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PROGRAMMES: Transfrontier Conservation Areas - Songimvelo-Malolotja TFCA

Contributed by Wisdom M D Dlamini, Swaziland TFCA Programme Manager, 2005

The Songimvelo-Malolotja TFCA is located on the South Africa-Swaziland border between Barberton (SA) and Pigg's Peak (Swaziland) and covers an area of approximately 700kmē, with potential extensions of another 500kmē. The core of the TFCA is formed by the 49 000 ha Songimvelo Game Reserve (SA) and 18 000 ha Malolotja Nature Reserve (Swaziland) which share a common border. The other identified core areas on the Swaziland side are three protection-worthy areas, namely the Bulembu, Makhonjwa, and Sondeza National Landscapes. The local communities within and around these areas also form part of the initiative. This TFCA is to be incorporated as part of the greater Lubombo TFCA.

The major objective is to collaboratively establish and manage on a sustainable basis a viable transfrontier conservation area with stakeholder participation, including local communities, fostering regional cooperation, biodiversity conservation, and cross-border socio-economic development. This TFCA was formalized in March 2004 by the trilateral Ministerial Committee in Swaziland, making it part of the Lubombo TFCRA.


  • Appointment of TFCA Programme Manager beginning August 2004
  • Reconstitution of Task Team
  • Finalization of Concept Document and Action Plan
  • Held preliminary meetings with stakeholders on future of the TFCA
  • Cooperation on elephant management and control already underway
  • Joint tourism master plan, zonation and management plans are currently under development under the auspices of the Peace Parks Foundation.

Songimvelo-Malolotja TFCA reference documents

Download Songimvelo-Malolotja TFCA description (MS Word 42 Kb)
Download Discussion Paper Songimvelo-Malolotja TFCA Short And Medium Term Infrastructure Developments (MS Word 46 Kb)
View Map (jpg 410 Kb)
View Tourism Planning Map (jpg 461 Kb)

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Reference Material
SNTC Headquarters: Parliament Road. P O Box 100, Lobamba, Swaziland. Tel: (+268) 2416 1516, 2416 1489, 2416 1179. Fax: (+268) 2416 1875, 2416 1480. Email: info@sntc.org.sz
National Museum:
Tel: (+268) 2416 1179, 2416 1875
Fax: 2416 1875
Email: curator@sntc.org.sz
King Sobhuza II Memorial Park:
Tel: (+268) 2416 1179, 2416 1489
Fax: 2416 1875
Email: ksmp@sntc.org.sz
Malolotja Nature Reserve:
Tel/Fax: (+268) 2444 3241
Cell: 7660 6755
Email: culturalvillage@sntc.org.sz
Mantenga Nature Reserve:
Tel: (+268) 2416 1151
2416 1178, Fax: 2416 1480
Email: culturalvillage@sntc.org.sz
Magadzavane Lodge
Mlawula Nature Reserve:
Tel: (+268) 2343 5108/9
Fax: 2343 5111
Email: magadzavane@sntc.org.sz