If there’s one African country that stands out as eco-friendly, it’s Botswana. Since 2014, hunting has been temporarily banned throughout the country, there are no fences and wildlife are free to roam at will.
The lodges of Botswana are all designed to have as little impact on the environment as possible - they are designed so that the entire camp can be packed up without leaving a trace. In this guide, we outline why Botswana is the most eco-friendly country in Africa.
Zarafa is a very special lodge. It is made from wood left in the wake of the 2004 tsunami in South East Asia, and everything in the lodge is fuelled by solar power. The vehicles operate on a mixture of vegetable oil and diesel (85% and 15% respectively), and drinking water is treated in a UV filtration system, thus eliminating the need for plastic bottles.
On the barren Makgadikgadi Pans, Jack’s Camp is a wonderful eco-lodge, involved in the long-term removal of damaging cattle and goats from the Kalahari, an extremely delicate environment. The camp also creates employment opportunities for locals, and operates as a research base for animals like brown hyenas and meerkats, alongside subjects like climate change and the study of the paleontological value of the Makgadikgadi Pans.
Walking with the local bush men, the San trackers, is a fabulous experience offered by Jack’s and its sister eco-camp San Camp, which is run almost entirely on solar energy.
Chief’s Camp is designed so that the entire camp could be packed up without leaving a trace. The rubbish is taken out of the park for responsible destruction, and they have filtered water and recyclable water bottles.
One of the most highly commended eco-camps in Africa, Mombo Camp uses 100% solar energy, is built with natural materials, and the camp provides local community support, too. It’s far from inexpensive, but every dollar spent visiting Mombo is well worth it.
Whatever you want from your perfect eco-vacation to Botswana, our team of expert travel designers are ready to help.