Rifa Conservation Education Camp

From Pindula

Rifa Conservation Education Camp was set up by the [Zimbabwe Hunters Association] (ZHA) in 1981, to teach conservation to young Zimbabweans. A different school attends every week (it is closed in the rainy season, December to mid-March). Rifa has had over 20 000 youth come enjoy it’s programmes, and has a capacity of 1200 a year, plus teachers.

Rifa is situated 3 kms upstream and on the Zambezi, (S) from Chirundu. In the Urungwe Safari Area. There, students study nature, while in it - so learn and have practical examples of vegetation and wildlife while doing transects; - soil, erosion, and geology while studying slope profiles; - anatomy while conducting a dissection; - the role of scavengers during the vulture watch.

There are also facilities for non-school guests.

Location and contact details

In Chirundu, turn left just before the final billboard and before entering the customs area. Move through Chirundu (do not go up the hill) past the dumpsite and sewerage farm, and the road will take you to the National Parks gate (ZPWMA). Rifa camp is there.

Bookings, Harare. Trish Evans – ZHA office, Mukuvisi Woodlands, Hillside Road, Hillside, Harare.

P.O. Box HG.548, Highlands, Harare. +263 (242) 747215-6 +263 772 329 434 zha@mweb.co.zw.

Camp manager, Chirundu. Elspeth Baillie – Rifa, rifacampmanager@gmail.com.


Facility

There are three dormitory blocks for students (capacity 30), and one for teachers (capacity 5). The “Hunters Cottage”, and five single and double ‘cages’ for other guests. All have beds, and mattresses, but bring your own bedding. There is space to camp.

Three kitchens (all self-catering), and four ablution facilities are available.

There is a library, laboratory and museum.


Activities

  • Game viewing and walks. (Photography).
  • Birding. (Photography).
  • Hollow baobab.
  • Vulture Watch.
  • Nature – water hole and flood plain grasses on the doorstep.


Further reading

Rifa Web Site; 2019, retrieved, 12 June 2019.
[https://www.facebook.com/pg/RifaEducationConservationCampZimbabwe/about/?ref=page_internal Rifa FaceBook Page; 2019, retrieved, 12 June 2019.]