At African Bush Camps we have always held a firm belief that the key to any safari experience are the guides and the hosts facilitating the safari and that their passion and knowledge can make the difference between a good safari and a completely unique and truly memorable one. The journeys we share are all about the stories… the stories of the country you are visiting, its wildlife, its landscape, its history and of its people. Each story told by our guides and our hosts provides an intimate glimpse of the remote wilderness areas in which our camps are located. This ethos will be refocused and energised in 2015 as our owner Beks Ndlovu and two of our Directors, Nic Polenakis and Ian Batchelor, all well renowned professional and private guides by trade, undertake full and consistent training and mentoring of our guides across the portfolio. Alongside this, we will be conducting full rebuilds of our camps in two of our most popular destinations, Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe and the Khwai Community area in Botswana. The rebuilds will focus on taking our accommodation to the next level to ensure that the comfort of our guests experience is on par with our guiding and service delivery.
Somalisa Camp and Somalisa Acacia
We will be conducting a full rebuild of both Somalisa and Somalisa Acacia camps which is expected to be completed by 1st July 2015.
Beginning with Somalisa Camp, Somalisa Acacia will remain open during the rebuild of Somalisa Camp in order to continue to offer the Hwange experience to our guest during this period. Once Somalisa is complete we will then begin work on the rebuild of our family focused camp – Somalisa Acacia.
The exciting changes included in the rebuild of these camps are as follows:-
– Completely new tents with an additional tent at Somalisa Camp (Somalisa Camp will now have 7 tents accommodating 14 pax whilst Somalisa Acacia will have two family units and two standard tents)
– The main Dining and Lounge areas will be extended in size and rebuilt to reflect the new designs of the tents
– The camps will run on full solar power
– We will be implementing eco-friendly waste management systems
– Both camps will have running water (no more bucket showers)
– The full fleet of vehicles will be replaced (We already have two new vehicles being utilised on the concession)
Once the above is complete, we will then start working on the following which should be expected to be completed at some point in 2016. We will keep you updated on the below developments and time scales:-
– Existing tents at Somalisa will be used to form a 12 bedded Fly Camp on the concession, catering to a more budget and adventure orientated clientele
– We will be building a platformed hide overlooking one of the waterholes on our concession (still to be decided which one) whereby we will be offering guests the opportunity to overnight at the hide on our concession on special occasions. We have not yet confirmed the name of this platform but will keep you updated.
*In addition, the full fleet of vehicles across our Portfolio will be replaced and all other camps in our portfolio will be receiving an upgrade on soft furnishings and appearance.