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Safari Zimbabwe 2017 Competition

Eleven magazine Design Contest for an innovative safari lodge in Africa

6 Oct 2017

Safari: Zimbabwe 2017 Design Competition

Safari Zimbabwe Architecture Competition

Safari: Call for Entries

Eleven launches their eighth international architecture & design competition to imagine an innovative safari lodge in Zimbabwe.

Eleven has announced their latest ideas and design competition: ‘Safari: Zimbabwe 2017’. The magazine’s latest challenge calls on creatives from all around the world to design innovative concepts for a super sensory safari lodge in the heart of Matobo National Park.

Safari Zimbabwe 2017 Competition

In Swahili, the word ‘safari’ means journey, and this is exactly where Eleven wants to take you through their competition: a journey into the romance and adventure of the wild, into the customs, local rituals and the beating heart of Africa through your senses. The outcome of this journey? A new super sensory safari lodge concept the likes of which the world has never seen before, nestled in the heart of Matobo’s granite rock formations and mysterious ancient rock paintings.

Matobo – which holds a UNESCO status – is also a sanctuary for the endangered Black and White Rhino population and is, therefore, a key hub in the conservation efforts of this rare animal. Aside from the rhinos, the park is home to a whole variety of African wildlife. All in all, this makes Matobo a magical safari location to dive deep into the natural and cultural wonders this country has to offer.

Eleven and their partners African Bush Camps are looking for a super sensory safari lodge, the first one in the world, which uses design as a pivotal part of the experience. How can architecture become a mechanism for experiencing the adventure, magic and romance of a safari in Matobo? You decide.

In this challenge, Eleven welcomes creatives (professionals and/or students) to join in. Participants, who can compete individually or in a team of up to two people, are asked to register and submit their proposals online by the 11th of January 2018, in the form of two digital A1 horizontal sheets and 500 words explanation text. Models are highly encouraged but are not mandatory.

For this competition, Eleven have partnered up with the amazing African Bush Camps, an award-winning African-based Safari Company, with eleven safari lodges in Zimbabwe, Botswana and Zambia and have been providing innovative, professional and unique experiences in some of the wildest and remote areas of outstanding natural beauty in Southern Africa. African Bush Camps wish to take their guests into the untamed African wilderness, allowing for unique encounters, thrilling adventures and memorable journeys to be discovered. Their passion and drive for maintaining environmentally friendly, minimal impact designs also ensures that African Bush Camps promote responsible tourism and conservation.

The lucky winners will be able to experience first hand the unforgettable adventure of Zimbabwe by winning 2 places onto African Bush Camps’ Super Sensory Safari, located in the stunning Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe.

For more information on African Bush Camps and their Super Sensory Safari, please visit:
The competition, which officially opens for registration on Monday the 11th of September 2017, is scheduled to run for four months, closing on the 11th of January 2018 at 11:00am (UK Time). Awarded entries – competing for a safari holiday, cash prizes and publication – will be officially announced on the 11th of March 2018.

‘Safari’ is Eleven’s eighth international competition to date. Since their creation in mid-2015, the challenges launched by this UK based magazine and creative agency have received great international success. Previous challenges have been exhibited in Europe and the USA, published in multiple international magazines such as the Architecture Review, the AJ, Dezeen, Archdaily and Designboom, and have been featured in Bustler’s ‘Top-10 Best Competitions of the Year Awards’ in both 2015 and 2016.
For more information on Eleven’s Safari challenge and to register, please visit:

Competition Schedule:

Competition Opens: 11th September 2017

Early Bird Fees change to Standard Fees: 1st October

Standard Fees change to Late Bloomer Fees: 1st January 2018

Registration Closes / Submission Deadline: 11th January at 11:00am (UK Time)
Public Voting Opens Online: 13th January

Public Voting Closes Online: 10th March 2018 at 11:00am (UK Time)

Winners and Awarded Announced: 11th March

Competition Fees:

Early Bird: £60
Standard: £80
Late Bloomer: £100

Competition Awards:

– Winner: 2 safari places (per team) onto African Bush Camps’ April (9-15) or June (8-14) 2018 Super Sensory Safari worth $8,000 USD (excluding international flights to/from Zimbabwe).
– Runner-Up: £400 and African Bush Camps’ new limited edition Safari Book
– 6x Honourable Mentions: no cash (boo) but lots of glory (yay)!
– People’s Choice Award (selected by general public voting online): £100 and 
African Bush Camps’ new limited edition Safari Book.

*All of the awarded entries listed above will be published on Eleven’s ‘Elevenses’ feed, social media, Apple News channel, and feature prominently on the 4th issue of Eleven’s new monthly (out on the 11th March 2018 and dedicated to all things Safari). In addition, awarded entries will receive fantastic worldwide attention through Eleven’s media partners.

Confirmed Competition Jury:

– Beks Ndlovu – CEO and Safari Guide – African Bush Camps
– Charlene Hewat – CEO – Environment Africa
– Debra Fox and Chris Browne – Owners – Fox Browne Creatives
– Ron Janisch – Biomimicry & Genius of Nature Guru, Private Guide
– Derek Solomon – Animal Behaviour & Communication Specialist, Author, Private Guide
– Andrea Verenini – Founder – Eleven Magazine
– Eloise Carr – Editor and Creative – Eleven Magazine



Eleven is an online architecture platform interested in design-led innovation. Part of what we do is organise and run international competitions. We plan to launch a whole variety of design and architecture competitions in 2017. Past competitions by Eleven include the award-winning Cambodia 2015 (3rd place in Buster’s Competition of the Year Award 2015, exhibited in London’s Covent Garden in association with the Architecture Review and also exhibited at Boston’s BAC), San Francisco 2016, Moontopia (7th place in Buster’s Top Ten Best Competitions of the Year Award 2016), Biomimicry, Rome 2017 and Planetarium. Our current live competitions are Shelter 48 (a challenge focusing on post disaster emergency life support systems) due to close on the 11th of November and Safari, running until the 11th of January 2018. We are always looking for new opportunities for collaborations, so please get in touch if you wish to connect!

African Bush Camps

African Bush Camps is an independently owned African-based award-winning Safari Company founded by legendary bush guide Beks Ndlovu and his wife Sophia. They have been providing authentic safari experiences in Zimbabwe, Botswana and Zambia for many years. The company is committed to providing innovative, professional and unique experiences in some of Southern Africa’s wildest and most remote areas of outstanding natural beauty.

African Bush Camps have award-winning guides to enhance your experience and enrich your learning and discovery. Their safaris range from children friendly holidays, romantic experiences and adventure seeking walking safaris. With currently 11 beautifully designed and thought out safari lodge locations to experience, whether you wish to discover the mighty Zambezi River, the Okavango Delta or the Linyanti Marsh, African Bush Camps can create tailor-made safari itineraries to cater for your individual needs. Their passion and drive for maintaining environmentally friendly, minimal impact designs also ensures that African Bush Camps promote responsible tourism and conservation.

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