Wilder by Far and wild logo

Sustainable lodges and trips

An insight in to how we know a lodge is a sustainable travel option

Alex

Alex

Operations & Marketing Development
Published on

25 Sep 2020

Read time

3 minutes

Cottar S 1920S Camp Family Tent

What makes a safari lodge, camp or a hotel a sustainable property?

There are a myriad of ways in which a safari lodge, camp or hotel can be considered sustainably minded, from reducing the amount of energy utilised on a daily basis, the way in which they source food and other products for their guests to actively working with local community projects.

From a minimum perspective before branching out to numerous types of ways in which a safari lodge, camp or hotel can be considered sustainable, there are generally three aspects to look at.

Solar Panels Star Dune Suite And Beyond Sossusvlei
A lodge in the Sossusvlei, Namibia with each of it's rooms connected to a dedicated solar power network

Environmentally sustainable

A lodge is making efforts to reduce their environmental impact. Whether it is reducing power consumption, utilising renewable energy sources (such as solar power), sourcing locally produced food/drink, obtaining water from a low impact source, reducing the amount of single use plastics, recycling and repurposing initiatives. In essence sustainability is about a world is one in which people enjoy happy, healthy lives within their fair share of the earth’s resources, leaving space for wildlife, wilderness and nature.

Dsc3312

Community projects

Organisations are leveraging their influence in an area to help local communities by providing education and development opportunities, supporting enterprise initiatives and businesses, employment from the surrounding communities and helping them live in harmony with the natural environment.

Dsc9266 7

Biodiversity protection

This covers all manner of topics from; protecting wildlife from human encroachment, illegal grazing of livestock, illegal hunting and poaching, putting measures in place to minimise human/wildlife conflict, ensuring the integrity of protected ecosystems from invasive species both flora and fauna as well as projects to correctly manage and potentially increase wildlife stability and diversity.

We’re dedicated to promoting people and organisations who are making these efforts and they way in which we gauge whether a property is a sustainable, from their survey results we made a decision that if a property has a lesser carbon footprint score than the regional and national averages for their location.

Ld
Some safari camps are perfectly in tune with the natural world around them
Peponi Hotel
Peoponi Beach Hotel, Kenya is a prime example of a hotel doing great work to be more sustainable

What do we consider to be a responsibly minded holiday?

There’s so many aspects which can be taken in to consideration with a myriad of variabilities, so, we put our heads together with our carbon offsetting partners and carbon scoring experts to have a clearly defined set of criteria which a Far and Wild holiday would need to meet.

  • 50% and over of the accommodation selected for an itinerary includes a sustainable lodge, camp or hotel.
  • Our client (you) has taken the option to offset the carbon footprint of your holiday either through our partners or through a project you wanted to invest in.

A sustainable lodge must meet the following criteria

  • Their environmental impact was less than their country or regional average.
  • They are involved with sustainability projects to help benefit the local environment or surrounding communities.

We work with amazing organisations who do exceptional work to coexist in harmony with the natural world around them. If you’d like to learn more about how to travel more sustainably and which are our favourite sustainable lodges and trips, call us on 01768 603 715.

Would you like to travel more sustainably

Speak with one of our experts

  • Ben

    Ben

    Africa Specialist

  • Alistair

    Alistair

    Africa Specialist

  • Peter

    Peter

    Africa Specialist

Call an expert on

01768 603 715

Far & Wild Customer Reviews

Find out what our customers think of their adventures!

Read all reviews

An amazing experience showcasing the sights in India

Karen, Judy & Rachel travelled to India in August 2019 on a trip organised by .

A real trip of making memories

Heidi & Family travelled to Malawi in July 2018 on a trip organised by .

A Family Selfie In  Majete

First class travel company

Kathy & Family travelled to Kenya and Mauritius in July 2018 on a trip organised by .

On Holiday At  Il  Moran

Our brief was 'Unknown Adventure' and they delivered!

Michael & Teresa travelled to São Tomé and Príncipe in December 2018 on a trip organised by .

Michael Foster Bom Bom Bridge

Excellent service from start to finish

Sam & Nick travelled to Kenya in February 2019 on a trip organised by Ben.

Sam And Nick On Honeymoon In Kenya

Even in the middle of the Serengeti our Travel Co-ordinator was on hand to sort any hiccups.

June & Steven travelled to Tanzania in February 2019 on a trip organised by Alistair.

Plan with an Expert Plan with an Expert

Have a look at our original holiday experiences and then contact us with your brief, or call 01768 603 715

A detailed itinerary in 24hrs A detailed itinerary in 24hrs

Our experts will send you a detailed holiday itinerary within 24 hours. It's our service promise to you.

Value Guarantee Value Guarantee

Tailor-made doesn't mean expensive! Ask about our price promise and book with financial security.