The Elephant Camp’s Eco-initiatives
The Elephant Camp emerges from the plains of incredible natural wonder, where lives a diverse species of plants and animals that generously allow us to immerse ourselves in the raw beauty of their home.
In turn, we cherish and protect the natural wonders, resources, and history that encompasses the camp.
We have borrowed this land, from the elephant, impala, birds and buffalo and we are dedicated to treading as lightly as possible on their beautiful patch of earth.
Grey Water Use.
In line with our minimal waste philosophy, we use grey water for irrigation at The Elephant Camp, notably on our indigenous tree nursery.
Elephant Sanctuary and Orphanage
In 1992, four elephants fondly known as “Jock”, “Jack”, “Jumbo “and “Miz Ellie” were in desperate need of a new home. They were orphans from a culling operation in Hwange National Park in 1980 and had outgrown their temporary home on a small farm in Zimbabwe.
With an uncontested, unwavering conservation ethic, Wild Horizons was identified as an ideal candidate to create a facility that would enhance the lives of the founding four elephants and provide a space for other elephants in need of care. The Wild Horizons Elephant Sanctuary and Orphanage was established, and has been a safe haven to a mirage of orphaned and injured elephants since its conception.
At Wild Horizons the elephant’s welfare and well-being has always taken precedence and the elephant keepers have been equipped with expansive training and knowledge to ensure dignified treatment of the animals at all time.
The sun seems to blaze brighter over Africa than anywhere else in the world. Our solar water heating systems harness the energy provided by the sun and allow the camp to be partially run by this natural power house.
Indigenous Tree Planting Program.
It takes some trees as many as 30 years to grow, yet it takes a matter of minutes to bring them crashing down. Uncontrolled harvesting of trees for firewood and carving has robbed the land of many of these vital life-giving sources. In an effort to combat this worldwide phenomenon, The Elephant Camp has created an indigenous tree nursery. The seeds of indigenous trees are nurtured until they are well established enough to be transported to areas in need of rehabilitation.
“What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.”
Organic Vegetable Garden.
Beneath the topsoil that hundreds of hooves have crossed over lies a wealth of rich nutrients. The flavourful vegetables and the fragrant herbs that we incorporate into the menu have been nurtured in our garden and are free from any chemicals or pesticides. The only food miles these ingredients experience is the short walk from patch to plate.
In order to ensure sustained and effective conservation, community involvement is essential. Wild Horizons works closely with the local community, pooling our knowledge with theirs, to create projects which maximise environmental awareness. We are a rich nation because we live in an environment of invaluable natural capital and this natural capital needs to be conserved with our collective efforts. Social responsibility is an integral part of life in Victoria Falls. Wild Horizons supports many initiatives, logistically and financially, in the region.
In the animal kingdom, every species has a role to play, from the looming elephant that brush past the trees, to the small worms that wriggle at their roots. The different groups work together to keep the earth alive in a way that humans struggle to do. Elephants digest very little of their food, and their dung is full of vitamins, fibre and minerals. Accompanied by a side of plant waste from the kitchens, this nutrient rich feast allows our worms to create valuable compost. The compost is fed to the organic garden, and so the cycle continues.
Biological Monitoring and Erosion Control.
Bi-annually, a qualified Environmental Officer visits the camp to monitor the biology of the Wild Horizons Wildlife Sanctuary. Surveys are conducted on our resident orphaned elephant herd and the other wildlife that live within the sanctuary, so that their impact can be monitored and adjusted to lessen environmental pressure. Greedy alien vegetation is eradicated and soil erosion is carefully managed, both within the reserve and in neighbouring communal areas.
At The Elephant Camp, guests can appreciate the serenity and tranquillity of the African bush, yet remain in close range to the variety of attractions and activities that the town has to offer.