Wild dog safari in Zimbabwe
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PlanetWe know the wildlife of Mana Pools and Hwange national parks very well, and are wholly committed to protecting and conserving these ecosystems. Both of these national parks are regional strongholds for African wild dogs, and we recognise that these deeply threatened mammals make these wilderness areas invaluable. Mana Pools is also vitally important as a result of its population of elephant and lion. Hwange National Park is a unique ecosystem within Zimbabwe in that it is contiguous with the unfenced northern reaches of neighbouring Botswana. This means that many species only occur here in Zimbabwe, including antelope species such as roan and sable. Hwange also supports important populations of elephant, cheetah, leopard, black rhino and white rhino. As much of the game viewing during this tour takes place on foot, we are committed to ethical walking safaris. We will never crowd a sighting, or remain at a sighting when the animal we are viewing is showing signs of distress or has changed its behaviour as a result of our presence. We will never spend any significant amount of time with young, injured or vulnerable animals - please note this means we are one of the few operators who limit the amount of time we spend at active African wild dog den sites.
Our suppliers in Zimbabwe are equally committed to protecting the ecosystems we visit. Using local trackers and guides and a light-touch approach to camping in each reserve, we aim to give back to the ecosystems we visit, and take as little as possible. Our suppliers provide mobile camping accommodation, so we leave each national park exactly as we find it. We limit our use of fuel and water as far as is practical, especially as Zimbabwe has gone through severe periods of drought in recent years.
PeopleIt is crucial that all ecotourism activities in Zimbabwe bring about genuine benefit to local people. This ensures that value is attached by local communities to wildlife and threatened ecosystems, helping to ensure the future of species including African wild dog. As such, we insist that our suppliers in Zimbabwe employ Zimbabwean people. The trackers, guides, cooks and drivers used during this tour are all Zimbabwean - and are some of the best in the business! We always encourage our clients to consider making gratuity payments to those members of the local community who have made our visit particularly enjoyable and special.
We highly recommend that clients take the opportunity to visit local establishments that sell locally produced goods and crafts. There is particular opportunity to do so in Victoria Falls, at either end of the Lake Kariba ferry and in Harare. Our guides will always be able to point our clients in the direction of reputable vendors.
Whilst in Hwange, it is possible to visit the headquarters of the Painted Dog Conservation organisation. This excellent Zimbabwean organisation is a cornerstone of wild dog conservation and has garnered a worldwide reputation for excellent work. A visit will allow clients to learn about the great work the team does here, and we will happily introduce you to the team so that any donations can be made to support their work.
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