Zimbabwe safari vacation, tailor made

“Spend two nights at a time in luxury safari camps on an eight day tailor made tour. Short flights transfer travelers between three contrasting concessions.”

Highlights

Victoria Falls | Linkwasha Concession, Hwange National Park | Hwange safari camp experience | Changa safari camp | Matusadona National Park | Lake Kariba | Great African Rift Valley | Zambezi River | Mana Pools National Park | Potential wildlife spotting might include: elephants, buffalos, hippos, waterbucks, lions, leopards, and endangered wild dogs |

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Zimbabwe safari vacation, tailor made

Environment

During the dry season, water resources are tested to the limit. The lodge maintains some 22 boreholes in the Park, supporting them both logistically and financially. This includes daily refuelling and maintenance of pumps.

Along the Park’s southern boundary, many mammals fall victim to snaring. The lodge has thus has joined Hwange in combatting the effects of poaching, conducting patrols and removing snares.

Ruckomechi is powered by a hybrid system, combining a diesel powered generator that charges a bank of batteries which in turn supplies the camp with electricity through an inverter. Thanks to this, the generator only needs to operate for eight hours a day as opposed to 24 hours. In addition, each guest tent has solar-powered geyser providing hot water.

Data collection in Mana Pools aids this project, which looks at the population status of wild dog in Zimbabwe as well as the human-wild dog conflict. It aims to protect and increase the range and number of wild dog through research, education and community involvement.

Community

A number of schools in the villages that lie on the boundaries of Hwange have been in need of everything from classrooms to chalk. The Safari operator works with Children in the Wilderness and many donors to provide all equipment as well as teacher training and accommodation, so that the children can acquire an education.

In 2008, it was found that many children were getting so little to eat they could not even walk to school. The safari operator, its guests and Children in the Wilderness have since then provided one meal on every school day of the year to the children of five schools on the outskirts of Hwange.

They have in partnership with the local community developed a Responsible Code of Visitor Behaviour that is shared with guests before they go into the community for village visits so as to protect traditional cultures and minimize the impacts of tourism on living culture. They also provide guests with an Insider's Guide to Responsible Safaris which includes important cultural aspects.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Difficult to pick just one - the Elephant Express from Dete to Bomani was a fabulous experience and never to be forgotten. Spending an afternoon in a hide by a waterhole watching elephants drinking and splashing around was amazing, as was walking out to where a small pack of wild dog were resting - under the
close supervision of an armed guide, of course! Sitting outside the tent in Mana Pools, gazing across the Zambezi and listening to the hippos!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Don't fly to Hwange, stay at one of the Imvelo safari lodges so you can travel on the Elephant Express. Don't be wary of the Zambezi Expeditions tented camp
in Mana Pools (I was!). There may be no running water in the tents and limited solar-powered lighting, but it is the most beautiful location that I have ever
stayed in. The staff did everything possible to make us feel welcome and part of their "family" for just a few days. To say nothing of the food - I cannot imagine
how the chef managed to produce such fabulous meals on a couple of gas rings!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I do hope so. I spoke to a number of the guides and they really feel that tourism is bringing a huge benefit to Zimbabwe, both in terms of financial revenue
and in helping to convince local communities of the need to protect the land and the animals.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Brilliant! Can't wait to go back one day.

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