Development of the Shashe Dam Tourism Plan
Botswana Tourism Organisation
March 2016 – April 2017
To date, tourism in Botswana has been largely focused on high value, low volume, low impact safari-tourism in the Okavango Delta and Chobe River regions. To address the need for diversity in the tourism offerings, the Botswana Tourism Organisation initiated a series of dam tourism projects, to unlock the potential of a series of large water supply dam reservoirs for outdoor adventure tourism, recreation and leisure. This Project was the development of a Tourism Plan for Dam Tourism at Shashe Dam in the Central and North East districts of Botswana.
The project included scoping and stakeholder consultation, resulting in a comprehensive Scoping Report, and the parallel development of a Strategic Environmental Assessment and detailed Tourism Plan for Shashe Dam. The plan was designed to be executed over a series of development phases, to ensure sustainable investment and growth.
The Tourism Plan aims to contribute to the diversification of tourism products in Botswana, whilst providing a wide range of high-quality outdoor leisure and recreation activities, accommodation options, and entertainment for multi-generational visitors from across Southern Africa.