the diwa zambezi conservation fund
ah, the charity of it all.
The Diwa Zambezi Conservation Fund came first. After half a decade of returning to the Zambezi Valley for annual trips from Australia, we began to conceive of a way to give back. That way manifested itself as a charity initially registered in Queensland and then later, federally (all of Australia). The charity's foremost mission is to expose foreigners to Southern Africa's wonders, and some of the tribulations it is constantly confronted with. As with any place on earth, all is not always merry in this great southern land. Believe it or not, people will apply for mining tenements in national parks, they will ignore the pleas for ecology studies, they will give preservation of a wilderness area and developing it for agriculture equal weight and they will ignore the poaching threat until it is too late. Ultimately the Diwa Zambezi Conservation Fund is raising money in order to acquire or lease a wilderness concession in Southern Africa which will be operated as a non-profit wildlife tourism venture, with conservation of habitats a central focus.
So we've established that there was a need for a conservation charity but let's be honest with ourselves here. Should we have expected foreigners to donate to a cause for some far off place when the local cancer hospice is struggling for funds? No. Which is why we are a travel agent and tour operator too. Go on a Diwa safari, familiarise yourself with what we seek to preserve, and then we’ll actually do that later, together.
To date we have hosted a couple of successful fundraisers, the profits of which have been used principally in supporting our two implementing partners, The Tashinga Initiative and Conservation Lower Zambezi. Specifically, our pet project of late has been the construction of the Nyakasikana anti-poaching base in Mana Pools National Park.
'A Night for the Zambezi' - 2019
We're looking forward to seeing some new faces at our 2019 fundraiser at Lightspace on the 10th of May. You can purchase your tickets below or visit the full event listing to get further information on location, entertainment and why we’re raising funds.