“Tourism is not tourism until we incorporate the communities!” So says Mxolisi (MX) Sibanda, the community engagement manager for Wilderness Safaris in Hwange National Park.
Since 1998 Wilderness Safaris and Children in the Wilderness have worked closely with the communities of eight different villages adjacent to Hwange National Park. Aside from infrastructure development (classrooms, libraries, teacher housing), teacher training and scholarship programmes, a nutrition programme means that the children of the primary schools in these 8 communities are able to focus and enjoy learning.
Outreach efforts extend beyond the schools to women empowerment projects such a hand crafts and goat farming.
Tourism is the enabler for all of this, meaning that each and every Wilderness Safaris guest plays an active role in changing lives!
Watch the video below.