Save Valley Conservancy

Overview

Introduction

The Save (pronounced sah-ve) Valley Conservancy in Zimbabwe's southern lowveld area, 43 mi/70 km from the small town of Chiredzi, was formed by landowners joining together and taking the fences down between their former farms. The result is a vast wildlife conservation area covering 1236 sq mi/3200 sq km with rocky kopjes, riverine plains, mopane woodland and acacia thickets. The Save River forms the conservancy's eastern boundary, and today the conservancy forms part of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park, which straddles the borders of Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa.

Since it was established in 1991, it has been hugely successful in the protection of endangered species such as the Lichtenstein's hartebeest and roan antelope, and especially the black and white rhino. Other animals include lion, buffalo, leopard, elephant, and numerous other mammals. The conservancy (and prior farms) receives most of its income from high-quality, low-density tourism, and there are several small all-inclusive safari lodges there. These accommodations all offer plenty of activities including horseback riding, canoeing, fishing, walking safaris and wildlife-viewing in open vehicles. The park is 272 mi/439 km southeast of Harare.

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