Zimbabwe Rhino Conservation Safari

A World Exclusive Safari—Witness the Creation of a Rhino Sanctuary

On this thoroughly unique safari—a WT world exclusive—be part of one of the most innovative community projects in Africa: the reintroduction of white rhinos to Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park! The rhinos will live in sanctuaries created on community land bordering the national park, thus creating a haven for one of Africa’s most endangered large animals, and the local community will directly benefit through jobs and increased wildlife tourism.

With Mark “Butch” Butcher, a 5th generation African, former game ranger, and pioneer of community-based tourism in Zimbabwe, witness the excitement as two rhino bulls are transported by truck from a sanctuary in eastern Zimbabwe to Ngamo village—the local children will likely line the sandy roads to cheer and welcome “their” rhinos to Ngamo! We’ll watch the rhinos settle into their sanctuary, meet with the vets who traveled with them, and get to know the highly trained team of local young men who will be protecting them in their new home. Eventually, there will be several community rhino sanctuaries linked together along the border of Hwange National Park, and they will be home to around 30-50 free-ranging rhinos.

After our time with the Ngamo villagers and the rhinos, we’ll head out to safari by 4WD vehicle in phenomenal Hwange National Park, where elephants outnumber annual visitors. Hwange, at 5,657 square miles, has a level of biodiversity matched only by the Serengeti in Tanzania and is full of wildlife. We balance our active days with overnights in award-winning lodges, partnering with them to promote wildlife conservation by engaging local villagers in the effort. And of course we’ll visit “The Smoke That Thunders,” Victoria Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world. Wilderness Travel believes in the power of tourism to empower the local communities by putting tourism dollars directly in the hands of the local people. Join us for the safari of a lifetime!

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