An African Safari is the quintessential travel dream for nature lovers – and staying at eco-friendly lodges makes the experience even more meaningful. We’ve rounded up 10 awesome lodges for you, from all over Africa – places to enjoy nature in style and in a respectful manner!
Located in a private game reserve in South Africa within Krueger National Park, right at the foot of the Drakensberg mountain range, Vuyani offers stunning scenery and great animal encounters. The Big 5 are all regularly sighted, along with rarer animals such as wild dogs, cheetahs and hornbills. The reserve has carried out successful reintroductions of cheetahs and black rhinos, making this destination one of the richest in Africa in terms of wildlife.
This lodge lies in the heart of Ruaha National Park, the largest national park in Tanzania. It’s best visited in the dry season from May to November, when wildlife concentrates around the Ruaha river a short distance away from the lodge. Ruaha River Lodge is built with rocks found in the area, locally-harvested grass and sustainable timber.
If you want to explore the underwater world, this is the place for you. Pole Pole is on Mafia Island, 30 km off the Tanzanian coast. It’s a great location for snorkeling and scuba diving, and it’s also possible to swim with whale sharks – if you’re lucky! The bungalows are built with locally-sourced materials and all staff are locals. Plus, there’s a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment system to minimize pollution.
There’s more to Egypt than the Pyramids! This stunning eco-lodge is built near Siwa Lake in a little-visited corner of the country. There are 42 rooms in the resort, all built with local salt rock and with palm thatched roofs. Activities include desert treks, relaxing by the natural pool and enjoying the delicious local cuisine.
This affordable lodge (prices start from £30 per night!) is just one kilometer from the beach near Kufoong Forest Park in Gambia. The resort produces its own sustainable energy (with no generators!) and local staff are given a fair wage and access to microcredit plans.
Ever thought about diving in a lake? Well you can do just this at Blue Zebra! Located on a private island in Lake Malawi, the dive sites around this resort are home to rare and colourful freshwater fish, some of which cannot be found anywhere else. If you’re not a diver, you’ll enjoy the local bird life. The lodge works closely with local NGOs to preserve the lake ecosystem.
This is the newest and most exclusive eco resort at Wolvedans, an eco-friendly collection of camps at Namib Nature Reserve. Choose between a sunset drink overlooking the rocks, a Jeep safari or a walking tour following the footsteps of the Bushmen – spend at least two nights to make the most of your experience!
The lodge is located in the heart of Serengeti, one of Tanzania’s most famous parks, and offers a great vantage point to view the yearly wildebeest migration. &Beyond supports wildlife conservation and project to benefit the local community, and strives to use sustainable energy resources.
The Atlas Mountains of Morocco are one of Africa’s prime hiking destination, with a landscape that looks more alpine than subtropical. Remote Trekking Lodge caters primarily to hikers – it is built in traditional style in a mountain village, and it’s revenue supports community projects.
This lodge can be found in Tsavo West National Park, one of the best parks in Kenya to enjoy wildlife and stunning landscapes. The lodge uses water from a local spring, solar panels to power the entire camp and it is one of the first in the area to possess a wastewater treatment system that processes all wastewater produced.
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