The African Bush Camps Foundation is a registered not-for-profit organization that is committed to empowering rural communities. We partner with communities on the outskirts of wildlife areas to become economically sustainable whilst ensuring that natural resources are protected and cared for.
We believe that by partnering with these communities in establishing sustainable programs of education, income-generation, conservation awareness and holding community events, we can together improve the communal quality of life and achieve long term conservation through responsible tourism.
In both Zimbabwe and Botswana we are involved through 4 main areas - education, income generation, community events and conservation.
1. Education - UNESCO states that through education one can address the social, economic, cultural and environmental problems faced by the world today. As such, we strongly believe that education is an integral part of sustainable development. It is valuable for developing attitudes, skills and knowledge to allow communities to make informed decisions for their own benefit. Education plays a key role in empowering individuals and communities as a whole.
2. Income Generating Projects - Through our income generating projects, the Foundation is also providing education to members of the community on environmentally sustainable methods as well as on the running of successful small enterprise businesses. In collaboration with communities, we build on available skills and resources to start income generating projects at grassroots level. Our aim is to educate community members to run trade projects successfully on a commercial scale, making sure that they are relevant, viable, sustainable and have access to the market place.
3. Community Events - we bring together people and communities through events, celebrating and promoting sports and conservation.
4. Conservation We have endeavoured to have conservation as an underlying bedrock in all that we are involved in as a foundation, from celebrating World Environment Day in the schools right through to sponsoring the drilling of solar powered boreholes used to fill up water pans in the Hwange National Park that the wildlife make use of. The communities we work with are on the fringes of wildlife areas where the environment is already in a fragile state and human and wildlife interactions are a threat to both sides. As such, each project that we support within the communities is founded on the most environment friendly methods possible. We aim to help raise awareness in all community members, young and old, to not only conserve the land but promote long-term development through sustainable land-use practices.
Through the self imposed bed night levy paid by each camp falling within African Bush Camps, all of our administration costs are covered so that 100% of each and every donation is guaranteed to go directly to your nominated project.
We fundraise through the guests visiting our camps or any other individuals who wish to contribute to a project of their choice, whether a school, a sponsorship child or income generating project. One can also donate goods in kind, please contact us for each projects needs list, these can be collected on entry into the country or at the safari camp at which you stay.
We encourage you to engage with us on a real and meaningful level where you have the opportunity to choose the project you wish to support and have as much information and interaction on the progress of the project.100% of every donation goes directly to that project.