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 Imvelo Safari Lodges and the Hwange Schools Project launched their first children’s book, The elephants are coming! in March this year. The book will be the first in a series about a little boy called Themba and his family, who live in a village that borders Hwange National Park.  The books are being sold to raise funds for Imvelo’s community projects, specifically to raise the standard of English literacy in the schools that they support. To date the publishing project has been a... Read On
Posted In: Hwange
 Imvelo Safari Lodges and the Hwange Schools Project launched their first children’s book, The elephants are coming! in March this year. The book will be the first in a series about a little boy called Themba and his family, who live in a village that borders Hwange National Park.  The books are being sold to raise funds for Imvelo’s community projects, specifically to raise the standard of English literacy in the schools that they support. To date the publishing project has been a... Read On
Posted In: Hwange
 By :  KATH GREATHEAD EMAIL :  enquiries@ecotraining.co.za  WEBSITE : www.ecotraining.co.za A taut cheetah stalks across the plains; a pack of wild dogs begins the evening hunt; star-spangled skies; a dusty red sunset silhouetting a protected rhino family… these are some of the things that attract tourists and adventurers to Africa.However, these visitors now want to get more from their African safaris. They want to learn more about the ecosystems, animal behaviour and... Read On
Posted In: Victoria Falls
 BY : PETER SYMONS  & ALI BRUCE Nansen & Livingstone Tents, Quest 2015 www.quest-africa.comjswart@zol.co.zwQuest Intake I, 2015: We have just returned from two weeks of hard work and play on the shores, and in the depths, of Lake Malawi. During our first week we were based in the happy town of Senga Bay with the most incredible view of the vast Lake Malawi. Here we were introduced to ‘Sam’ and the Semani family who help the Senga Bay community with their renovation... Read On
Posted In: Bulawayo
 BY : MIKE WRIGHT, ROB SULLIVAN, BRAD DICKERSONEmail :jswart@zol.co.zw Email :Brigitte@quest-africa.comwww.quest-africa.comWeek 2 / Intake 2, 2015Two weeks down and only now do we comprehend how quickly it has gone. Coming out of ‘Survival Week’ as more of a unit, we went back to school with a week of preparations for our Pacmed First Aid exam. Luckily for Mr M we knew what we were doing, seeing as we found him floating in the dam on Thursday! (Role-play by the way!)Quest so far has been... Read On
Posted In: Bulawayo
In Zambezi Traveller Issue 18 we introduced readers to two school leavers, Christina Clements from New Zealand and Bradley Ross from Zimbabwe, who had joined the Quest Spring Programme. At the time of going to print they will have almost finished their adventure; we catch up with them here for an update. ZT:What were the highlights of the course for you?Clements: Our week at the Far Vic Gold Mine and Sentinel Ranch was my favourite, among our trips to the Matopos, abseiling through an... Read On
Posted In: Victoria Falls
Zambezi Traveller spoke to Gail Amyot, one of the driving forces supporting Sam Nkomo’s 500km rhino and elephant awareness walk from Bulawayo to Victoria Falls.  Sam and his team entertained and educated thousands of children who live alongside Zimbabwe’s wildlife. See more in the Bulawayo and Matopos Section on page 18. ZT : How did you and Sam meet?I met Sam through answering his appeal for help on Face Book. ZT:  Who were your team for this campaign?Novuyo Mathonsi from... Read On
Posted In: Victoria Falls
Students pile out of the back of the landcruiser clutching quadrants, clinometers, ranging poles and infiltration rings. Carmine bee-eaters look down inquisitively from their perches above the dried up Chipandaure River as the morning’s geography class starts. Interspersed between sedimentation and drainage experiments the students learn about plants, spoor and traditional remedies. This is not your normal classroom; this is one of a week’s worth of experiences at RIFA. Established in 1981... Read On
Eight passionate people were recently selected from lodges and villages around Botswana to attend a fully sponsored nature guide training programme by the Amarula Conservation Trust. The delegates enrolled on their course in August for self study and research and then 33 days of fulltime field training at EcoTraining’s camp in the Mashatu Game Reserve of Botswana. This was followed by 30 days of attachment as learner guides in the workplace. Hardie Basson, marketing manager of Amarula... Read On
Posted In: Okavango
With the Okavango Delta receiving the accolade of becoming the 1000th World Heritage Site, it’s important to encourage the youth who are the future of Botswana to take up careers in conservation and tourism. Consafarity and EcoTraining have partnered to offer a remarkable career opportunity to the right youngster. Consafarity will sponsor a comprehensive one year Professional Field Guide course run by EcoTraining for a Botswana citizen with a deep appreciation for wildlife and a keenness... Read On
Posted In: Okavango
Teachers, facilitators and friends of schools around southern Hwange National Park gathered together recently for a groundbreaking workshop supported by materials from leading educational publisher, Oxford University Press. The workshop was organised by Imvelo Safari Lodges which has two lodges in the area.  Imvelo has made strides in improving the schools within the communities of its operational areas since inception, but this support has mainly taken the form of classroom blocks,... Read On
Posted In: Hwange
Christina Clements:Quest offered an incredibly diverse range of activities, all of which looked challenging and enjoyable; the fact that I would be learning so many things from both mentors and others my age appealed to me. It struck me as a huge adventure and an opportunity too good to pass up, especially as New Zealand, where I am from, can’t offer anything similar. I have not done anything like this before. I lived here [in Zimbabwe] 12 years ago and I can’t remember a lot. My... Read On
Posted In: Bulawayo