One of the key features of the newly transformed Puku Ridge lodge, located in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park, is the use of Bamboo for the interior flooring and exterior decking of the lodge and accommodation units.
Global company Luxury Frontiers recently collaborated with Puku Ridge’s new owner Chichele Safaris and operator Chiawa Safaris to restore this well-known camp, which had deteriorated beyond repair after 15 years of operating in particularly harsh external conditions. Luxury Frontiers designs and builds luxury resorts and tented projects in remote regions to enhance visitors’ travel experience. The architecture at Puku Ridge aimed to incorporate the original thatch roofs and canvas walls in the final design. However, to guarantee longevity, materials were carefully selected to withstand the elements.
According to Graeme Labe, principal and managing director at Luxury Frontiers, the company selected bamboo flooring and decking for environmental and sustainability reasons. “The bamboo was one of the key cornerstones of this project. The product gave us the look and feel that we were trying to achieve,” says Labe.
In keeping with their design philosophy of durability with sustainability, Luxury Frontiers specified MOSO Bamboo UltraDensity flooring for the interior floors, and MOSO Bamboo X-treme for the exterior decking of the lodge and accommodation units.