers to wildlife movement, the southern African region represents a challenging and fragile environment where rich resources and ecosystems adjacent to each other are separated by international borders.

The rural communities occupying these remote areas have often been marginalized by national development processes, resulting in low education levels, poor sanitation, unsustainable subsistence livelihood strategies and high unemployment rates.

 

As second goal of the Transfrontier park, uplifting the rural communities lives will in turn further contribute towards biodiversity and ecosystem conservation by proving evidence of the economic and social advantages that can be achieved through wildlife conservation.


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