These lodges, safari camps and boutique hotels are among the top 50 properties that have been submitted to rigorous auditing and analysis and then chosen as Africa’s best sustainable tourism operators.
They have made the list for their far-reaching efforts towards ecotourism in Africa. This includes blending in with the surroundings, leaving a low carbon footprint, disposing of waste in an environmentally friendly manner, low-impact on species habitation, and a balanced socio-economic partnership with staff and locals.
In conservation circles you get the ‘doers’ and the ‘talkers’. While many camps or safari operations are quick to slap ‘green’ onto their homepage, the properties in this group have actually taken the initiative and have been seriously audited. These are Africa’s Finest!
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One of Africa’s most remote luxury camps, Wilderness Safaris’ Serra Cafema is a true oasis in the middle of the vast Namib desert. Tucked into the narrow band of green trees next to the Kunene River, on the border between Namibia and Angola, the camp is an ideal base for the adventurous traveller to experience the wonder of this unique area. Accessed only via light aircraft from Windhoek and a 4x4 drive through the desert rocks and dunes, this is as away from it all as it is possible to get, the only other inhabitants being the nomadic Himba tribe living as they have done for centuries. Read More
Kaingo Camp is found in one of South Luangwa National Park’s most game-rich areas, overlooking the Luangwa River. Built and managed by one of Africa’s best-known walking safari aficionados, Derek Shenton, son of Barry Shenton, a former warden of Kafue National Park, Kaingo has been expertly designed for guests to experience the many enjoyable facets of an African safari, in the most sustainable way possible. With just 6 chalets, you are assured of a peaceful, exclusive stay and the undivided attention of your hosts. Read More
The ultimate private sanctuary deep in the ‘green’ Kalahari of South Africa’s malaria-free Northern Cape, Tarkuni is a luxurious exclusive use lodge at Tswalu, the vast private game reserve of the Oppenheimer family. Their dedicated conservation programmes have created a pristine wilderness where many rare and endangered species flourish, including the black-maned lion, desert black rhino, aardvark and pangolin. Read More
this rustic camp defines ‘getting away from it all’ and is totally off the grid, with only radio-communication linking it to the outside world. Only 8 guests are accommodated at a time, in 4 open-fronted reed and thatch chalets, which are reconstructed every year. Mwaleshi is closed during the rainy season every year, from 1 November to 14 June. As a walking safari destination par excellence, 4x4’s transfer eager guests to a new starting point every day, where you head off into the wilderness under the care of an expert guide as well as an armed National Park scout. Read More
A secluded and intimate tented camp deep in a private concession of Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, Little Makalolo offers superb game viewing and genuine hospitality. One of Wilderness Safari’s Classic camps it provides plenty of luxury without losing its authentic appeal, and its setting overlooking a vibrant waterhole frequented by elephants, buffalo and leopard is second to none. The log-pile hide allows great photographic opportunities and there’s a sparkling swimming pool for afternoon relaxation. Read More
One of Namibia's most eco-friendly safari camps and set in what is said to be the most pristine wilderness area in Namibia, Damaraland Camp has the most spectacular views of ancient valleys, arid desert plains, and the high peaks of the Brandberg Mountains. Visitors rise early to track the endangered black rhino or take nature drives into the Huab River System to see the rare desert elephants and other species that have adapted to desert life, with the odd sighting of lion and cheetah. Read More
About 12 kilometres upstream from the Victoria Falls, and in the heart of the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park lies Wilderness Safaris' Toka Leya Camp. Named after the local Toka Leya people, who have inhabited this area for centuries, this Victoria Falls camp is a celebration of natural elements combined with modern touches - and sighting of white rhino on the lodge's extensive guided game drives is one of the most amazing experiences you can have in Africa. Read More
Elsa's Kopje is named after one of Africa's most famous cats, Elsa the lioness, who was hand-reared by naturalists George and Joy Adamson and became the first lioness ever to be successfully released back into the wild. The lodge is set just above the Adamsons' original campsite in Kenya's Meru National Park, where they taught Elsa to hunt and fend for herself in preparation for her reintegration into the African bush. Read More
Desert Rhino Camp blends into its semi-desert environment in Namibia’s vast 5 000km² Palmwag concession, located between Etosha National Park and the skeleton coast. This camp is also home to Africa’s largest population of black rhino, found outside of a national park. Operated in close conjunction with the local community and the Save The Rhino Trust, this reserve has the core aim of preserving the desert-adapted black rhino, and is one of only two places on earth where you may get to see these rare creatures. Here you will find just 8 luxury safari tents, assuring you of exclusive wildlife experiences in the heart of the Namibian wilderness. Read More
For a ruggedly exclusive and luxurious camping experience, Wolwedans Boulders Camp is a must for discerning travelers wanting to experience the real Namibia. Forming part of the Wolwedans Collection, the camp is in the deep south of the NamibRand Nature Reserve on a farm called Aandster (Evening Star). This evocative name is an indication of the magic that awaits visitors to this secluded spot. Read More