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Clearing the Most Dangerous Tourism Destination in Africa

Angola has some of the world’s most iconic ecological and tourism sites on the continent but it is also one of the most dangerous locations because of landmines, which are a legacy of a civil war that ended in 2002.

Among the areas worst affected by the explosives planted during the 27-year conflict are the Cuando Cubango Province’s Mavinga and Luengue-Luiana National Parks, which are important parts of the Kavango Zambezi Trans-frontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA), the globe’s largest conservation area.

Measuring about 520 000 km2 It spans Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Thanks to a multi-million-dollar landmine clearance exercise, locals need no longer risk life and limb, wildlife can be conserved and tourism and economic development set for a major boost. The government of President João Lourenço is set to invest $60 million in the exercise jointly announced with The Halo Trust, the world’s leading humanitarian mine clearance organisation. Angola’s investment over five years will fund clearance of 153 minefields.

Miriro Matema
the authorMiriro Matema
Born in Zimbabwe and living in South Africa, Miriro is a seasoned publishing editor and writer, having worked with leading brands in investment, business leadership and entrepreneurship. Passionate about Africa’s development, Miriro is also a dynamic marketing consultant with 10 years experience working with startups and large multinational corporations. With a heart for travel, Miriro spends her time discovering the nooks of crannies of Africa’s hidden gems, taking the roads less travelled, meeting the beautiful people that call Africa home while exploring their food and culture. Miriro is currently a writer with Byolife Travel and Gallivant Africa

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