Annual Elephant Charge Raises $63,000 for conservation

By Sarah Davies As the blood orange African sun rises, I can just make out the peaks of the Zambezi escarpment around me, through the dust-thick air from spinning tyres on loose rocks. I grin at my teammates, hanging off a modified Toyota LandCruiser, raring to go. The challenge is …

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Dreams become reality in the Central Kafue

“If your dreams don’t scare you they aren’t big enough”.  We have reminded ourselves of these words so many times over the last five years or so since we began our journey to open a Bush Camp in Zambia. Rather than investing in one of the established and developed National …

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Recent Sightings in South Luangwa

Things were starting to get serious here in South Luangwa. It seemed the rain would never arrive and the wildlife huddled close to every source of water available. Just as we began to think that Zambia would get no relief, the rain finally arrived and every animal breathed a sigh …

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Project Luangwa Newsletter, September 2015

Last June Project Luangwa had its fifth birthday – yes, that’s right Dave and I have been living and working here in Mfuwe for over five years. At the time we were a bit too busy to celebrate or even look back at all that has happened . . . …

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The Bush Spa, South Luangwa Nominated for Awards Again

At the Bush-Spa we thrive on our unique location! There are plenty places in the world where one can have a Spa treatment, but only a few where your wellness session might be extended due to unique sightings of visiting wildlife. Our competitive edge besides our location is our ability …

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Conservation Lower Zambezi Newsletter – February 2015

Environmental Education kicks off! Chongwe outreach 2015 CLZ’S Environmental Education Programme began in Chongwe District this month, funded by Elephant Charge. Our EEP team visiting 10 schools bordering the Lower Zambezi National Park for a lesson on poaching, and its effects, on not only wildlife but on local and global …

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Conservation Lower Zambezi Newsletter November 2014

Gorongosa Restoration Project visit the Lower Zambezi This month, CLZ hosted the team from the Gorongosa Restoration Project in Mozambique. This followed on from the visit by CLZ’s operations staff and ZAWA area warden earlier this year. The two parks are building a relationship to share experiences and expertise in wildlife protection. From Gorongosa, Mateus …

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Project Luangwa Newsletter August 2014

Four years ago, in July 2010, my husband, Dave and I moved from a hot Saudi Arabia to a ‘not quite so hot’ Zambia and Project Luangwa was born. Since then we’ve . . . . . . laughed and cried, experienced joy and frustration, shared some wonderful successes that …

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ZAWA Appalled by dishonesty in industry

The Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) is appalled at the level of dishonesty by some Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in the industry, which go to the extreme of claiming credit for works they did not do in their quest to appease donors. ZAWA last week collaborated with Green Rural African Development (GRAD) …

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ZAWA Special Anti-Poaching Unit Wildlife Officer promoted!

GRI’s Kafue Conservation Project (KCP) are proud to announce that one of the officers in the -supported ZAWA Special Anti-Poaching Unit (SAPU) has been promoted by  to Investigations Officer. Congratulations to Kamuti Muyongo! Since his promotion Kamuti has become increasingly involved with our Intelligence-led law enforcement effort; nurturing informers; gathering …

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ZAWA- CLZ Labour Day Scouts Awards

Awarding the Deserving ZAWA and CLZ held the Annual May Day Scout awards this month to honour the ZAWA Wildlife Police Offices of the Lower Zambezi who work 365 days a year, in all weather and in challenging and often dangerous conditions. The awards are to show the appreciation of …

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Conservation Lower Zambezi Newsletter March 2014

LZ Safari Guide Training and Exams Above: Candidates put through their paces by thick bush and tough examining team CLZ Base Camp has been flooded this month with trainee guides and candidates for the Lower Zambezi Safari Guide Exams. As part of this process, 30 guides attended training led by …

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Project Luangwa Newsletter February/March 2014

The start of 2014 brought us two great volunteers and this month I’ve handed over the newsletter to one of them. My name is Julia . . . . . . and I recently volunteered to help Project Luangwa with their sponsorship program during a gap year between high school …

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Conservation Lower Zambezi Newsletter February 2014

Human wildlife Conflict: Challenges and mitigation Human wildlife conflict has been peaked this month – with crops at a healthy stage, elephants and hippos have been carrying out regular raids on farmland in the villages of Chiawa GMA. Thanks to the International Elephant Foundation and ZAWA, we have been able …

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Toka Leya Donates Solar Pumps

Wilderness Safaris’ official handover of two solar pumps, four water tanks and two water troughs to Sinde village in Zambia took place on Wednesday, the 26th of February 2014. In collaboration with the village headmen, this generous donation was funded by guests from Toka Leya Camp and will greatly assist …

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Conservation Lower Zambezi Newsletter November 2013

Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) Annual Operations Meeting at Conservation Lower Zambezi In the Lower Zambezi National Park (LZNP) and surrounding areas, three ZAWA offices work hard to protect the precious wildlife of the area from poaching and other illegal activities. Based in Chirundu, Chinyunyu and Luangwa, respectively on the west, …

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Project Luangwa Newsletter November 2013

Sweaty was never a word my mother encouraged, “Horses sweat, dear”, she would say, “and men perspire, but ladies only glow”. I think of this as I drive back to my home in the community and cannot believe that whoever thought up that one had been to Zambia in November. …

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Conservation Lower Zambezi Newsletter October 2013

Lower Zambezi Aerial Survey Eyes in the skies as CLZ works with ZAWA to conduct an aerial survey of the Lower Zambezi elephant and large mammal population Funded by USFWS, in October CLZ completed a 12 day aerial game count in the Lower Zambezi National Park and surrounding areas in …

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Conservation Lower Zambezi Newsletter September 2013

Protecting vital crops from elephants using chilli Thanks to Proflight, South Luangwa Conservation Society and Awely, in August CLZ were able to teach 30 more farmers how to grow and use chillies to protect their fields from being raided by elephants. Every year substantial damage is suffered by villagers who …

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Project Luangwa Newsletter October 2013

Back to school Now that the kids are back at school after the holidays we’ve been busy giving out text books bought with donated funds as well as toys, bras, junior dictionaries and all sorts of things. Last week over $1000 worth of books and teaching materials went to Hanada …

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