Location and protected areas (Slide 29)
Although the expansion of conservation areas have been dominated by the large areas involved with trans frontier conservation, two smaller expansion activities is worth noting. To the east of the Mozambique border are the conservancies inside the Lebombo mountains of Mozambique.
This beautiful mountainous region and its concessions have been the subject of a joint management plan. Discussions with the Kruger National park management is taking place to include the region in the Limpopo trans frontier park and to move the Kruger park fence to the east.
To the west of Kruger are the well known conservancies of Sabie sand etc. and attempts have been made for many years to link the Kruger national park through these conservancies to the Blyde river canyon.
As this link has to take place through the Bosbok rand region of Mpumalanga, some very sensitive discussions with local communities has to take place.
Linking the escarpment to the Kruger National Park would fulfill many of the dreams of conservationists. It would also give access to the lucrative land value and income from higher end tourism such as Londolozi or Mala Mala.