Elephants at a water hole in Hwange National Park.
Steve Thomas—Panos Pictures/Redux

Zimbabwe is home to a landmark conservation project this year. In late May, the ­Community Rhino Conservation Initiative and Imvelo Safari Lodges translocated two white rhinos to community lands bordering Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s largest, empowering the local community to protect a species that was eradicated from the park by poaching by the early 2000s.

The project is the first and only instance in Zimbabwe of rhinos being translocated to community land, which was donated by the local population, who will also care for the animals. Visitors will be able to see the endangered white rhino up close, and meet the local teams protecting the animals.

While in the area, tack on a visit to Victoria Falls, roughly 120 miles from Hwange Main Camp. Eurowings Discover launched one of its first long-haul flights from Frankfurt to Victoria Falls in March (with a brief stopover in Namibia). And after $6 million in renovations, the 16-suite Stanley & Livingstone Boutique Hotel has emerged better than ever, less than 15 miles south of the falls in a private game reserve where you can spot black rhino.

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