The Sinamatella area is defined by its hilly and rugged rocky landscape, interspersed with mopani woodland and vleis (grassland). Sinamatella has fantastic game viewing with high densities of wildlife, especially elephant and buffalo, and was once a stronghold for the black rhino in the region, though these have been decimated by poaching, with only a few animals remaining. Sinamatella was declared an Intensive Protection Zone (IPZ) for the protection of the rhino
We have had a permanent base at Sinamatella since 2010, where we have devoted our time to helping the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Authority with rhino monitoring, game water and deployments.
a) Game Water Points – As of 2016, Bhejane Trust has installed 13 permanent game water points in the Sinamatella sector, with a variety of power units – 8 solar, 2 windmills, 2 hybrid solar/diesel pumps, and one off mains electricity – and has recently drilled 2 new boreholes in the Sinamatella area to supplement existing water supplies. The pumps now operated by Bhejane Trust include Shumba 1, Shumba Windmill, Inyantue Thors, Inyantue Dam, Masuma, Bumboosi South, Baobab, Mashambo, Sinamatella Windmill, Tshompani Windmill and Tshompani Solar.
a) Game Water – Bhejane Trust maintains the pumps it has in operation at Sinamatella, repairing any problems or damage caused by elephants to other factors. Although the solar pumps do not require diesel to be placed in them continually, they still require ongoing maintenance to ensure they are pumping at full capacity. We intend to install solar pumps at the new boreholes just drilled – Masuma dam ( to supplement existing system) and Lukosi River – an exciting new pan.
b) Rhino Monitoring – When Bhejane Trust first arrived at Sinamatella, one of its main purposes was to assist Parks with the monitoring and protection of the remaining black rhino in the area. Although we spend much more of our time on game water at present, we plan to keep on assisting Parks with monitoring this critically endangered species.
c) Assisting Parks in Management – As sections of Sinamatella are very remote and difficult to access, Bhejane Trust assists Parks with deployments of rangers in remote areas where due to lack of resources, Parks are not always able to access. Bhejane Trust also assists Parks with most aspects of the management operations of the Park
d) Southern Africa Bird Atlas Program – Since working at Sinamatella, Bhejane Trust has been continually adding to the Southern African Bird Atlas Program in the region and created a large database of bird species in the region.
Projects to be Undertaken
a) Rhino – Sinamatella currently has a very small and unviable population of black rhino, which are dispersed over a very large area. Bhejane Trust has submitted a proposal to ZPWMA for the creation of a fenced black rhino protection zone to consolidate and protect the species to allow it to recover.