tourism had a meeting last Friday. They want to close all self drives in Botswana and only lodges and safari companies will be allowed to take pax into the parks.
A representative for all the self drives, Deon, is going to the presidents office on monday so we are looking for as much info as we can.
Please let me know how many pax/vehicles you are excepting for 2010 , as this will effect everyone. food stores, employment, breakdowns, fuel sales, park entrance etc..
We need to give them as much info as we can to plead our case.
Do you think you can let me know by this afternoon.
An action like this includes eliminating even the Botswanans from the parks. It touches people across the country who work in small businesses throughout Botswana. Butcheries, fuel stations, Community Trusts, 4x4 hire companies, garages, campsites, b&Bs...... it will put many places out of business, reduce employment throughout the country. This is not just a couple hundred self drives, but thousands that will be eliminated. Many people who return to Botswana to visit a couple times a year, every year.
The Self drive and companies that are affected are not organised like the safari industry, who already has the ear of the ministry. I am not looking forward to the results of a Monday meeting.
If anyone who will be self driving in Botswana this year would like to comment and have it reach the proper spokesperson, you can email it to me and I am consolidating and forwarding them. I've suggested including information like this:
1. How often do you visit Botswana
2. Where do you go
3. How long
4. How much money do you spend on:
a - Fuel
b - Food & sundries
c - Accommodation
d) activities- mokoro, flips, boat cruise, etc.
comment on support of Community cultural activities, ceremonies, tours
support of local small Botswana businesses in villages and towns along
interaction with locals
Would you visit Botswana if you could not self drive?
Please email your comments Sunday Botswana time, as early as possible, so I can forward to them for the Monday meeting.