Spotlight Series: Imvelo Safari Lodges, Zimbabwe

May 27,2016

Why we like Imvelo Safari Lodges? Imvelo offers a unique symbiotic relationship between conservation, responsible tourism and opportunity for local communities to grow.The promotion of conserving local wildlife and natural resources while encouraging sustainability for the village communities brings a significantly more in-depth experience for the responsible safari enthusiast.

With 6 locations throughout Zimbabwe, the program has taken a strong foothold in the community and is a showpiece for how a successful community based eco-tourism project works.  The result is apparent when visiting as you can expect to be pampered at exciting lodges by friendly and welcoming staff. The experienced guides show you a unique experience getting you involved fist handed and show that it does make a difference to the wildlife and local people’s life, sharing the passion of connecting people with nature.

 

What is unique about the lodges?  Imvelo Safari Lodges showcases the massive Elephant population of Zimbabwe (over 40,000) with the Elephant Express. The Elephant Express is a refurbished rail car opened in 2014 and is a fun alternative to a regular road transfer between Ngamo and Impofu. The rail cars are roomy with comfortable seating and include snacks and beverages making for a relaxing and scenic 2 hour ride through the bush with sightings of elephant, kudu and wildebeest to name a few. The underground blind at Stoffie's Pan is a one of a kind experience giving you front row seats with a new perspective of elephants refreshing themselves at a popular watering hole. The blind is a 25' shipping container, camouflaged as a termite mound and buried at water level under an ancient Mitswiri Tree. It has comfortable seating, snacks and a bathroom so you don't have to leave when the game viewing is great. 

Want to hear a first hand account of traveling to Zimbabwe? Contact our Africa Specialist who just returned from a trip to the Imvelo Lodges.

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