Eco Hotels in Africa

Think of Africa and a vast, unspoilt wilderness springs to mind. There, conservation is the byword and these handpicked hotels are all, in one way or another, committed to protecting the environment, wildlife and local community for generations to come.

Bisate Lodge, Rwanda

Conservation and community are at the heart of life at Bisate. During its construction, 15,000 indigenous trees were planted in the grounds of the lodge kick-starting a reforestation project that is still underway today. In doing so, the lodge has successfully replicated the unique eco-systems of the Rwandan rainforest, creating a sanctuary for endemic wildlife to thrive. The environment remains a priority in neighbouring Volcanoes National Park too and Bisate Lodge has been recognised as a Centre of Excellence for its vital work expanding and restoring the natural habitats of mountain gorillas.

Desert Rhino Camp, Namibia

Conservation is a vital part of the work of Wilderness Safaris and the number one priority at Desert Rhino Camp. A range of environmental management systems is in place to manage the camps in the most eco-friendly way possible, constantly finding ways to reduce their carbon footprint. The Wilderness Safaris Trust is an independent entity, and a portion of any cost of a stay at one of the Wilderness camps will go towards its continuation. The work it does includes providing education and training for the local community whilst seeking solutions for preventing the extinction of endangered species.

Grootbos, South Africa

An offshoot of the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, the Grootbos Foundation was founded in 2003 to protect the region’s endangered belt of shrub land called fynbos, and also provide support to the local community. Through an array of self-sustaining projects, ranging from beekeeping and computer training to football coaching and clearing alien vegetation, the Grootbos Foundation aims to empower local people enabling them to build a brighter future for themselves. The non-profit organisation conducts its own research into ecological, educational and social issues to find solutions to the issues affecting local people.

Hoanib Valley Camp, Namibia

The Hoanib Valley Camp was, from the outset, a joint venture with local Himba communities and Africa's longest running giraffe conservation charity, the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF). Guests can even spend time with the expert team out in the field, observing the cutting edge research taking place. The camp is committed to ensuring that virtually no footprint is left behind; tents sit on decks made of wood, bamboo and 70% recycled-material composite, the camp is entirely solar powered and carbon emissions are kept to a minimum to help protect the fragile desert eco-system of the Hoanib Valley.

Kicheche, Kenya

At Kicheche, the motto is ‘say R’. Reduce, reuse, repair, recycle are the four buzzwords that form the pillars of their environmental strategy. Aware of the critical need for efficient resource management in remote locations, Kicheche has implemented alternative renewable energy sources to provide electricity for lighting, appliances and refrigeration. Vegetables are grown organically in the onsite bush gardens and ingredients are sourced as locally as possible. The building of strong corrals to protect the Maasai’s livestock from predators is just one of the initiatives in place at Kicheche to support the local community.

Phinda Rock Lodge, South Africa

All &beyond properties look for ways to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions at their lodges. By introducing recycling initiatives, encouraging conservation awareness and increasing water efficiency, they have demonstrated a deep-rooted commitment to sustainability. At Phinda Rock Lodge, the focus is primarily on land management, promoting soil conservation and controlling the spread of invasive plants, alongside its involvement with the Ezemvelo KZN-Wildlife Black Rhino Range Expansion Project. In 2004, the project selected the &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve as the first release site for 16 black rhinos. The endangered rhinos have since thrived in their new home, providing further evidence of the successful restoration of farmlands into prime wildlife habitat.

Serengeti Safari Camp, Tanzania

Despite moving to different locations throughout the course of the year, Nomad Tanzania aims to ensure as little trace of the camp is left behind as possible. The inspiration for the camp comes from nature and so the camp does as much as it can to give back to - and not take from - its surroundings and with eco flush toilets and safari style showers, water wastage is limited. The Nomad Trust invests in the people who live near to its camps and conservation is one of its key focuses. By creating awareness of the threats to wildlife and aiding the local community, they are enabling positive change across Tanzania.

Singita Faru Faru, Tanzania

At Singita, preservation and protection are the pillars of everything they do. Its three main focuses are biodiversity, community and sustainability and tireless efforts are underway to celebrate and protect the pristine African wilderness, how it is and how it should be for many years to come. Having eliminated the use of plastic bottles at their camps, Singita is currently working on adopting the use of electric game vehicles at all of its properties to further reduce its impact on the planet. In future, they hope to avoid the use of all single use plastics to move them closer to their goal to become a carbon neutral operation.

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