June 2017 – Wilderness Safaris Linkwasha Camp in Hwange National Park and Little Ruckomechi in Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe were named as ‘top hotels worldwide’ in Air France Madame’s 2017 Gold List – one of France’s most prestigious consumer travel awards.
The Air France Madame Gold List is a selection of top hotels and resorts chosen by contributors to the magazine, including journalists and photographers, who nominate the places that most inspired them over the past year.
“We’re extremely proud of this prestigious recognition for not only our camps and incredible staff, but for Zimbabwe as a whole. It highlights the resurgence we are experiencing as an industry, showcasing the country as one of southern Africa’s top wildlife-viewing and ecotourism destinations – one that we are proud to have supported for the past three decades”, said Ron Goatley, Wilderness Safaris Zambezi MD.
Both Linkwasha and Little Ruckomechi were featured in the May 2017 edition of Air France Madame, in an article entitled ‘Safaris Luxe – Upscale Adventures’, which highlighted the Gold List nominees as ‘our most beautiful addresses’. They were the only properties in Zimbabwe to be featured in the list, and two of only seven southern African properties to be honoured in this way.
Little Ruckomechi, situated in a private concession within Mana Pools National Park, is a small, intimate camp that opened in July 2016. On the banks of the Zambezi River, Little Ruckomechi features just three tented suites and offers an exclusive safari experience. The camp’s scenic location epitomises Mana Pools in all its abundance, and is all about the intimacy of being close to nature and amongst the iconic albida trees that characterise the area.
Linkwasha Camp, meanwhile, is situated in a private game-rich concession in the south-eastern part of Hwange National Park. Designed to have a fresh and contemporary look, its nine en-suite luxury tents and main area overlook a productive waterhole. Activities make the most of the exceptional year-round wildlife-viewing opportunities the area has to offer, with regular sightings of large herds of elephant and buffalo, prides of lion, and an abundance of plains game and birdlife.
In addition to offering extraordinary wildlife encounters led by skilled Wilderness Safaris guides, superlative local hospitality and luxurious tented accommodation, both camps are deeply committed to Wilderness Safaris 4Cs sustainability ethos of Commerce, Community, Culture and Conservation.
“We are delighted to have two of our Zimbabwe camps receive this international recognition, and believe that it further validates our continued investment in pioneering sustainable and authentic ecotourism in the country – one that remains one of Africa’s most world-class safari experiences”, concluded Ron Goatley.