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Sustainability

Community Guiding is key to generating grassroots interest in conservation...

Conservation Africa

Conservation in Africa has changed radically since the turn of the 20th century when most of the signature wildlife conservancies on the continent were established. At that time the philosophy simply involved the exclusion of any kind of human encroachment or activity over vast areas of national parks or wildlife reserves, regardless of the hardships inflicted and the general hostility felt by local people towards the various parks management authorities. In recent years human population pressure against vital wildlife conservancies has become acute; too acute to ignore. From this has evolved a conservation policy over much of Africa that seeks to balance the needs of wildlife and humanity in a manner that can be beneficial to both.

Eco Lodge Africa Conservation Policy

A core feature of the Eco Lodge Africa conservation policy is the recognition that local communities will resist any persuasion to contribute to the preservation of wildlife without tangible financial reasons. Local people are faced with two options: the direct exploitation of the environment through deforestation and hunting or benefiting indirectly from revenues accrued from tourism. At Eco Lodge Africa we:

  • Make use of local guiding staff to contribute the unique bank of knowledge available within the local community
  • Foster the regeneration of local cultural heritage by incorporating local cultural lore into our community guiding
  • Offer employment to local people in preference to outsiders…
  • Contribute a percentage of earning to specific community projects

Sustainable Practice

At Eco Lodge Africa we strive to make as limited an impact on the local environment as possible. As a consequence we make optimum use of solar and wind generated power while ensuring at all times that materials, design and construction of camp conform to the highest standards of sustainability.

Visit Eco Lodge Africa and share our vision for sustainable travel in Africa. We are striving for a future of conservation and sustainability in Africa…

Conservation Africa

Conservation in Africa has changed radically since the turn of the 20th century when most of the signature wildlife conservancies on the continent were established. At that time the philosophy simply involved the exclusion of any kind of human encroachment or activity over vast areas of national parks or wildlife reserves, regardless of the hardships inflicted and the general hostility felt by local people towards the various parks management authorities. In recent years human population pressure against vital wildlife conservancies has become acute; too acute to ignore. From this has evolved a conservation policy over much of Africa that seeks to balance the needs of wildlife and humanity in a manner that can be beneficial to both.