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Peace Parks Foundation

The Peace Parks Foundation, headquartered in Stellenbosch, South Africa, is a non-profit organisation founded in 1997 by Dr Anton Rupert together with founding patrons HRH Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands and Nelson Mandela. 
    The Foundation advocates for the creation of transfrontier conservation areas (TFCAs) in Africa (a protected area that spans boundaries of more than one country or sub-national entitity, where the political border sections that are enclosed within its area are abolished), and provides services to these TFCAs such as political support-building, planning, project management, fundraising, and management training.

I know of no political movement, no philosophy, no ideology, which does not agree with the peace parks concept as we see it going into fruition today. It is a concept that can be embraced by all. In a world beset by conflicts and division, peace is one of the cornerstones of the future. Peace parks are a building block in this process, not only in our region, but potentially in the entire world.
Nelson Mandela 

The Peace Parks Foundation facilitates and supports the establishment of a peace park or TFCA through the development phases, which includes political support, promoting joint planning and management structures, promoting good governance and building capacity, and smoothing the action and delivery pipeline to ensure donor funding is used ethically and responsibil to these projects. 
     In April 2017, Open AfricaSA College for Tourism and Airbnb Ireland reached an agreement for a strategic partnership, based on mutual strengths and benefits, with the aim of community-driven growth and development in the tourism sector. 
     The partnership aims to help low-income families increase their income through tourism by sharing their homes through Airbnb’s global platform; the SA College for Tourism designed and developed a curriculum covering the foundations of hospitality in homestays; and Open Africa, identified individuals and communities that are interested in participating in the programme. Read the full article here.

If you are planning a safari trip to Southern Africa be sure to consider supporting this visionary initiative by visiting to one of the following Peace Parks: /Ai /Ais-RichtersveldKgalagadiGreater MapungubweMaloti-DrakensbergGreat LimpopoLubomboMalawi-ZambiaKavango ZambeziLower Zambezi - Mana Pools; and Liuwa Plains - Mussuma

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Zambezi River

The Zambezi River, one of the finest and least spoiled rivers, is the fourth-longest river in Africa that flows for 2574km through 6 countries. The river has its source in Zambia, flows through eastern Angola, along the eastern border of Namibia and the northern border of Botswana, then along the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe to Mozambique resting in the Indian Ocean. 
     The Zambezi's most spectacular features is Victoria Falls, the world's largest waterfall. Other notable falls include the Chavuma Falls at the border between Zambia and Angola, and Ngonye Falls, near Sioma in Western Zambia. 
     Electricity is generated by the power of the Zambezi River at Kariba Dam in Zimbabwe, and the Cahora-Bassa Dam in Mozambique that supply a large portion of power to Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

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Above: Map of the Zambezi River basin. Credit: Eric Gaba [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. Image Source: river_basin-en.svg