Community Projects - Kasane - Seboba Cultural Village and Recreational Park
The Seboba cultural village and recreational park project came about after the Kasane community identified the seboba rapids area as ideal for tourist recreational activities and entertainment through observing traditional dances and lifestyle. They felt that tourists visiting Kasane are currently only offered game drives and boat cruises which has resulted in them staying in the area for short periods of time.
BTO is assisting with the construction of four cultural villages, a park gate, an information centre, curio shop, dance arena, walking trails and an observation point at commissioner’s kop.
Recent research has also shown that growing numbers of tourists would like more meaningful contact with local communities, including informative interactions. Diversifying to meet this demand could provide low-cost economic opportunities for local people, creating a more rounded and sustainable tourism product.
Ecotourism should not be seen as a monoculture or panacea; it should always be envisioned as a complementary component of other activities. Management and stewardship by the local community is an important part of education and vital to the long-term survival of the resource. It will also contribute to raise pride regarding the local heritage.
It is in this regard that the Kasane community secured a piece of land (the project area) to venture in to tourism in order to address current issues in the tourism sector in their region, avoid unacceptable resource impacts in Seboba and respond to the public desires and concerns regarding the utilisation of Seboba area while at the same bringing economic rewards to the community of Kasane. The envisaged clientele are local residents, tourists lodging in Kasane, visiting school groups, self drivers and visitors including day trippers.