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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REGIONAL TOURISM ORGANISATION SOUTHERN AFRICA (RETOSA)
The Regional Tourism Organisation of Southern Africa (RETOSA) is a Southern African Development Community (SADC) body responsible for the promotion and marketing of tourism in the region. RETOSA aims to create a concrete destination identity in the market in order for the region to compete effectively. RETOSA is managed by a board drawn from national tourism authorities/boards and national tourism private sector umbrella bodies in the SADC countries. Click here for more information.
ZIMBABWE TOURISM AUTHORITY
Zimbabwe Tourism Authority is a corporate body responsible for tourism promotion, planning and development, research and the enforcement of standards and services. As an Authority we see our raison d’etre as being to manage and market Zimbabwe as a leading tourist destination in Africa and the world at large. To this end, our mission is to promote the sustainable growth and development of tourism in Zimbabwe for the social and economic benefit of the nation through setting and monitoring of standards, marketing activities backed by our competent, motivated and innovative staff and strategic partners.
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Zimbabwe, officially the Republic of Zimbabwe, is a landlocked country located in Southern Africa, between the Zambezi and Limpopo rivers. It is bordered by South Africa to the south, Botswana to the southwest, Zambia to the northwest and Mozambique to the east. The capital is Harare. Zimbabwe achieved de jure sovereignty from the United Kingdom in April 1980, following 14 years as an unrecognised state under the conservative white minority government of Rhodesia, which unilaterally declared independence in 1965.
The climate is tropical, although markedly moderated by altitude. There is a dry season, including a short cool season during the period May to September when the whole country has very little rain. The rainy season is typically a time of heavy rainfall from November to March. The whole country is influenced by the Intertropical Convergence Zone during January. In years when it is poorly defined there is below average rainfall and a likelihood of serious drought in the country (as happened in 1983 and 1992). When it is well-defined rainfall is average or well above average, as in 1981 and 1985.
Shona, Sindebele and English are the principal languages of Zimbabwe. Despite English being the official language, less than 2.5%, mainly the white and Coloured (mixed race) minorities, consider it their native language. The rest of the population speak Bantu languages such as Shona (70%), Sindebele (20%) and the other minority languages of Venda, Tsonga, Shangaan, Kalanga, Sotho, Ndau and Nambya. Shona has a rich oral tradition, which was incorporated into the first Shona novel, Feso by Solomon Mutswairo, published in 1956. English is spoken primarily in the cities, but less so in rural areas. Radio and television news now broadcast in Shona, Sindebele and English.