African Bush Camps

Accommodation Suppliers

Address:
Unit 109b The Foundry, 74 Prestwich Street, Green Point, 8001, Cape Town
Member Number: 20498 Tel: +27 21 7010 270

African Bush Camps is a private, owner-run African-based safari company that speaks of the art of service and offers you an authentic safari experience in the untamed African wilderness. Focused on your experience as our guest, our professional guides and naturalist enthusiasts will be at hand to ensure your journey with African Bush Camps is the very best safari experience available.

African Bush Camps seeks to promote and influence travel to Africa on a global scale while operating with an environmentally sustainable footprint and an ethos that strives to empower local communities in the areas in which we operate, as well maintaining a strong focus on conservation

The African Bush Camps portfolio includes the following:

Botswana

Linyanti Bush Camp, Linyanti Ebony, Khwai Tented Camp and Khwai Leadwood Under Thatch 

Zimbabwe

Somalisa Camp, Somalisa Acacia, Somalisa Expeditions, Bumi Hills Safari Lodge, Kanga Camp, and Zambezi Expeditions

Zambia

Thorntree River Lodge

 

Where we operate

  • Botswana
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Rwanda
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • South Africa
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Activities offered

  • Accommodation
  • Beach Holidays
  • Bird Watching
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Flying Safaris
  • Mobile Safaris
  • Photography
  • Safaris - Fixed Camp
  • Weddings

Our Commitment to Responsible Tourism

African Bush Camps have committed themselves to responsible tourism through the development of the African Bush Camps Foundation.

Made up of local trustee’s who are recognized specialists in fields of business, education, conservation, and legal and human rights knowledge, the vision of the African Bush Camps Foundation is to empower communities through the practice of responsible tourism, and ensure that the ‘tourism dollar’ has a meaningful impact; creating long-lasting development with regards to conservation, education, and resource management.

The mission is to effect real and lasting change to rural communities that are in close proximity to wildlife areas in Zimbabwe and Botswana where African Bush Camps operate, and to conserve the environment through these communities.

Projects include and are not limited to:

- Supporting Education

- Income generating projects for local communities

- Community Development

- Conservation of Wildlife and Environment

Charities

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African Bush Camps Foundation

The African Bush Camps Foundation is a registered non-profit charity in Zimbabwe with local trustee’s who are recognized specialists in fields of business, conservation, legal and human rights knowledge as well as education. The vision of the African Bush Camps Foundation is to empower communities through the practice of responsible tourism, and ensure that the ‘tourism dollar’ has a meaningful impact; creating long-lasting development with regards to conservation, education, and resource management. The mission is to effect real and lasting change to rural communities that are in close proximity to wildlife areas in Zimbabwe, Botswana & Zambia where African Bush Camps operate, and to conserve the environment through these communities.

News

26 June 2018

The Wait is Finally Over- African Bush Camps new property in the Khwai Region is now open for bookings

For the past 12 months, African Bush Camps has added a new word to our vocabulary Iktsuarpok (n): When visitors are due to arrive, a fidgety feeling sprouts up. We might keep glancing out of the window, or pause mid-sentence, thinking we’ve heard the sound of a car.

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15 June 2018

The Armchair Safari at Kanga Camp

Experience the Armchair Safari at Kanga Camp. The camp, situated around Kanga Pan which is the only source of water for miles around, is a magnet for wildlife especially during the drier months from July to October.

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14 June 2018

Victoria Falls by the Light of the Full Moon

Spend the nights of the full moon at Thorntree River Lodge and indulge in the magic of a Lunar Moon Falls Tour. The full moon creates a ‘moon-bow’ over the Victoria Falls, making this spectacular wonder of the world even more impressive.

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12 June 2018

Saile Airstrip Re-opened

African Bush Camps is happy to announce that after late seasonal rains in Northern Botswana, Saile Airstrip, which services Linyanti Bush Camp and Linyanti Ebony, has now be re-opened. The runway has been graded and the inspections have been carried out by the authorities and we look forward to welcoming safari guests with a smooth landing and our legendary hospitality.  

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08 June 2018

Family Safari Circuit With African Bush Camps

From Big Five spotting, to nature walks; from cultural excursions to sunset boat cruises, there is something for the everyone on a Family Safari. Four incredible African safari destinations await exploration with African Bush Camps. In Botswana, discover the delights of Khwai and the famous wildlife-rich Moremi Game Reserve at Khwai Tented Camp; and from the secret paradise of Linyanti Ebony, in the Chobe Enclave, watch the spectacle of nature unfold before you. Thorntree River Lodge in Za…

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23 April 2018

The Baobab Villa at Bumi Hills

The Baobab Villa at Bumi Hills, where authentic safaris meet laid-back luxury, is the perfect safari pit-stop for the whole family. Bring your family to Bumi Hills to reconnect and recharge along the ‘African Riviera’. Baobab Villa (formerly Kingfisher Cottage) is a private, exclusive-use, 2-bedroomed villa with its own private lounge, dining and decking areas that create a blissful family escape on the shores of Lake Kariba.

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23 April 2018

Bumi Hills Safari Lodge: New Lodge, New Imagery

We are thrilled to share the latest images of our brand new Bumi Hills Safari Lodge.

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20 April 2018

Somalisa Expeditions

Somalisa Expeditions, one of the newest camps in the African Bush Camps portfolio, was opened in April 2017.

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20 February 2018

moyo africa to Represent African Bush Camps in Europe

AAfrican Bush Camps is thrilled to announce the appointment of Alexandra Nägeli as our Germanic and Nordic Market Representative (in 2018 Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Netherlands, from 2019 also Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark).

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22 January 2018

African Bush Camps Annual Guides Gathering

Please note: Due to our Annual Guide Training Workshop, all African Bush Camps properties in Zimbabwe, Botswana and Zambia will be closed from the 25th of January to the 2nd of February 2018. With the essence of African Bush Camps firmly rooted in a passion for guiding, this annual guide workshop is aimed at ensuring the highest standards of guiding practices throughout the African Bush Camps Portfolio of properties.

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19 January 2018

African Bush Camps at ITB

African Bush Camps, represented by our Founder and CEO, Beks Ndlovu, will be attending ITB Berlin from the 7th to the 11th of March 2018. Our appointment schedule is now open and we are excited to share and discuss all of the additions and updates to our portfolio. Please contact jemma@africanbushcamps.com to book your appointment.

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18 January 2018

Bumi Hills Blast Off

Bumi Hills Safari Lodge, recently re-opened after a three million dollar upgrade and refurbishment, welcomed its first guests with true Zimbabwean warmth on Christmas Day 2017. Bumi Hills is the perfect destination that combines the breath-taking views and vibrant sunsets of Lake Kariba with thrilling game drives, private lake cruises, sumptuous cuisine, wellness and rejuvenation at the spa and first-class hospitality. Bumi Hills Safari Lodge is open for bookings. We are looking forward to welcoming travellers to our new slice of paradise. Please email contact@africanbushcamps.com for enquiries.

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15 December 2017

New Beginnings at Bumi Hills Safari Lodge

Recognised as one of the most iconic safari lodges in Zimbabwe, we are thrilled to announce the re-opening of Bumi Hills Safari Lodge under the African Bush Camps banner. Bumi Hills, widely revered as having the best panoramic view of Lake Kariba, has been completely refurbished and upgraded to flaunt the breath-taking vistas of the blue waters of the lake.

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28 November 2017

African Bush Camps: Design the Future

Design the Future How can architecture become a mechanism for experiencing the adventure, magic and romance of a safari? You decide. In collaboration with Eleven Magazine, a heralded architecture, design and creative-lifestyle magazine, African Bush Camps is running a ‘Design a Safari Camp’ Competition.

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13 November 2017

Low water at Linyanti

Due to low water in the Linyanti area, African Bush Camps has suspended water activities, including mokoro rides, at Linyanti Bush Camp and Linyanti Ebony. However, game drives, walking safaris, and helicopter safaris are still on offer.

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10 November 2017

Mana Pools Camps Closed 1 December to 1 April

African Bush Camps properties in Mana Pools, Kanga Camp and Zambezi Expeditions, will close for the rainy season on 1st December. The camps will re-open on 1 April 2018, ready to welcome our first guests on the Super Sensory Safari- a pioneering, first of its kind 6-night experience gives safari goers the opportunity to explore the beauty of Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe. The Super Sensory Safari is a unique, deeply immersive experience within the African wilderness. It incorporates…

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09 November 2017

New Camp Imagery for African Bush Camps

African Bush Camps has updated the imagery for all properties across the portfolio. The new images are available for download on our WETU catalogue here

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06 October 2017

Barefoot Luxury at African Bush Camps Khayelitshe House

Situated in the heart of the Matobo Hills, just outside the boundary of the National Park lies Khayelitshe House. Enclosed by the iconic balancing rocks and surrounded by a natural amphitheatre of massive boulders, Khayelitshe got its name from the Ndebele words ‘Ekhaya’ and ‘Litshe’ which means ‘Home in the Rocks’.

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04 October 2017

Safari Logistics: Connecting Flights in Zimbabwe

Safari Logistics, an initiative to promote cost effective Travel around Zimbabwe, has created this easy to read breakdown of recommendations for international flights into Zimbabwe. Safari Logistics links with these inbound flights to the top wildlife areas in the country including Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park, Lake Kariba and Matusadona, and Mana Pools National Park. With Safari Logistics, travel around Zimbabwe has never been easier!

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31 August 2017

Annual Guide Training Workshop: Camp Closures 2018

Please note that the African Bush Camps properties in Zimbabwe and Botswana will be closed from the 25th of January to the 2nd of February 2018. During this period, we will be bringing all of our guides together for the annual Guide Training Workshop. We use the workshop to increase and refresh the knowledge, passion and experiences of our Guiding Teams so that they are able to transform an ordinary safari into and extra-ordinary one. Watch the Guides Training Wor…

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30 August 2017

African Bush Camps Group Booking Policy

African Bush Camps has updated the terms and conditions of our group bookings policy in order to streamline the process. Please take a look at the Agent’s Reserve for the updated provisos for group reservations: http://www.africanbushcamps.com/the-agents-reserve/ Please email your dedicated African Bush Camps Aficionado if you have any questions about the policy. 

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29 August 2017

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

We at African Bush Camps have been telling you how wonderful our newly opened properties are and now we can show you. We have uploaded a new selection of photographs and imagry of Thorntree River Lodge and Somalisa Expeditions on our WETU catalogue. Please see here for the full albums

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28 June 2017

African Bush Camps Sales Team Visits Thorntree River Lodge

The African Bush Camps sales team of safari aficionados, Kate, Coral, Maneta, Ingrid and Mona, took some time to visit our newly opened property, Thorntree River Lodge in Livingstone, Zambia. In order to give the right recommendations to agents, it was important that the sales team experienced the beautiful Thorntree first-hand. They had the most incredible time at Thorntree River Lodge- they cruised the waters of the mighty Zambezi and were awed by the sunset, they were wined and dined by ou…

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27 June 2017

Magical Mokoros at Linyanti

After a long, tough drought last year, African Bush Camps is thrilled to announce that flood waters have pushed through to the Linyanti marshes in front of Linyanti Bush Camp and Linyanti Ebony. The marshes and waterways are now lush and flowing and we have reintroduced mokoro activities at Linyanti Bush Camp and Linyanti Ebony. The mokoro is used to explore the tranquil waters of the rivers, marshes and deltas of Botswana. The mokoro offers guests an opportunity to fully experience the sound…

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26 June 2017

Khwai Airstrip Re-opens

After flooding during the heavy rains in the green season, Khwai Airstrip has dried out and is now ready to land planes. Khwai airstrip is only a 20-minute drive from Khwai Tented Camp, which makes it an easy transfer from the plane to the start of your safari at Khwai Tented Camp.  In 2018, guests staying at both Khwai Tented Camp and Linyanti Bush Camp or Linyanti Ebony will be offered door-to-door helicopter transfers between camps so they don’t miss a minute on safari.  

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07 April 2017

Increasing the African Bush Camps Footprint in the Australasian Market

African Bush Camps has recently entered into a partnership with Ynot Concepts, a cutting-edge boutique agency in Sydney, Australia. Ynot Concepts will support African Bush Camps in the Australasian market in sales, marketing and PR. With over 21 years industry experience and extensive product knowledge, Ynot Concepts provides a strong platform to increase our brand awareness, grow the African Bush Camps market share and stimulate new business in Australia and New Zealand. Ynot Concepts is head…

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27 March 2017

Rita Pires, African Bush Camps Chief Marketing Officer

African Bush Camps is delighted to announce the appointment of Rita Pires to the position of Chief Marketing Officer. Rita will oversee the marketing department activities within the African Bush Camps group and our sister air and road transfer company, Safari Logistics. Rita’s core focus will be to manage and coordinate the marketing and branding activities of the African Bush Camps team as part of a collaborative process. Rita has a stellar track record and a wealth of experience with…

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24 March 2017

NEW: Khwai Leadwood Under Thatch

African Bush Camps is thrilled to announce that our newest camp, Khwai Leadwood Under Thatch, has found a home on a permanent site on Tsaro Concession, Khwai Community Area. Built on the banks of the Khwai River and nestled amoungst a forest of sycamore and leadwood trees, Khwai Leadwood Under Thatch will consist of 4 standard and 2 family chalets. Guests will enjoy spacious and comfortable thatched accommodation and private en-suite bathrooms with views over the permanent water source and bey…

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15 December 2016

The Flourishing Footprint of African Bush Camps

In 2017, African Bush Camps are adding 2 new properties to the portfolio. We will expand our offering in Zimbabwe with Bumi Hills Safari Lodge and develop our footprint into Zambia with Thorntree River Lodge. These exciting new camps reflect the principles and ethos of the company as a whole and stay true to the authentic values of African Bush Camps. Geared to open in May 2017, Thorntree River Lodge is set in Zambia’s Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, just a short d…

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07 April 2016

African Bush Camps Lead The Way

African Bush Camps have made this easier for their clients by launching an innovative and useful Month by Month Seasonal Calendar on their website.  For each ecological area in which their various camps in Zimbabwe and Botswana are situated, they provide a photograph and description of what the area looks like in each month of the year.  Alongside this are pictorial indications of the weather conditions, minimum and maximum temperatures, vegetation and examples of the animals you ar…

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17 July 2015

The Killing of a Wildlife Icon - Beks Ndlovu speaks out following the death of Cecil

THE KILLING OF A WILDLIFE ICON PRESS RELEASE - Beks Ndlovu talks in his personal capacity on the killing of Cecil - a wildlife icon Following the recent killing by hunters of the well-known lion, Cecil, just outside the boundary of Hwange National Park, we can confirm that this is now under the full investigation of Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Authority and the Industry at large. A meeting has been called for all stakeholders including the Zimbabwe Professional Hunters and Guides Ass…

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27 March 2015

Zimbabwe - Death by Boycott Syndrome (DBB)

II regard myself as privileged to have travelled and seen a big part of this colourful world. It is the best education I have ever had. I am inspired by different cultures, different thinking and different ways of life. Travel is a personal journey, one that I begin with my eyes open, imagining what impact I might have on the financial and social economy of a region. Having lived in Zimbabwe all my life, I am all too familiar with the concept of sanctions and boycotts. Boycotts …

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19 January 2015

African Bush Camps on VAT in Zimbabwe

During 2014 the Zimbabwe Government implied to the tourism industry that VAT of 15% was to come into effect from 1st January 2015 and on this basis we increased our 2015 rates in our Zimbabwe African Bush Camps to reflect this 15% VAT. Whilst we felt the need to raise our rates to cover the ever-increasing operating costs we resisted doing this as we felt that it was unrealistic to expect the market to handle more than a 15% increase despite the fact that this did not actually represent an inc…

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27 March 2014

African Bush Camps opens a new office in Cape Town

We are delighted to announce the opening of our Cape Town office and introduce the Team consisting of Betty Boger (left), Ilze Wagenaar (centre), and Wesley Nyamana (left). Focused on the sales and reservations for African Bush Camps, our Team of fresh faces, who share our vibrant passion for travel in Africa, have undergone 5 months of intensive and extensive training to ensure they are equipped with the knowledge and tools to provide you with an exceptional and personal service from initial …

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26 March 2014

African Bush Camps launches new website

We are delighted to launch the newly designed and updated website for our African Bush Camps portfolio. Focused on providing a visual yet informative platform for you and your guests to review our camps and services, African Bush Camps have been working tirelessly and closely with the fantastic Design and Development Team at Active Ice Studio’s to ensure that our website is reflective of who we are, what we aspire to and where we are going. For more information, click here.

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26 July 2012

The 'H2O Hwange' Campaign

African Bush Camps has initiated a fund raising campaign known as 'H2O Hwange' where they have pledged to support National Parks and various other organisations in their endeavors to supply water to areas of the Hwange National Park where the natural pans and water-holes have dried up. Following a very poor rainy season, Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park faces a critical and potentially devastating dry season as the country experience’s a national drought. African Bush Camps …

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25 July 2012

African Bush Camps - Taking steps towards 'Greener' Camps

In an effort to help save the environment, African Bush Camps has introduced a personal gift for each of their guests labelled ‘The Safari Companion’. In a campaign to stop the use of environmentally unfriendly materials, African Bush Camps will provide every guest with a stainless steel drinking water bottle to be refilled with pure filtered water which has undergone a tripple water filtration system. The campaign aims to minimise the use of toxic plastic bottles which damage the …

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20 January 2012

African Bush Camps new initiative

African Bush Camps is proud to announce the start of a new initiative called ‘Safari Logistics’. Through the services of ‘Safari Logistics’ visitors from all corners of the world will now have convenient and cost effective access to Zimbabwe’s renowned and popular safari areas. Under ‘Safari Logistics’, African Bush Camps will begin its operation of a much–needed seat rate schedule, with flights which will link the renowned Hwange National Park&n…

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10 October 2011

African Bush Camps open two new airstrips in Zimbabwe

African Bush Camps have added two new airstrips to their portfolio in Zimbabwe. Manga Airstrip, in the heart of Hwange National Park, is a mere 30 minute drive from Somalisa Private Concession where Somalisa Camp and Somalisa Acacia are located. Approved by the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe, the Civil Aviation Inspector dubbed the airstrip to be 'the best bush landing airstrip in Zimbabwe'. Dandawa Airstrip, a mere 30 minute drive from Kanga Camp, allows guests to enjoy a short …

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