Issue 2 (May 2008) Thirty thousand bags had to be filled with sand to transform the Damaraland Camp in the Torra Conservancy.
The sandbags were used as eco-friendly bricks which were then plastered over to provide new walls in the camp’s ten tents, which have doubled in size and been thatched to keep them cool.
Back in 1996 the camp was Wilderness Safari’s first venture in Namibia. It has won several awards in conservation and sustainable community development.
The area around the camp is very fragile, and once a pathway has been made it is very hard to rehabilitate the ground afterwards. In order to protect the landscape during the re-development, areas were sectioned off by tape to stop builders walking or driving over them. Plans were also altered to protect an old aloe tree.
In total, around 60 local people were employed for the work. Many of them had worked before in building and construction, but were unable to find steady jobs in Namibia. One man walked 40km to the camp to ask for a job - nobody can say no to that type of determination!