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At a glance

Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe's largest game reserve. It is known for its great herds of elephant, but what makes it truly unique is the fact that it has no year-round natural water source. Both the animals and the surrounding communities are dependent on boreholes for water supply.  Safari operators and their guests contribute greatly to maintaining the water supplies and other important conservation efforts.

INCA has partnered with Imvelo Safaris, owners of superbly run safari lodges, to offer a special conservation adventure that will be a hands-on opportunity for guests to engage with wildlife and community projects.  

Help in the Park: go on a pump maintenance run deep into the reserve, visit a local anti-poaching unit, use GPS to help map predators.  Help in the community: replace a well’s pump cylinder, teach baseball, prepare a school lunch, present your home town to a classroom.

It’s not all work. Enjoy guided safari walks and spectacular wildlife viewing, “dine” with elephants, ride the Elephant Express, canoe the Zambezi River, visit Victoria Falls, and stay at Imvelo’s renowned camps and lodges.

Sleep and dine well, knowing you have helped conserve local communities, wildlife of the Park, and the balance between the two.

 

June 13th to 21st, 2018
from: $5,575 per person

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Highlights

  • One night at Gorges Tented Camp
  • Five nights at Camelthorn Lodge
  • Two nights at Zambezi Sands River Camp
  • Tour of Victoria Falls
  • Private Elephant Express rail within the park
  • A full day of community activities
  • Four days of wildlife conservation
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Day 1

Arrive Victoria Falls, transfer to Gorges Lodge

 

Upon arrival at Victoria Falls Airport, you will be met and transferred to spectacular Gorges Lodge perched high atop Batoka Gorge above the Zambezi River.  Enjoy an afternoon wandering the grounds or relaxing by the pool, followed by sundowner cocktails while watching black eagles soaring along the cliff face.

Lodge: Gorges Lodge, D

 
 
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Day 2

Vist Victoria Falls, Transfer to Camelthorn Lodge

 

Enjoy early morning coffee or tea on your private veranda overlooking the gorge, then a sumptuous breakfast to fuel your full day of activities. After breakfast, head to Victoria Falls town to view the star attraction—Mosi oa Tunya—the smoke that thunders. 

Following your visit to the falls, it's on to Camelthorn Lodge situated in the South Eastern corner of Hwange National Park. You will drive to the rail depot at Dete, where you board your private Elephant Express rail car for a unique game viewing experience. En route, lunch and drinks will be served. Upon arrival, a short game drive will take you to your beautifully appointed lodge nestled on the edge of Hwange National Park and Ngamo plains, famed for its herds of elephants.  After settling in your accommodations, enjoy a sundowner cocktail, followed by a three-course dinner.

Lodge: Camelthorn Lodge, BLD

 
 
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Day 3

Community Visit

 

An early breakfast will prepare you for the day at Ngamo Village and Mlevu School, where you'll walk with the kids to school and arrive in time to attend school assembly.  You'll meet with the village headman and headmasters for an introduction to Zimbabwean village life as well as life on the edge of Hwange National Park.  Following your orientation, you'll partake in a variety of activities which could include:

  • Installing a new pump cylinder in the village well
  • Paint murals and set up a classroom with posters and teaching aids
  • Class interaction - presenting a "day in the life" of an American kid
  • Collect firewood and water and drop off for elderly villagers
  • Join local mothers to prepare and serve school lunch
  • Afternoon sports match. Join staff and school to form teams for soccer or alternatively teach a baseball game!

Actual activities will be subject to the needs of the community at the time

Lodge: Camelthorn Lodge, BLD

 
 
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Days 4-5

Hands-On Predator Conservation

 

The Ngamo plains in Hwange's southeast corner is home to wild dog, cheetah, jackal and lion. These two days will be devoted to monitoring the activities of these predator species in the area. Starting before dawn, you'll disperse with guides and trackers both on foot and in vehicles to:

  • Look for absent individuals and/or animals caught by snares
  • Monitor any dens for illegal poaching activity to reduce the risk of snares and, if necessary, alert the local anti-poaching unit known as "The Scorpions".
  • Use GPS to monitor predator patrols and hunts to create a map recording range and movement
  • Visit The Scorpions base camp to learn about their anti-poaching work
  • During the middle of the day, you'll either lunch back at the lodge or picnic in the field depending on your distance. You'll catch up on some of the administrative tasks like comparing photos with existing pack ID images or download GPS tracks to plot on maps.  You may be joined by researchers and representatives from local conservation groups

Activities are subject to change and dependent on wildlife movement and activity, the size of the groups and current conservation projects needs and budgets.

Lodge: Camelthorn Lodge, BLD

 
 
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Day 6

Helping Hwange's Thirsty Herds

 

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