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Sustainable Travel: Our Top Picks for Ecological Friendly and Positive Impact Experiences in Africa

Our travel choices shape the African environment, quite literally. Guests are beginning to consider the impact of their trips as more and more information emerges around carbon footprints, overtourism and socially responsible travel. One way to ensure a more responsible visit to Africa is to request a stay at an eco-lodge.

Eco-lodges elegantly give precedence to sustainability and conservation, going beyond traditional green efforts with both depth and style. They actively manage entire ecosystems, focusing on environmental conservation, renewable energy, water efficiency, and sustainable design. Engaging with local communities, implementing educational initiatives, and obtaining certifications are integral, while waste reduction, preservation of local culture, and biodiversity conservation further contribute to their commitment to responsible practices.

These properties strive to enhance not only the environment but also the economy and local communities and can make for a meaningful and helpful visit to the African continent.

Ecological factors, sustainability, conservation, and ecology over profit.  Beyond ‘going green’, eg. replacing plastic straws and reusable water bottles’… thinking bigger scale. Properties that are environmentally conscious by striving to manage the entire ecosystem and not just trying to avoid negative impact, but to actively improve the environment, economy, and community.


Sustainable Factors to Consider while travelling

Environmental Conservation: Eco-lodges are designed and operated with a focus on minimizing their environmental impact. This includes energy conservation, waste reduction, and efforts to protect local ecosystems and wildlife.

Renewable Energy: Many eco-lodges incorporate renewable energy sources such as solar or wind power to minimize their reliance on non-renewable resources and reduce their carbon footprint.

Water Conservation: Eco-lodges often implement water-saving measures, such as efficient plumbing, rainwater harvesting, and wastewater treatment systems to minimize water usage and promote conservation.

Sustainable Architecture and Design: The construction and design of eco-lodges prioritize environmentally friendly materials and practices. This may involve using locally sourced materials, employing energy-efficient designs, and minimizing disruption to the natural landscape.

Community Engagement: Eco-lodges typically engage with and benefit local communities. This could involve providing employment opportunities for local residents, sourcing supplies locally, and contributing to community development projects.

Educational Initiatives: Many eco-lodges aim to raise awareness about environmental issues and sustainable practices. They may offer educational programs for guests, guided nature walks, or workshops focused on conservation.

Certifications: Some eco-lodges seek certifications from recognized organizations to validate their commitment to sustainable practices. These certifications often involve meeting specific environmental, social, and economic criteria.

Waste Reduction and Recycling: Eco-lodges implement waste reduction strategies, including recycling programs and composting, to minimize the impact of their operations on local landfills.

Preservation of Local Culture: Eco-lodges may integrate and celebrate the local culture and heritage, fostering an appreciation for indigenous practices and traditions.

Biodiversity Conservation: Conservation efforts extend to protecting the biodiversity of the surrounding area. This may involve preserving natural habitats, supporting wildlife conservation projects, and minimizing disturbances to local flora and fauna.

Where to go in Africa?

With a wide variety of options to choose from in various regions in Africa, these are our top picks:

Hillside Suite at Singita Sasakwa Lodge

Where to go in East Africa:


  • Singita Sasakwa, Tanzania
  • Chem Chem Lodge, Tanzania
  • Fundu Lagoon Zanzibar, Tanzania
  • Gibbs Farm, Tanzania
  • Singita Kwitonda, Rwanda
  • Wilderness Bisate, Rwanda


  • Angama Mara Lodge
  • Saruni Samburu
  • Ol Pejeta Conservancy
  • Solio Lodge
  • Segera Retreat
  • Lewa Wilderness Lodge
The Republic of Congo

Kamba African Rainforest Experiences, previously Congo Conservation Company, offers the only opportunity to discover the Congo Basin with a variety of life-changing, easy to book journeys, with three unique camps in Odzala-Kokoua National Park. For those seeking a truly unique safari, consider a 7, 10 or 11-night immersive discovery where every aspect of your journey is taken care of. From gorillas and elephants to bongo and blue turaco, this is a rainforest discovery like no other.
Here you explore the magnitude and sheer beauty of the Congo Basin in safety, with 3 exceptional camps and a venture to Dzanga-Sangha baï.

Gibbs Farm - Tanzania

Where to go in Southern Africa:

  • Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, South Africa
  • Tswalu Kalahari, South Africa
  • Cheetah Plains, South Africa
  • Tanda Tula, South Africa
  • Chobe Game Lodge, Botswana
  • Xigera Lodge, Botswana
  • Mombo Camp, Botswana
  • Tembo Plains Camp, Zimbabwe
  • Wild Horizons Elephant Camp, Zimbabwe
  • Sindabezi Island Camp, Zambia
  • Shawa Luangwa Camp by Green Safaris, Zambia
  • andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, Namibia
  • Habitas Lodge, Namibia
  • Wilderness Serra Cafema, Namibia
  • Robin Pope Mkumuladzi Lodge, Malawi
Grootbos Private Nature Reserve exterior
Chobe Game lodge Room exterior

Where to go along the Indian Ocean Islands

  • Sussurro, Mozambique
  • Azura Benguerra, Mozambique
  • Alphonse Island Lodge, Seychelles
  • North Island, Seychelles
  • Soneva Fushi, Maldives
  • Amilla Maldives Resort & Residences, Maldives

In this article
  • Introduction
  • Sustainable Factors to Consider while travelling
  • Where to go in Africa?
  • In East Africa
  • In Southern Africa
  • In the Indian Ocean Islands

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