Victoria Falls Safari Lodge’s popular Vulture Culture Experience is a supplementary feeding program that aids the survival of these remarkable, but endangered birds, enables their numbers to be monitored, and also raises awareness of their plight.
The Vulture Culture Experience, which is entertaining, educational and appeals to all age groups, begins with a briefing about the ecological importance of vultures and the challenges they are facing. The activity is free but visitors are encouraged to make a donation to the Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust.
Vulture populations are dwindling due to a variety of human created issues, including electrocution by power lines, loss of available and safe food supply, poisoning and the use of their parts for traditional medicines. After the briefing visitors walk down a bush path to a hide, from where they witness the spectacular sight of hundreds of vultures swooping down to feed on leftover meat scraps from the onsite restaurants.
The experience, which occurs at 1pm daily, offers the opportunity to spot white headed vultures, hooded vultures, lappet faced vultures, white backed vultures, cape vultures, as well as marabou storks, tawny eagles and yellow-billed kites. Victoria Falls Safari Lodge works in collaboration with Vulpro, a leading vulture conservation program based in South Africa, and the Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust