Windhoek, 23 May 2018 – After travelling more than 4000 km, the Tshwane Legend Bikers Club (TLB) Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA) tour officially concluded in Gaborone, Botswana. After having visited Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe in under ten days under the auspices of Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR), the TLB club managed to fulfil its goal of visiting all partner states within the KAZA.
What started off as an idea between Mr Ernest Mokganedi, TLB EXCO member along with Mrs Zelna Hengari, NWR managing director saw over 50 bikers travelling across the KAZA to expose themselves to the most significant conservation area in the world.
The KAZA TFCA is home to the largest delta in the world and one of the seven natural wonders of the world (Victoria Falls). The bikers started off in Kasane, Botswana en-route to Popa Falls Resort where they were received by Honourable Samuel K. Mbambo, Kavango East Governor along with Honourable Pohamba Shifeta, Minister of Environment and Tourism, Mrs Hengari and other dignitaries.
It was during the welcoming ceremony that Honourable Mbambo welcomed the bikers to the Kavango East region in addition to encouraging them also to visit other Southern African countries as they had so much to offer. He added that the next time they came to Namibia, they should bring along their families.
Honourable Shifeta, was quite pleased that the TLB club had entrusted NWR with organising this tour. He highlighted how the tour was vital in bringing unity amongst members of the biking community within the SADC region as well as promoting cross-border tourism through biking.
“I would like to emphasise that, Namibia and South Africa share an excellent relationship, and I am glad to see this good relationship translating into tangible activities like the current TLB tour,” said Honourable Shifeta.
It was also during the tour that the community of Calai, Angola benefited from the visit of the bikers as a restaurant that had previously not been there was renovated in time to provide lunch to the bikers. The outcome of this new restaurant further proved how tourism positively contributes to the economy.
At the same time, Mrs Hengari was also able to fulfil her pledge of donating clothes to the Baraquena community. Ms Mavis Mautuwere received the donation on behalf of the community. She thanked Mrs Hengari and the TLB club for the thoughtful contribution especially with the winter season fast approaching.
The TLB club also highlighted how charity was a central part of their tours and was pleased to see that NWR saw this aspect as a significant activity as well.
After leaving Namibia, the bikers went on to visit Zambia and Zimbabwe to see the Victoria Falls. This was undoubtedly one of the highlights for many of the bikers as they had never seen the Falls before.
As the tour concluded, Mrs Hengari could not contain her excitement at the great work her team had made to make this tour a reality. It was a first of its kind and laid a strong foundation for future tours.
She, however, highlighted that one of the significant challenges that stood in the way of making it an extraordinary trip was the extensive time that was spent at some of the border posts.
I believe that the KAZA TFCA has great potential to receive more visitors however we need to pay special attention at the amount time our visitors spend at the borders as this takes away from the ability for them to positively contribute to the respective countries they visit. It would be in our best interest to have a dedicated KAZA TFCA desk at each border post that is dedicated to assisting big groups to avoid any delays in processing their paperwork”