WATER FOR HWANGE
Sustainable solutions for an African park
During the harsh dry season, thousands of elephants and other wildlife compete for scarce water in Zimbabwe's oldest and largest game reserve, Hwange National Park. With no rivers flowing through it and few natural water sources, Hwange has long depended on artificially pumped water, as have communities bordering the park.
Hwange's water is mostly pumped from underground boreholes using diesel engines, which are dirty, unreliable and expensive to maintain. Solar hybrid pumps offer a cleaner, more sustainable and cost-effective alternative.
Water for Hwange is an initiative co-driven by Zimbabwe's Imvelo Safari Lodges and Seattle's Wildland Adventures. The goal is to raise funds to purchase, install and maintain solar hybrid water pumps in and around Hwange National Park. These pumps will provide more sustainable and reliable water sources for Hwange's wildlife, as well as clean drinking water for local villages. Water for Hwange recently won a $20,000 grant from the Adventure Travel Conservation Fund.
How you can help
Donate to the D3 Foundation's Water for Wildlife campaign, which funds new water pumps in Hwange Park.
Join a Water for Hwange Safari. Enjoy incredible wildlife viewing, experience village life, participate in community development, and meet the game rangers and scientists working on the front lines of African wildlife protection and rural community development. Part of your trip fee will go directly toward new water pumps for Hwange. For more information, contact Wildland Adventures' Chris Moriarty.
Meet the team
Mark 'Butch' Butcher, Imvelo Safari Lodges' Managing Director, has spent a lifetime working on the frontlines of conservation. A native Zimbabwean, he spent decades as a Hwange Park game ranger before entering the safari lodge industry. Today, he oversees Imvelo's efforts to protect and preserve Hwange's wildlife, mitigate human-wildlife conflict, and improve the lives of thousands of rural villagers who live on the periphery of Zimbabwe's greatest national park.
Kurt Kutay, the founding President and CEO of Wildland Adventures and the director of the non-profit Travelers Conservation Trust, has traveled and guided throughout the world since 1975. As a recognized industry pioneer in adventure travel and ecotourism, he has served on numerous professional boards and conservation organizations.
Chris Moriarty, Wildland Adventures' Africa Program Director, has travelled to remote corners of the African continent on numerous private and self-guided safaris in eight countries. International travel, conservation and community development have shaped his life, and have nurtured his passion for sharing his knowledge and experience to design transformational travel opportunities to Africa.