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Travel with Purpose - Hwange Elephant Collaring

The Luxury of Purpose

Introducing Hwange Elephant Collaring, one of a portfolio of eight life-changing, ‘purposeful’ journeys crafted to offer guests access to unique and privileged, behind-the-scenes conservation and community projects run by Wilderness Safaris and their conservation partners.

On this itinerary we invite you to join with the professional ground teams in Zimbabwe’s largest national park to collar an elephant, count wildlife, find out more about anti-poaching efforts and meet neighbouring communities.

All funds raised from this itinerary are directly channelled to the Scorpion Anti-Poaching Unit.

The Scorpion Anti-Poaching Unit (SAPU) works in partnership with Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management (ZPWMA), Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) and the Wilderness Safaris camps in Hwange to provide the manpower, logistical support and resources to assist ZPWMA to reduce levels of bushmeat and other poaching in the boundary areas of Hwange National Park.

Hwange National Park has a high mortality rate of lion to accidental snaring, while evidence has shown that many wire snares are set for medium and large animals, including elephant and giraffe. In addition, there has been an increase in the poisoning of elephant by ivory poachers.

About the Purpose: Hwange National park is home to some of southern Africa’s last great elephant, buffalo and sable herds and plays an integral role in a network of southern African conservation areas. Since 2000, Wilderness Safaris have invested in conservation initiatives in the Park’s south-eastern corner, such as daily provision of water for thirsty wildlife, firebreak maintenance, supporting the anti-poaching units and being part of research projects. Meanwhile, on Hwange’s border lie a number of villages, which have funded and supported vital nutrition and literacy in the schools, adult empowerment projects, and of course their Children in the Wilderness programmes.

Incorporate this itinerary into a more extensive safari journey, encompassing Victoria Falls, Mana Pools National Park or Botswana, South Africa and Zambia.

Safari Itinerary
Day 1 ARRIVAL - Fly into Linkwasha Camp, Hwange National Park. Afternoon activity to discuss game water supply and solar pumps; meet Mr B. Overnight Linkwasha Camp.
Day 2 Morning snare sweep in two teams; midday siesta in bush and lunch at Wexau Base Camp for introduction to Scorpion Anti- Poaching Unit. Overnight Linkwasha Camp.
Day 3 Early drive via Ngamo Plains to Ziga village. Visit school, Eco-Club, women’s empowerment projects; gain insight into human-wildlife conflict. Overnight bedrolls at Ziga.
Day 4 Spend the morning investigating livestock herding and kraal practices; return to Linkwasha for evening talk with vet on darting/ collaring process, how it plays out and each person’s role. Overnight Linkwasha Camp.
Day 5 Early morning departure; full day elephant collaring with lunch in the bush. Overnight Linkwasha Camp.
Day 6 Morning search for collared elephant; Breakfast in camp (time permitting), DEPART

Itinerary Dates 14 Sept to 19 Sept 2019

Minimum of 4 Guest Required to Guarantee Experience

  • On This Journey
  • - Actively participate in game count and anti-poaching activities supervised by experts in the field
  • - Observe and participate in the collaring of an elephant
  • - Learn about solar game water supply project
  • - Meet members of the community to learn more about their lifestyle and engage with them on human-wildlife conflict
  • - Visit a community school’s Eco-Club and learn about other upliftment projects
  • International long-haul flights to and from Zimbabwe
  • Meals not specified
  • Items of a personal nature i.e. telephone calls, laundry, mini-bar etc
  • Travel insurance
  • Staff gratuities
  • Any new government taxes, levies, fuel or industry increases
  • Visa fees & departure taxes


    Children in the Wilderness is a non-profit organisation supported by ecotourism company Wilderness Safaris, which aims to facilitate sustainable conservation through leadership development and education of rural children in Africa.

    Your Destination (and possible extensions)

    Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
    • 9 Rooms
    • Luxury
    • Wildlife Zone

    Situated in a private concession in the best location in Hwange, Linkwasha is located very near the famed Ngamo Plains, where wildlife gathers in numbers during summer. This only adds to the excellent year-round viewing from the camp itself; Linkwasha overlooks a pan that is a magnet for wildlife seeking to quench its thirst.

    The main area includes various multi-level decks, amongst them, a cosy library complete with fireplace and shaded salas surrounding an inviting pool. Our nearby romantic Star Bed looks onto a productive waterhole.

    The camp is an eclectic mix of contemporary interiors and Ndebele culture, overlooking the scenic plain.

    Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
    • 72 Rooms
    • Adventure
    • Tours

    Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, the flagship of the Africa Albida Tourism hospitality group, was acclaimed, in the Conde Nast Traveler 2012 Gold List, as one of Africa’s finest safari lodges. Few lodges can surpass its sublime location.

    Spectacular views of pristine bushveld and a central waterhole attracting buffalo, elephant, hyena and other wildlife and various bird species.

    Just 4km (2.5miles) from the majestic Victoria Falls.

    Your safaris perfect starting point.

    Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe
    • 13 Rooms
    • Seasonal
    • Water Activities

    Ruckomechi Camp rises along the banks of the Zambezi River, gazing out towards Zambia’s evocative escarpment. Its broad-canopied ana trees create glorious shade throughout the camp and are much loved by the elephants for their rich, nutritious seeds.

    Activities include vehicle or on foot safari, and boating and canoeing offering a different perspective of the area.

    Mana Pools offers the experienced safari goer superb safari experiences and is considered a top photographic destination for elephant and Africa's predators.