Eco Awards Namibia
//Huab under Canvas
Ultimate Safaris has, from the outset, been synonymous with pioneering safaris in Namibia. Driven by an explorer-type enthusiasm and determination to provide a great service, we started by operating relatively lightweight mobile camps in impossibly remote corners of the country. However, we have now moved on to committing to help preserve some of these wild places that have captured our hearts and our imagination. This commitment means that we have now become seasonal semi-permanent guests rather than temporary visitors to these areas, and that we also pay our fair share to ensure the preservation of these exclusive wild places in which we have the privilege of operating.
As a result, we are delighted to introduce Ultimate Safaris’ Journeys Under Canvas. Not so long ago, almost all our luxury safaris included at least some time where guests were accommodated “under canvas”, simply because this provided the best accommodation in the wild where no fixed infrastructure existed. Sadly, in some ways, the advancement of the safari era means that we no longer need to be quite so intrepid, but there are still plenty of places where guests can enjoy a quality camping experience when ‘roughing-it in style’ as part of a Journey Under Canvas. This is particularly appealing to those who want to connect with the earth, culture and wildlife in a very up-close and personal manner.
We are, in a way, trying to redefine luxury, focusing on what the crux of a Namibian safari should be. Our own definition encompasses privacy, exclusivity, experiential focus and total flexibility, all whilst being perfectly comfortable. We are able to provide all of this at a relatively moderate cost as we attempt to move away from the opulence and consequent high pricing that is today generally associated with a luxury African safari. Our guests are taken care of by some extraordinary people whose only desire is to ensure that each moment spent with us is as perfect as possible. Guests are pampered in camp, have their days filled with thrilling encounters, and enjoy nights entranced with exclusivity beyond most people’s wildest dreams. They are looked after by a tribe of magicians who aim to leave lasting impressions, and every stay is arranged on an exclusive basis regardless of the number of guests in order to provide the true ‘Journeys Under Canvas’ experience.
Our belief is that the investment into our camps should be moderate from both a financial and environmental perspective, ensuring sustainability on all levels without the pressure of having to recoup large financial investments and keeping the focus on re-investing revenue into conservation and the provision of Life Enriching Journeys through offering truly unique experiences. We believe this is an example of Conservation Travel at its best!
Under Canvas camps are designed to offer a true “back to nature” experience with the emphasis being on the experiential aspect of safaris. We have identified a strong desire in many guests to go back to the roots of safari, to touch, to smell, to feel and to experience the wild, with one’s feet firmly in the dust that covers Africa. This is an experience that is exclusive in the real sense of the word, as well as being very much away from the pressures of ‘normal’ life!
In line with our commitment to help preserve wild places, the //Huab Conservancy is the first of our exclusive use areas from which we operate Under Canvas Camps. Our exclusive area is situated in a core area for desert adapted black rhino in the //Huab Conservancy in Damaraland, approximately 90 km north west of Khorixas.