Rural community-benefiting hunting areas emerged at the end of the 1980s with the establishment of the Communal Areas Management Program For Indigenous Resources(C.A.M.P.F.I.R.E.) Program. Borne out of a need to add direct value to rural communities of existing wildlife or the potential for it, in a bid to stem the destructive reaction to human wildlife conflict on wildlife in the form of poaching and sanctioned destruction of ‘problem animals’ – where there was little control and the only benefit to the community as a whole was their perceived safety from wildlife and occasional boosting of diets with protein. Today, under the C.A.M.P.F.I.R.E. Program wildlife is revered or at least tolerated by affected communities, as the benefits of looking after it have been realised in the form of increased household income and development of schools, water systems and amenities.
The campfire area we have chosen is on the south bank of Lake Kariba. Our area of choice provides some of the biggest aquatic specimens any hunter could want(hippo & croc). Combined with fantastic Lion, Leopard and Buffalo opportunities it adds well to our range of areas.
It is primarily a big game destination where there is little time to specifically target plainsgame species – however kudu, waterbuck, zebra, bushbuck, warthog etc are encountered whilst doing the hard miles for big game and can certainly be taken with an opportunistic frame of mind. For more specific Zimbabwean plains animals requirements we recommend a day transfer to one of our Conservancies to finish up your safari with focused but relaxed plainsgame hunting.