The Elephants of Kaza
The Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation area – Kaza – is about conserving Africa’s heritage, it is about unique wilderness areas and about co-operation between communities and governments, and Kaza is about the future of our planet.
But Kaza is also about elephants – in fact, the largest concentrations of this threatened species on earth.
The war and Elephants
Much of the area that is now Kaza is the historical migration route of elephants. Then man took control in his own ‘inimitable’ way and the elephants range shrank, the migration routes were cut, forcing them to stay in protected areas, safe from the ravages of war and poaching. A liberation war in the heart of the ancient elephant route took its toll on the elephant numbers and on the vegetation in the protected areas. With the war came poaching and indiscriminate shooting of elephants.
The sounds of war have subsided and the elephants are retaking their migration routes, albeit with man’s hand still prevalent in development projects and trophy hunting.
Elephant numbers are decreasing throughout Africa but in the Kaza Zambezi Transfrontier Park they are secure, for now,but greater co-operation will be needed to ensure that they continue to follow the ancient cycle.
If elephants are on your bucket list then the Kavango Zambezi Transfrotier Park is the place to visit.