September 2015 – Wilderness Safaris’ newest offering, Linkwasha Camp, located in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, has set a new standard in terms of luxurious, yet practical design, while staying true to the original spirit of safari. Featuring a fresh, open and airy layout, the camp is complemented by an eclectic mix of contemporary African interiors along with timeless safari décor.
“This new Classic Camp is Wilderness Safaris’ flagship in Zimbabwe, not only in terms of luxury and service, but also in terms of the exceptional wildlife experience on offer. Every aspect of Linkwasha’s design is focused on making the most of the camp’s spectacular location and the wide array of wildlife guests are likely to see from the comfort of their spacious tents and main areas”, says Ron Goatley, MD of Wilderness Safaris Zimbabwe.
The camp’s architect, Joy Brasler, says one of main goals of the design was to position the camp’s main areas and nine guest tents so that they echo the wide open vistas of Hwange National Park. This has been done in a way that removes the barrier between guests and the pristine nature that surrounds them, while still ensuring privacy.
“We have created a sense of total immersion in nature, giving guests the freedom to explore the camp through the use of multi-level platforms that provide a range of different views and vantage points”, says Joy. The different levels also serve the purpose of providing a selection of private dining areas where guests can enjoy intimate dinners.
As is always the case with Wilderness Safaris camps, ensuring that tents blend in seamlessly with the surrounding environment was a priority, and was achieved through the use of neutral colours that reflect the natural hues of the Hwange landscape. In addition, in line with the company’s commitment to the 4Cs of Conservation, Commerce, Community and Culture, the camp was built using various sustainable solutions, including environmentally-friendly composite decking that does not require the use of potentially harmful cleaning chemicals, while solar panels provide hot water to the en-suite bathrooms.
Hwange’s weather patterns were also taken into consideration, with the tent design allowing for cool through breezes and cross ventilation during the warm summers. A dedicated winter lounge includes a cosy fireplace where guests can sit and relax during chilly evenings. In addition, all the guest tents feature large glass windows and sliding doors so that the heat can be kept indoors without having to sacrifice the spectacular views.
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