Africa and its wildlife are under serious threat more so today than ever. In order to take action, concerned conservationists and stake holders of Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park region have created a collaborative group and formed a not-for profit Trust, namely the Conservation & Wildlife Fund (CWF). The Hide is a founding member of The Conservation and Wildlife Fund which aims to work together with stakeholders, including other environmentalist and conservation groups, and local communities, in order to raise awareness, and provide adequate tools for the management of Zimbabwe’s precious wildlife resources.. The Hide also partners with leading research projects including Cheetah Research, Leopard Research and Painted Dog Conservation.
The Hide Safari Camp is a proud member of The Long Run, one of the world’s largest business led sustainable development initiatives. We are guided by the 4 C’s principles which focus on – Conservation, Community, Culture and Commerce, and we use these as a force for good.
Business in harmony with nature, summarises how the 4 C’s combine and help us to empower local communities and preserve the environment for future generations. Much of this work is done through initiatives and projects coordinated and supported by The Hide Community Trust.
Our aim is to become a destination on Global Ecosphere Retreats: sustainable, ecologically and socially responsible to achieve long lasting impact and sustainability through holistic balance between conservation, community, culture and commerce.
CONSERVATION: is a Core to the business. Support the sustainable use of natural resources that safeguards the integrity of the planet in their area: Biodiversity, ecosystem services, management of energy water and waste land planning and carbon impact reduction.
COMMUNITY: Right of every person to have their basic needs met. Enhancing the wellbeing of communities is fundamental. Addressing fair working conditions, community relations, social accountability, SME’S
CULTURE: Must strive to strengthen intercultural relationships and understanding, safeguarding cultural heritage while raising awareness of cultural diversity: Cultural heritage site protection, cultural heritage protection and awareness, respect and cultural exchange among others.
COMMERCE: fair trade – offering a viable source of income for people that depend on it, as well as long term investment back into the initiatives of the 4 C’s.
Friends of Hwange
In 2005, a serious drought caused all but a couple of the waterholes in Hwange National Park to dry up. In the absence of any permanent surface water throughout the park, these waterholes are vital to the survival of all animals in the park. That year, over 1000 elephant died along with many thousands of other species. Desperate scenes were witnessed as herds of buffalo and impala, travelling long distances, arrived at a waterhole only to find it dry. All they could do was rest awhile before turning away to search for water elsewhere, or lying down to die. Elephant bullied their way through to hold their trunks at the pumps, depriving smaller animals of any chance to drink. To mitigate this distressing situation in future years, the Friends of Hwange formed a trust to try and keep as many waterholes supplied with water all year round. The Hide Safari Camp is proud to support this endeavour and the other work that Friends of Hwange undertakes. The camp is home to Friends of Hwange staff and helps to raise awareness and funding for the ongoing work.
If you would like to find out more, or kindly support this vital work, click here to visit the Friends of Hwange website.