15 Botswana lodges now eco-certified
A total of 15 camps and lodges in Botswana are now eco-certified, as the country looks to ensure that its rich wildlife and culture are preserved for future generations to enjoy.
Since 2010, the Botswana Ecotourism Certification System, which outlines more than 240 performance standards, has been promoting environmental and social responsibility among tourism operators in the southern African state.
It forms part of the wider National Ecotourism Strategy formulated in 2002 to promote a 'green' way of life.
This three-tier programme sees businesses work up from 'green' through 'green plus' to 'eco' certification , signifying that the firm is fully committed to eco-tourism by working with local communities, engaging in conservation and immersing itself harmoniously within the surrounding environment.
"All of the certified properties throughout Botswana and their respective companies are committed to providing their guests a comfortable to luxurious eco-friendly product in authentic style and in a pristine natural environment, making 'green' not only appealing, but preferred," the tourism board explained.
Of the 15 lodges, 13 have gone on to attain the highest 'eco' level of certification, including Camp Kalahari located in the Makgadikgadi Pans at the heart of the vast Kalahari Desert.
This rustic property blends seamlessly into the surrounding landscape - allowing visitors to be at one with nature for the duration of their stay.
Whichever time of year you visit, the attractions are endless - from quad biking across the salt flats in the dry season to watching the landscape transform at the beginning of the wet season.
Meno A Kwena on the Boteti River is another eco-tourism gem. Relax in the plunge pool alongside the Boteti, visit any of three stunning wildlife sanctuaries and spend a night in Meno's hide in cliffs overlooking the river. What's great about this camp is that the nature comes to you, as animals stop by for a drink from the Boteti.
If you want to experience the best of Africa's wildlife, it makes sense to do it in a place that makes you feel like you're interfering with nature as little as possible.