Imvelo Safari Lodges – Community and Conservation Programs. Hwange Needs You!



With Covid-19 stalling tourism across the world, Imvelo Safari Lodges perseveres with its conservation and community initiatives during these challenging times…thanks to our incredible donors and friends.

Our 2020/2021 projects heavily focused on sustaining water security for the wildlife inside the park as well as water and food provision for the people living along its boundaries and often alongside its wildlife. Education has been a focus as well, finding creative ways to continue to educate students with schools closed due to the pandemic. Maintaining the activities of our Cobras Community Wildlife Protection Unit also proved extremely important.



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 thanks to the generosity of Wildlife Protection Solutions.

      • $20  - provides school lunches for 20 children for at least one week.
      • $150  - provides 40 school children with school lunches for a month.
      • $500 - helps us maintain one community manual water pump throughout the entire dry season.
      • $4,500 - allows us to drill and equip a borehole with a bush pump, providing water to 100 households.
      • $7,000 - helps us maintain and run one solar hybrid pump for wildlife during the dry season.
      • $9,500 - enables us to provide a 30 ton truck of the staple maize meal to communities.



You can make a real difference!
With your support, Imvelo can continue to:


Maintain 18 wildlife pumps in and around Hwange. These units pump over 165 million liters of water to the surface throughout the year for thousands of 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.

Support the education of over 3,000 children. This includes providing school lunches, bursary opportunities, improved infrastructure, energy and water security, supplies and textbooks. Imvelo implemented a homeschool program and distributed lunches to students while schools were closed. With support from partners, 28,000 Oxford University Press textbooks have been obtained for distribution to 118 schools in the Tsholotsho District.

Deliver food aid to isolated and drought-stricken villages until productive harvests re-establish food security. Over the last three years, we managed to deliver 130 tons of maize meal to our frontline communities prior to the rains.


Fund the Cobras Community Wildlife Protection Unit. This Imvelo-funded anti-poaching squad is made up of 30 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.

Improve access to healthcare by building infrastructure and by operating the annual Smile and See Safari. Over the course of the past 10 years, volunteer dentists and optometrists from Spain and Italy have provided over 31,000 rural Zimbabwe’s with free dental and eye care. A community health clinic has been built and equipped in Ngamo village and will be operational soon, serving around 3,000 people in the area.

Support the Ngamo Lions Soccer Academy. Established in 2017, the academy serves 86 boys and girls ages 8 to 18. The aim is to instill a love of the game, provide mentorship, promote teamwork, and produce talented young players who may in the future have opportunities to obtain scholarships. The academy also promotes wildlife and conservation appreciation and awareness through nature studies, bush camps, and organized tours and trips. Funding is needed now to complete an administrative facility to provide housing for the coach, bathroom facilities for the athletes, and storage space for equipment.


Your donation is 100% tax-deductible in the USA
Wildlife Protection Solutions, a registered 501(c)(3) organization, transfers all donated funds directly to the Imvelo Safari Lodges' Water 4 Hwange Trust to be distributed to the programs where it is most needed.


For more information on all of Imvelo's Community and Conservation programs and how you can help, visit Hwange Needs You.



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