Zimbabwe is facing its worst drought in nearly half a century, compounded by the devastating COVID-19 pandemic. Southern Africa’s greatest safari destination is reeling, its people starving, and its wildlife threatened. Especially vulnerable is Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe's oldest and largest game reserve. Imvelo Safari Lodges works tirelessly to protect and sustain Hwange's endangered wildlife – including nearly 50,000 elephants – as well as thousands of villagers who depend on the park to survive.
Help Imvelo protect Hwange’s people and wildlife
Please contribute to Imvelo’s conservation and community initiatives during this challenging time. In the US, your donation is 100% tax-deductible.
$25 provides lunch to one school child for six months.
$130 provides school fees for one child for a year (including books and uniform)
$150 provides a wildlife protection unit with yearly medical insurance and supplies.
$500 maintains one community manual water pump during the dry season
$7000 maintains one solar hybrid pump for wildlife during the dry season
You can make a real difference!
With your support, Imvelo can continue to:
Provide over 3000 children PER DAY with school lunches during the dry months of May to December. This gives children the energy to walk to school, to learn more effectively and ensures attendance and the continuity of education. Learn more
Deliver food aid to isolated and drought-stricken villages until productive harvests re-establish food security. Last year, we managed to deliver two 30 tonne truckloads of maize to our frontline communities prior to the rains.
Maintain 19 solar hybrid pumps and pump 16 water pans in and around Hwange. These hybrid solar units pump over 750 million litres of water a day to the surface for up to 10,000 elephants and a number of other animals.
Maintain over 80 community water wells and continue to solarize as many of these as possible. These water points provide clean water to thousands of people in our frontline communities south of Hwange.
Fund the Cobras Community Wildlife Protection Unit. This Imvelo-funded anti-poaching squad is made up of 19 scouts from local villages. As well as providing protection for park animals, the Cobras also help communities set aside communal land to conserve wildlife outside of the park and on their own lands. Learn more
Improve access to healthcare by building infrastructure and by operating the annual Smile and See Safari. Over the course of the past 8 years, volunteer dentists and optometrists from Spain and Italy have provided over 27,000 rural Zimbabwe’s with free dental and eye care over the past decade. Learn more
Your donation is 100% tax-deductible in the USA
The Travelers Conservation Trust (TCT) transfers all donated funds directly to the Imvelo Safari Lodges Trust to be distributed where most needed. For more information on the various projects and the costs associated with maintaining Imvelo’s conservation and community efforts, please contact [email redacted].
Learn more about Imvelo's school lunch program in the video below. The information in the video refers to the drought and hunger situation in 2019. In 2020, the need will be even greater thanks to continuing drought, crop failure and the lack of tourism support due to Covid-19:
- Linda Salzmann
- Meg Yash
- Bryan Jauregui
- Ariana Chapman
- Michael Nesbitt