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Concession Holder Closes Hunter's Road

Posted by maunselfdrive4x4 on August 10, 2010 at 11:45 AM

The Camp Kuzuma concession is now closed to transit traffic and bush camping.

 

Earlier this year, the private concession at Kuzuma Pans closed it's self catering campsite (a.k.a. Camp Kazuma) and will be opening an all-inclusive 5 Star Lodge. Hunter's Road and its waterholes are an integral part of it's game viewing trails. Due to the nature of it's cliental, the concession is closed to all except the lodge's $600pppn paying guests. The owner hopes the 4x4 community can respect this decision. Coming across campers on the lodge's game drives will do nothing to enhance the wildlife experience their cliental would expect. May 2010 Camp Kuzuma pdf.

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4 Comments

Reply Tienie
10:30 AM on October 25, 2010 
This is not correct. Kazuma pans falls in forestry area and people may visit all forestry areas according to the forestry act. I do however think that there was a misunderstanding as the law (forestry act cap 38) states clearly that no camping, making of fires, chopping trees, or removal of anything from such areas is allowed. This act is available from our government printers. Nobody is or was a concession holder over this area in the past and will not be in the near future. It is being looked at but no decission has been taken yet. No person has the right to remove any person from these areas except government officials for whatever reason they see fit. Lately people were asked to leave because of poaching activities and obviously the officials such as military and police do not want people to get hurt. The status quo therefore remains as in the past except for illegal camping which was never allowed and was done illegally as nobody complained.
Reply maunselfdrive4x4
12:49 PM on January 4, 2011 
Tienie contacted the Camp Kuzuma operator and doesn't disagree.
Reply maunselfdrive4x4
2:45 AM on January 21, 2011 
Forest Act: Chapter 38:03

Extract with respect to query of controlling responsibility for forest reserves or state land.

Part 1: Definitions (essential extract)

forest offence? means any contravention of this Act;

forest officer? means the holder of the public office of that name or a public officer appointed under section 3(2);

forest official? means the forest officer, a forester, a forest assistant, or a forest guard;

forest reserve? means any area hereafter declared as a forest reserve by the President in pursuance of the provision of this act:

recognized road? means a road prescribed as a recognized road under section17:

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Part V

Control of Forest Produce
Section 12:
(1) No person shall in a forest reserve ?
(a) fell, cut, take, cut, burn, injure or remove any forest produce;
(b) squat, reside or build any hut or other living place or livestock enclosure, or construct or re-open any saw-pit or road;
(c) set fire to any grass or undergrowth, or light or assist in lighting any fire, or leave unattended a fire which he has lit, or caused by negligence, before such fire has been thoroughly extinguished, or leave therein any object likely to cause fire;
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(2) No person shall allow any fire lit by himself or his servants to spread into a forest reserve unless he is the holder of a licence to do so issued under the provisions of this Act.
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Section 17:
Notwithstanding anything contained in section 12 ?
(a)
(b) a bona fide traveler may, while traveling on a lawful journey on a recognized road through a forest reserve ?
(i) light a fire for the purposes of cooking, warmth or protection;
(ii) take firewood for his own use and for the use of his servants for the purpose referred to in subparagraph (i);
(iii) be in possession of implements for the cutting and taking of firewood;
(iv) ?
(v) cut forest produce for the purpose of releasing or extracting any vehicles bogged down in such a road.
(2) An order made under subsection (1) may prescribe roads which are recognized roads.

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Part VI
Miscellaneous



The very exhaustive definitions conclude that all contraventions under this Act, and suspicions of an violation of this Act, or any offences assumed or proven under this Act,

..shall be handled by an officer, forest officer or forest official and he has the discretion to demand the production of a licence (where such licence is required or issued), arrest any person without a warrant whom he reasonably suspects of a violation of a forest offence if such person refuses to give his name or address, or he suspects that the given name or address is false or confiscate any property (tools, instruments, vehicles) used to commit such offence.


The offender can be brought before a court of competent jurisdiction, to be dealt with according to law.
Reply maunselfdrive4x4
11:12 AM on May 25, 2013 
Go to the Documents section to download a copy of the Botswana Forestry Act.

http://www.maunselfdrive4x4.com/apps/documents/