Nkasa Lupala tented lodge is located on the southern boundary of the Wuparo Conservancy.
The conservancy was started by the Mayeyi Traditional Authority after they found that the community was not reaping the benefits of the natural resources found between the Lupala and Madumu national parks.
The IRDNC in conjunction with the Directorate of Resource Management in the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET), helped the community set up the conservancy and over the past few years the Wupero conservancy had contributed to several developments in the region, including an increase in tourism, employment for some youth and the provision of environmental education for pupils at schools in the Sangwali district.
The community is also involved in the Elephant Pepper Chilli Project that promotes chilli pepper production by the communal farming community in areas of Southern Africa. The project intervenes where conflicts exists between wildlife and farmers. The project facilitates improvement of the livelihood of the communal farmers by the development of chilli pepper as a cash crop by providing technical and professional advice. Via the Chilli Pepper Company, the project assists the farmers with marketing the crop through the Elephant Pepper range of products.
(Means life in Siyeyi)
Registered: December 1999
Address: P.O. Box 1707, Ngweze
Telephone: 066 - 252518
Approximate population: 2100
Area (square kilometers): 148
Geographical features: Originally a floodplain but now a mosaic of woodland and grassland. Average annual rainfall of 600 mm.
Unusual or important features: Wuparo lies between the Mudumu and Mamili National Parks.
Major wildlife resources: Lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, roan, tsessebe, kudu, duiker, reedbuck, blue wildebeest, warthog.
Management: Management Committee of two women and eight men. Executive Committee of six members; staff of seven Community Game Guards, a Manager, a Community Resource Monitor, a Treasurer and a Secretary; wildlife monitoring using annual count on foot and Event Book monitoring system.
Enterprises: Wuparo Campsite (community campsite); trophy hunting; crafts; Rupara Environmental Centre.
Support agencies: MET, IRDNC (main support NGO), NACOBTA, LAC, WWF In Namibia.