Keeping the water flowing in Hwange
We all know water is vital for life so keeping the water pumps operational in the dry season is paramount for survival of many of Hwange National Park's wildlife.
What the pump run entails
During the dry season, which is roughly June to October, a popular activity at Imvelo’s Lodges is the ‘pump run’, a great full day excursion in the park. Together with your guide you’ll drop off the much needed supplies at various waterholes – this includes oil and fuel for the pumps along with rations and supplies for the attendants. It’s a great way to combine wildlife viewing, seeing more of Hwange, meeting the guys that keep the waterholes full for the wildlife, learn about how it all works and then, finish off the day with a sundowner at one of the waterholes, before returning to camp.
A very worthwhile day on safari!
Where to go
The pump run is operated from Imvelo safaris lodges in Hwange National Park, namely Bomani Tented Camp, Camelthorn Lodge,
When to go
The pump runs only operate during the dry season which is usually June to October. Outside of this, the pumps are not manned but full day game drives can be enjoyed across a large expanse of Hwange.
How to do it
The pump run is offered as one of your daily activities when staying at Bomani Tented Camp, Camelthorn Lodge or Nehimba. The pump run can also be incorporated into a transfer from one of the aforementioned camps to Jozibanini Camp, another Imvelo property.
Waterholes are the heartbeat of Hwange
With no major rivers flowing through the national park in dry season the wildlife relies on mechanical water pumps to keep the waterholes full. The sound of the waterpumps going put-put-put is the heartbeat of the park.