I felt like a downright trailblazer as I trekked through the grassy plains of Zimbabwe’s Matobo National Park, hopscotching over fallen branches and crunchy, dried leaves.
Up ahead, a group of fellow explorers had formed a tight semicircle, with their eyes fixed to the ground and grins stretching from ear to ear. I picked up my pace and caught up, only to be met with a steaming pile of … poop.
The fanfare had nothing to do with the dung itself, but rather what it represented. These droppings were fresh; they had been left by an adult southern white rhino that was likely just minutes ahead of us on the trail. At that moment, we made a silent pact: move swiftly, remain quiet and, hopefully, see one of these majestic creatures up close.
Don’t let the name fool you — white rhinos aren’t “white,” but rather light gray in color. They are also much larger than their darker counterparts and have a longer head and wider mouth, according to Jay Parmar, owner of U.S.-based tour operator Wander Africa. Another helpful identifier? You guessed it: the animal’s poop. While the waste of black rhinos is made of splint-like materials — usually chopped off at a 45-degree angle — white rhinos will produce a much grassier manure.
The park, which is located in central Zimbabwe, has populations of both black and southern white rhinos. We were tracking the latter — a species of grazers introduced to the area in 1964 from neighboring South Africa, according to Emmerson Magodhi, tourism manager for Matobo. White rhinos are found in multiple parts of the park, while black rhinos are confined to a special game area. An Intensive Protection Zone distinction protects these creatures from poachers, and armed security rangers patrol 24 hours per day (we were accompanied by one such ranger throughout our visit).
Matobo also attracts tourists for its many hiking trails, unique landscape and rich history; the land features rock art left by ancient dwellers and is home to the grave of British imperialist Cecil John Rhodes. It’s also only about a 40-minute drive from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second-largest city and an international hub serviced by South African Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Emirates and more.
Tracking rhinos here is much like a game of hide-and-seek, and it’s a task made easier by using the animal’s “natural” clues, and the fact that these so-called “hiders” tend to move very slowly, only changing sleeping positions once every 30 to 40 minutes.
“Rhino tracking is one of those rare opportunities in life for tourists to come close to an animal that is a ‘world over’ while in its natural environment,” Magodhi said. “It is one of the most adventurous experiences one can do in their lifetime.”
We walked for just five minutes more, and then we saw them: two white rhinos, their slate-gray hue serving as a form of camouflage against a background of towering granite rocks. The pair patiently allowed us to play paparazzi — not a bad ending to our grown-up game of hide-and-seek.
A rhino-tracking experience needs to be booked with the park at least one or two days in advance. Those interested in reserving this should contact park officials at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Emmerson Magodi – extract from travelagewest – http://www.travelagewest.com/Travel/Adventure-Travel/A-Guide-to-Tracking-Rhinos-in-Zimbabwe/#.WqqFhGZ7HOQ
This year’s World Wildlife Day in Zimbabwe will be commemorated jointly with the 28th Africa Environment Day and Wangari Maathai Day. The event will be hosted by the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife authority, Environmental Management Agency,and Forestry Commission on the 3rd of March 2018, at the Africa Unity Square in Harare.
Parks and Wildlife Management Authority invites tenders from suitable and reputable suppliers.
The Request for Proposals (RFP) may be collected from Parks and Wildlife Management Authority Head Quarters upon payment of US$10.00 non-refundable for other tenders and $30 for supplier registration. Bids in sealed envelopes should be addressed to The Procurement Committee, Parks and Wildlife management Authority, P.O Box CY140 Cause-way Harare or can be delivered to The Procurement Committee, Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, Corner Borrowdale Road and Sandringham Drive Harare, not later than 10.00hrs on the closing date shown below
|TENDER NUMBER||DESCRIPTION||CLOSING DATE|
|PWMA/02/2018||SUPPLY AND DELIVERY OF CAMPING EQUIPMENT||20.03.2018|
|PWMA/03/2018||SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF A MEDICAL AID FUND SOFTWARE SYSTEM||20.03.2018|
|SUPPLIER REGISTRATION||INVITATION FOR 2018-2020 SUPPLIER REGISTRATION||20.03.2018|
NOTE : Each envelop should be clearly marked with the tender number upon submission.
The closing Date for submission of Bids is 20 March 2018 at 10.00am. Bidders are free to witness the opening of the tender on the closing date and time at The Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, Head Office Lecture Theatre, Corner Borrowdale Road and Sandringham Drive
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Well done Zimparks Marketing.
The End of An Era…. after 36 years of service to Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Authority, (15 years at Mana Pools) Norman Monks Put on his National Parks uniform today for the last time. Through good and also extremely difficult times, Norman has served with diligence, passion and integrity always keeping in the forefront that “whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God”. He is thankful that he had the opportunity and privilege to look after God’s beautiful country here in Zimbabwe.
Thank you to all who supported Norman along the way!
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Parks and Wildlife Management Authority invites tenders from suitable and reputable suppliers of patrol boots.
The Request for Proposals (RFP) may be collected from Parks and Wildlife Management Authority Head Quarters upon payment of US$10.00 non-refundable fee. Bids in sealed envelopes should be addressed to The Procurement Committee, Parks and Wildlife management Authority, P.O Box CY140 Cause-way Harare or can be delivered to The Procurement Committee, Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, Corner Borrowdale Road and Sandringham Drive Harare, not later than 10.00hrs on the closing date shown below
|TENDER NUMBER||DESCRIPTION|| CLOSING
|PWMA/01/2018||SUPPLY AND DELIVERY||13.03.2018|
|OF 2500 PATROL BOOTS|
The closing Date for submission of Bids is 13 March 2018 at 10.00am. Bidders are free to witness the opening of the tender on the closing date and time at The Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, Head Office Lecture Theatre, Corner Borrowdale Road and
The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority would like to invite prospective and current suppliers to apply for approval and be registered as the Authority suppliers.
The Suppliers’ application forms are to be obtained from the Cashier’s desk at a fee of US$30. These should be completed in full and submitted to the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority in a Sealed Envelop and clearly marked the type of business applied for.
|Contractors (thatching, roads repairs)
|Hardware and building materials
Grocery and toiletries
Branded and General stationery
Pest Control and fumigation
|Office furniture, fixtures and fittings
Medical supplies and equipment
|Telephone supply, repairs and maintenance
Fuel and lubricants supplies
|Clearing, Freight and Forwarding
Cellular and mobile phone
|Vehicle and/or boats sales, spares, service, repairs and accessories|
|Electrical supplies, repairs and maintenance
Two way radio communication
|Borehole siting, drilling, installation repairs and maintenance|
|ICT and related office equipment
Protective Clothing and footwear
Liquid and Solid Waste removals
|Equipment repairs and maintenance|
|Supplies, Repairs and Maintenance of firefighting equipment|
|Plumbing and reticulation installations and repairs|
|Transporters and Households removals|
|Signwriting and posters|
|Reals Estate and valuers|
The above documents should be addressed to;
The Procurement Committee
Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority
P.O Box CY 140
Or hand delivered to;
Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority Corner Borrowdale Road and Sandringham Drive.
NOTE: CLOSING DAY 20 MARCH 2018
NB: If you have registered in 2017, you are still valid upto 2019. There is no need to re-register.
Please be informed that with effect from the 1st of January 2018, the 30% SADC discount has been phased out.
Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority would like to take this opportunity to thank all its clients in the SADC region for their continued support towards the promotion of tourism in Zimbabwe.
For more information, please feel free to contact the Customer Services Office on the following contact details:
Calls: +263 772 111 846
WhatsApp: +263 776 134 164
It was all smiles and cheers at St Giles recreation at Lake Chivero as 150 children flocked the area managed by Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority enjoying the vicinity. Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife management Authority in collaboration with Marist Camp Brothers made 150 children have a good start of the year 2018 as they facilitated free access and food supplements for the kids.
Br.Leonard Brito who is one of the organisers of the Marist Camp Brothers said the following
‘Marist Camp is a is a registered Welfare Organisation that is run by the Marist Camo Brothers .We select children from remote disadvantaged communities and through our partners like Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority and volunteers treat them to picnics which will include fun games and team building exercises. Children who come are trained in swimming, spot, sewing and appreciation of nature. The Marist Camp brother are also assisted by volunteering youth who render their services free.
The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority prides itself with partnering with organisations that help and assist the vulnerable disadvantaged members of society like children. The Authority intends to maintain and continue to assist Marist Camp Brothers within its capacity as the children are the future.