Ngangane Game Reserve employs over 200 locals

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FRANCISTOWN: Ngangane Game Reserve, a tourism destination located just a stone throw away from the second city, does not only offer magnificent game viewing to tourists but also employs a sizeable number of Batswana.

In an interview with BusinessMonitor, the game reserve manager, Henry Kangootui, said the business employs over 200 locals, of which 75 are permanent while the rest are casual workers and come in seasonally. He added that the Ngangane hotel employs two foreigners and eight locals. Located 45 minutes away or approximately 40km from Francistown on the Old Matsiloje road, the business started operating in 2019. At Ngangane Game Reserve, the private family owned business, unlike the national parks where mobility is limited, one gets to go on safari without restrictions through specialised guide by 4x4, e-bike or even on foot. When the visitors come to the game reserve, they have the chance to see a variety of wild animals such as giraffes, leopards, zebras, bushbucks, antelopes, wild pigs, wildebeest, and several bird species.

According to Kangootui, of the 17, 000 hectare which make the game reserve, four hectares have been set aside for agriculture, while the remaining portion is used for game drives, e-bike excursions and hunting. North West Farms, Shaun Buffee Safaris, and Ngangane Lodge are located on the game reserve. The manager explained that North West Farm provides mixed farming, as they plough vegetables like melons and rearing of cattle. Kangootui said in addition to the administration unit, a workshop that deals with mechanics, and anti-poaching unit (APU), they also have hunting safari, which is run by Shaun Buffee.

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