We are a Jersey registered trust (Registration number NP01101) that is focussed on conservation, community development and volunteer tourism in Zimbabwe - starting with the Matebeleland province and then branching out.
In Zimbabwe we have also registered the trust (Protocol no. 309 of 12 December 2015).
Hwange National Park (the H is silent) which we support is an area the size of Belgium and yet its current revenue is only about 5% of its needs. It is in dire need of support in various areas such as infrastructure support and research.
Read more about us and the team in our profile.
What we do:
Londoloza focuses its work in three key development areas:
Conservation - including biodiversity conservation,heritage preservation and environmental management.
Community Development & Empowerment - working with communities to address socio-economic challenges through sustainable interventions.
Volunteerism - ethical trips and programmes aimed at supporting development and conservation projects through hands-on experiences and material contribution. (click here for more information)
In selecting which projects to initiate,Londoloza seeks to pursue efforts that:
tackle wildlife management and socio-economic challenges.
aligned to SDGs and other development frameworks.
are requested by our partners.
unite all partners towards a common goal.
that promote sustainable development.
What makes Londoloza different?
Conservation or tourism efforts often fail when the communitity are not core participants.
We would like a number of tourists to visit the us - but with a twist - they will participate in community projects, hence "voluntourism".
You see as an example, while the tourism activities bring in alot of "tourist dollars" , the community does not often get this benefit - and the conflict deepens when wildlife like elephants destroy their gardens or lions attack their livestock.
It doesn't have to be this way. This conflict can be resolved by getting the community involved (beginning with school children) and providing real benefits. A community that values tourism will assist in conservation - today, tomorrow and forever (we are being a bit dramatic on the forever bit).
What does Londoloza mean?
The name "Londoloza" mean "to protect" or "look after" in Ndebele, one of the two main tribes of Zimbabwe. It means a similar thing in Zulu, a language from near by South Africa (a second home for many Zimbabweans it seems).
Who is on the team?
It is the initiative of Henry Nehwati, a son of the soil, born in Lukosi village near Hwange national park. Henry worked in the tourism industry for more than 20 years before moving to Jersey, United Kingdom. He is passionate about conservation and community development.
The rest of the team comprise of tourism, community and financial personnel.
Where will donated funds go to?
The core projects of the trust are below. Each of the links will take you to a dedicated page.