European Space Agency/Botswana Tourism Organisation
- Hatfield Consultants
Sector of activity
Type of initiative
Policy Frameworks & Tools, Research, Analysis, Assessment
Type of lead actor
To date, tourism in Botswana has been largely focused on high value, low volume, low impact safari-tourism in the Okavango Delta and Chobe River regions. To address the need for diversity in the tourism offerings, Botswana Tourism Organisation (BTO) initiated a series of dam tourism projects, to unlock the potential of a series of large water supply dam reservoirs for outdoor adventure tourism, recreation and leisure.
This project included the development of a Tourism Plan for Dam Tourism at Shashe Dam in the Central and North East districts of Botswana, based upon, Scoping and Stakeholder Consultation, resulting in a comprehensive Scoping Report, and the parallel development of a Strategic Environmental Assessment and detailed Tourism Plan for Shashe Dam. The plan is designed to be executed in a series of development phases, ensuring sustainable investment and growth.
Impact and Results
The plan also aims to contribute to the diversification of tourism products in Botswana, whilst providing a wide range of high quality outdoor leisure and recreation activities, accommodation options, and entertainment for multi-generational visitors from across Southern Africa.