Victoria Falls Enviro Watch, together with the Painted Dog Research Trust, is working in collaboration with Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZPWMA) and the Ministry of Roads to find an effective solution to the continued loss of wildlife along the Kazangula Road between Victoria Falls and Botswana.

The Kazangula Road runs through the Zambezi National Park, an essential and vital wildlife corridor, and part of the KAZA Transfrontier Conservation Area. Sadly due to a number of vehicles speeding and / or traversing the road at night, numerous reports have been filed of wildlife deaths and injuries. Many of the wildlife lost to date include endangered species such as Painted Dogs and bat eared foxes.

In an effort to create greater awareness to drivers that they are passing through an important wildlife corridor and a National Park, as well as reaffirm the 80km speed limit, Victoria Falls Enviro Watch has begun fundraising to have signs erected along the road.

To get involved and support this effort for the protection of both wildlife and people traversing this road, kindly contact info@victoriafallsenvirowatch.org to make a donation. Together we can all make a difference to ensure the long term protection and preservation of wildlife in the region.

 

Problem:
The Kazungula Road, from Victoria Falls to the Kazungula border, runs through the Zambezi National Park, an essential and vital wildlife corridor, and part of the KAZA Transfrontier Conservation Area.

Every week there are numerous incidents and reports of wildlife having been either killed or severely injured by large trucks and vehicles, often travelling at speed and / or at night. This is not only dangerous to animals but also to the people in the vehicles.

These fatalities include vulnerable and endangered species such as wild dogs and bat-eared foxes.

Solution:
Many drivers are unaware of the 80km speed limit and that this road passes through a National Park. The first phase of making the road safe is to increase awareness with drivers through signage:

Phase 1 – posted speed limit signs in both directions. These signs must be SADC compliant

Phase 2 – border signage stating the speed limit, speed fines and fact that entering a National Park

Phase 2 – special messaging signs stating that the driver is entering a National Park, Wild life corridors and to drive with caution. These signs can be personalized with a sponsorship logo on the back.

In addition to signage the grass will be maintained to increase visibility. Also long term exploration of shutting road in the evening from any traffic.

Fund raising needs:
$1,500 approximately for the speeds signs
$1,500 for the special message signs

Painted Dog Research Trust will also help cover these costs.