In December 2013, we had the privilege of hosting Dick Houston, the president of Elefence International, who travelled to Zimbabwe to document the installation of the new Solar Borehole Unit at Umkawazaan Pan on our Somalisa Concession in Hwange National Park. Earlier in 2013, Elefence International formed a partnership with African Bush Camps to assist with raising funds for our H2O Hwange Campaign, an intiative to ensure that water sources throughout Hwange National Park are implemented and maintained in order to conserve and sustain the wildlife and ecology within the Park.

UmkawazaanThe installation was a huge success and the new Solar Unit has been successfully pumping water into Umkawazaan Pan ever since, with reports from our Camp Management and guides confirming that we now have a number of wildlife species frequenting the pan. Elefence International have confirmed ongoing support for the H2O Hwange campaign and are currently reviewing a proposal for additional solar units to be installed into critical areas within Hwange National Park.

During his visit to Hwange National Park, Dick Houston also set aside some time to visit some of the other African Bush Camps Foundation projects and was present to witness the Mambanje School Prize Giving, where students were rewarded and recognised for their outstanding achievements during the course of 2013. Dick was presented with a Marula Tree which he planted inside the school premises, and Elefence International has now confirmed their support in raising funds to install a solar borehole unit at Mambanje School to provide the students and villagers with water.

Dick Houston Elefence International

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Dick Houston and Elefence International for their continued support for our African Bush Camps Foundation projects and for sharing in our passion to conserve both the wildlife and cultures in and around Hwange National Park for future generations to enjoy.

If you would like to get involved or offer support for our African Bush Camps Foundation projects, please kindly contact sophia@africanbushcamps.com or visit their website www.africanbushcampsfoundation.org.

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