7 eco-friendly and conservation-minded safari lodges across Africa

June 14, 2017 by  
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Gallivanting across Africa in search of majestic and fascinating wild animals is at the top of many people’s bucket lists, and thankfully, there are more ways than ever to safari with an eco-friendly and socially conscious mindset. We found seven safari lodges that were created with heavy consideration for conservation and community: the only heavy footprint left is that of a gentle, gigantic elephant as he passes by. Chem Chem Safari Lodge This Tanzanian lodge , located within the Burunge Wildlife Management Area, prides itself on a “slow safari” ethos, with options including wilderness picnics, walking safaris with a private guide, and lessons in identifying wildlife tracks, as well as meetings with the lodge’s anti-poaching team . The tent-style suites and main house toe the line between rustic and glamorous and were crafted to bring to mind vintage safari lodges. A pool, spa , gourmet restaurant, and viewing tower make returning after a day of flamingo watching and safari-going a little easier. Greystoke Mahale Operated by Nomad Tanzania , one of East Africa’s original safari companies, Greystoke Mahale will make visitors feel as if they have ventured to a magical place where beaches, forests, and mountains exist in harmony. The native chimps are the main attraction here, but with the beach of Lake Tanganyika at your feet and Mahale Mountains behind you, it’s an ideal location for exploring waterfalls, swimming, and having kayaking adventures. Image © Exploring Tourism Zimbabwe Pamushana Lodge Pamushana Lodge , part of the conservation-focused Singita resorts family, has won multiple Leading Safari Lodge awards, and this Zimbabwe retreat gives back in a major way. As the ecotourism arm for a 130,000-acre reserve, Singita manages the lodge on behalf of an environmental trust: all proceeds from the lodge benefit conservation and community partnership efforts. The local culture is honored in small ways, such as the beaded and adorned throw pillows , as well are more dramatic ways, including the preservation of a diversity of habitats from grasslands to broad-leaf forests. Related|Solar-powered safari lodge is a gorgeous green retreat in Botswana Grootbos Private Nature Reserve Not that you could ever get tired of seeing the usual suspects (giraffes, elephants, rhinos, lions, etc.) in real life, but the Grootbos Nature Reserve in South Africa offers alternate experiences including a marine safari to see the marine Big 5, a botanical 4 x 4 tour, or shark cage diving. The land is home to 791 plant species , including 100 endangered plant species, and milkwood forests that are over 1000 years old. Duba Plains Part of the Great Plains Conservation Camps, Duba Plains opened in March 2017, but it is already gaining a following for both its conservation and environmental stewardship as well as its proximity to plentiful wildlife (lions and buffalo are common sights). The rooms at the camp, located in Botswana ’s Okavango Delta, were built on recycled railway sleeper decking to provide prime and varied animal viewing access. Campi Ya Kanzi The only safari lodge on a 283,000 Maasai -owned reserve, Camp Ya Kanzi (aka Camp of the Hidden Treasure) shouldn’t remain hidden to you or your fellow safari adventurers: the expansive view of Kilimanjaro is reason enough to plan your visit. Stay in a tented cottage or tented suites or rent an entire private villa with a swimming pool supplied by rainwater . Image © SteppesTravel UK Camp Nomade Camp Nomade , located in Zakouma National Park in Chad , is exclusive in more ways than one: it’s only available from mid-December to mid-April each year when the park dries up, and can only host a maximum of eight visitors per week. With 360-degree views and the feeling of being plopped down in the middle of all the safari action, lucky visitors can look for buffalo, elephants , lions, leopards, baboons, and more. Lead image via Camp Nomade

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Solar-powered safari lodge is a gorgeous green retreat in Botswana

April 12, 2017 by  
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Elevated on stilts, the sustainable and cocoon-like lodge takes its inspiration from the pangolin, an endangered scaly animal native to the African bush. The architects clad the curvaceous facade with natural and locally sourced shingles and woven saplings in a bid to minimize the building’s environmental footprint. The building is entirely concrete-free and a solar panel farm powers the electricity. Related: Photographer Zack Seckler Snaps Rare and Beautiful Aerial Photographs of Botswana Wildlife Curved shapes find their way into the interior of the lodge as well, where the 12 suites take on the appearance of suspended weaverbird nests and large timber arches evoke a cathedral-like character. The building opens up towards the river to allow for natural ventilation and lighting, as well as wildlife views. The interior has minimalist décor to keep the focus on the landscape. + Sandibe Okavango + Michaelis Boyd + Nick Plewman Via Contemporist

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Botswana’s government kept sale of fracking rights to a national park secret for a year

December 8, 2015 by  
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Botswana secretly sold fracking rights to more than half of one of Africa’s largest conservation areas, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Drilling for shale gas may have already begun, according to evidence found by the Guardian , although government officials claim that isn’t the case. Scientists and conservationists are worried about the imminent impact on local wildlife and ecosystems, and their concerns are elevated by the fact the government kept the sale a secret for over a year. Read the rest of Botswana’s government kept sale of fracking rights to a national park secret for a year

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Poachers Killed 100,000 Elephants in 3 Years Due to Skyrocketing Ivory Demand

August 20, 2014 by  
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Africa is experiencing a huge spike in elephant deaths due rising demand for ivory in China and other Asian nations. A new study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reveals that poachers killed an estimated 100,000 elephants across Africa between 2010 and 2012. A decade ago 25% of all elephant deaths were due to illegal killings, however that figure has risen to 65% today – and if it continues it will lead to extinction of the species. Read the rest of Poachers Killed 100,000 Elephants in 3 Years Due to Skyrocketing Ivory Demand Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: botswana , china , china demand for ivory , chinese embassy in kenya , Colorado State University , East africa , elephant deaths , elephants , george wittemyer , iain douglas-hamilton , illegal ivory trade , illegally killing elephants , kenya , kenya wildlife service , liu xianfa , monitoring the illegal killings of elephants , poaching , Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , save the elephants , selous game reserve , South Africa , tanzania

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Photographer Zack Seckler Snaps Rare and Beautiful Aerial Photographs of Botswana Wildlife

May 19, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of Photographer Zack Seckler Snaps Rare and Beautiful Aerial Photographs of Botswana Wildlife Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aerial photography , botswana , botswana landscapes , botswana wildlife , kalahari desert , Magadigadi Salt Pans , Okavango Delta , robin rice gallery , salt pans , Zack Seckler

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Futuristic Solar-Powered Skylock Secures Your Bike With the Touch of a Button

May 19, 2014 by  
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For years fear of theft has deterred many would-be bike commuters from taking the two-wheeled plunge. Securing one’s bike outside work or a restaurant has required big combination chains or hefty D-locks with easy-to-lose keys. But now, right in the middle of National Bike Month , we’ve uncovered an intelligent bike lock that uses mobile technology powered by the sun to secure your bike in the most convenient way possible. Created by ex-Boeing and Jawbone engineers, Skylock promises to revolutionize the way we protect–and share–our bikes at the touch of a button. Keep reading to find out how it works and how you can get your own. Read the rest of Futuristic Solar-Powered Skylock Secures Your Bike With the Touch of a Button Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bluetooth 4.0 , Bluetooth 4.0 bike lock , eco-friendly bike accessories , green bike accessories , intelligent bike lock , keyless entry bike lock , Skylock bike lock , solar-powered bike lock

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Photographer Zach Seckler Snaps Rare and Beautiful Aerial Photographs of Botswana Wildlife

January 23, 2014 by  
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Freedom Industries Fails to Disclose Second Chemical Leak in West Virginia

January 23, 2014 by  
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As if the company wasn’t already in enough hot water, a new report released this week reveals that Freedom Industries, the company responsible for the massive chemical leak in West Virginia, failed to disclose a second chemical that leaked into the state’s water supply. The second chemical appears to be less toxic than the original, but the company’s failure to disclose the information could have had a devastating impact since the second chemical could have continued to taint drinking water after the original cleanup. Luckily, the water has been tested and no trace of the chemical has been detected, but officials are criticizing the company’s lack of honesty in the situation. Read the rest of Freedom Industries Fails to Disclose Second Chemical Leak in West Virginia Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: chemical spill , Freedom Industries , Freedom Industries bankrupt , Freedom Industries bankruptcy , Freedom Industries chemical spill , Freedom Industries leak , Freedom Industries reveals second chemical leak , Freedom Industries second leak , US water issues , West Virginia chemical leak , West Virginia Chemical Spill , West Virginia cleanup efforts , West Virginia environmental damage , West Virginia mining damage , West Virginia mining problems , West Virginia water , West Virginia water clean up , West Virginia water issues        

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Next-Generation Wood Fiber Solar Cells Could Dwarf Current Efficiency Levels

January 23, 2014 by  
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There are two key factors that affect solar cell performance: high optical transparency for good light transmission, and high optical haze for increased scattering, and therefore absorption. Researchers recently developed an inexpensive paper solar panel component made from  wood fibers that is more environmentally-friendly than the plastic substrates currently used, and it has 96 percent transparency and an unrivalled optical haze of 60 percent. Could this be the most efficient solar cell yet ? Read the rest of Next-Generation Wood Fiber Solar Cells Could Dwarf Current Efficiency Levels Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: energy efficient solar cells , high optical haze paper , high optical transparency paper , inexpensive solar cell paper , microporous solar paper , nanoporous solar paper , solar cell made from wood fibers , TEMPO treatment , wood fiber solar cells        

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Mind-Blowing Rivers of Blue Lava Pour from a Volcano and Sulfur Mine in Indonesia

January 23, 2014 by  
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Photographer Olivier Grunewald took these stunning pictures of an Indonesian volcano and sulfur mine that erupted with a spectacular display of brilliant blue lava. The photographer and his friend Regis Etienne have been photographing and filming this phenomenon since they first heard about it in 2008, working under highly dangerous conditions. Read the rest of Mind-Blowing Rivers of Blue Lava Pour from a Volcano and Sulfur Mine in Indonesia Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: blue lava , blue lava volcano , blue volcanoes , hydrochloric acid lake , Indonesian sulfur mines , Kawah Ijen Indonesia , Kawah Ijen volcano , natural phenomena , Olivier Grunewald , sulfur chemistry , sulfur food industry , sulfur lava volcano , sulfur mines        

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