BOUNDLESS SOUTHERN AFRICA
In 2005, the tourism and environment ministers of nine SADC countries (Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe) endorsed a TFCA development strategy for 2010 and beyond. Its main objective is to increase the tourism potential of southern Africa by consolidating the marketing and investment promotion efforts of existing transfrontier initiatives. South Africa was given a mandate to coordinate the implementation of the strategy.
Boundless Southern Africa is the marketing brand for transfrontier conservation areas developed under the auspices of this strategy. Seven TFCAs that straddle the nine stakeholders’ borders are being marketed as preferred tourist and investment destinations.
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THE HERITAGE ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT COMPANY
Heritage Environment Management Company (Heritage) developed the “Heritage Environmental Certification Programme” in order to provide tourism businesses with an effective environmental management system designed to reduce and limit the environmental impact of the businesses. Heritage offers a hands-on environmental approach for businesses on resource management that delivers financial returns and at the same time enables businesses to position themselves as environmentally responsible. Click here for more information.
REGIONAL TOURISM ORGANISATION OF SOUTHERN AFRICA (RETOSA)
The Regional Tourism Organisation of Southern Africa (RETOSA) is the arm of Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) that is responsible for the promotion of SADC as a single but multi-faceted regional tourism destination in collaboration with the private and public sector stakeholders. The organisation’s member states include Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Click here for more information.
Zambia, officially the Republic of Zambia, is a landlocked country in Southern Africa. The neighbouring countries are the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north, Tanzania to the north-east, Malawi to the east, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia to the south, and Angola to the west. The capital city is Lusaka, located in the south-central part of the country. The population is concentrated mainly around Lusaka in the south and the Copperbelt Province to the northwest.
The climate of Zambia is tropical modified by elevation. In the Köppen climate classification, most of the country is classified as humid subtropical or tropical wet and dry, with small stretches of semi-arid steppe climate in the south-west and along the Zambezi valley.There are two main seasons, the rainy season (November to April) corresponding to summer, and the dry season (May/June to October/November), corresponding to winter. The dry season is subdivided into the cool dry season (May/June to August), and the hot dry season (September to October/November).
The official language of Zambia is English, which is used to conduct official business and is the medium of instruction in schools. The main local language, especially in Lusaka, is Nyanja. However, Bemba and Nyanja are spoken in the urban areas in addition to other indigenous languages which are commonly spoken in Zambia. Others are Kaonde, Tonga, Lunda and Luvale, which feature on the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC)’s local languages section. The total number of languages spoken in Zambia is 73.