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Manda's Prize
Witness on how an award-winning Zambian safari guide helps his local community.
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2009 08:35 GMT

 

 
  Witness - Manda's Prize  
  Manda Chisanga is a Safari guide in Zambia's South Luangwa National Park and he is very good at what he does.

So good, in fact, that he has won a prize after being named Top Travel Guide in a competition run by the English travel magazine, Wanderlust.

Manda lives near the Park in a remote village in the Luangwa Valley, and the prize is $1,000 to be spent on his local community.

Growing awareness of the importance of tourism and the need to protect the environment means that people are discouraged from gathering firewood for cooking to prevent deforestation.

Villagers are forced to walk greater distances to find fallen wood – and that increases other dangers too. Each year people are trampled to death by elephants as they gather firewood.

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