Community & Conservation in Zimbabwe

Community & conservation in Zimbabwe

Community and conservation form the basis of all our trips, but on this safari you’ll get a real insight on what goes on behind the scenes. Our partners in Zimbabwe work closely with local communities to improve their quality of life and achieve long-term conservation. Donations included in your tour price contribute to programmes which focus on education, conservation and community empowerment. You’ll visit schools, conservation projects, health clinics as well as community projects such as beading and sewing which allow women to support their families and earn an income from tourism.  

You’ll enjoy exceptional wildlife sightings too, in open 4×4 safari vehicles which are perfect for game viewing and photography.

Your accommodation at Lake Kariba is a stunning lodge overlooking this vast man-made lake. On game drives around the lake shore you’ll see elephants, gazelles, warthogs, hippos and many other creatures drinking and playing in the water. As well as game drives you’ll visit a health clinic, schools and learn about the anti-poaching unit.

Your luxury camp in Hwange National Park is one of my favourite camps! With a waterhole right in front of the lounge area you can watch big herds of elephants while enjoying a cold drink on the deck. Hwange is the place to see lions and you’ll get some great sightings while staying here. Community and conservation visits here include a remote school, the Lion Guardian project which helps mitigate human-wildlife conflict by monitoring lion movement, and beading and sewing projects providing income for the community.

For your last stop you’ll cross the border into Zambia to a fabulous lodge on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. As well as game drives in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park where you’ll find rhinos as well as other wildlife, you’ll visit a health clinic and a school. Visiting the local blacksmith is truly a step back in time!

Itinerary

Days 1 – 4: Stay at a stunning lodge overlooking Lake Kariba. Enjoy game drives around the lake shore where elephants, gazelles and warthogs are frequent visitors. Community visits include remote schools and a rural health centre as well as a  presentation from the Anti-Poaching Unit which will highlight its challenges in conservation.

Days 4 – 7: Fly to Hwange National Park, where you’ll experience close viewing of lions, elephants and much more from your open safari vehicle. Elephants are frequent visitors to the waterhole right in front of your luxury camp, providing incredible photo opportunities right from the lounge deck! Community visits here include schools, a cattle boma project and women’s craft projects which provide income for the community.

Days 7 – 10: Cross the border into Zambia where your luxury lodge is situated on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. Activities here include game drives in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, one of the few places you can see rhino. Enjoy boat trips on the Zambezi River, as well as visiting the school, health centre and the local blacksmith.

Day 10: Your amazing Community & Conservation safari ends with a transfer to the international airport in Livingstone to connect with your flight home.

Tour includes

  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Tea, coffee, soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages, except premium imported spirits and champagne
  • Laundry
  • Internal flights Harare – Lake Kariba, Lake Kariba – Hwange, Hwange – Victoria Falls
  • Transfers
  • Morning & afternoon game drives, walking safaris, village visits, rhino tracking, bush walks, sunrise & sunset boat cruises, a visit to the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls, a visit to the Zimbabwean side of the Falls in low water season (excludes visa fees), visit to the Livingstone Museum, canoe trips, visit Maramba & Makuni Markets, fishing
  • For every night of this safari, we contribute USD10 to the ABC Foundation, which covers operational costs. This means that every dollar of donations made goes to the intended project.
  • An additional donation of USD50 which goes to certain Community Focus Projects our suppliers are fundraising for is also included.
  • USD20 for each bed night goes towards Conservation & Wildlife Fund (CWF) in Hwange National Park and towards Foundation projects in the Bumi Hills Area.
  • Private vehicle is included for ONE day at each destination to visit community projects.

Excludes

  • Visa Fees
  • International / Regional Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Staff Gratuities

What our clients have to say...

“This has been our fifth trip to Africa with Karen. As always the trip has exceeded our expectations with brilliant organisation, fabulous accommodation and wonderous close encounters with the animals, especially elephants! We loved it all!”

Karen de Willimoff & John McIndoe, Auckland

At a glance

  • Destination(s)

  • Tour Pricing

    Priced from: NZD11,815.00 per person
  • Tour Length

    10 days
  • Travel Dates Available

    Daily departures
  • Tour Highlights

    • Visit community and conservation projects
    • Lake Kariba, Hwange National Park & Victoria Falls
    • Fantastic game viewing in open safari vehicles
    • Beautiful small tented camps, all with en-suite

     

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