Wilderness Wildlife Trust
About The Wilderness Wildlife Trust
4Cs at Wilderness Safaris
Conservation, Community, Culture and Commerce.
Wilderness Safaris’ sustainability strategy is encapsulated by “the 4Cs,” a concept that suggests that our organisation aims to be truly sustainable by committing to the four dimensions of Conservation, Community, Culture and Commerce.
The Wilderness Wildlife Trust
The Wilderness Wildlife Trust brings us closer to our goal. This Trust is an independent entity supporting a variety of wildlife management, research and education projects throughout southern Africa. A portion of each guest’s fare is allocated to the Trust, and 100% of these funds go to Trust-approved projects. The projects deal with the needs of existing wildlife populations, seek solutions to save endangered species and provide education and training for local people and their communities. The relationship between Wilderness Safaris and the Trust is symbiotic: The Trust is involved financially in the projects, while Wilderness contributes logistically in terms of human resources and equipment. Be that as it may, the Trust’s mandate complements ours: To make a difference to Africa, its wildlife and people.
Children in the Wilderness
Our Children in the Wilderness programme is part of our Community vertical. Every year, some of our camps across Africa and in Zimbabwe are closed to paying guests while we host underprivileged children from neighbouring communities. The week-long programme, combining wildlife conservation, environmental awareness, health and education, helps to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the wildlife and natural heritage of African youth.
Some of our 4Cs Projects Specific to Zimbabwe
Wilderness Safaris endeavours to employ local people. Little Makalolo and Davison’s Camp employ 71 local staff members; socio-economic research conducted in Hwange found that staff members were, on average, supporting eight people each, suggesting that these two camps are indirectly supporting over 550 people in the local villages around Hwange.
Village Schools Rehabilitation
A number of schools in the villages that lie on the boundaries of Hwange have been in dire need of everything from classrooms to chalk. Wilderness works with Children in the Wilderness to provide all equipment as well as teacher training, feeding and deworming programmes, scholarships, and teacher accommodation.
As part of our CITW Programme we have started to introduce Eco-Clubs in the schools in order to ensure continued learning, sustainability and to impact the lives of more children. We have developed a structured three-year curriculum for the Eco-Clubs in order to ensure that there is sustainability and structured learning in the clubs. Teachers in the school will be paid a small fee to run the clubs: this provides them with much-needed extra income and ensures that they are also part of the Eco-Club programme and it is not something bought in from the outside.
Women’s Knitting Group
In Ziga village, we helped set up and support a women’s knitting group. The programme originally began using old plastic bags as wool (‘plarn’). This encouraged the process of recycling and gave the women material to use to make their products. Since then, various donations of wool from guests have enabled the women to knit jerseys, beanies and scarves. These goods are then sold and the money used by the women to maintain their knitting business, as well as to fund the education of their children.
Hwange Anti-Poaching Project
Along the Park’s southern boundary, many mammals fall victim to snaring. Wilderness thus has joined Hwange in jointly combatting the effects of poaching, conducting patrols and removing snares.
Hwange Water Supply Project
During the dry season, water resources are tested to the limit. Wilderness Safaris maintains some 22 boreholes in the Park, supporting Hwange both logistically and financially. This includes daily refuelling and maintenance of pumps.
Cheetah Conservation Project Zimbabwe
Ruckomechi Camp assists in collecting data for this project, which is carrying out population surveys to find out where cheetah occur, their population sizes and the challenges they face in Zimbabwe.
Painted Dog Conservation Project
Data collection in Mana Pools aids this project, which looks at the population status of wild dog in Zimbabwe as well as the human-wild dog conflict. It aims to protect and increase the range and number of wild dog through research, education and community involvement.
GLTCA Wild Dog Project
Wilderness Wildlife Trust looks at the conservation status of the wild dog population of Zimbabwe’s south-east Lowveld, assessing the impact of the multiple conservation threats facing the population and developing tools with which to improve conservation prospects.
Hwange Cheetah Conservation Project
The aim of this Wildlife Wildlife Trust project is to help to improve the national and regional conservation strategy of cheetah by collecting information on cheetah occurrence and their conservation needs in Zimbabwe, and to create a sense of ownership and responsibility for cheetah in the country by raising awareness and encouraging people to participate in the collection of cheetah data.
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Little Makalolo Camp
Little Makalolo lies in the heat of Hwange National Park, in one of the best game viewing areas, overlooking a vibrant waterhole. Built among teak trees, Little Makololo is the perfect choice for guests who enjoy small camps, a sense of remoteness and a great safari experience. To find out more click here
Makalolo Plains Camp
Makalolo Plains Camp is scenically situated in the south-east corner of Hwange, an area known for its wonderful array of wildlife, particularly massive herds of elephant and buffalo. The camp looks out on a panorama of wildlife drawn to its waterhole, from thousands of elephant and buffalo to lion or hyaena coming to quench their thirst. To find out more click here
Found in the Mana Pools National Park, Ruckomechi Camp lies on the banks of the Zambezi, shaded by a large grove of acacia and mahogany trees and with a superb view of the mountains of Africa’s Great Rift Valley across the river in Zambia. This exclusive camp offers an unrivalled and remote wildlife opportunity. To find out more click here
Davison’s Camp lies deep in Hwange National Park, in the south-eastern Linkwasha Concession – one of the best game viewing areas of the entire Park. It is a classic African tented camp, with the units tastefully hidden beneath a grove of false mopane trees, overlooking a waterhole and open plain. To find out more click here