Effects of institutional arrangements and policies on community participation in wildlife tourism in Africa

Refiloe J. Lekgau, Tembi M. Tichaawa

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Abstract

This study examines the effect of policies and institutional structures on the ability of communities to participate in wildlife tourism in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. The research utilized a qualitative approach with two case study sites being Askam (South Africa) and Tsabong (Botswana). The study incorporated 17 semi-structured interviews with tourism stakeholders and 2 focus group discussions with members of the 2 communities, all of whom were purposely selected. It was found that although governing policies from the two countries were generally supportive, the specific park policies were seen to limit the contribution of wildlife tourism to communities' livelihood. Additionally, the institutional arrangements present in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park formed some barriers to community participation. Overall, the research provides insight on host community participation in wildlife tourism in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park using a cross-border perspective.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1280-1295
Number of pages16
JournalGeojournal of Tourism and Geosites
Volume27
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Collaborative management
  • Community participation
  • Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
  • Wildlife tourism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Cultural Studies
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)

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