Dimbangombe is home to Dimba Lodge, which accommodates all of our training participants as well as visitors who just want to stay, see, and learn more about what we do. The Lodge offers a range of accommodation choices and home-cooked meals - with ingredients sourced from the ranch butchery and gardens when possible. Dimba Lodge is located 12 kms from Victoria Falls International Airport and about 40 minutes’ drive from the majestic Victoria Falls itself. The Lodge provides transfers to and from the airport or Victoria Falls town. The more adventurous can take the train that stops at Dimbangombe to town and back.
Daytime drives are offered early in the morning or late afternoon and in the late dry season (August-November) almost always provide close up views of large game, such as: elephant and various antelopes. Night time drives start after dark, and present spotlight views of animals seldom seen, such as: serval, genet, civet, anteaters and hyenas, plus other nocturnal creatures that spend much of their time in the large trees along Dimbangombe’s riparian woodland.
What a way to explore the African bush! There’s no comparison between what you see on foot compared to what is visible from a vehicle. Walk with one of our experienced game scouts, who knows the place like the back of his hand, as he shows you how to track the animals, and identify the species you see and hear. We have a rich variety of bird life, numerous antelope, an array of riparian vegetation, including enormous albida trees home to numerous small and large wildlife species, and dangerous game, which our scouts know how to deal with.
We offer bush walks twice daily, from 6 – 9 am and again from 3 - 6 pm. Water and fruit is provided.
Spend a morning visiting one of our community learning sites with a qualified facilitator providing interpretation. Meet the community leaders, planners and herders, who are using their livestock to restore their land and livelihoods. They will share their land plans and grazing plans and take you out to see their animals, their flowing rivers, their livestock-impacted cropfields (in summer) and their livestock-impacted vegetable gardens (in winter). Ask them about their successes – and their challenges, too. Minimum group size: 5 persons. Fee covers transport, ACHM facilitator/interpreter and a community contribution.
Sometimes you just don’t want to be inside for a meal. Consider arranging a bush dinner following a game drive – or on a full moon night, or just because you want to be out in a wild place and enjoy the stars. And to make it even more special, local performers provide traditional music and dancing - you're welcome to join in too. Sometimes a bush lunch is just the thing after a morning ranch tour, or lecture. White tablecloths, comfortable chairs, scrumptious food and dramatic landscapes make these meals unforgettable.
"Sometimes, we get a chance to step out of our lives, and experience something totally different. Walking with the herd is one such opportunity. It gives you a chance to connect with nature in a whole new way. Walking at their pace means you surrender control, and at the same time you become deeply aware that this is an exercise that is healing the planet, one hoof at a time. Then, out of that process of guardianship and care for animals you suddenly realize our mutual dependence, and gratitude kicks in. If you have had enough of reading about climate change, and want no more facts and figures, put the books down and catch a flight to Zimbabwe."
Gill Jacobs, London, UK
Very few visitors miss the opportunity to sign on for this activity, which includes a guided tour on foot and by vehicle to a number of sites that have been transformed dramatically by the Dimbangombe herd. Visit the herd itself and spend Q&A time with the herders, at the boma/kraal (overnight livestock enclosure) that keeps the herd safe from lions, and other predators at night. Stop and see our cropfield, which we’ve surrounded by various types of walls to see which is most effective at preventing elephant charges so farmers can safely defend their fields. Be entertained by the antics of our pastured pigs as they frolic in the mud, and more. Included with the tour is a basic introduction to Holistic Management, which includes an overview of basic ecoliteracy principles and Holistic Planned Grazing.
Total time: 3 hours.
Join the herders at dusk when they bring the cattle herd back to their lion-proof kraal. You will sleep on a stretcher bed in a tent near the herders fire, and if you are a woman, a female herder will be on duty to look after you. Sit by the fire as supper is made, and shared. Then watch the sunset and moon over the eastern skyline. See how bright the Milky Way's "highway of stars" and the Southern Cross shine, without city lights to tarnish their glow. You’ll have the African night sounds throughout, and if you’re privileged enough, lions roaring and hyenas laughing. Don't fret, the herders and their dogs are skilled at keeping you safe. The next morning, walk with the herders and learn how they manouever their positions to get the cattle moving in the right direction – quietly and gently.
Africa Centre for Holistic Management, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Tel: + 263 77 840 1329