Although many African safari lodges and camps sell themselves as being eco-friendly, Colin Bell and David Bristow found that some merely “green wash”, meaning they are only claim to be eco-friendly accommodation.
The two recently released ‘Africa’s Finest‘, a comprehensive guide of the 50 finest, most eco-friendly accommodations throughout sub-Saharan Africa, the Seychelles and Madagascar. The pair spent two years visiting over 1,000 properties, before narrowing it down to 170 finalists. They then invited nine environmental specialists to travel with them for another two years, as they extensively evaluated those properties. Each property was also graded on a scale of ten, based on operation, conservation, and community effort. All properties that received an eight and higher score are featured alongside photos from many of Africa’s most talented photographers, and those that scored between seven and eight are also noted as ‘Other Green Places’ to visit in each country. Several of the worst safari camps that masquerade as green lodges were also included.
Bell and Bristow present their model of how they believe the safari industry should operate, and hope this blueprint will force all safari camps to adopt sustainable practices. Here’s a look at some of the top seven properties highlighted in ‘Africa’s Finest’.