Every location in Zimbabwe is more beautiful than the last. Exciting wildlife destinations include Hwange National Park, Mana Pools, Lake Kariba, and the elephant eco system on the Limpopo River. Victoria Falls is an absolute must see that we try to combine with all the other safaris. We work closely with Brent Staplekamp and the Lion Research Project in Hwange National Park who were taking care of Cecil the Lion. Hemingway Safaris funded the research collar that Cecil was wearing at the time of his death. Because of this, we have become very invested in the wildlife conservation efforts in Zimbabwe. Additionally, we collaborate with the tourist department in Zimbabwe, which allows us to ensure the best experiences in one of the safest and authentic countries in Africa.
Zambezi Valley Conservation Game Count Safari
The Northern part is of Zimbabwe is one of the few areas in Africa still considered truly wild. Here we will participate in the national park game counts. Game counts are an essential conservation tool to collect data and establish the state of the environment and wildlife numbers within the park. In teams of 5, each with an armed ranger, we will conduct two transect walks per-day recording every species we encounter. The information we record helps indicate if animals are affected by poachers, the status of vegetation cover and available water, and the kind of animals tourists are likely to see. National Park officials then use our findings to establish new biodiversity conservation and management priorities. Over the last few years, the game count numbers indicate a slight increase in animals in the area!
The safari will also include Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park, and Harare where we will spend time with the famous Shona artists.
Cecil Charity Safari for the Long Shields Lion Guardians
You can help those on the front lines who are protecting Cecil’s pride and the other wild lions of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. Come with us on a charity safari where we haul two trailers oh supplies into Zimbabwe to the Long Shields Lion Guardians. Our policy in all our charity work is to deal with the people directly on the ground to make sure 100% of the donations go to the correct place. We do not go through any fund.
Hemingway Safaris has an invested interest in Cecil’s life as our fundraising efforts helped to install the radio collar on Cecil and his companion Jericho, for tracking.
The lion guardians, who are named after the long shields of the mighty Matebele warriors, are at the frontlines of the conflict between the wild lions, local villages, and the lion trophy hunters. The guardians protect the local villages from lions that stray outside the park. They also aim to protect these lions from the bows and guns of the trophy hunters who shoot the lions once they cross the park border. There are nine of these brave men and women in nine different villages that are desperate for funding and bare essentials for their families including clothing, food, and camping equipment.
We will take you into Cecil’s pride range to meet these guardians. They will give you the full history of lions in Hwange National Park and the dangers they face. I grew up in this area and trust me when I say Zimbabwe is the best, and safest, country to visit in Africa. We will travel by road from South Africa, through Zimbabwe and Hwange, to Victoria Falls, and then continue to Chobe Game Park in Botswana.
This luxury trip will be the safari of a lifetime and it will change you.
Also known at Mosi-oa-Tunya “The smoke that thunders,” Victoria Falls is one of the most amazing sites on the planet. With a width of 1,708 metres (5,604 ft) and height of 108 metres (354 ft), forming the largest sheet of falling water in the world. The spray from the falls typically rises to a height of over 400 metres (1,300 ft), and sometimes even twice as high, and is visible from up to 50 km (31 mi) away.
There are many activities available to us in Victoria Falls: White water rafting; a full day of rafting down the Zambezi River on class 4 and 5 rapids, Canoeing on the Zambezi River, Bunji Jumping, Game Drives, Helicopter and Ultra Light flights, or lots of shopping.