First look: Malawi and Zambia, Africa. Patel College of Global Sustainability
South Luangwa National Park, Zambia, Africa
Upon arrival in Malawi, Mike Labuschange (IFAW) drove us straight to Zambia to visit a
successful sustainable tourist destination in South Luangwa National Park. We stayed at a
beautiful chalet at Flatdogs Camp located right on the Luangwa River, This National Park
represented a successful example of conservation and tourism working together.
The above pictures represent abundant and diverse wildlife species in a national park that
continues to maintain viable populations while coexisting peacefully with the local community. All
pictures were taken on a game drive provided by Flat Dogs Camp. The tour operators work
diligently to educate visitors on wildlife and ecosystems conservation in the park, employ the local
community with viable wages, and promote the ideals of a sustainable facility and tour operations
with ease and transparency.
While in the South Luangwa National Park, we also visited a nearby craft market, called Tribal
Textiles. This was an organization that employed local craftspeople to design and produce
textiles. It was a unique local economic engine in the region, and the textiles are now sold all
around the world. The pictures above represent local artisans in action.
South Luangwa Conservation Society
Our final stop in Zambia was to the South Luangwa Conservation Society (SLCS). This NGO is
one of the main reasons that the South Luangwa is so successful. They work on removing snares
from the National Park, as well as darting injured animals. Once darted, employees of the SLCS
remove the snare and patch up the animal. They have darted more than 80 animals.
Chikolongo Village Aquaculture Facility
This was our first look into Liwonde National Park. We met with the German Ambassador to Malawi
and toured the proposed Fish Farm project lead by Mike Labuschange and IFAW. Fish stocks in the
Shire River have all but collapsed, and as a result many villagers turn to poaching to provide bush
meat for the community. The Fish Farm’s purpose is to incentivize locals to become subsistent on
more sustainable methods to provide food for the community, jump-start a viable business model,
and in time, help revive fish stocks in the river.