Netherlands-born Wilderness Safaris Rwanda Operations Manager & CITW Programme Coordinator, Ingrid Baas, and her husband Rob (WS Rwanda MD), share a passion for travel. One of the first countries they travelled to in Africa was Zambia, and after quickly falling in love with the country, their bush hospitality careers started in South Luangwa, after which they joined Wilderness Safaris in Kafue National Park in 2007.
Almost immediately, Ingrid volunteered with Children in the Wilderness, helping out at a children’s annual camp, as she had some free time in her role as relief manager.
“This first experience was amazing and I knew there was no turning back. I am still doing this 14 years later!”
This CITW camp was held at Lufupa Camp, and was not only Ingrid’s first CITW camp, but also the first CITW camp for the Zambia region.
“It was all so exciting at that time – moving from the Netherlands to Africa, living in the bush, working for Wilderness Safaris and being introduced to CITW!”
Second Annual Eco-Club Camp, Lunga River Lodge 2008
“My second CITW camp was pretty intense. We made a huge difference in the lives of the children and the staff with this camp. I am proud and thrilled to note that most of the employees involved on this camp stayed involved with CITW for many years to come”.
Third Annual Eco-Club Camp Lufupa 2009
“After cutting our teeth on our first CITW camps in Zambia in 2007 and in 2008, we now had a good system going, with an amazing team of staff who were all eager to join again.
Lufupa was the perfect setting for a CITW camp, allowing for game drives and boat safaris for the children. There was also a lot of space around the camp and in the main area for our activities”.
Annual Camp at Kalamu, South Luangwa 2012
“Kalamu in South Luangwa is such a magical place. For me, it brought back memories of when Rob and I started our hospitality careers, as our first job was assisting in managing a lodge in South Luangwa. This was before we started working for Wilderness Safaris in Kafue National Park”.