The Long Run
Our Long Run properties
- Arkaba$$$$$Get an authentic outback experience at this luxury bush retreat, sitting in 60,000 acres of private wildlife conservancy in Flinders Range and shared with only nine other guests. Arkaba offers one of Australia’s most exclusive getaways, with uninhibited access to some of the country’s most spectacular wildlife and scenery from wandering wallabies, kangaroos and emus to ancient landscapes. The homestead is recognised as one of the country’s most beautiful outback properties, sensitively designed to pay tribute to its pioneer history as a former sheep station. And with limited to no phone access it offers a rare opportunity to truly switch-off and completely immerse in this quintessential Australian environment. Each of the homestead’s five bedrooms capture the property’s heritage with rural décor while offering all the creature comforts, in a large and luxurious space. All have outdoor verandahs equipped with lounging chairs so you can sit and soak up the expansive vistas. Dedicated to conservation, Arkaba gives its guests the unique opportunity to really experience the outback, with guests able to help out with the many conservation projects, go on guided walks, open-top safaris or even scenic flights.
- Borana Lodge$$$$$Situated 17 miles north of the equator, Borana Ranch has a high density of wildlife including large packs of wild dog, a healthy rhino population and predators such as leopard, lion and cheetah. The lodge itself overlooks a gorgeous lake which attracts high numbers of elephants and buffalo, and in the distance Mount Kenya can be seen rising out of the African earth. The Dyer family who own the lodge and have done for three generations have a passion for conservation projects and this will be a large focus for any visit to this pretty place. Ideal for families, honeymooners or the adventurous, this ranch is free of the malarial mosquito and offers something for everyone. Eight romantic and spacious cottages give you the chance to enjoy the wilderness and each has a phenomenal view over the dam below. When it gets a bit chilly in the evenings, you can relax in front of a crackling fire and sip spend time listening to the African bush. The main lodge area has an infinity pool and large sofas within are very easy to just sink into. The ambiance is definitely a family feel and the history of the conservation projects that they are so highly involved in ekes through making this a highly enjoyable place to explore northern Kenya.
- Caballadas$$$$$Caballadas is a private estancia of some 20,000 hectares which has been owned by the same family since its establishment in 1908. In the north of Lanín National Park, a secluded and beautiful corner of the Argentine Lake District, it is a place to get a traditional taste of life in Patagonia with some of the finest horse riding and fly fishing in the country. The main lodge, La Casa Grande, is at the heart of the ranch atop a hill with fabulous valley and mountain views. Made of native oak and stone in a style typical for the region, it can accommodate up to 12 people in eight bedrooms with five shared bathrooms and there’s also a large communal living room with a fireplace, dining room, and a large playroom for younger ones. A family run service includes excellent food served by chef, a variety of traditional local dishes including the famous asados accompanied by the finest Argentine wines. Caballadas is home to about 60 free roaming horses and you will be matched with your ideal mount for some incredible rides accompanied by gauchos. There are even chances for longer rides with nights spent camping in the forest. You can explore the valley on hikes and the estancia is also home to one of the most exclusive fly fishing rivers in Patagonia, the Quillen, famed for its brown and rainbow trout.
- Caiman Ecological Refuge$$$$$Caiman Ecological Refuge is the most comfortable lodge in the Pantanal and offers a truly wonderful and unique experience. The lodge is set in the grounds of a working cattle ranch and despite the strong human influence in this area, there is still plenty of wildlife to see. Capybaras, hyacinth macaws, caiman, jaribu stalks and lots of other wildlife are all seen regularly in the immediate surrounds of the lodge. Activities are shared with other guests (a maximum of 12) and are tailored to the less active traveller, with hikes generally of a shorter length and cycling on relaxed trails
- Cottar's 1920s Safari Camp$$$$$Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp is located within a beautiful community-owned concession close to the Maasai Mara Game Reserve and the Kenyan border, a timeless setting with incredible views over the game covered plains that surround it. Adding an extra layer to this camp is the fact that is closely involved with local community and conservation efforts, meaning that your stay is benefitting many. The camp itself, unashamedly colonial in style with dark woods, swathes of canvas and antique pieces, is made up of ten tents, spaced out to ensure privacy. Of the ten, four are family suites with their own living rooms and fireplaces and there also a unique honeymoon suite. All have en suite showers and safari baths and showers can be set up in the savannah for unforgettable ablutions. Two main mess tents sit at the heart of Cottar’s with areas for fine dining, drinking, reading and relaxing. There’s also a swimming pool and spa. The Cottar family have decades of experience here and they count the highest number of Gold (the highest professional level) Safari Guides within one camp in Kenya, each chosen for their unique skillset and personalities, meaning a safari here, whether on foot or game drives, is always a fantastic. Cultural interaction with the local Maasai community, with whom the Cottars have worked in partnership with for years, is authentic and not at all touristy. The award-winning camp also has some of the highest ecotourism ratings going.
- Ecocamp Patagonia$$$$$A wonderful way to experience the outdoor feel of camping in this beautiful area of Patagonia with the comfort of a hotel. Accommodation is in geodisic domes inspired by the traditional constructions of the native Kawesqar people allowing plenty of light and space during your stay. The lodge hosts a maximum of 56 guests ensuring a more personal feel as well as minimising the impact on the local environment. We recommend the ‘Suite’ Domes which come equipped with a private bathroom, wood heated stove and solar power. There are three main ‘Core’ domes. Two of which contain the dining area and bar while the other is a resting dome with a library. The resting dome is also used for meetings before small group excursions.
- Grootbos Private Reserve$$$$$Perfectly poised on the headland between two bays and at the heart of what is considered the ‘whale watching Mecca’ of the world, the 2,500-hectare Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is well-positioned to enjoy the area’s thrilling to its more relaxing of activities. Part of what makes Grootbos extra special is the property’s commitment to making a positive impact through various projects. From diving with great white sharks, horse riding on wild Atlantic beaches, spotting whales and pods of dolphin cavorting in Walker Bay to tasting regional wines, discovering the unique heritage of towns such as De Kelders and Hermanus, and trekking through the intriguing fynbos flora and fauna of its reserves and valleys – you won’t be short of things to do here on the Whale Coast and at Grootbos. For budding botanists, the reserve encompasses a vast swathe of the beautiful Cape Floristic Region, the smallest of earth’s six recognised floral kingdoms. There are two fabulous places to stay here – the homely Garden Lodge and contemporary Forest Lodge – as well as two fabulous Private Villas, all of which admire incredible vistas to the sea and mountains.
- House in the Wild$$$$$House in the Wild is a private home tucked away in a 1000-acre private estate on the banks of the Mara River and surrounded by game of the Enonkishu Conservancy. The property was involved in the establishment of the 6000-acre community-based conservation initiative, Enonkishu Conservancy and works closely with the local community on a number of projects geared towards protecting the environment. The house sleeps up 12 people comfortably, split between the airy main house and new cottage. All the rooms are spacious and clean, comfy beds with cotton sheets and fluffy duvets. It comes fully staffed and has an excellent chef and fresh produce from the farm. Dining is either under the stars on a table by the campfire or in the dining area by the fire. Bush dinners and brunches can also be prepared. Guests have their own safari guide who can help guests to plan their activities over their stay with complete flexibility. Head out on game drives into the award winning Enonkishu Conservancy to see it varied and dense game, where animals migrate freely in between the neighbouring conservancies. There is a resident pride of lion, plenty of leopard and in the dry season elephants take refuge in the shade of the forests and browse on the branches of the trees on the Kileleoni Hill. Night drives are offered during which honey badgers, porcupines and ant bears can often be seen. You can also fish, go on guided walks and visit local villages to learn about life on the edge of Maasai Mara.
- Kasiiya$$$$$Meticulously positioned amidst 123 acres of wild landscape yet not too far from the sea, Kasiiya’s five air-conditioned tented suites put guests in touch with nature, giving them space to pause, breathe and make the most of their experience of The Guanacaste coast. The 5 tented suites have been constructed from mainly natural materials on timber frame platforms, each offering total comfort and ultimate privacy. Here food lovers can indulge in Chef Sebastian Guevara’s culinary delights. Here you will experience the true flavor of the land, as the views from the estate, the serenity and the ocean inspires all of the dishes, which are presented as beautifully as Papagayo’s nature itself. At Kasiiya there are a host of activities on offer, since its wonderful location by the coast allows guests to dive head first into a range of water sports such as sea kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkeling as well as simply relaxing on the idyllic beaches or swimming the pristine waters. Here you can also explore the several nature trails around the grounds before enjoying a sunset shakra cleansing and bespoke spa treatments with Yumuna their Shaman to help you wind down in the evenings. While to re-energize in the mornings, you can partake in the unique movement classes and yoga classes overlooking the glistening sea. Your stay here will not be easily forgotten.
- Kicheche Mara Camp$$$$$Nestled in the scenic Acacia Valley of Mara North Conservancy, Kicheche Mara Camp offers guests luxury as well as great game viewing opportunities. The classic tented camp overlooks the Olare Orok stream and features just eight comfortably-furnished tents, making for a peaceful getaway. The tents are all insect-proof and have en-suite bathrooms with flushing toilets, hot safari showers and low-wattage lighting. Between game drives, relax in the spacious lounge tent where you can catch up on your fellow guests’ adventures and make use of a collection of reference books or enjoy a board game or two. Meals are served outdoors under the acacia trees, under the stars or in the dining tent. Being set in a prime wildlife area, game viewing often starts right from the camp itself. Start the day with an early morning drive at sunrise, followed by a leisurely breakfast, then head out again in the late afternoon. Other activities include visits to local Maasai villages and escorted nature walks
- Lapa Rios$$$$$You don’t have to forego luxury in favour of natural beauty at the safari-style eco-lodge Lapa Rios. Located in one of the most diverse primary rainforests in the world, the Corcovado National Park, this ethically-responsible hotel does all it can to blend inconspicuously into its delicate surroundings and to create as little disturbance to the environment as possible. Guests enjoy exceptional intimacy with nature in authentic comfort. Its lodgings are 17 simple, spacious and stylish open-sided thatch bungalows decorated with bamboo furniture, warm wood flooring, and private bathrooms with two showers. As such Lapa Rios’ assimilation into its rainforest habitat means that you often get toucans visiting your bungalow balcony, and the adventure and wildlife activities have never been so close to hand. There are no TVs, phones or internet in the bungalows, so it’s the perfect place to escape and unwind completely. The hotel and each bungalow have sweeping views of the Pacific and rainforest canopies, and it’s a short downhill walk to a quiet and beautiful beach for a dip in the ocean. The main lodge has a high roof and open sides, magically lit by candlelight in the evenings. Tuck into hearty meals made using responsibly-caught local seafood, ethically-sourced meat and fresh vegetables at Brisa Azul Restaurant and Bar. And sip on organic South American wines with your fellow guests as the sunsets.
- Misool Eco Resort$$$$$This private island resort, hidden deep within a pristine archipelago of jungle-covered, uninhabited islands, is 20km by boat from the nearest village. Given its remote location and delicate natural surroundings, this tropical hideaway, home to white sandy beaches and 300,000 acres of coral reefs, created the Misool Private Marine Reserve to protect its precious marine life in 2005. The eco-mindset carries on into the luxurious accommodation, constructed entirely out of reclaimed tropical hardwoods. Eight overwater cottages are built on stilts over the north lagoon, just steps away from the dive centre and restaurant. In the same area, there’re four slightly larger villas. On the powder-white beach on the other side of the island, you’ll find seven villas, overlooking a blue swimming hole. All the rooms feature Balinese-style open-air bathrooms, air-conditioning and handcrafted furniture. A maximum of 40 guests can stay at Misool Eco Resort at any one time, and with three staff to every guest, you can be assured of exclusivity and excellent service. A stay here not only directly supports numerous conservation initiatives but also provides sustainable employment opportunities to the local people. Diving and snorkelling on the reef are perhaps the most rewarding activities here, and the dive centre is truly world-class. You can also swim with stingless jellyfish in a marine lake, discover the island’s flora and fauna, spend the afternoon on your very own beach, visit a local fishing village, see 5000-year-old petroglyphs on Misool Island, take a traditional Indonesian cooking class or explore the archipelago on stand-up paddleboards.
- Pacuare Lodge$$$$$It could be the remote and unrivalled seclusion of Pacuare Lodge’s setting in 740 acres of primary rainforest or its luxury cabins emerging from the thick milieu of foliage that makes this a great place to stay: but the combination is what transforms it into a truly unique one. The Pacuare Reserve is home to toucans, howler monkeys, and a large variety of birds meaning your stay here is an intimate one with nature and located on the banks of the Pacuare River the hotel has the advantage of offering a wealth of activities, such as expert wildlife and jungle expeditions all right from your canopy threshold. Simply but sumptuously furnished with polished wood floors, local art and open-plan living, the 20 bungalows and suites are constructed with local wood timber frames and palm thatch roofs expertly embrace this tropical habitat and jungle lifestyle. The choice of rooms and suites range from luxury garden bungalows and riverside suites to tree-top honeymoon and Linda Vista suites that look out onto unparalleled views of the river and jungle. Some have their own private infinity plunge pools. At night the lodge is lit by candlelight, creating a magical honeycomb-like effect, and delicious food is served at the main restaurant along with wines from its own cellar. There is also a beautiful new swimming pool, heated by special radiating tiles.
- Sasaab Lodge$$$$$If you want an exclusive and luxurious escape combined with a Samburu bush experience, Sasaab Lodge is a wonderful place to stay. Located on the edge of the Ewaso River in a pristine wilderness within the Westgate Community Conservancy, the lodge boasts some fantastic views and is perfectly located to give you some amazing game sightings. If you want to get involved in activities, there is a huge variety of things to get involved with but otherwise, ‘Spa Saab’ will look after you in calming treatment rooms and it even offers yoga. What’s more, Sasaab is involved in many projects with the local Samburu tribe and runs many sustainability initiatives. Each of the nine distinctive open-walled rooms are furnished with a Moroccan flair with simple but elegant trimmings. They are extremely spacious (over 100sqm each) with west facing verandas and their own private plunge pools overlooking the Ewaso Nyiro River. You’re higher up and closer to the Sahara here, so it can get very warm, but the lodge has been built to provide respite from the heat. The open tented rooms are airy and your plunge pool is just a short stroll from your bed. The family unit is ideal for two couples travelling together as well as families. This luxurious suite is spacious, featuring one en-suite double room and one en-suite twin room with a communal lounge and private plunge pool. The main dining area is reminiscent of a souk and is great for a lazy afternoon watching the game frequent the river below. The lodge has a strong relationship with the hundreds of families that live on and own the conservancy and they are very proud to give guests to the lodge a special insight into their daily lives. These cultural experiences are non intrusive and if you’re lucky, they might even invite you to see a genuine traditional ceremony in the village. Trips to the local Samburu markets take place twice a week and are not to be missed.
- Six Senses Laamu$$$$$An inter-island flight from Malé Airport and a short boat ride takes you to this tropical playground, and with 97 beach and water villas, Six Senses Laamu is the only resort in the Laamu Atoll. Sustainability is central to this eco-conscious resort’s operations, and several programmes are implemented to uplift the local community and protect the surrounding ecosystems. The villas have been tastefully constructed using sustainable materials and all have large private balconies with sun loungers, so you never have to leave the comfort of your island home. The villas also encompass a private outdoor shower and an upper deck for romantic sunset dinners. Various dining tastes are taken care of on this privately-owned island, with local and international cuisines on offer in an array of settings, including inventive meals at an eatery perched above the garden, Japanese favourites at a live kitchen station, overlooking the sea and 40 flavours of ice-cream in an alfresco parlour. Many of the dishes are created using organic ingredients grown in the island’s gardens, recycling practices are carried out and single-use plastic is banned. The waters surrounding the Laamu Atoll are wonderful for diving, with schools of tropical fish and colourful coral waiting beneath the surface. There’s an on-site Marine Team at this resort that seek to educate guests about the importance of protecting the marine environment. As well as the wealth of water sports on offer, other activities such as movie screenings in the jungle, deluxe spa treatments, sunset dhoni cruises, sand dune dining and yoga and aerobics classes are available.
- Sundy Praia$$$$$Located on the wild northwest tip of the island of Príncipe, Sundy Praia allows guests to fully immerse themselves in their tropical surroundings. This is a place where the chatter of parrots, the swaying of trees and the lapping of the ocean provide the soundtrack, and your senses are ignited by the tastes and smells of the forest. Everything here is based around keeping it local, from the staff to the products in the rooms, and the ingredients used at the restaurant. Sundy’s 15 wooden tented villas are nestled amongst almond and banana trees, looking out towards the ocean. There’s a selection of one-, two- and three-bedroom villas, all with floor-to-ceiling sliding windows and private decking. Freestanding granite bathtubs look out over the canopy, and the three-bedroom villas also feature their own pools. The restaurant menu is inspired by the island’s incredible natural larder, with fruit, veg and herbs coming from Sundy’s organic farm, and tuna and wahoo straight out of the ocean. There is so much to do on the island of Príncipe, from 4×4 tours and boat trips to whale spotting, birdwatching and hiking.
- The Hide Safari Camp$$$$$The Hide Safari Camp was set up in 1992 by the Preston family out of their passion for nature and the beauty of Hwangwe National Park. The area, now a private concession on the park’s eastern edge, was once the royal hunting ground of Ndebele kings and is famous for its abundant and diverse wildlife. Today, this camp has established and partnered with foundations to protect the wildlife and benefit the local community. The Hide’s main camp has ten tents, two of which are slightly larger than the others. Each tent is mosquito-proof and has an en-suite bathroom, a fan for your comfort in summer and extra warm blankets and hot water bottles for the cool winter months. There’s also Tom’s Little Hide, a secluded three-bedroom cottage with awesome views of the waterhole that’s best suited for up to six adults and four children. For an unforgettable night, The Dove’s Nest Treehouse is a sleep-out experience for those who are a little more adventurous. The hub of the camp is the ‘A-frame’ which houses the dining room, a downstairs sun lounge and a large comfortable lounge area upstairs. There’s also a plunge pool near the main lounge and dining room, and a tunnel leading to a wine cellar and hide. During a stay here you can expect to see herds of elephants, buffalo, lion, leopard and African wild dog, as well as some of the four hundred bird species, which you can spot on game drives and walking safaris. There’s a waterhole just metres away from the tents, which attracts a wide variety of wildlife and can be viewed from your personal veranda or the hide. Other activities include visits to community projects and conservation initiatives.
- Wolwedans Private Camp$$$$$Exclusive to only four guests, Private Camp is a real getaway for friends, family or honeymooners who are after a real slice of solitude and service. The villa has three spacious en-suite bedrooms, a sala, various decks, a central lounge, study, living room, dining area and a fully equipped kitchen. Roll up the canvased walls to reveal stunning views across the expansive desert. Delightful food and provisions are supplied or guests can opt for a private chef. Deep in the spectacular Namib Desert, Private Camp is a large, comfortable wooden villa offering the ultimate in privacy. Antique furniture, old leather-bound books and lounging sofas create a welcoming and contemporary oasis in this wild landscape. Designed for those who seek solitude and peace, you can relax in silence and take in the ever-changing colours of the desert. There is no swimming pool at the camp but a driver can be arranged to drive 20 to 30 minutes to use the one at Dunes Lodge. There are a number of guided activities (only for guests at this camp) to choose from to make the most of this spectacular region.
How is The Long Run working to create a positive impact through tourism globally?
We are at a time where it is not enough to try and mitigate our negative footprint, we have to
strive for net positive impact. Business, especially tourism, has the potential to drive positive
To do this, The Long Run brings together a global community of like-minded, passionate and
innovative individuals committed to conserving nature and improving people’s lives through
their tourism businesses. The Long Run’s vision is of a world where business, nature and people
harmoniously work together for a sustainable future. Their goal is for ecosystems around the
world to be conserved for the benefit of all through a holistic approach to sustainability.
The Long Run showcases inspiring practices to help the movement grow, supports their members on their sustainability journeys, and shares stories that demonstrate what can be done when we collaborate and commit. We believe in the power of collaboration to create scalable impacts by changing attitudes. Collectively The Long community helps protect 21-million acres of nature, and touches the lives of 750,000 people.
Positive impact trips
What is the 4Cs approach, and how is it being put into practice by The Long Run's members?
The 4Cs (Conservation, Community, Culture, Commerce) framework provides a concrete
way to take a 360-degree view of business and enables businesses to embed positive impact at the heart of their operations.
Members articulate their vision and goals around the 4Cs, which form the basis of their
strategic plans and guide their future work. The 4Cs are also the pillars that
the Global Ecosphere Retreats standard is based on — The Long Run’s standard requirement which all destination members must eventually comply with. It is one of the leading
standards in sustainable tourism, and is a significant milestone in a members’ journey.
From the traveller perspective, the 4Cs help to provide unique and transformational
experiences through connections with people, meaningful insights into nature and cultures and fostering a mutual respect for a destination. By using the 4Cs as a grid, travellers can identify a business’ genuine commitment to nature and people.
How can individual travellers support The Long Run's vision and mission?
There are two main ways that individual travellers can help to support The Long Run’s work:
1) Stay at a Long Run property
We believe that travel experiences should have a positive impact on the places and people
that inspire us to explore the world. Long Run members are positive impact pioneers. They pour
all of their time and resources into protecting nature, securing a future for wildlife, celebrating
cultures and improving community well-being. By staying at a Long Run property, your
journey will directly improve livelihoods, support the celebration of cultural diversity and
ensure the environmental conservation of our planet.
2) Support The Long Run as an organisation
There are numerous opportunities to support The Long Run through donations. Long Run
members are some of the world’s most inspiring and aspirational conservation pioneers and
travel destinations. If more businesses invested in nature and people, the world would be a
better place. Travellers can help to shine a light on the positive impact heroes at The Long Run and help spread the word about travel that has a positive impact.