Behind The Scenes Look
The rather simple image of a tent placed on a piece of pristine ground against a spectacular backdrop does little to tell the story of what goes on behind the scenes of a tented camp. It is infinitely easier to relate to the scale of man and machine which precedes a hotel. And to ask you to imagine someone putting up a hotel just for you and then taking it down, restoring the environment to its former condition, would be absurd. But in reality that is pretty much what happens each time a mobile tented camp is established. We found it interesting to log some of the basic inputs and activities during a recent camp, and this is post is a summary of what we recorded.
The client is Landrover and Discovery Channel, the brief is simple; a luxury tented camp at a magnificent location along the wild coast of South Africa.
The expectation is no different to all our briefs; spacious tents, Egyptian cotton linen, electric blankets in case it gets a bit cool, hot water showers, flush toilets, superb fare, including freshly baked pastries and ciabatta breads etc. Attentive service and the ability to adapt to an ever changing program goes without saying.
Several site visits and meetings with community leaders preceded the camp, and it is during these visits that we assessed the availability of support services and supplies, as every item, and or, man hour that can be procured locally provides much needed economic benefit to the community. Not to mention the costs that can be contained by not having to import services and supplies. Having said this and given that considerable procurement was possible locally, here are some statistics behind a camp for 24 guests 2 nights;
1. 16 tons of equipment.
2. 5 vehicles, excluding water and equipment trailers, traveled a total of 13 250 km’s.
3. 2004 man hours excluding travel time, half of which were procured from the local community.
4. 50 litres of fuel powered 2 generators.
5. 25 kg’s of gas fired ovens and stoves.
6. 2500 litres of water.
7. 1 ton of waste was removed from the site.
The camp took 5 days to build and 2 days breakdown, the work of pulling and loading kit commenced 5 days before the equipment arrived on site and the kit was cleaned, repaired where required and replaced 7 days after departure from the site.