Outside the buffalo fence, north of Vumbura and Duba Plains, the Magwegqana Spillway starts here in an environment similar to southeast Vumbura – though generally NG12’s islands are bigger and its vegetation more established. In the south there is good game viewing and extensive mopane woodlands; last time I was in the area, two cheetah left Vumbura heading north to hunt in NG12.
Several villages stand on this concession's northern boundary including Betsha (Betsaa), Eretsha (Eretsa), Kangara, Ganitsuga, Kombo and Gabamukuni. In 2003 this area should receive its first visitors thanks to an exciting project to create the Delta's first upmarket, community-run ‘cultural camp’, Gudigwa. This comfortable camp will be owned and run by the local San communities, who will showcase their culture and skills to visitors. This ground-breaking project, catalysed by a timely grant from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), is supported by Conservation International and Wilderness Safaris, who are marketing this camp. It promises to be very successful, allowing visitors a fascinating experience of San culture in the middle of their trip, whilst providing poor communities with a sustainable, direct income. Don’t miss it!