Wilderness Safaris Davison’s Camp Reveals New Look
Exterior and interiors of Davison’s newly-refurbished guest tents
The extensive refurbishment of Wilderness Safaris Davison’s Camp, situated in the private and prolific Linkwasha Concession in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, is now complete. Its refreshed look and feel offers a rustic elegance that celebrates the camp’s beautiful natural surroundings.
“We are truly proud to have remained committed to our Hwange operations since 1997, never compromising on our commitment to our conservation projects in the Park. Davison’s has always been a gem in the heart of Hwange and we are delighted to have been able to reinvest into the camp. Its new makeover has transformed the camp, yet retained the simplistic and natural luxury that it is renowned for,” said Dean Morton, Wilderness Safaris Zambezi Operations Manager.
All of Davison’s nine comfortable Meru-style tents, including one family unit, have now been upgraded, boasting new canvas walls and coconut cemcrete floors, which has ensured a much lighter feel throughout. Interiors include luxurious new fabrics, furniture and lighting, and according to interior designer, Sharon Milstead, “I am pleased to have achieved the exact look and feel that I had hoped for with mostly ethnic, locally-sourced artefacts and items.”
“My inspiration for Davison’s refurb was the remote, natural setting of this beautiful little camp. I wanted simplicity and therefore chose earthy tones with natural textures. Raw materials, such as sea grass, natural cane and jute, were used throughout, as can be seen in our choice of rugs and hanging-basket light fittings. Fabric choices included natural linens and cottons or ethnic Shoowa and Kuba raffia cloth and to complement the entire earthy, natural feel we used Rattan chairs, Bamaleke stools as side tables and plenty of woven baskets,” she added.
Overlooking an open plain and a productive waterhole, Davison’s Camp is remote and intimate, offering the perfect base for groups, couples or families looking for an extraordinary wilderness adventure in the heart of Hwange. The camp is also deeply committed to Wilderness Safaris’ 4Cs sustainability ethos (Commerce, Community, Culture and Conservation) and offering its guests an opportunity to travel with purpose, not only making a difference to the ongoing biodiversity of the Park but contributing to the empowerment of local people at the same time.
“As the concessionaire of the private Linkwasha and Makalolo areas in south-eastern Hwange, we have taken responsibility for many aspects of the conservation of this magnificent wild location, including supporting the water provision for the Park, the Scorpion Anti-Poaching Unit and running a ground-breaking elephant movement study. We are also proud of our ongoing community empowerment projects in partnership with Children in the Wilderness and are confident that the newly-refurbished Davison’s Camp will continue to change people’s lives – both those of our guests and our community partners. Our fabulous team is ready and waiting to welcome guests to this beautiful bush camp and to continue showcasing the myriad wonders of Hwange,” he concluded.
To get a glimpse of the incredible wildlife offering at Davison’s, click here to see photographer Dana Allen’s Safari Album from his trip to Hwange in December 2017.
About Wilderness Safaris: www.wilderness-safaris.com
- Wilderness Safaris is Africa’s leading authentic and sustainable ecotourism operator, specialising in memorable wildlife experiences in some of the most remote and pristine areas in Africa. In this way it offers its guests private access to almost three million hectares of Africa’s finest wildlife reserves, while remaining fiercely committed to protecting our planet’s precious natural and cultural resources.
- Wilderness Safaris operates camps and safaris in some of Africa’s best wildlife and wilderness reserves across eight countries: Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
- Wilderness Safaris is deeply committed to its 4Cs sustainability ethos of Commerce, Community, Culture and Conservation. It firmly believes that its single most important achievement to date is to have built a sustainable business model that does not compromise environmental principles and which provides jobs, training, skills, careers, adjusted horizons, hope and a realistic alternative to less sustainable development.
- Recognising that conservation is as much about people as about the environment, the company has pursued important goals through its Children in the Wilderness programme, as well as through the Wilderness Wildlife Trust, which have helped change the face of nature-based tourism in Africa.
- Wilderness Safaris is part of Wilderness Holdings, a group of responsible ecotourism companies that together endeavour to use responsible tourism to build sustainable conservation economies in Africa.
About Our Purpose: The Why of Wilderness
Why we do what we do and our 14 reasons to believe
- After nearly 35 years in business it is sometimes hard to remember why you started out and what you originally hoped to achieve. However, at Wilderness Safaris, our raison d’être is today even more firmly defined, entrenched and embraced than ever before. We know why we exist and we know what we are trying to achieve. Simply put, Wilderness Safaris is dedicated to conserving and restoring Africa’s wilderness and wildlife by creating life-changing journeys and inspiring positive action. Our model is responsible and sustainable, change’s people’s perspectives on the planet, and inspires those exposed to it to effect positive change in their own lives and own spheres of influence.
- The following stories celebrate just 14 reasons to believe in a business model like Wilderness Safaris, and highlights some of the achievements over the last 35 years of which we are most proud:
No. 1. Environment is at the Heart – Ecotourism presence and biodiversity conservation
- We help protect more than 2.3 million hectares across 7 biomes harbouring 34 IUCN Red List species.
No. 2. Our Journeys Change Lives – “To travel is to really discover and experience…”
- We believe that our 2 500 staff and the more than 32 000 guests who travel with us each year are exposed to new ways of viewing the world and our place in it.
No. 3. A Light Camp Footprint – Pioneering environmentally-sensitive camp architecture
- As our camps are situated in pristine wilderness areas, we strive to build and manage camps in the most eco-friendly way possible, for the lowest carbon footprint possible.
No. 4. Pioneering Community Partnerships – The story of the Torra Conservancy, Namibia
- We were the first safari operator to create an equity joint venture with a rural Namibian community. The result: increased employment, and increased wildlife.
No. 5. The Noah’s Ark Project – Rehabilitation and restoration of North Island, Seychelles
- We took an ecologically-bankrupt tropical island and transformed it into a haven for endemic species, helping save an endangered bird and reptile at the same time.
No. 6. Mega-Moves of Mega-Fauna – The Botswana Rhino Conservation Project
- We helped restore locally-extinct black and white rhino to the wild in Botswana in the largest cross-border translocation ever completed.
No. 7. Hwange Against All Odds – Ecotourism as a social stabiliser and biodiversity conserver
- Despite all challenges, we have never compromised on our commitment to our conservation operations in Hwange, Zimbabwe, and employ more than 100 local community members in our camps who, in turn, support another 700 dependents.
No. 8. Children in the Wilderness – Sustainable conservation through leadership development
- We’ve impacted the lives of more than 10 000 children in seven African countries.
No. 9. The Wilderness Wildlife Trust – Making a difference to Africa, its wildlife and its people
- Over the last 10 years the Trust has funded more than 100 different projects in eight African countries.
No. 10. Conservation Coalitions – Private sector, NGO and community united for black rhino
- This coalition between Desert Rhino Camp, Save the Rhino Trust Namibia and local community partners has enabled the growth of north-west Namibia’s black rhino population and range across a swathe of community conservancies.
No. 11. Frontier Ecotourism Presence – If poaching occurs in a forest and no-one sees it, does it happen?
- We took a leap of faith into remote Zambia, far off the beaten track for most travellers and with a shortened tourism season. We did it in order to help expand ecotourism presence across Africa.
No. 12. Addressing Human-Wildlife Conflict – Proactive conflict prevention and desert lion conservation
- All causes need champions, and all champions need support. One man, provided he has sustained backing, can make a huge difference. Wilderness Safaris continues to support Dr Flip Stander and the Desert Lion Conservation Project.
No. 13. Seeing the (Sun) Light – Solar power and carbon emission reductions
- We invest in new technologies to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and to eventually achieve carbon neutrality of our operational business, and 13 of our camps are now 100% solar powered.
No. 14. Great Apes and Rainforests – Reforesting Rwanda’s endemic-rich Albertine Rift
- We believe our brand of responsible ecotourism will make a difference to both rural Rwandan people and endangered species. Our new Bisate Lodge is due to open in Rwanda on 1 June 2017.