Facing the drought in Hwange National Park.
African Bush Camps in partnership with the African Bush Camps Foundation have initiated a campaign called ‘H2O Hwange’, a pledge to support National Parks and various other organisations in their endeavors to supply water to areas of the Hwange National Park where the natural pans and water-holes have dried up.
Following a very poor rainy season, Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park faces a critical and potentially devastating dry season as the country experience’s a national drought. Many of the natural water-holes around the National Park are already dry and wildlife continue to congregate in their masses around areas and pans which have limited sources of water remaining.
Having already invested USD 15,000 into the project to begin pumping water into Manga 3 and to drill a borehole at Nkawazaan, African Bush Camps, in partnership with African Bush Camps Foundation, have initiated the ‘H2O Hwange‘ fund-raising campaign to raise the additional USD 35,000 required to complete the installation of two solar boreholes at Nkawazaan and Manga; and to ensure long-term management and supply of water to these water-holes.
Nkawazaan is a pan based on the Somalisa Concession and Manga 3 is a pan situated just down from our Manga airstrip where our guests fly into Hwange National Park. We are therefore appealing to all our friends and supporters to assist in the fund-raising efforts to supply water to the animals in the areas on and surrounding our Concession where Somalisa Camp and Somalisa Acacia are based.
African Bush Camps currently spend on average USD 20,000 annually to pump three pans within the Concession, and the objective is to provide additional water sources in the surrounding area to avoid over-population of species and ensure enough water is available for the animals.
As winter takes hold and the dry season approaches, the survival of a great deal of the wildlife within Hwange National Park is dependant on available water to carry them through to the next rainy season which usually begins in November / December.
WEZ (Wildlife Environment Zimbabwe) and ‘Friends of Hwange’, have worked in collaboration for several years and currently pump water into 10 pans around Hwange National Park. Other organisations who continue to contribute to the pumping of water into Hwange’s water-holes and pans include the Hwange Conservation Society and the SAVE Foundation.
Follow the progress of the ‘H2O Hwange’ campaign through our updates on our Blog.