Bushman elders teaching the younger generations at Grasslands Bushman Lodge.
Leopards at Deception Valley Lodge. Proof that Leopard do exist at Deception Valley Lodge. In fact we've been rather lucky the last while, getting plenty sightings. As Leopard, by their nature are very elusive, they have not been giving us the same photographic opportunities as the lions do. We were lucky however to see this large female late into the morning drive.
The Savuti region does not disappoint
Grasslands Bushman Lodge, one of the Footsteps in Africa Lodges, was awarded the 2014 World Luxury Hotel Award, Country winner in the Luxury Safari Retreat category.
Grasslands Bushman Lodge is unique in several ways - the predator conservation project, the window into the San culture, the window into the settler culture, the range of activities.
The lodge accommodates up to 16 guests and includes two family rooms. The lodge is traditionally decorated and has a swimming pool for the hot desert days. The guest areas overlook a floodlit waterhole which attracts a large variety of
wildlife during the day and night. Accommodation is in comfortable, en-suite thatched chalets.
Mark Butcher, winner of Guardian Travel’s Ethical award for 2014, is helping to rebuild tourism to Zimbabwe by solving local issues in concert with conservation at his Imvelo Safari Lodges.
At dawn the bush comes to life. Birds sing, a lion roars and a tiny deer steps gingerly past my veranda. As the first rays of light touch the acacias, there is a soft voice by the canvas and a tea tray is set out. Soon after sunrise, I grab my camera and climb on an open-top Land Rover to set out on the hunt for animals. The safari experience is underway.
I’m in Zimbabwe but you could apply the same paragraph to any one of a dozen African countries and thousands of safari trips. It’s a gorgeous thing to feel so deep in the wilderness, with nature in the raw just a whisker away. But what we don’t see, not very often, is the underpinning behind this ravishing image. Who works there? Where does the money go? What, if anything, does the operation contribute towards the preservation of the wilderness it exploits? And how secure is the long-term future of that wilderness? I had come on a trip that offers just that: a chance to see, clearly, what lies beneath.
Later that day I am sitting in a Zimbabwean primary classroom with Vusa Ncube, an ex-pupil of the school, who has come back to encourage kids to study hard and become wildlife guides like him. He has a bird book and shows the excited children pictures. When he asks who would like to be a guide they all cheer. One of the girls says: “I want to be a driver!” But when the talk moves on to attitudes towards elephants and lions, the children tell stories of crops trampled and cows slaughtered. I ask if any of them have ever been inside the park? After all their school lies only a kilometre from the perimeter of Hwange, a large national park and a key part of the vast Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area, the very heart of southern Africa’s wildlife. They shake their heads. None have even been there.
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SPECTACULAR SIGHTINGS OF WILDLIFE AT OUR HWANGE PROPERTIES - CAMELTHORN LODGE & BOMANI TENTED LODGE
We have selected some of our favourite safari snap shots sent to us by happy guests over the last month from their game drives and walks on the Ngamo Plains and in and around our concession. Hwange National Park comes into its full glory during the winter months and we are so lucky to be able to share this magical part of the world with our visitors.
Eva Stenmarck’s passion for travel led her to launch Eva Stenmarck Travel