The southern African safari operator, African Bush Camps (ABC), is bidding off the ultimate safari trip, led by founder and longstanding guide, Beks Ndlovu, to help support its Foundation’s priority projects.
The ‘Giving Back’ Safari auction went live this week and World Safari Day (25 November) until mid-December 2020.
The all-inclusive, six-night safari for six will feature ABC’s flagship camps in Botswana including its latest addition, Khwai Leadwood in the Okavango Delta, as well as Linyanti Ebony in the Chobe Enclave.
Khwai Leadwood in the Okavango Delta, Botswana, is African Bush Camps’ newest addition to its 15 camp portfolio
Both camps are renowned for their elegant, eco-conscious designs that seamlessly merge luxury and the outdoor African experience. Approximately thirty percent of the auction’s winning bid will go towards the ABC Foundation’s conservation and community projects.
This is the first time ABC has customised a five-star holistic safari of this extensive nature. Depending on their chosen travel date, guests may be the first to enjoy a private guiding experience by ABC founder and CEO, Beks Ndlovu, since the lockdown.
Beks started ABC and its Foundation in Zimbabwe in 2006. Fourteen years and 15 camps later, he has built an international team that shares his vision to immerse guests in the authentic African safari experience. This includes creating meaningful interactions with the local communities that surround ABC’s camps in Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Zambia.
African Bush Camps’ CEO and founder, Beks Ndlovu (in front), is a respected business and family man who has always prioritised his team’s camaraderie and wellbeing.
At the start of the lockdown, ABC hunkered down and placed staff on limited cyclical shifts to prepare for guests’ return, work on camp maintenance, and receive CV-19 protocol training. While in Cape Town, South Africa, Beks added to conversations on tourism ethics and immersive and sustainable safaris. He continued to join leading experts across the world to generate awareness of safari tourism’s importance in Africa’s economic ecosystem.
“Our safaris are not just about wildlife; they are about a 360-degree approach to travel in a sustainable way – sharing and conserving Africa together while having a complete restorative personal journey.”
– Beks Ndlovu, Forbes USA
As a father of three, pioneering businessman, and a longstanding guide with a fierce passion for his home continent, Beks will ensure that guests on the ‘Giving Back Safari’ will be in memorable company.
Beks Ndlovu is a pioneer of inclusive safaris purposed to give back to communities and conservation
The money raised will support the Foundation’s projects that have been knocked hard during the lockdown. A particular focus will be schooling Zimbabwean children and giving students the support they need to pursue their higher education.
With more than 40 active projects, the Foundation serves over 13 000 households (approximately 55 000 people) in six communities. Before the CV-19 pandemic, the Foundation received 2.5 percent of ABC’s annual turnover. The heightened need for funds comes as no surprise as the lack of tourists in 2020 has had a huge impact on fundraising. According to fundraising coordinator Adrienne West, if the lockdown ‘pattern’ continues or worsens in 2021, the Foundation can expect an operational deficit of at least 50 percent, which will mean fewer projects being implemented.
While the ‘Giving Back’ Safari ticks all the boxes of responsible travelling, its itinerary makes no compromise on luxury.
The trip starts with three nights at Khwai Leadwood which overlooks the meandering Khwai River, one of the veins that flow from the Okavango Delta. Opened in September 2020, the enchanting new camp is the perfect setting to observe wildlife that crosses the river. The stay is followed by a private charter flight over the Delta’s flooded desert, and onto the second location, Linyanti Ebony. Over the next three days, guests can lock in panoramic views of endless plains and ample herds of buffalo and elephant from the camp’s raised deck. The spacious camp is the ideal spot to reconnect families and friends on a Chobe safari.
Mokoro activities at Khwai Leadwood
Enjoy complete privacy in the remote wilderness in the Chobe Enclave at Linyanti Ebony
Enjoy fine dining and a tipple or two under the African skyline, and absorb the nuances of the bush while listening to African fables and stories of amazing wildlife encounters narrated by one of the most sought-after and experienced guides in southern Africa – our very own, Beks Ndlovu.
Going live on 10 November 2020, the starting bid for the ‘Giving Back’ Safari will go at USD9,166 per person, totalling USD55,000 for a six-day trip for six.
‘Giving Back’ Safari Details”
• Safari Value: USD55,000
• Six nights all inclusive of meals and refreshments for 6 pax: three nights at Khwai Leadwood and three nights at Linyanti Ebony
• Private internal charters
• Private use of land cruiser
• Exclusive private guiding by Beks Ndlovu
• Trip to be fulfilled by the end of 2021
• T’s & C’s apply
For more information and to register, visit https://africanbushcamps.com/auctions/?ult_auc_id=21381
For more information on the Foundation’s projects, visit www.africanbushcampsfoundation.org
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