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Donations can be made in US-Dollars via international bank transfer to:

  • Account Number: 33-115903
  • Account Name: Uthando Africa
  • Swift Code: KFISZWHA
  • Branch Code: 12324 (Bulawayo)
  • Bank:Kingdom Bank, 53 Samora Machel Avenue, Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Intermediary Bank: Standard Chartered Bank, 1 Madison Avenue, New York NY 10010-3603 USA
  • Intermediary Swift Code: SCBLUS33

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Wire Transfers

Donations can be made in US-Dollars via international bank transfer to:

  • Account Number: 33-115903
  • Account Name: Uthando Africa
  • Swift Code: KFISZWHA
  • Branch Code: 12324 (Bulawayo)
  • Bank:Kingdom Bank, 53 Samora Machel Avenue, Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Intermediary Bank: Standard Chartered Bank, 1 Madison Avenue, New York NY 10010-3603 USA
  • Intermediary Swift Code: SCBLUS33

We partner with communities on the outskirts of wildlife areas to become economically sustainable whilst ensuring that natural resources are protected and cared for.

 

We believe that by partnering with these communities in establishing sustainable programs of education, income-generation, conservation awareness and holding community events, we can together improve the communal quality of life and achieve long term conservation through responsible tourism.

By staying at one of our camps, you are already contributing towards the success of our projects as African Bush Camps donates a self-imposed levy of US$5 per bed-night to the Foundation. You do however have the opportunity to visit some of the projects and schools that we work with and support during your stay at one of the African Bush Camps Properties.

 

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At present, these visits are possible when staying at Somalisa Camp, we can tailor the visits to best suite your interests and timeframes. Below are two options that Somalisa Guests have when wanting to connect with the local people who call the Hwange area their home;

If arriving by road transfer, the visits can be arranged on your way to camp before entering the National Park and take approximately 1 ½ hours.

Should you wish to spend more time with the projects and visit some of the more remote communities and school’s, we recommend that you arrange a full day excursion on one of your full days at Somalisa Camp where you will game drive through the national park with your guide to the villages bordering Hwange National Park, stopping for tea breaks and a picnic lunch along the way. If there are less than 5 people in the group a private vehicle needs to be booked and paid for.

 

Some of the Projects to Visit

 

Hwange Main Camp Primary School

 

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We have been sponsoring this school attended by the children of National Parks Employees since 2006, we fundraise for the school fee’s of Orphan and Vulnerable children, currently being 35. We also provide a teacher and assist them in fundraising for stationary, text books and other needs they have. As you visit the school, the Marimba band who fundraises for the school at the National Parks tourist restaurant will entertain you and encourage you to move to their infectious rhythms. You will get to meet and interact with the students and teachers on your tour of the school, and see all the ways in which the children learn.

 

Income generating Projects

 

Through our income generating projects, the Foundation provides education to members of the community on environmentally sustainable methods as well as educating them to run successful small enterprise businesses.
In collaboration with different groups from within the communities, we carry out thorough needs assessments and build on available skills and resources to start income generating projects at grassroots level. Our aim is to educate community members to run projects successfully on a commercial scale, making sure that they are relevant, viable and sustainable as well as having access to the market place.

 

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Thandanani – sewn products using African Design Java Fabric.

Vukani – Jewellery made from recycled Magazines.

 

Mambanje Primary School and Community

 

Mambanje Primary School is 15km from the town of Dete, however it takes 1 hour to negotiate the bush track to this remote community which lies less than 2km from the National Park boundary. As you drive through the village of this subsistence farming community who rely on their crops and livestock for their livelihood to get to the school, you will get an insight into what everyday life looks like to them. At the school you will get to meet the students and teachers and see how they operate in a challenging environment that has only recently been connected to running water and electricity, thanks to hard work and generous partnerships through African Bush Camps Foundation.

 

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Community Events

 

We hold regular events in the communities surrounding Hwange National Park, brining together people from different backgrounds and walks of life, to be able to have fun and build community spirit, these are usually sporting events and always have an element of conservation as well as community outreach towards specific vulnerable groups in the community and always involve the schools from the area. Find out about when we hold our events, whether World Environment Day, National Tree Planting Day, the annual Dete 10km Jog or the Heroes Day Soccer Tournament.

Visit our Facebook Page and Blog to see our latest news and progress on the projects that we are working on this year.

 

Please let your agent or travel specialist know should you be interested in visiting our Special Projects, the communities look forward to welcoming you into their way of life.