The Kazuma Pan National Park (KPNP) is one of the more remote and least visited of all Zimbabwe’s National Parks, being difficult of access. It is a small park of only 35000 hectares, with the Kazuma Pan, or Depression, as it’s central feature, and has good wildlife with a variety of species including rarities such as Roan, Oribi and Tsessebe, plus fantastic bird life, especially waterbirds.
All projects undertaken by Bhejane Trust in the KPNP are in conjunction with the Kazuma Foundation and with the National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority.
Completed Projects in the KPNP by Bhejane Trust
a) Game Water – Bhejane Trust has installed two solar powered pumps in the park, at Roan Pan and in the Kazuma Corner Pan..
b) Mapping – In 2016 Bhejane Trust developed a set of maps for tourists to better understand the road network in Kazuma Pan. Access to the park has been quite vague for tourists and a map was also created to show tourists the best accessible routes to this remote station.
Ongoing Projects in the KPNP by Bhejane Trust
a) To assess the game water supply situation, and to establish more permanent waterholes which entails an analysis of existing boreholes within the KPNP, and to work out the overall waterhole program and requirements which may include borehole drilling if required, and the installation of solar water pumping units
b) To site and establish 2 minimum development camp sites for the Tourist market.
c) To assist parks with requirements for patrolling, anti-poaching, a fire management program, and with staff welfare.
d) Assist parks with developing a road network to allow better accessibility for tourists to, from and within the national park.
Research Projects to be undertaken in KPNP by Bhejane Trust
a) Vegetation and fire mapping program
b) Southern African Bird Atlas Program – the area has unique bird life
c) game counts, population assessments and movements
d) fish species in the Katsechete River
e) Raptor breeding survey