One of the largest in Africa, the BuBye Valley Conservancy is situated in southwestern Matabeleleland, Zimbabwe and seats on 3,740 square kilometre land. In the 1900s, the conservancy was originally staked out in the then Southern Rhodesian lowveld by the cattle ranching family of Baron Justus von Liebig, who supplied the World War II armies with 'bully beef' and invented the Oxo Cube. Lion and leopard are two of Africa’s most iconic and charismatic carnivores.
This is the story of how a vast swathe of virgin African wilderness was contorted into one of the biggest cattle ranches in the world and then painstakingly transformed back again, against all odds. It’s about how the sport hunting of one wildlife species is paying for the protection of another, highly endangered species. It is also an account of how a living laboratory is formulating a land-use model that could be implemented across the continent of Africa.
Built high on a hill overlooking the western part of the concession, Chamalaya is a comfortable safari camp comprising of three thatched chalets all with bathrooms, twin single beds and overhead fans. There is a central dining, bar and lounge area. A beautiful outdoor fire pit with seating area puts the final touch to this unique camp.
This camp is situated on the eastern banks of the Bubye River comprising of four thatched, twin bed chalets each with a personal veranda overhanging the river bank. Also under thatch is a dining and lounge area whilst overlooking the river are a swimming pool and outside braai area. This camp was recently ungraded and is suitable for the larger hunting groups as it can now accommodate up to 8 clients and 4 PHs at a time. Occupants here are serenaded by the call of lion most nights.
Serving the northern section of the Bubye Valley Conservancy, known as the Fimbiri Section. This camp is situated on top of a hill with 360 degree breath taking views of the bush. It has three double chalets with verandahs. There is a beautiful maintained swimming pool and outside bar / fireplace area as well as separate dining and lounge area.
This camp is built on the water’s edge of Nengo Dam which is situated on the north central concession. These large comfortable chalets have twin double beds and a bathroom. The dining, bar and lounge area is situated overlooking a swimming pool with an outside fireplace and a great view of the dam which is perfect for a sundowner in the evenings.
Serving the south western section of the Bubye Valley Conservancy, Ngali Camp is the well known game rich section of the concession. This camp is comfortable with twin single beds and an en-suite bathroom, with large lawn gardens and a unique large dining and lounge area.
Ripple Creek Camp is based in the northwest part of the Bubye Valley Conservancy. This magnificent camp overlooks the Ripple Creek dam and has 3 spacious thatched chalets each equipped with two double beds and a well set out bathroom comprising of bath, shower, basin and toilet.
Samanyanga Camp is based in the Eastern section of the concession. With six extremely comfortable chalets each comprising of two single beds and an African themed bathroom can easily accommodate a large booking. A magnificent dining, bar and lounge area, complete with grand piano, make for a lodge which surpasses all expectations. Tasteful gardens, a swimming pool and outside lapa makes this a top safari lodge!
This camp is built on a low hill overlooking a small watering hole which is frequented by a variety of game. There are 4 chalets all with bathroom ensuite, indoor and outdoor shower and toilet and a lovely wrap around verandah