African Bush Camps is a small and independently owned Africa-based company run by one of the continent’s top safari guides Beks Ndlovu.
Since opening the hugely popular Somalisa Camp in Hwange National Park in 2006, Beks has grown a portfolio of ten cosy tented camps situated in remote areas of Botswana and Zimbabwe, with plans underway for a new camp in Livingstone, Zambia.
All the camps focus on providing guests with a unique, individual experience, and only exceptional professional guides and staff with personal knowledge and a genuine passion about the history of the local people and wildlife are employed.
Private game drives in open 4WD vehicles, walking excursions with an armed professional guide, birdwatching, boat fishing along lagoons, mokoro excursions and helicopter flights are just some of the activities on offer.
Some of the camps, such as Khwai tented camp in Botswana, also offer night drives. This activity, along with the guided walking safaris, is not usually permitted in the national parks or game reserves, and allows guests to get up close to personally experience some of Africa’s nocturnal and/or more elusive wild animals.
Each camp offers a memorable and authentic African experience, by preserving the romance of yester-year with decor that evokes ‘old untouched’ Africa. Guests can enjoy private views of the watering holes frequented by large herds of big game.
While some of the accommodation, such as the 12-bed tented Linyanti in Botswana, offers spacious ensuite tents with flush toilets, fixed showers and hot water; others, including Saile on the sands above the ancient river bed of the Linyanti, offer a low key, simpler life that’s in harmony with nature, with bucket showers under the stars.
Each camp aims to create a ‘light environmental footprint’ to ensure they’re environmentally friendly and have only a minimal impact on the ecology and wildlife in each of the areas in which they operate.
In addition, African Bush Camps has a strong moral and ethical code regarding operations, ensuring local communities benefit from tourism enterprises, and that both cultures and wildlife are preserved for future generations to enjoy.
Need to know
· Khwai Tented Camp — edge of Moremi Game Reserve
· Khwai Tented Family Camp — edge of Moremi game reserve
· Linyanti Bush Camp — Chobe enclave
· Linyanti Ebony — Chobe enclave
· Saile Tented Camp — Chobe enclave
· Somalisa Camp — Hwange NP
· Somalisa Acacia — Hwange NP
· Somalisa Expeditions — Hwange NP
· Kanga Camp — Mana Pools NP
· Zambezi Life Styles – Mana Pools NP