Daytime drives are offered early in the morning or late afternoon and in the late dry season (August-November) almost always provide close up views of large game. Night time drives, always start after dark, and present spotlight views of animals seldom seen, such as night apes, gennets, civits, and other nocturnal creatures that spend much of their time in the large trees along Dimbangombe’s riparian woodland.
Cost: US$ 50 pp
What a way to explore the African bush at Dimbangombe. There’s no comparison between what you see on foot compared to what is visible from a vehicle. One of our experienced game scouts who knows Dimbangombe like the back of his hand will show you how to track the animals, identify the species you see or hear. We have a rich variety of bird life, numerous antelope, an array of riparian vegetation, including enormous trees home to numerous small and large wildlife species, and dangerous game, which our scouts know how to deal with. We offer bush walks twice daily:
From 6 – 9am and again from 3-6pm, and always provide water, cool drinks and fruit.
Cost: US$ 20 pp
Spend a morning visiting one of our community learning sites with a qualified facilitator providing interpretation. Meet the community leaders, planners and herders, who are using their livestock to restore their land and livelihoods. They will share their land plans and grazing plans and take you out to see their animals, their flowing rivers, their livestock-impacted cropfields (in summer) and their livestock-impacted vegetable gardens (in winter). Ask them about their successes – and their challenges, too. Minimum group size: 5 persons. Fee covers transport, ACHM facilitator/interpreter and community contribution.
Cost: US$ 45 pp
Sometimes you just don’t want to be inside for a meal. Consider arranging a bush dinner following a game drive – or on a full moon night, or just because you want to be out in a wild place and enjoy the stars. And to make it even more special, local performers provide traditional music and dancing - you're welcome to join in, too. Sometimes a bush lunch is just the thing after a morning ranch tour, or lecture. White tablecloths, comfortable chairs, scrumptious food and dramatic landscapes make these meals unforgettable.
Cost Bush Dinner: US$ 75 pp (with traditional dancers and music)
Cost Bush Lunch: US$ 40 pp
"Sometimes, we get a chance to step out of our lives, and experience something totally different. Walking with the herd is one such opportunity. It gives you a chance to connect with nature in a whole new way. Walking at their pace means you surrender control, and at the same time you become deeply aware that this is an exercise that is healing the planet, one hoof at a time. Then, out of that process of guardianship and care for animals you suddenly realize our mutual dependence, and gratitude kicks in. If you have had enough of reading about climate change, and want no more facts and figures, put the books down and catch a flight to Zimbabwe."
Gill Jacobs, London, UK
Plan your trip so that you can attend one of the seminars or workshops offered at Dimbangombe by our experienced team of Holistic Management facilitators. Check out the dates here.
Very few visitors miss the opportunity to sign on for this activity, which includes a guided tour on foot and by vehicle to a number of sites that have been transformed dramatically by the Dimbangombe herd, a visit to the herd itself and Q&A time with the herders, a visit to the kraal (overnight livestock enclosure) that keeps the herd safe from lions, hyenas and leopards at night, a visit to our cropfield, which we’ve surrounded by various types of walls to see which is most effective at preventing elephant charges so farmers can safely defend their fields, and more. Included with the tour is a basic introduction to Holistic Management, which includes a review of basic ecoliteracy principles and Holistic Planned Grazing. Total time: 3 hours. Cost: US$ 30 pp
Join the herders at dusk when they bring the herd back to their lion-proof kraal. You will share a tent with a herder, and if you are a woman, a female herder will be on duty to look after you. Sit by the fire as supper is made, and shared. Then watch the sun go down and moon come up and see how bright the stars can be in the bush without city lights to tarnish their impact. You’ll have a comfortable mattress to sleep on and lots of sounds to listen to through the night, including, if you’re lucky, lions roaring (herders and dogs are skilled at keeping you safe). The next morning, following breakfast, walk with the herders and learn how they manouever their positions to get the herd moving in the right direction – quietly and gently.
Cost: US$ 90 pp (includes dinner and breakfast)
Dojiwe (meaning “Found”) showed up 10 years ago on Dimbangombe as an orphan. She quickly won the hearts of all of the staff and every one of our visitors. She has a keeper with her at all times as she is still vulnerable to lion predation and because she is so tame also vulnerable to hunters or other humans who might not know she is tame. Occasionally wild elephants visit her at night, but none, because of herd dynamics, have been willing to accept her. She loves meeting and greeting our visitors, and will steal your heart in the process. Cost: Complimentary – but donations toward Dojiwe’s upkeep always appreciated.