The founders of Imvelo had a vision – with their shared passion of the African bush, its native wildlife, and people, they wanted to create an unforgettable safari experience in Zimbabwe which also directly benefited local communities. In years past, for the majority of locals, tourists were nothing but camera-clad foreigners in 4x4s and wildlife was by no means an attraction; elephants ate their crops and lions killed their livestock. The hope was that by building safari lodges and infrastructures within communal community areas, a symbiotic relationship between safari-goers and locals could grow. Ten years later, it’s working.
In this revealing and honest Adventure Uncorked, Mark “Butch” Butcher, Managing Director and founder of Imvelo Safari Lodges, will impart the lessons learned on the front lines of the human-wildlife conflict in Hwange National Park and Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.Join us and Adventure Hub Partner, Explorer X to learn more.
Tickets are $10. Ticket proceeds go to Imvelo Trust and their School Lunches Program. School children in Zimbabwe often find themselves in class having walked a long way from home with no breakfast in their bellies. Poor concentration and lethargy are often evident – and this will be significantly worsened in a drought year like is shaping up in 2019. To combat hunger in these increasingly frequent drought years in Zimbabwe, Imvelo organizes a school lunch program at five rural schools near their lodges in Hwange. This year, Imvelo is feeding lunch to upwards of 1800 school children over 4-5 months, a total of 153,000 meals! Each meals costs roughly $.10, therefore your $10 donation can feed 100 children!