Smitswinkel Tented Camp

2009
The mission for the construction of this tented camp for SANParks is to build under strict sustainable and ecological principles, summarized in the mission statement: ‘touching the earth lightly’. The two key aspects under which the project was developed are environmental and social sustainability. Visitors of the camp will be informed and educated about the sustainable background of the development and how each individual can contribute to saving the environment through awareness and lifestyle.

For several camps along the Hoerikwaggo trail the client has employed people from local communities who have limited or no building skills. These people are trained in various trades such as carpentry for board walks, building structures or in stone masonry for rock walls, etc. To date TMNP has trained labour to be independent contractors and re-deployed the new companies to build components of further camps and to train the next group of unskilled labour. The result is a practical example of sustainable job creation and skills development in local communities. A local artist/craftsman was employed to manufacture some of the light fittings, using materials from the actual site.

In summary, the Smitswinkel Tented Camp provided the opportunity to insert a collection of delicate structures into a breathtaking and very sensitive environment, using natural materials from the immediate surroundings, in an effort to have the minimum impact on the site. Touching the earth lightly.

Project Status: Built
Project Type: Institutional