Keeping Zimbabwe Wild - Deeper Zimbabwe Wild... Explorer Safari Zimbabwe is a land rich in wildlife,

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  • Explorer Safari

    Zimbabwe is a land rich in wildlife, and on our Keeping Zimbabwe Wild safari, you can do something more than simply view it. This adventure is an opportunity for you to participate in protecting all that you see. Zimbabwe’s endangered species and breathtaking natural landscapes are threatened by hunting, poaching, and human civilization. Witness first-hand how these human-wildlife conflicts are being resolved by local community involvement with national parks and sustainable tourism.

    This active adventure allows you to: • Patrol with an anti-poaching team • Learn about lions and wild dogs • Help save the elephants • Visit communities • Engage with wildlife experts • View wildlife on foot and from a vehicle

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    Keeping Zimbabwe Wild DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

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    DAY TRAVEL/ACTIVITY LOCATION CAMP

    Days 1, 2 & 3: Arrive in Victoria Falls Hwange National Park Somalisa Expedition Camp Transfer to Somalisa Camp

    Days 4 & 5: Bush flight to Bumi Hills Lake Kariba Bumi Hills Safari Lodge

    Days 6, 7, 8 & 9: Bush flight to Harare Gonarezhou National Park Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge Bush flight to Chilo Gorge

    Day 10: Bush flight to Johannesburg and international flights

    S A F A R I S C H E D U L E A T A G L A N C E

    INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT #1 • Departs: TBD

    • Arrives: TBD

    INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT #2 • Departs: TBD

    • Arrives: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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    WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS

    DAYS 1, 2 & 3 SOMALISA EXPEDITION CAMP | HWANGE NATIONAL PARK

    EXPERIENCES

    INCLUDED

    Breakfast Lunch Dinner

    Alcohol & Beverages Laundry

    Swimming Pool

    You’ll see lots of wildlife here. The Big Five roam freely in Hwange, Zimbabwe’s largest national park, which hosts hundreds of other bird and mammal species as well. Unfenced and untamed, Hwange spans 5,657 square miles. But Hwange won’t stay wild forever without buy-in from local communities. At the park’s edge, elephants are tempted by rows of watermelon and fields of corn, while the docile livestock proves irresistible to leopards and lions.

    Part of this safari is exploring the ways to lessen human wildlife conflict while helping local communities benefit from the parks. Meet with local co-ops that recycle materials into beautiful crafts and souvenirs, and local farmers who grow food for safari camps. Meet the Long Shield Guardians, local warriors who chase lions and elephants away from the farms and villages, and innovators building cattle pens that effectively separate livestock from lions without harming either. A visit to the Painted Dog Conservation Center brings you in front of researchers engaged in the protection of African Painted Dogs (a/k/a African Wild Dogs), one of the most beautiful and endangered species on the African continent.

    • Baboon • Buffalo • Crocodile • Elephant • Giraffe • Hippo • Lion • Wild dog • Wildebeest • High diversity of antelope,

    including tsessebe, and impala, • More than 470 species of

    birds

    • Walking safari • Wildlife viewing • Bird watching • Night wildlife viewing • Visit Painted Dog

    Sanctuary

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    COMMUNITY AND CONSERVATION INITIATIVES: VUKANI & THANDANANI

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    COMMUNITY AND CONSERVATION INITIATIVES: LONG SHIELDS LION GUARDIANS

    The Vukani and Thandanani Community Projects are local female-driven microfinance groups who use recycled materials to produce high-quality crafts. Vukani also main- tains a communal garden, and will be happy to share methods for dealing with garden pests such as elephants and quelea birds.

    The beautiful jewelry and clothing produced by Thandanani and Vukani are popular purchases by travelers, and Somalisa utilizes locally sourced textiles and produce from these projects in their camps. Supporting these projects with your purchases helps the community economy more than you might believe; studies show that for every dollar a woman earns, she invests 80 cents in her family.

    Sometimes a horn can be more powerful than a gun, a tenet that Long Shield Guardians – a courageous group of men and women from the village of Dete who work to protect the lions of Hwange National Park – employs to great success. Armed with only drums and vuvuzela horns, the Guardians mediate human-wildlife conflict by deterring and redirecting with sound any lions that have encroached on village space or farmland, moving them back to areas where they are protected. Local communities around Hwange National Park often come into conflict with lions that roam near their schools and villag- es, or threaten their cattle. When the Guardians sound the alarm, the cattle can then be moved and villagers and children are able to stay out of the path of the lions

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    WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS

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    DAYS 4 & 5 B U M I H I L L S S A F A R I L O D G E | L A K E K A R I B A

    EXPERIENCES

    Bumi Hills is a scenic wildlife sanctuary on the shore of Lake Kariba, home to elephants, lions and rafts of hippos. On Zimbabwe’s northern frontier and accessible by water in three directions, the area was once a magnet for poachers who would drift in under cover of darkness and steal across the border with meat and ivory. Now the animals are safe thanks to the tireless efforts of the Bumi Hills Anti-Poaching Unit, founded in 2009. Every day the anti-poaching unit patrols the area on foot, covering 1,300 miles of trail every month. The work has paid off as they have not lost an elephant to poaching in more than two years and 17,231 wire snares have been confiscated. Join them on a patrol for a one-of-a-kind adventure.

    INCLUDED

    Breakfast Lunch Dinner

    Alcohol & Beverages Laundry

    • Elephant • Lion • Leopard • Buffalo • Zebra • Hippo • Crocodile • More than

    450 bird species

    • Walking safari • Wildlife viewing • Boat cruise • Fishing • Anti-poaching patrol

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    COMMUNITY AND CONSERVATION INITIATIVES: BUMI HILLS ANTI-POACHING PATROL

    BUMI HILLS ANTI-POACHING PATROL The Bumi Hills Anti-Poaching Unit protects the Bumi Hills Wildlife Area from poachers by investigating poaching crime scenes, removing snares, and actively preventing poachers from entering the area and making illegal kills. Poachers are constantly surveilling this area because of the large concentration of elephants around Lake Kariba. The rangers spend their days disarming and confiscating any snares or traps that are found. You’ll join them as they look for signs of illegal activity, record the locations of animals encountered, and record any other unusual activity. The rangers collect this information to keep an ongoing record of poaching activity. Run by Mark Brightman, the unit is staffed by a dedicated crew of rangers

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    DAYS 6, 7, 8 & 9 CHILO GORGE SAFARI LODGE | GONAREZHOU NATIONAL PARK

    • Lion • Leopard • Cheetah (including rare King

    Cheetah) • Wild dog • Buffalo • Zebra • Elephant • Hippo • Hyena • Many species of antelope

    EXPERIENCES

    INCLUDED

    Breakfast Lunch Dinner

    Alcohol & Beverages Laundry

    • Walking safaris • Wildlife viewing • Exploring Gonarezhou

    KEEPING ZIMBABWE WILD

    Vast, remote, and untrodden, Gonarezhou National Park is true African wilderness. In the Shona language “Gonarezhou” means place of many elephants, and the elephants here number in the thousands. The park’s remote location on the border of Zimbabwe and Mozambique makes it both a pristine wilderness and attractive to ivory poachers. You’ll learn all about keeping the park wild and pristine from skilled Shangaan trackers, descendants of the hunter-gatherer tribes that have lived on this land for millennia. They’ll show you their award-winning program that has all but stopped ivory poaching in this vulnerable wilderness.

    Our base in Gonarezhou is Chilo Gorge lodge, founded by Clive Stockil. Clive is one of Africa’s greatest conservation pioneers and the winner of the Prince William Award for a Lifetime Contribution to Conservation in Africa. Clive’s been working with both the park and the local Shangaan people since 1980. Together they have build one of the best community conservation programs in all of Africa.

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    INCLUDED

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Sundowners

    Dinner

    Swimming Pool Available

    Alcohol and Beverages

    Laundry

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