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Water for Hwange Donor Safari | Guest Review

MarkSissons-WaterforHwange2019-74 Elephant Conservation in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

The inaugural Water for Hwange Safari was an elephant-sized success! Ten Wildland guests joined Zimbabwe pro-guide Mark Butcher, Wildland's Chris Moriarty, and Canadian travel journalist Mark Sissons on a unique ten-day immersion into the heart of Hwange National Park. The trip was part adventure of a lifetime and part hands-on educational tour of innovative game and village water supply systems, which the participants had helped fund. Guests came back raving about the experience this year.

"I chose this trip because I love elephants and the opportunity to contribute to the local community while on safari was the deciding factor. But my best memories will be of the children in the schools and the visit to the headman's home, along with eating meals with our guides, watching elephants in the blinds, and pump visits. All of our accommodations were terrific and the arrival and farewell greetings from staff, hot/cool towels, and hot water bottles were welcome thoughtful touches. Every meal was delicious and I appreciated that my vegetarian diet was accommodated." - Maggie Burgett

Spending time with kids in school

"This trip had everything we were looking for in a safari and checked all the boxes for us: wildlife, conservation, meeting local people, and a variety of activities (walks, biking, kayaking, drives). The school & village visits touched my heart. Visiting 3 of the 4 pumps funded by our donations and seeing the impact those pumps are making forever links us to Zimbabwe. The little things made the difference, like warm/cool towels upon arrival at camp and bush babies to warm our beds every night. Each lodge treated us as family getting to know us personally. The tents at Zambezie were amazing. Coming back to our cabin after dinner at Camelthorn to find a cozy fire burning was delightful. We stayed at Nehimba on our anniversary and they left us a sweet congratulations card signed by the staff along with a bottle of champagne. Fly camp was incredibly comfortable and at Jozi the tents were beyond what we expected. It was amazing the food the chefs could create; Crepes at Jozi, chicken pot pie at Nehimba and steak at fly camp. We did not go hungry." --Janine Wasson

"Very rarely on our drives, did we ever come across another group of people. We felt like we had the entire park to ourselves. Wildland pays attention to the details while immersing you in the local culture. They will spoil you so you will never want to think about using another company." - Janine Wasson 

Group photo with a solar/diesel pump

"This was our 3rd Wildland trip and the dates matched with a sojourn to Mozambique before the Safari. Meeting the people that benefited from our donations was very special and being unplugged for 10 days was great.We liked the environmental portion, cultural exchange and visiting the schools was an unexpected joy because of the enthusiasm of the students and the staffs dedication. Butch, our lead guide, was with us the entire trip and provided continuity of instruction. Eric & MT were standouts guides since they grew up in the nearby villages."  - Kimberly R Smith

To learn more about Water for Hwange 2020 give us a call at 800-345-4453. 

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