Hippo Pools Trust is a community development and wildlife conservation non-profit organization

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Who are we?

The Trust has been working with impoverished communities in the Shamva and UMP districts of Zimbabwe since 1998. We work in partnership with Hippo Pools Wilderness Camp, Kutsokodeka Healthcare Clinic, local councils and 4 schools

Sally Plummer with Faith, one of our sponsored students

Sally Plummer with Faith, one of our sponsored students

The Trust was founded by the generosity and vision of an English visitor to the Wilderness Camp in 1998. Sally Plummer was visiting Hippo Pools Wilderness Camp with her husband, Richard Lowe, and was introduced to one of the local schools. This was the start of a longstanding relationship between Sally and the local community.

Sally has remained the primary donor and fundraiser for the Trust for many years, and we are so grateful to her for the massive differences she has brought about in the communities around the Umfurudzi Safari Area. We could not have done it without her!

As most of the fundraising work is done in the UK, we have 5 UK trustees serving on our board. As the development work is done in Zimbabwe, we also have 7 Zimbabwean trustees who provide us with invaluable local knowledge.

What we do

We work to reduce poverty in an area of 6,000 people in and around the Umfurudzi Safari Area

We do this by direct investment into Education, Healthcare, Income-generating projects, Skills training and Wildlife Conservation.

Over the past 15 years we have built and equipped a primary healthcare clinic which is serving approximately 6,000 people. We have also built and developed infrastructure at 4 local schools. We facilitate ongoing training of staff and teachers at these schools.

We sponsor orphaned children to get an education.

In addition, we fund a Community Development Officer and a Conservation Training Officer who work at a grassroots level with the community.

Hippo Pools Trust helps rural communities in Zimbabwe live in harmony with wildlife: for the benefit of both people and animals

How Can You Get Involved?

Hippo Pools Trust is funded solely by donations and we would greatly appreciate any support you could give us

Some ways of giving would be:

  • Direct giving through MyDonate
  • Posting school equipment* e.g. Pens, math sets, educational toys, etc.
  • Posting newborn baby clothes* – this gift of clothing reduces both maternal and neo-natal deaths by encouraging women to come for pre-natal checks, to give birth at the clinic, and come for post-natal checks and vaccinations. Clean used clothing welcome.
  • Please get in touch via email if you would like to fundraise for us.

*For donations via post, please address them to:
Community Development Officer
Hippo Pools Trust
24 Sandringham Drive
Alexandra Park


Our anti-poaching unit has grown to 7 fully trained, full time scouts actively patrolling a large area surrounding Hippo Pools Wilderness Camp, within Umfurudzi Park. Our scouts patrol day and/or night protecting our wildlife, fish and natural environment.

Anti-poaching creates jobs, promotes training and education and reduces habitat and wildlife destruction.

In addition to our patrols we have a dedicated Conservation Officer who runs conservation clubs in the 4 local community schools that we support. We also run weekend conservation courses for local community children to attend and learn about our animals and their heritage.

Hippo Pools Anti-Poaching