This is an invitation to participate in our popular Hwange Game Count: as most know, this covers Hwange National Park and surrounding areas: the actual Game Count commences at 1200hrs Tuesday 7th and ends at 1159hrs Wednesday 8th October, 2014. We have received the Permit from ZPWMA to conduct this count and due to the complexity of organising this event, we are contacting you now.
ACCOMMODATION We have already made a block booking with Parks for all available accommodation in Hwange National Park, as from 2 pm (Monday) 6th to 10 am (Thursday) 9th October, 2014. The time allotted will allow our counters to familiarise themselves with their surrounds on the eve of the count and importantly attend the briefing at all camps at 6pm on the 6th and thereafter have a good nights’ sleep for an early departure on Thursday 9th.
If you would like to participate in this count, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or our offices at 29 Ascot Mews, Ascot, Bulawayo, or if Harare based, WEZ National Office, Mukuvisi Woodlands, see Dr. W. Nduku: please no later than 31st March, together with payment in full.
Please note that we allocate accommodation on a first come, first serve basis: however, should you have a special request for a particular lodge, cottage, chalet or picnic site, please indicate this on application. We will do our best to allocate this accommodation, but failing this shall allocate a similar unit close-by if available: please understand that the number of accommodation units of each type at the camps is limited, therefore our hands are tied somewhat. Most accommodation is 2 or 4 bedded. Briefly, chalets have beds with bedding, a wash-hand basin (communal braai facilities, sinks and ablutions, NO fridges); cottages have the same, plus their own bathroom (communal sinks and cooking facilities: only some units have fridges); and lodges the same as the latter, plus a lounge/dining room, kitchen with fridge, stove and sink and most have cutlery and crockery. Please also note that facilities are not always functional, so consider bringing your own bath plugs, crockery, cutlery, gas cooker and cooler boxes. The Park also experience POWER CUTS from time to time, so we urge you to come to Hwange fully prepared!
ZPWMA has once again kindly agreed to a 50% discount on all accommodation and 50% of the daily conservation fees for period 6th (2pm) to 9th October (10am).
PAN ALLOCATION Due consideration will be given to your request for a particular pan/area: this allocation too is on a first come, first serve basis, and for this we take into consideration, particularly fort the more remote pans, your “vehicle type” i.e. is it a 4×4 and is able to take rough roads?. Please understand that in Hwange’s dry season we are under pressure to keep all the pans pumping, however due to unforeseen circumstances, they often experience engine/pump breakdowns at this time: so just to say that the pan pre allocated to you, particularly in the Main Camp area, (Sinamatella and Robins allocate on the day), may change should there be a problem come the count period: in this regard, we do our best to keep abreast of the situation on the ground and should there be a problem at your pan you will be informed accordingly.
We encourage you to spend extra time in Hwange i.e. before and after the count period, but for this ask that you you’re your accommodation directly with the Parks, Central Booking Office, Harare (email@example.com). Zimbabwean counters – this is to remind you, that according to Parks regulations, you will be required to produce proof of your Resident/Citizen status to qualify for local rates – so please keep your ID / Driver’s Licence / or Passport handy!
Our camp coordinators this year are myself, Laraine Oosthuizen and Debbie Trivella at Main Camp, Colin Gillies at Sinamatella Camp and Colin de Villiers and Stuart Johnston at Robins Camp. We look forward to your participation in this special event and indeed welcome newcomers in this rewarding and valuable exercise. Lastly and most importantly, we ask that you please respect Parks Authority “Rules and Regulations” when visiting Hwange National Park.
We would appreciate your responding YES/NO as soon as possible in order to facilitate our processing: and an important note for those coming on the count, African Bush Camps are once again offering a night for two at Somalisa Camp for the “Best Game Count Story”- so please, we would like you all to make an effort this time round by submitting your stories.
I look forward to hearing from you and remain with best wishes,
For: Wildlife and Environment Zimbabwe:
Game Count Coordinator