Providing Permanent Water Supplies

Access to water for animals, and to safe, clean water for humans is a permanent problem.  The Lower Shire River area is in the Great Rift Valley around 200 feet above sea level and the whole area is crossed with tributaries of this mighty river but they are dry most of the year.

If we can create permanent water supplies for animals, improve water supplies for people and build better access into the reserve, we could:

  • give water to the animals of Mwabvi all year round;
  • prevent diseases from unclean water;
  • reduce the distances local communities have to travel to collect water;

most importantly we would be able to give the gift of life, water, to birds, plants, animals, insects and humans, and our daily patrols would not have to cover large distances to get water in the summer with temperatures of between 35- 44 degrees celcius.

Almost every dry season the water inside the reserve dries up and animals die or they leave Mwabvi Wildlife Reserve to find water and food amongst the village crops. We have Buffalo, Kudu, Nyala and Sable, all magnificent animals, but outside of the reserve area they cause destruction and in turn are injured or killed by villagers. So, we need to build permanent water holes inside the reserve, linked to boreholes we have drilled with pumps and pipes. 


We have already created a dam near the campsite at Migudu where construction of this dam was with the use of the natural rock formations. The viewing platform on top of the campsite reception is already popular with visitors to the reserve.

Solar power for water pumping

We have purchased and installed our first solar powered pump at a new borehole drilled in September 2009 and we don’t have to travel there each day and set up the generator, saving people’s time and fuel.


The cost of the borehole and solar 'system' was £6500.

Solar is new to this part of the world so we are planning the next phase of solar power for Chipembere Camp where we need both water pumping and electricity for power and light.

If you would like to help fundraise for the solar system, get in touch with us.

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