Wilderness Safaris continues to celebrate 35 years of life-changing journeys with the launch of its next Travel with Purpose itinerary, Hwange Against All Odds. Taking place 13 – 18 September 2018, six guests will get the unique opportunity to travel to Wilderness’ private concessions in Hwange National Park to take part in the behind-the-scenes conservation and community initiatives that Wilderness has been involved in for more than 20 years.
“Since 2000, Wilderness has invested in conservation initiatives in the Park’s south-eastern corner, such as daily provision of water for thirsty wildlife, firebreak maintenance, supporting the anti-poaching units and being part of a variety of research projects. Our continued presence in Hwange has had an important conservation impact on its wildlife populations and we are looking forward to sharing its wonders with like-minded guests who realise the importance of travelling with Purpose”, said Wilderness Safaris Zambezi Environmental Manager, Arnold Tshipa, one of the hosts of this itinerary.
Other experienced experts who will lead this journey include Children in the Wilderness Community Liaison, Mxolisi Sibanda, and Wilderness Safaris’ legendary game water supply manager, Willem Botha, affectionately known as “Mr B”. Together with Arnold, they will offer guests the opportunity to experience a unique behind-the-scenes safari, including interacting with the Scorpion Anti-Poaching Unit – an extraordinary group of rangers who work in partnership with Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management (ZPWMA) to protect the area’s diverse fauna and flora. In addition, guests will join the unit in a snare sweep activity supervised by experts in the field, participate in a game count, and help to collar an elephant. They will meet and engage with members of the neighbouring communities, visit a Children in the Wilderness Eco-Club and learn about other upliftment projects and initiatives.
“What makes this journey even more significant is the fact that all proceeds will go to the Scorpion Anti-Poaching Unit which has removed some 2 500 snares and reduced the levels of poaching within the boundary areas of Hwange. This experience will not only make a difference to the ongoing biodiversity of the Park but will contribute to the empowerment of local people at the same time”, added Arnold.
Hwange is home to some of southern Africa’s last great elephant, buffalo and sable herds and plays an integral role in a network of southern African conservation areas. “Our unwavering commitment to driving authentic and sustainable ecotourism in Hwange is as strong today as it was 20 years ago. We look forward to continuing to lead the way and to showcase our conservation and community highlights to our guests”, Arnold concluded.
Click here to read about the Wilderness Safaris Travel with Purpose Itinerary , where Wilderness Safaris invites you to join one of Children in the Wilderness’ renowned annual camp programmes – something never before open to the public. All funds raised from this itinerary are directly channelled into Children in the Wilderness. For more information on this Purpose Itinerary, please contact Series@wilderness.co.za