There’s no question about it: travel takes a toll on the environment. That is why it’s so important for travelers coming to Africa to support ethical and eco-friendly safaris.
The cost of traveling to the world’s most exotic and wild destinations comes at a cost far pricier than just plane tickets. From increased plastic wastage to the massive carbon emissions created by airplanes; travelling can leave behind a massive ecological footprint. While being environmentally friendly may not be the most exciting aspect to consider before travelling, it’s the only way to ensure that you’re traveling responsibly and sustainably. From your method of transportation, to your choice of activities and accommodation, it’s so important to do your research and support establishments that are eco-friendly.
Fortunately, many lodges in Africa are very aware of their impact on the environment and take active measures to reduce, if not eliminate, their carbon footprint, and contribute directly to conservation.
Here are a few of our favourite eco-friendly safari lodges:
Under One Botswana Sky Moremi Crossing, Botswana
Situated on a palm fringed island in the Okavango Delta, Moremi Crossing is a tented camp surrounded by Moremi’s game rich seasonal floodplains and overlooking Chief’s Island. This awe-inspiring location, combined with the camp’s understated luxury and top-notch service, makes Moremi Crossing an excellent choice of accommodation for a Botswana safari. However, what makes this camp extra special is that it is 100% eco-friendly and makes use of the latest in solar and waste disposal technology.
Accommodation at Moremi Crossing consists of 16 en suite and spacious tents on raised decks, each with their own veranda overlooking Chief’s Island. Each tent has its own eco-friendly outdoor shower heated by solar power. There is also a Family Tent and a Honeymoon Tent with a romantic outdoor bath.
Rhino Sands Safari Camp, South Africa
Rhino Sands Safari Camp is a new luxury tented camp situated in the heart of the big five Manyoni Private Game Reserve. Carefully positioned within the riverine forest to have the least impact on the natural surroundings, Rhino Sands prides itself on being a ‘green camp’ and runs entirely on solar energy and borehole water. Everything from the ingredients used in their gourmet meals, to their complimentary toiletries are eco-friendly.
Designed to bring an authentic East-African safari experience to South Africa, the camp can accommodate just 8 guests at a time in four luxury canvas tents. This ensures intimacy, exclusivity, and attentive personal service. Each tent boasts its own viewing deck, a spacious open plan bedroom and lounge, plunge pool, en suite bathroom and outdoor shower.
Robin Pope Safari’s Mkulumadzi Lodge, Malawi
Situated in Malawi’s Majete Wildlife Reserve, Mkulumadzi Lodge enjoys an idyllic location at the confluence of two rivers and is surrounded by 7,000 hectares of private concession. Offering the perfect combination of isolation and luxury, this lodge is fully solar powered and has also been designed with their carbon footprint in mind.
Each of the eight chalets boast sloped vegetated roofs that are covered with indigenous plant species such as aloes, succulents, grasses and shrubs. This plays the dual-function of minimizing their environmental impact, as well as keeping the rooms cool. Each chalet has a spacious bedroom and lounge, ensuite bathroom, outdoor shower and private viewing deck where guests can sit back and soak in their surroundings. The rooms also have environmentally friendly ‘evening breeze’ air-conditioned beds to make sure that guests sleep comfortably, even during Malawi’s hot summer months.
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