Lonely Planet Writer

Botswana sells fracking rights in national park

The Government of Botswana has quietly sold fracking rights in one of Africa’s biggest conservation areas.

A wildebeest in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.
A wildebeest in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Image by Pavel Tcholakov / CC BY 2.0

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park  is a massive expanse of wilderness home to hundreds of species of rare and endangered wildlife including blackmaned Kalahari lions, pygmy falcons and gemsbok desert antelope. Licenses have been granted for a UK-listed company called Nodding Donkey to frack for shale gas in the park, a deal which few rangers and conservationists were made aware of. Gus Mills, a scientist who studied cheetahs and hyenas in Kgalagadi Park for 18 years weighed in on the issues saying, ‘The development that is going to have to go on there, with infrastructure that has to move in, seems to be yet another nail in the coffin of wild areas in the world’. Read more: theguardian.com