Hwange National Park is one of Zimbabwe’s iconic parks, covering some 14 000 square kilometers, it is recognized in the region of Zambesia ( regional term for the Zambezi catchment part of Southern Africa ) as one of the most productive National Parks by way of big game experiences. It forms part of a massive frontier area, where the largest viable population of elephant in the world exists. The numbers of elephant in this part of Africa number up to one hundred thousand animals, which migrate regularly across borders between Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Angola. This viable population is the result of the countries working together to reduce fixed barriers to the elephant movement, especially across international boundaries.
One of the concerns of the operators and other conservation societies such as Friends of Hwange who come together to run the Pumping Legs for Water event, is that the vast numbers of elephant require huge amounts of surface water to survive the long dry period from May to November each year. Over recent years waterholes have been established by these organizations using boreholes either run with diesel engines and more recently with solar pumps to provide water in a large cross section of areas that would not have been able to cope with such large elephant numbers in the past. This now means that the resultant negative effects of the concentration of the elephant on habitat, elephant consume huge quantities of vegetation each day, and the knock on effect to other species of wildlife has been reduced. These developments have required extensive funding and require further funding each year in order to keep up.

Thirsty elephants of Hwange – Ngweshla Pan – Hwange National Park

Robin and Jo Brown, two directors of Cansaf Creative Teaming, will be taking part in this year’s Pumping Legs for Water, a two day cycle event in Hwange National Park. The event is designed as a fun, fairly tough ride covering 100km in two days, through some of the Game drive roads of the National Park. A maximum of 60 cyclists participate with strict safety regulations which include dividing the group into packs and ensuring that each of these packs of cyclists keep tightly together and under the supervision of Professional Guides some of whom travel on bicycles with the group and are armed. Whilst others monitor each group of cyclists from a 4×4 vehicle.
It is certain each year that the cyclists will pass close to herds of elephant and buffalo as well as see Lion, Cheetah and possibly Leopard so having an escort is necessary.
The Pumping Legs for Water initiative is a vital source of income for the project. Each of the participants is required to raise awareness for the project as well as raise funds to assist with the year’s operation. As a result Robin and Jo Brown are putting a request out to any potential funders to please contact them on robin@cansaf.com or jo@cansaf.com and they will discuss how you can help.
For more information on the event please go to – http://www.pumpinglegsforwater.com/
A little about Robin and Jo Brown.
The Brown’s run a business called Cansaf the company gets its name from Canoeing Safaris. Cansaf began as a pure Safari business, canoeing the Zambezi River on multiday safaris, overnighting on islands in the middle of the river. In recent times the company has developed into a regional travel company putting together safari and leisure packages into the Zambesia Region, mainly Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana.
Robin is a Professional Guide who has worked in the tourism industry in Zimbabwe and the region for 25 years. He has spent many years exploring the Zambezi and its surrounding parks with family, friends and clients, he has a deep passion for conserving the large wild habitats in the Zambesia region of Africa. Joanne has worked alongside Robin in the business as the administrator, Jo is as knowledgeable and passionate as many a wildlife enthusiast and her perspective on how important the balance is between community and wildlife is integral in the company.
They live in the town of Victoria Falls where their two children Stephen and Jessica were raised and went to school.