Our vision

The African Bush Camps Foundation is a registered not-for-profit organization that began operating in 2006 with the vision of creating opportunities that empower rural communities located in vulnerable wildlife areas.

The Foundation’s mission is to partner with these communities to improve their quality of life and achieve long-term conservation through programs focusing on education, conservation, community infrastructure and community empowerment.

By directly linking these benefits to tourism these communities learn to positively value wildlife and nature as resources for improving their well being.

Our approach

The African Bush Camps Foundation identifies needs, skills and resources within communities and forges meaningful partnerships amongst the stakeholders, creating opportunities to empower the communities and their members to become self-sustaining and independent, whilst also promoting conservation and community spirit.

We work with the rural communities living in and around the wildlife areas in which African Bush Camps operates.

Our support

Through our multi-faceted partnership with African Bush Camps, each and every bed night in any one of their camps donates US$10 to the African Bush Camps Foundation covering our administrative overheads, allowing us to make sure that 100% of each and every donation goes directly to the project it is intended for.

Our Team

At the African Bush Camps Foundation, we are passionate about working side by side with people to achieve our goals of providing opportunities for communities to sustainably free themselves from poverty whilst protecting their invaluable environmental resources.

We have a wonderful team who are dedicated, passionate, fun and love passing on their skills, knowledge and time.

Timeline

2006

Formalised idea into original concept as Zimbabwean registered charity ‘Uthando Africa’

2006

Somalisa Camp building commences. Relationships begin with Dete & Mambanje Communities around Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe.

2006

Near Somalisa Camp, the first educational partnerships begin with Hwange Main Camp community. Teacher support and identifying vulnerable members of the community, first scholarship students identified.

2006

First Community Empowerment project group identified – Vukani Group in Dete, border of Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

2007

With the opening of Linyanti Bush Camp, begin building relationships in the Chobe Enclave, Botswana.

2009

With the opening of Khwai Tented Camp, begin to understand and work within the Khwai Community Area in Botswana.

2012

The successful Thandanani Sewing Project is established in the Hwange Area, Zimbabwe

2012

‘Uthando Africa’ becomes formalised as African Bush Camps Foundation

2012

First Rotary Grant obtained with the support of Australian Champion Liz Bentley

2016

Full time Trust Manager employed for the first time

2017

With the opening of Thorntree River Lodge, operations begin in Zambia.

2017

Partnership established with Global Development Group, allowing tax deductible donations to be made.

2018

With the re-opening of Bumi Hills Safari Lodge, begin understanding Mola communities near Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe.

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