Along with our Zimbabwean partners, WT is deeply committed to the interconnected relationship between responsible tourism, local communities, and conservation. We strongly believe that tourism can be a force for good—to provide employment and sustainable income for local communities, which then in turn promotes the conservation of the local wildlife and natural resources.
One of the lodges we have selected in Zimbabwe (Camelthorn Lodge) is built on communal land bordering the national park. By supporting this lodge, our tourism dollars go directly to the local villages—the concession fees and royalties are paid directly to the local councils (not to the central government) and through employment opportunities (100 people from the surrounding communities are employed on a long-term basis as guides or camp staff). Through these efforts, communities have a strong stake in wildlife conservation and are much more likely to help deter poachers and tolerate problem animals in their villages.
The proximity of these lodges to the local villages provides several opportunities for very meaningful, authentic, and unscripted cultural experiences (these are not choreographed visits that you might experience on other safaris). Given the strong connection that Camelthorn Lodge and our Trip Leaders have to the local community, our guests are welcomed to the nearby village as visiting friends not just as travelers
We are proud to support the work our local partners in Zimbabwe have undertaken for the local communities and wildlife conservation. Here are some examples of the incredible work your tourism dollars help support:
Our Africa Specialists know every detail about our Zimbabwe safaris. They will be happy to answer any questions and help you choose the journey that’s right for you. Contact us to learn more or book your trip today!