The project is situated about 76km from HNP Main camp. The bearing of the Main Camp from the project site is 043. Hide Lodge is approximately 84km from the proposed project site. Access to the project site is through an access road 41km from Dete.
Option A access road to the lodge is through an already existing road off St. Joseph Primary School, North East of the project site, passing at Korodziba area and going into HNP, through Makona gate. The road links up with the road from the North of the site, running past the water points that are currently being pumped and maintained by the proponent inside the Park.
This road is option B to the site. It enters HNP through Ngamo Gate and runs down South west through Wexau, Mfakazana, Mandiseka, Mbazu, Sitshetshe, Mpisini, past Makona Parks Base Camp to Jozibanini. The site can also be accessed by air through an airstrip about 2km South East of Jozibanini project site.
The proponent established and operates an up market photographic safari lodge at Jozibanini site. This lodge offers a high quality tented accommodation, meals and beverages, game drives, walking safari, bird watching and other services. The accommodation comprises 12 luxury, (elevated) canvas tents of a minimum of 1m high mounted on teak decked floors using gum poles under the Camelthorn trees on the North East and Southern part of Jozi Pan, wildlife come to drink at this pan. The green colour of the tents blends with the vegetation around the site to minimize visual intrusion and provide the environment consistent with the wild. The site also has site B, a km due East of the pan. The lodge offer a maximum of 24 beds.
The lodge has four 4×4 land-rovers for tourists game drives and village visits. The existing road network is used to drive into HNP for game viewing activities. Existing road networks leading to villages are being used to avoid degradation and deforestation.
Elevated canvas tents
Jozi Pan: wildlife come to drink providing a photographic scene for tourist
Hwange National Park (HNP) is Zimbabwe’s largest national park, located in the far west of the country along the border with Botswana, occupying 14 650 square kilometres in the northwest of the country. Management by the department of National Parks is very sensitive to ecological principles and set guidelines. The HNP boasts of more than 100 different mammal species, including 19 large herbivores and eight large carnivores, and over 400 species of birds. These species include elephant, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, eland, kudu, sable, lion, leopard, cheater, hyena, wild dog, jackals, duiker, steenbok, warthog, covert, several and caracal. With up to 30 000 elephants, HNP is one of the few great elephant sanctuaries left in Africa. All Zimbabwe’s specially protected animals are to be found in Hwange and it is the only protected area where Gemsbok, and brown hyena occur in reasonable numbers. The HNP also holds an intensive Protected Wildlife Zone containing endangered and protected species like the rhinos, cheetahs, roan antelope and many others. An EIA certification was given in July 2014