4Cs Projects at Damaraland Camp
Damaraland Camp is the successful result of a partnership between Wilderness Safaris and the Torra Conservancy, and has become an inspiration for communities and conservationists throughout Africa. In addition, the camp has been built with to be as eco-friendly as possible, thus minimising its environmental footprint and continuing to express our 4Cs vision.
Community Partnership: Torra Conservancy
Wilderness Safaris and the Torra community in Damaraland have formed a successful partnership, with the community acting as landlord. It has resulted in a 352 000-hectare (869 000-acre) conservancy being proclaimed. Desert-adapted wildlife is flourishing again and poaching, once rife, has decreased substantially.
Eco-friendly Camp Build
At Damaraland Camp, the traditional knowledge of our neighbours was combined with new technology; the eco-sandbags used to build the walls of the camp are an example. Other sustainably-sourced, biodegradable materials used include canvas fabric, reeds, gum poles and grass thatch. Natural lighting and convection along with good insulation are useful in reducing our energy footprint.
Green Operating Systems
We also focused on producing energy-efficient solutions for power, water and waste. Electricity and hot water are derived from a hybrid energy system thus reducing the amount of time the generator needs to work, and waste water is) is treated in an Above Ground Sewage Plant, ensuring that the water is clean before being allowed to enter the natural environment.
Pack for a Purpose
Wilderness Safaris has partnered with Pack for a Purpose, a non-profit organisation that provides travellers with up-to-date information about required supplies for community-based projects. Guests that would like to bring along a contribution can view the needs list for Damaraland Camp’s community projects on the Pack for a Purpose website.