We acknowledge the fact that conservation is achieved, only when the local community understands, accepts, and appreciates the reasons why wildlife is or should be conserved. Zambia is stern where, conservation of wildlife is concerned, and Absolute Zambia Safaris works with partners that are fully involved and appreciate community and conservation. Absolute Zambia Safaris works with the likes of Tour operators, Hotels, Lodges who help support the community. We as Absolute Zambia Safaris, also recognize the disabled and sick children by providing appropriate medical treatment and equipment, also in Pupil sponsorship Schemes for orphaned and vulnerable pupils from Primary school, all through Tertiary level, which is key to Tourism Development in Zambia through projects such as, College and University Sponsorships, anti-poaching projects, support and building on local schools among other projects by supporting and working with only partners that are involved in that initiatives.
Conservation has contributed hugely towards the betterment of Tourism, a good example is, Zambia’s eastern province lies in the magnificent Luangwa Valley previously called the Valley of the Elephants. The Luangwa valley had suffered great loss of animals after poaching activities, but through efforts of conservation and preservation, the valley’s wildlife and natural resources have been rehabilitated. Luangwa today, is Zambia’s key national park and one of the only parks with an enduring stable elephant population, all from the support of Wildlife Conservation projects through tourism.
Sustainable Tourism has seen a number of projects in the Luangwa Valley, such as Clean Water Projects for the community, the building of local schools, and general support for the locals, like the local farmers who help supply products to lodges and safari camps.
However, like all areas rich in wildlife, where tourism and economic growth are thriving, accompanying cascading adverse effects resulting from an increase in local businesses, better livelihoods, and bringing about the encroaching human population is a reality. An apparent effect is a massive increase in poaching for bushmeat and ivory, fighting the increasing battle against poaching, human-wildlife conflict, encroachment, habitat loss, and at the same time supporting sustainable community development.
To further reduce contempt for wildlife within the local community specifically that of elephants, Absolute Zambia Safaris offers support by working with Safari and Tour Operators in the respective wildlife area to strengthen programs that mitigating human-elephant conflict. For Example, Farming along the Luangwa River and its tributaries adjacent to the national park is increasing, despite the apparent fighting with elephants. Efforts to convince farmers to grow uneatable crops such as chili as an alternative crop to maize and vegetables are slowly affecting. The projects also offer help to design the chili farming project so that the purchase of chili is directly linked to farmers who are using the chili fence and chili blasting techniques as a mitigation method. The chili is then sold on to Rivonia Farms in Lusaka who commercially produce chili sauce products.
Another amazing project done by our partner Zikomo Safari Camp is THE BEEHIVE – The innovative beehive fence project protects rural African farms from crop-raiding elephants. They recently constructed a functional prototype beehive fence design in Kawaza village utilizing the Elephants and Bees beehive fence construction manual. Villagers requested it to be installed in the center of town and are proud to be known as the first village in Zambia to be part of this project. Almost 100 meters worth of beehive fencing has been built so far at a site bordering a hard-hit crop field on the outskirts of town which were selected by tracking elephant routes leading directly into the village. Our Clients that are interested to visit this project, Absolute Zambia Safaris gladly makes arrangements for the tour and our driver picks up clients staying in South Luangwa National Park at no cost, you will be given a tour of the following projects; 1) Working with rangers for enforcement and deterrence, 2) Local conservation education targeted at the youth and 3) Economic alternatives such as bee-keeping.
The only thing we encourage our clients is to leave a donation that will go towards the same initiative.
For more details on the projects please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org