Linkwasha’s Design Celebrates Local Ndebele Culture

Wilderness Safaris Linkwasha Camp, situated in a private concession in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, recently had a soft refurbishment, incorporating various locally inspired elements into the design to pay homage to the culture of the Ndebele people.

Linkwasha Camp has an open-air feel, and is complemented by an eclectic mix of contemporary interiors; natural earthy colours, along with textured fabrics, blend in seamlessly with the surrounding environment. In line with Wilderness Safaris’ commitment to celebrating local culture, the walls are now painted in a fresh Ndebele pattern, similar to the homes in the nearby communities.

Linkwasha comprises nine ultra-luxe en-suite tents, offering uninterrupted views of the scenic plains. The convivial multi-level main area deck features an inviting pool set under a shaded sala overlooking a prolific waterhole.

The vibrant Ndebele pattern was also incorporated into the handmade embroidered cushions, which add a colourful touch to the natural hues, while locally sourced baskets enhance the furnishings in the bar area. The crocheted lampshades were made by a local women’s group, supported by Wilderness Safaris’ non-profit partner, Children in the Wilderness (CITW).

According to Sue Goatley, who heads up CITW for the Zambezi region, “It is wonderful to see our locally made baskets and crafts incorporated into the design of the camp, and to actively support our various income-generating projects in the community. The women’s basket project, in addition to reducing plastic waste in and around the communities and providing an income to all participants, retains the traditional Ndebele art of basketry”.