The Bush Telegraph
2020 has been a tough year, but we've been lucky enough to have been granted the opportunity to continue working with our surrounding community and our team!
Land and Lake Safaris received a grant to develop two exciting new projects!
One was the expansion of activities available at Dzalanyama Forest Reserve - These being sign posted and established walking, hiking and biking trails to encourage the local Malawian community to visit the reserve for the day or over weekends.
By increasing tourism activities in the area it will greatly reduce any illegal activities such as deforestation, so this is also a fantastic way for us to ensure the longetivity and preservation of this important forested area.
This Project has helped us to support the surrounding Dzalanyama community as they came in to help cut trails and establish overnight shelters across the area. It's also kept our in-house team busy with site identification, mapping and planning.
We've developed pocket map guides of the area and have identified points and species of interest that guests may come across on their hike. We will also be offering night hikes to find bats, moths, chameleons, scorpions, bushbaby's and many many more!
Our efforts in Dzalanyama will continue to expand, so keep your eyes peeled!
That's not all we've been busy with though!
We've also received a fantasic grant to support local communities across the country!
Our guides are out and about putting up signs across Malawi that identify National Community Picnic Sites. This initiative ensures marginalised communities benefit from tourism and travel across the country by offering fee-paying, safe and clean areas for travelers to enjoy.
Each community have developed picnic tables and benches, some have started on simple toilets and offer shade for those who are traveling to stop off and stretch their legs.
We have been involved in making and designing signage, identifying sites and discussing with the communities how best to manage the area for possible visitors.
Money received from visitors will go back into the picnic site and the community to preserve the natural habitat and encourage local tourism! Keep your eyes open for these signs on your travels!