Although the rains have arrived and the road into camp is impassable, the refurb team are hard at work. In the main area the new bar is under construction and the new toilets are taking shape. In the 8 new luxury rooms the plasterwork has been done and the plumbing for the new showers completed.
In the last month work has also started on our 2 new suites. These suites are now available to book for the 2018 season for guests looking for a room in a prime location, with more space and even more privacy (including an outside bath and private boma). The Sunset Suite is also perfect for families with one or two children under 12.
Interior Design: Introducing Tatinga Baskets
Lion Camp are supporting a talented group of weavers based in Mongu, in Western Province, Zambia.
We love the style of their weaving – unlike any other seen in Zambia – which echoes the form of nests created by the weaver birds.
The process involves digging up plant roots, stripping off the bark, then splitting and shaving the root until it is flexible. It is a lengthy entirely manual process.
The weavers have adapted their baskets into beautiful light fittings for our camp, bringing a feel of the natural bush to our interiors. Guests will be encouraged to admire and appreciate their work when staying with us, especially considering that each lamp shade will have taken one person around 6 days to complete!
The weavers are a collective called Mumwa Crafts Association. They were established 2 years ago through a project supported by the Embassy of Finland and initiated by a Danish group called ‘Baskets 4 Life’.
Nzito, an innovative Zambian furniture design company, are behind the project, stocking products in their wonderful Lusaka showroom, and have been instrumental in connecting our camp to this incredible natural art form.
Announcing a New Partnership
Last month we waved goodbye to Emma after 15 years of being at the helm of Lion Camp. She will be sorely missed. But with change comes opportunity… we are very proud to announce that we have partnered with Mantis to take Lion Camp through to a more sustainable and even more successful future.
Lion Camp is rare; an independent privately owned luxury safari camp. In choosing our partner we wanted to protect the uniqueness of our product whilst bringing in global commercial know how behind the scenes.
Mantis are a world-leading collection of hotels and eco-escapes scattered across the planet providing the traveller with experiences that stir the soul, defy expectation, and live in the heart forever. Each with a unique spirit, yet linked by a collective obsession to be extraordinary.
The perfect partners for a perfect camp. The future is very exciting.