SIDINDA PHOTOGRAPHIC CAMP
This is a current project that we are working on as at April 2019. The EIA document has been submitted to EMA. Matupula Hunters (Pvt.) Ltd entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Hwange Rural District Council which grants the company exclusive rights to operate Sidinda Photographic Camp within the Matetsi area in Hwange under Chief Shana. Clients will book and interact with an environment on angulates. This area was once populated with wildlife but the land reform disrupted the ecological system that existed then, hence the re-introduction of the wildlife. However, there are some wildlife that stray form the protected areas.
The proponent wishes to keep different types of angulates within the project site, the mammals to be kept include;
Sidinda Hunting and Photographic Camp is located in Hwange District of Zimbabwe in Sidinda ward. . Sidinda Ward (Ward 8) is situated in northwest Zimbabwe (Fig. 1) and constitutes part of the Hwange Sanyati Biological Corridor (HSBC). The Ward has a total area of 594.62 km2, and the project area is approximately 700 hectares in area, representing 1.18% of the Ward area. The Ward borders Jambezi Ward (Ward 7) and Mbizha Ward (Ward 6) to the west, Nekabandama Ward (Ward 9) to the south, Simangani Ward (Ward 10) to the east and Zambia to the north separated with the Zambezi River for a stretch of 35.5 km.
Zimbabwe attracted more than 2, 4 million tourist arrivals in 2017, a 12 percent increase from the previous year which has attributed to the country’s safe and peaceful environment (Chronicle-21 September 2018). The master plan is expected to guide the tourism sector up to 2035 amid Fig. 1 Location of the Project
revelations that the country has been operating without a tourism master plan since independence. The country was only guided by the Tourism Act of 1996 and the national tourism policy of 2012. Zimbabwe boasts several tourist attractions, located in almost every region of the country. Before the economic changes, much of the tourism for these locations came to the Zimbabwean side but now Zambia benefits from the tourism. The Victoria Falls National Park is also a tourist attraction in this area and is one of the eight main National Parks in Zimbabwe, largest of which is Hwange National Park.
Some neighbouring local community (Matetsi and Sidinda villages) members are skilled in many fields that include building, carpentry, thatching, welding, tour guiding, etc. All these skills will be contracted/hired locally both during initial construction and operation stage of the project. During the operation phase, locals will directly benefit from permanent employment at the camp. There will be employment for waiters, cooks, housekeeping and tour guides.