In June, 2019, I was invited to return to Zimbabwe to co-lead Wildland’s inaugural Water for Hwange Donor Safari. The safari offered a unique symbiosis of incredible wildlife viewing, village life immersion and community development, plus the opportunity to contribute to hands-on conservation efforts working alongside rangers, volunteers, safari operators and scientists on the front lines of endangered African wildlife protection.
With Hwange National Park facing its worst drought in nearly half a century, it was encouraging to see the implementation of sustainable solar-hybrid water solutions in and around the park, an ongoing initiative by Zimbabwe’s Imvelo Safari Lodges with generous support from the Adventure Travel Conservation Fund and individual Water for Hwange Donor Safari and Go Fund Me campaign contributions. Another Wildland Go Fund Me campaign is also running to help support Imvelo’s ongoing efforts to feed hundreds of poor rural school children living near Hwange.
For more about Hwange and its ongoing water crisis, visit waterforhwange.org.