From the humble bird feeder in our yard to the exhilaration of watching a herd of massive elephants from the back of our safari jeep, few feelings compare to those of having a close encounter with wildlife! There is growing evidence - Scottish doctors prescribing time in nature to their patients, the emerging disciplines of wilderness and animal therapy, and more - that landscapes and their biodiversity are good for our wellbeing. The growth of the safari tour, birding tours and nature-oriented travel back this idea up by their growth year by year, but how can we get the most out of the precious time we spend on our trip in these areas of natural splendor? Let’s dig into how we can learn about the natural environment, especially the wildlife, of the country you’ll be visiting on your trip.
When you think of travel, which words come to mind?
Adventure? Inspiration? Exploration?
Visiting another country always brings many new experiences, but at the same time, the experience can vary widely based on our approach to planning our trip. All countries that host travelers have attractions that have become famous, and usually for good reason: they are awesome! Natural or cultural, every country has features and monuments that the masses want to see. The response from the travel industry? Packaged tours that often cater to large groups and leave little decision making power of hands of the traveler.
Are you looking for a truly unique and meaningful safari experience? Do you want to give back to the wildlife and communities that make East Africa like nowhere else on Earth? Quality safaris are built on healthy ecosystems and the wildlife that inhabit them, and for the third year running we are offering our Kenya Conservation Safari. Exploring the less visited northern Lewa, Ngwesi and Borana Conservancies, as well as the classic Maasai Mara to the south, this safari offers opportunities to participate alongside rangers and other conservation authorities. These places and wildlife are at risk, and supporting their conservation as part of your safari can be a profound experience and means to give back.
We are very excited to announce the 2018 set departure dates for two conservation-focused African safari tours which will take place in Kenya and Zimbabwe. The Kenya conservation safari was such a success in 2017, that we are thrilled to offer it again this coming year. In Zimbabwe, this is the first conservation safari of it's kind showcasing how sustainable tourism can truly make a difference. Space is limited, if you want to partake in this lifetime opportunity, confirm your spot today.
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.