Umtshibi Camp is situated about 15 km away from Main Camp inside the Hwange National Park. The camp houses the headquarters of the parks Wildlife Management Unit. There are currently approximately 45 families living at the camp representing a total population of approximately 150 people including young children. The African Bush Camps Foundation is therefore in the process of helping with the establishment of a modern-day pre-school that meets the requirements of the Ministry of Primary and Secondary education.
This means the school will be equipped to meet all educational needs of the infants and thus allowing the Park teams to fully focus on their core work of conserving and protecting the environment and particularly protecting the wildlife in the National Park.
After a time of building a relationship and understanding the needs of this community in 2017, the African Bush Camps Foundation have partnered with Umtshibi Pre-school to upgrade the toilet block in October 2017, read more here. In February 2018 we also assisted with renovations of the interior of the classrooms, to help make them more conducive spaces for learning.
We will continue collaborating with this community in identifying ways to partner with them in making Umtshibi Camp a conducive and comfortable place to live, learn and work to continue the critical conservation work being done by the Wildlife Management Unit.
Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe