January 2018 – The extensive refurbishment of Wilderness Safaris Davison’s Camp, situated in the private and prolific Linkwasha Concession in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, is now complete. Its refreshed look and feel offers a rustic elegance that celebrates the camp’s beautiful natural surroundings.
Exterior and interiors of Davison’s newly-refurbished guest tents
“We are truly proud to have remained committed to our Hwange operations since 1997, never compromising on our commitment to our conservation projects in the Park. Davison’s has always been a gem in the heart of Hwange and we are delighted to have been able to reinvest into the camp. Its new makeover has transformed the camp, yet retained the simplistic and natural luxury that it is renowned for”, said Dean Morton, Wilderness Safaris Zambezi Operations Manager.
All of Davison’s nine comfortable Meru-style tents, including one family unit, have now been upgraded, boasting new canvas walls and coconut cemcrete floors, which has ensured a much lighter feel throughout. Interiors include luxuroius new fabrics,furniture and lighting, and according to interior designer, Sharon Milstead, “I am pleased to have achieved the exact look and feel that I had hoped for with mostly ethnic, locally-sourced artefacts and items”.
“My inspiration for Davison’s refurb was the remote, natural setting of this beautiful little camp. I wanted simplicity and therefore chose earthy tones with natural textures. Raw materials, such as sea grass, natural cane and jute, were used throughout, as can be seen in our choice of rugs and hanging-basket light fittings. Fabric choices included natural linens and cottons or ethnic Shoowa and Kuba raffia cloth and to complement the entire earthy, natural feel we used Rattan chairs, Bamaleke stools as side tables and plenty of woven baskets”, she added.
Overlooking an open plain and a productive waterhole, Davison’s Camp is remote and intimate, offering the perfect base for groups, couples or families looking for an extraordinary wilderness adventure in the heart of Hwange. The camp is also deeply committed to Wilderness Safaris’ 4Cs sustainability ethos (Commerce, Community, Culture and Conservation) and offering its guests an opportunity to travel with purpose, not only making a difference to the ongoing biodiversity of the Park but contributing to the empowerment of local people at the same time.
“As the concessionaire of the private Linkwasha and Makalolo areas in south-eastern Hwange, we have taken responsibility for many aspects of the conservation of this magnificent wild location, including supporting the water provision for the Park, the Scorpion Anti-Poaching Unit and running a ground-breaking elephant movement study. We are also proud of our ongoing community empowerment projects in partnership with Children in the Wilderness and are confident that the newly-refurbished Davison’s Camp will continue to change people’s lives – both those of our guests and our community partners. Our fabulous team is ready and waiting to welcome guests to this beautiful bush camp and to continue showcasing the myriad wonders of Hwange”, he concluded.
To get a glimpse of the incredible wildlife offering at Davison’s, click here to see photographer Dana Allen’s Safari Album from his trip to Hwange in December 2017.