Going Green on an Eco-Friendly Safari

A green safari refers to more than just the colour of the lush African bush in the summertime.

Going green and minimising our carbon footprint has been on many people’s minds lately. After all, every single thing we do, every day, has an impact on the planet-  good or bad. Most people are already trying to do their bit to help the environment when at home, but how do you help keep things green when on a safari.

Eco-Friendly Safari

Safaris are about appreciating wildlife in their natural habitat. It’s about leaving behind the polluted city life and becoming one with nature. More and more travellers are opting for the “greener” way, labelled eco or green safaris.

Eco-Friendly safaris are more than just about being considerate and not littering in the natural environment. It is important to consider what impact you are having on the natural environment during your safari and what you can do to minimise it.

Eco-Friendly Safari Activities

There are various soul-soothing ways to enjoy your safari responsibly without having to worry about your impact on the environment.

Mokoro Rides in Botswana

The Mokoro is a common type of canoe used to get around in the shallow waters of the Okavango Delta. Commandeered by a skilled poler as your guide, these canoe safaris are perfect for game viewing as you are able to get closer to the wildlife without scaring them away. Mokoros are extremely eco-friendly as they do not contribute to any noise, air or water pollution.

Guests at Under One Botswana Sky Moremi Crossing enjoying their Mokoro Ride.

Walking Safaris in Zambia

 Forget about a game drive, go on foot!  Robin Pope Safaris’ Mobile Walking Safaris have long been known as the best wilderness experience in the South Luangwa. You will not be responsible for any carbon emissions from t game drive vehicles as you will be exploring nature, naturally, on foot. You’ll also get the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the wilderness, taking in every sight, sound and smell as you go.

Robin Pope Safari Guests on a mobile walking safari.

Horse Riding Safari in South Africa

The Ant Collection in the Waterberg region of the Limpopo Province, South Africa offer travellers a unique opportunity to game view from horseback. The only “pollution” in this scenario is the horse manure which turns into compost that gives back to the earth! So, saddle up and don’t forget your binoculars.

Horseback safari at Ant’s Nest

How to be a green traveller

Eco-Friendly safaris don’t require you to live like a total hippy during your holiday (but long live flower power).

Here are some tips on how you can be a green traveller, without foregoing the creature comforts:

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    Do not litter

    It might sound obvious but it is probably the rule most overlooked. It might just look like a packet to you but it can be a death trap for wildlife.

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    Save energy

    Switch off lights and appliances before leaving the room. When in your room, only use those lights and appliances that you really need to use.

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    Re-use your towels

    Try and use your towels more than once while traveling as this will save a lot of water and energy.

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    Water is life

    Use only as much as you need to shower/bathe and to brush your teeth.

Eco-Friendly Safari Lodges

Fortunately, most lodges and camps support the “Going Green” trend and have adapted their operations so that travellers can enjoy their safari with a clear conscious. Here are a few of our favourite eco-friendly lodges:

  • Robin Pope Safaris Mkulumadzi Lodge– This lodge in Malawi is fully solar powered (with a back-up generator for those cloudy days). The chalets are designed with their carbon footprint in mind boasting sloped vegetated roofs that are covered with indigenous plant species such as succulents, aloes, shrubs and grasses. This minimises their impact on the environment and keeps guests cool in the hot season.

Mkulumadzi Lodge Eco-Friendly room

  • Under One Botswana Sky Moremi Crossing– Moremi Crossing is a 16-tent camp built on a palm fringed island in the Okavango Delta. This is a 100% eco-friendly development and features the latest in solar and waste disposal technology.

Moremi Crossing’s solar panels.

  • Garonga Safari Camp– This luxury camp in South Africa has a a six-phase filtration sewerage system that makes waste water safe for the wildlife to drink. For guests, the Vivreau Water System produces chilled, filtered water. The camp garden supplies a third of all Garonga’s food needs (and even that’s enriched by organic chicken litter!) To top it off the game drive vehicles are run on clean bio-fuel. That’s what we call an eco-friendly claim to fame!

Grey Water is pumped into a feeder tank at Garonga Safari Camp.

Every green decision you make is important. We are all responsible for protecting and conserving the wonders of nature so that future generations can also get to experience the wonders of it. Make sure you leave behind only your footprints in the safari sand.

Get in touch with us and let us help you plan your eco-friendly safari.