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Travel 5 sustainable African safari lodges for the eco-conscious traveller

Travel 5 sustainable African safari lodges for the eco-conscious traveller

UK-born owner Bernie Smith founded the original Garonga Safari camp in 1997 and in 2009, he decided that it was time for a complete environmental overhaul. The camp, located in the Greater Makalali Pidwa private nature reserve, is home to a sewerage system consisting of a six-phase filtration system that makes wastewater safe for animals to drink. For guests, the Vivreau water system produces chilled, filtered water, and organic chicken litter enriches the camp’s in-house garden, which then supplies a third of Garonga’s food supply. Spend the night at one of the six luxury camping grounds, sculpted out of rough-plastered walls and overarching canvas tents. If you’re lucky, you’ll even catch a playful elephant or two right at your doorstep. Game drives are also available to guests to want to encounter the Big Five (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino) from the comfort of the vehicle, which is also run on sustainable biofuel.