AdventureWomen, a by-women, for-women adventure travel company, is organizing a special women's safari to Zimbabwe in May in partnership with the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF).
Joining the trip will be AdventureWomen owner Judi Wineland, a longtime conservationist and adventure travel pioneer, and Carter Smith, AWF safari program manager and author of the children's book "African Tea." Joining Wineland and Smith will be several other visionary women, including Olivia Mufute, the first female chief ecologist at the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority and current Zimbabwe country director for AWF, and Sharon Stead, founder of the Mother Africa Trust, which supports female-focused projects throughout Zimbabwe.
Both AdventureWomen and the African Wildlife Foundation believe in empowering girls and women throughout the continent, and this shared mission will be weaved into many aspects of the trip. A highlight of the journey will be a dinner hosted by Aunt Flatter, a Zimbabwe local with decades of wisdom on the country.
"At African Wildlife Foundation, we believe that women in Africa have a critical role to play in conservation on the continent," Smith said. "That's why I'm so excited about AWF's budding partnership with AdventureWomen and honored to participate in this beautifully crafted safari with Judi Wineland. The Zimbabwe safari will feature women ambassadors, travelers and conservation heroes. We can't wait for this inspiring adventure."
The trip will include a visit to the majestic Victoria Falls, a walking safari to try to spot incredibly rare white rhinos and a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River. Participants will also have the opportunity to visit the Lupani Primary School in Kazungula, Zambia. The school was rebuilt as an initiative of the AWF's Classroom Africa program, providing a safe learning environment for children across seven grades.