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New moon setting over one of Africa's best kept wilderness secrets! Now we just need to get the rest of the world to come and visit! #lakekariba #kariba #visitzimbabwe #travel #tourism #conservation #antipoaching
From background dancers yesterday to a full band today... there's no stopping these #rockingrangers of ours! #conservation #antipoaching #wildlife #afrorock #proudlyzimbabwean #visitzimbabwe
Our rangers have some moves... who would've known!!! Check out the @bumihillsfoundation stories to see what's been happening today! #kariba #conservation #proudlyzimbabwean #madeinzimbabwe #afrorock
An Ellie 🐘 enjoying a drink along the shores of Lake Kariba 💧 This still is from our soon to be released video from partners @scoutgreenafrica - watch this space and be sure to follow us on Facebook to get the full video 🔜
Hearing a dull thudding sound out in the bush, we feared the worst, as at first it sounded similar to a poacher's axe removing ivory from a fallen elephant. We were relieved and pleasantly surprised to instead find two Kudu bulls engaging in quite a show of dominance 👊🏼 Several families of Kudu reside here in Bumi Hills and we are always in awe of their stature and beauty 💛 Series captured by founder @nickhmilne 📸
Epic battle between two majestic beasts. We couldn't work out what the dull thudding noises were and my heart sank as I feared the worst that they might be coming from a poachers axe as he cut the ivory out of an elephant carcass. Fortunately is was only these two locking horns in a battle of dominance while a youngster from the same bachelor herd watched intently. #conservation #antipoaching #kudu #battle #nature #amazingafrica #visitzimbabwe
Sunday #sunset from Zimbabwe's garden of Eden! #clouds #skyscape #nature #amazingafrica #conservation #antipoaching #visitzimbabwe
Kariba at her spectacular best from our base at @bumihillsfoundation #conservation #antipoaching #lake #sunset #landscape #amazingafrica #visitzimbabwe
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Bumi Hills Foundation, Zimbabwe 📸 @laurenepbath Check out @laurenepbath thought provoking and powerful posts about poverty, poaching and human choices in Zimbabwe. An eye opener. And great pics like this. #bestintravel #bestintravellers #justgo #travelphotography
This is my last post from Zimbabwe for now. I've been home for the week working on my online photography course and it's been a real pleasure to share this passion project with you. There's been a lot of changes in my business lately and I know I'm moving in the right direction. I want to leave a legacy, both as a traveller and educator, and hopefully all of my hard work now will make that dream a reality for me. I'll have big announcements for the Travel Bootcamp this weekend and my first online course finalized before Christmas as well as some great trips and photography. Amongst it all I hold on to these precious memories of Zimbabwe and my long term plans to help tourism there. This image is my niece Kupa leading me to the funeral of my mother in law during a full day ceremony in December. It was a heartfelt moment that I grabbed this one image of. For those that have responded to the many challenges facing wildlife in Zimbabwe, I've put a link to the Bumi Hills Foundation page in my profile and the option is there to donate. Have a wonderful weekend all. Xx @bumihillsfoundation
In case you missed it - an update from @laurenepbath a few days ago - "Who would hurt these incredible animals I hear you ask? Well I am about to drop a massive truth bomb into this story and it might change the way you think about poaching, it certainly changed mine. Who would hurt these incredible animals? The answer is most poor people in Zimbabwe. I don't know about you but I have it pretty good here in Australia. I eat well, have long hot showers daily, the garbage man collects my rubbish every week and I have access to 24/7 electricity and running water. When I stay in Zimbabwe I get a taste, a very small taste of how the other half live but I see how the very poor live and it's not like you would imagine. These are some stories JUST from people that I know well in Zim. (Names have been changed) Mary desperately wants to be a school teacher but in order to get an interview to apply for a place she has to bribe an official $US2,000, she doesn't have $1 for food on that table that night. Robert was at the top of his class in school and went on to graduate university with an engineering degree, last year he was almost arrested selling drugs on the street. Young girls line up to sell their bodies on the street for as low as $1 and some go home having not even made that. Things are TOUGH! Do you think that Mary, Robert or those girls would hesitate to tell a poacher where an elephant is? It's easy for us to sit around and wonder why people do the things that they do but they do it for their families, for self preservation. When you have nothing your life does become more important than the lives of wildlife and that is at the very heart of the problem. I'll talk more about these issues in my next posts." Be sure to follow 👉🏼 Lauren for more posts as she helps us spread the word 📣
Bumi Hills sits on the edge of Lake Kariba and it might surprise you to learn that this lake is the world's largest man made lake by volume. Completed in the early 60's by the Rhodesian government (under British rule) the lake is over 230 km long and covers an area of over 5,500 square kilometers. Although an incredible feat of engineering, the 'building' of Lake Kariba displaced over 57,000 native Zimbabweans, who were relocated to the hot and harsh rocky plateaus away from the lakes shore and the building of the lake, and other factors, have contributed to a third and fourth reason why this area is losing so many animals. We've already discussed poaching and commercial hunting but consider now that Zimbabwe is also losing animals due to trapping animals for bush meat and due to human wildlife conflict. The locals here live traditionally in the village way and their existence is basic and poor. If a lion, for example, strays into the village to hunt goats there is no hesitation in killing the animal. Survival out here is ruthless. As for the bush meat trade, locals run snare lines in the forested areas and snares are indiscriminate. No matter what they catch they will likely kill the animal, maybe not immediately but often later from infection. If an elephant steps on a snare the wound will likely fester and kill the animal, unless the team from the Bumi Hills Foundation are able to step in in time. This story still has a few chapters to go. @bumihillsfoundation
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Mutual respect! Whether it's on our terms or theirs the elephants around Bumi are becoming increasingly trusting of our rangers and vice versa! #conservation #elephant #respect #ranger #lakekariba #visitzimbabwe
Believe it or not one of the most in-demand tourism products in Zimbabwe is still hunting and there's a lot more to this industry than meets the eye. The figure in this photo, blurred in the foreground, is a displaced farmer who went on to work as a commercial hunting guide before being devastated at the loss of Cecil the lion in Hwange, even though he wasn't directly involved. After that life-altering event he went to work in Bumi Hills as a photography and safari guide, I hope you're reading this David? Where do I even begin to talk about all of the white farmers who had to leave their land? Because my partner is black I have been exposed to a lot of information both for and against the Zimbabwean land reforms. When Emmanuel (Dreamboat) first met an ex farmer working in tourism he had tears in his eyes to learn what it was like to lose family farms. There are now so many white Zimbabwean ex-farmers working in tourism and proving what a resourceful bunch they are. I want to talk more about commercial hunting, so consider this a bit of background into that conversation.