Building Bridges for Conservation

Crossing the Shingwedzi River in the Limpopo National Park will get much easier in future with the construction of a bridge that will link the southern and northern sections of the park during the rainy season.

The bridge will improve tourism investment and development opportunities. It will also improve park management and the movement of anti-poaching vehicles.

Shingwedzi River

The bridge, funded by the World Bank’s Mozbio project, is currently being designed, following which the construction will be put out to tender. It will be approximately 80 metres long and will cross the Shingwedzi River in the centre of the park. Presently the sections can only be reached via a detour through Kruger National Park in the wet season.

Meanwhile, a labour team has started work to open a new road running parallel to the Limpopo River, to improve anti-poaching access routes into the sandveld area between the Limpopo and Shingwedzi rivers. Funding was received from The Rufford Foundation to further develop an incentive scheme for field rangers and other staff associated with anti-poaching activities.

In other inspiring news, two field rangers from the Limpopo National Park started training for the Higher Certificate: Nature Conservation—Implementation and Leadership course at the Southern African Wildlife College. Following increased regional incidents of wildlife poisoning, the park also trained 25 participants from the park, the Greater Lebombo Conservancy, the Gonarezhou National Park and a number of hunting concessions on poisoning.