• Eco-tourism has been taking shape in Africa with various individuals and organizations developing destinations that encompass pristine, fragile and relatively undisturbed natural areas for the benefit of the community and the traveler.

    The International Ecotourism Society defines ecotourism as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education" (TIES, 2015). Education is meant to be inclusive of both staff and guests.

    In a bid to preserve natural destinations relatively untouched by human intervention, environmentalists have been pushing for conservation of such places since 1980.

    And some spots in Africa have been created in an eco-friendly backdrop which is all about uniting conservation, communities, and sustainable travel.

    1. Mombo Camp (Okavango Delta)

    Located in the Mombo Concession on the northern tip of Chief’s Island within the Moremi Game Reserve, in Botswana, the spot has become a renowned eco-tourist attraction in Africa.

    Built under large, shady trees, Mombo boasts a vast concentration of plains game and predators. With its nine spacious en-suite tents raised two meters from the ground, travelers are promised of excellent scenic views. Visitors can take their showers inside the confines of the tent or outdoors while enjoying nature’s provisions.

    This luxury Lodge is predominantly made and furnished with wood works. Enjoy the nature at the sight of the fauna and floras of the wild at Mombo Camp- ‘The Place of Plenty’. 

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    2. Majete National Park

    This park is so eco-fascinating that lions were relocated here from South Africa. This was obviously due to its quality conservation nature with some of many depreciating species having been resuscitated in the Malawian Park.

    Although all parks and agents should try their level best to commit to preserving and populating endangered species in the continent, Majete is devoted to ensuring that endangered wildlife species are protected under their care.

    The vast park has several man-made watering holes that have been constructed to provide water for the animals especially in the summer when it is very hot and dry. 

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    3. Sindabezi Island (Zambezi River)

    This private luxury Island in the Zambezi River in Zambia will rouse your fishing desires, and the spot also provides a chance to do just that in the serene environment.

    The majestic river flows directly past the exclusive camp that sleeps 10 people in five open-fronted thatched chalets strewn along the shore among the trees.

    The rooms are supported by stilts a few meters above the water, and the sound of the clear flowing river will soothe your senses.

    It is also a perfect place to view the Victoria falls and a great place to not only finish some pending write-up but also enjoy a romantic time out far from industrialization.

    The destination is solar-powered riverside camp.

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    4. Greystoke (Mahale Mountains)

    Greystoke Mahale is one of the most remote and unique, high-end camp that sits on a white-sand beach overlooking Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania.

    It is located within Mahale Mountain National Park, where travelers can enjoy an incredible chimpanzee experience, the relaxing afternoon boat rides where you can fish for your candle light dinner.

    Greystoke’s six bandas are spacious and sparsely located for a good degree of privacy. The majority of the furniture in the rooms is crafted from old recycled wooden dhow boats salvaged from nearby lakeside villages. The resulting products provide a unique rustic style in tune with its surroundings. 

    5. Nkwichi Lodge (Lake Niassa)

    This is Lake Malawi’s secret haven in the ancient mountains.

    It is located in the north-western corner of Mozambique, on the eastern side of Lake Malawi (or Lake Niassa as it is called on the Mozambican side).

    With not so much light population for many miles, travelers can enjoy a perfect stargazing moment while sitting around a campfire.

    Fishing expeditions are also available in the lake which boasts a variety of fish species.

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