A leader of ecotourism in Africa decided to use the temporary travel industry shutdown as a time to make a difference. The Bushcamp Company announced that they were working to restore some of their wilderness camps in Zambia’s South Luangwa Park and continue their conservation efforts all while providing jobs to locals.
The company’s collection of lodges are located in one of the world’s last untouched wildlife regions. Wanting to ensure travelers have a life-changing experience for years to come, they are restoring four of the eight luxury camps to be completed for the late 2020 safari season. One will be a complete rebuild.
The refurbishment includes award-winning Mfuwe Lodge located inside South Luangwa National Park, the new Director’s House located adjacent to Mfuwe Lodge, Kapamba Bushcamp overlooking the Kapamba River, Kuyenda Bushcamp along the Manzi River, and Chindeni Bushcamp overlooking Chindeni lagoon and the N’Chindeni hills.
“Our Bushcamps are in a very remote, exclusive section of famed South Luangwa National Park—providing travelers the only direct access to the southern section of the park,” said Andy Hogg, founder of The Bushcamp Company in a statement. “Our extensive refurbishments and rebuilds will focus on enhancing these features and offering unique, new experiences in one of Africa’s last unspoiled regions. When guests are ready to travel again, we will be waiting.”
Of course, the restoration effort helps to keep the local community employed during an extremely trying time. Plus, the company is maintaining its conservation efforts making sure they make a difference even when they can’t welcome guests.
“We will be continuing our Meal-A-Day program and Commit to Clean Water project, which drills wells in the communities surrounding the national park, so residents have access to safe drinking water. To ensure poaching does not increase during the pandemic, we are also continuing our support of anti-poaching and anti-snaring activities,” said Hogg. “Although the global COVID-19 pandemic has impacted us all, we remain fiercely committed to our longstanding conservation and community projects.”