If you want to go fast, go alone,

if you want to go far, go together

This African Proverb highlights our belief in partnerships with community members, individuals, families and groups to achieve our goals; that together we can make a long-term positive impact.

Here are some ways to get involved with the African Bush Camps Foundation:

Support a Project

We invite you to join us on our journey to make a positive impact on the communities we work with and to support a specific project or area which interests you. It is our goal that the funding and support you provide has meaning for all involved and you are as personally involved as you wish. As our administration costs are covered by African Bush Camps, any support you give towards a particular area, need, child or project will go directly towards that cause. We welcome and encourage your interaction with your project of interest and support and will provide regular updates.

Please read about the focus areas which are currently seeking support or otherwise contact us to discuss particular areas of interest you would like to receive further information on. Our interaction falls under our four pillars of work, including education, community empowerment, community infrastructure and conservation. Some specific projects which you can get more involved in, through either one-off or ongoing support are; primary or secondary school scholarships, providing sponsorship for a teacher, fund primary school textbook provision, providing start-up capital for an income generating project, fund a Lion Guardian’s salary, sponsor the Cattle Health Initiative, infrastructure support for schools with buildings, furniture, equipping of libraries and science labs, solar power at remote schools, skills workshops for permaculture, rocket fuel stove workshops, sanitary pad making workshops or life skills workshops for a class or a school.

Contact us to talk about supporting a specific project

Share Your Skills

As partnership is at the heart of the African Bush Camps Foundation, there are many areas in which you can share your skills towards a particular project or focus area and we have seen the exchange of skills, knowledge and experience enrich the lives of all involved in the exchange. Read an example of an experience.

Many and diverse skills can contribute towards the projects we implement. As a teacher, you can assist with literacy and reading programs, with practical skills such as sewing, jewellery making and as an entrepreneur, artist, designer or accountant, you can support the income generating projects. Green building skills for community infrastructure we support, permaculture and gardening skills are always needed for more sustainable farming methods, veterinary skills for our animal health program.

If you would like to donate towards a specific project such as funds to paint a classroom, or school, you are welcome to come and paint it yourself.

We also welcome you to share with us suggestions where you can enrich our community impact through your skills. While we do not run a volunteer program and there is no charge to partner with us in a very practical way, we do expect you to cover your own expenses including airfares, transport, accommodation and living expenses.

Contact us to talk about sharing your skills

Attend an Event

We support and organize community events to promote a sense of togetherness and provide positive outlets for people to come together and have fun in areas which are often faced with geographic and economic challenges. We welcome you to attend an event, whether a fun run, soccer tournament, tree planting, skill enhancing or environmental awareness and share the celebration of culture and talents where the benefits to all involved reach far beyond the actual day.

Some annual events you are warmly invited to attend are, the annual 10km Dete (Zimbabwe) and Chobe (Botswana) Big Runs held in April of every year. World environment day, 5th of June held with the Dete schools annually, where we address current environmental issues and includes tree planting at a chosen school. The Botswana independence soccer tournament held on Botswana Independence Day in Chobe and Khwai brings lots of competitive spirit with it each year. We celebrate World Aids Day and National Tree planting Day as a joint day early December, before the school’s close for the year. Other one-off sporting and community events are also held and you can keep an eye on our upcoming events page or contact us for further information on these.

See Upcoming Events

Community Visit

Some of the African Bush Camps properties, like Linyanti Bush Camp, are located several hours drive on bush roads from the nearest communities, however some camps are in closer vicinity to villages and projects we partner with and there is an opportunity while on safari to spend anywhere from a few hours to a full day visiting the projects and seeing the work we do first hand. This is an exchange which can enrich the lives of all involved and allows you to have a deeper understanding of the complexities and challenges many people face on a daily basis. Should you wish you bring practical items to donate with you, we invite you to visit the specific camps Pack for a Purpose page for their current needs or you can contact us for more specific items relevant to the community and its current needs that can make a meaningful impact; from sporting goods to sewing materials. Your visit to the income generating projects allows them to showcase their skills and you also have the opportunity to purchase their creations.

See Where Our Projects Are

Connecting Classrooms

Connecting Classrooms partners a classroom full of students in one of the schools we support to another class or school elsewhere in the World.

Our aim is to assist and encourage lasting and supporting partnerships between teachers and pupils throughout the world, sharing diverse backgrounds, creating awareness and understanding of their different cultures in the growing global community we live in. Please contact us for more information should your class or school wish to partner with one of the schools we work with.

Talk to us about connecting classrooms

Pack For a Purpose

We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travellers to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. If you have just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and take supplies for area schools or medical clinics in need, you’ll make a priceless impact in the lives of local children and families.

Often items such as stationary or solar lamps are cheaper to purchase locally and can assist in supporting local industries and a lot of reading, reference and text books are specific to the local curriculum and therefore we can purchase these locally and have them on hand for your visit for you to personally gift.

You can find specific items required for the projects and schools in an area surrounding the camps you will visit on that camp’s specific page under the Pack for a Purpose website, otherwise please contact us for further information. Current live pages are for African Bush Camps Somalisa Camps, Bumi Hills Safari Lodge (Zimbabwe), Thorntree River Lodge (Zambia) and Linyanti Camps (Botswana).

See Pack for a Purpose pages for:

Linyanti Bush Camp & Linyanti Ebony in Botswana

Somalisa Camp, Somalisa Acacia & Somalisa Expeditions in Zimbabwe

Bumi Hills Safari Lodge in Zimbabwe

Thorntree River Lodge in Zambia

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