Stephen Cunliffe
South Africa ZA

Stephen is a travel writer and avid conservationist whose work appears in prestigious magazines such as Africa Geographic and Travel Africa.

Category: Sustainable Lodge of the week

Building on the work of the Harvey family, the Frankfurt Zoological Society’s North Luangwa Conservation Project has ensured that wild North Luangwa is one of the better protected national parks in Africa today.

Within this rebounding 4 636km2 wilderness there are only three seasonally operated camps bringing a mere 200 intrepid visitors to North Luangwa annually during the short safari season from June to November. Remote African Safari’s Mwaleshi Camp is erected each season alongside the river from which the camp takes its name.

The camp is made of wooden poles (reused each year) lashed together (no nails or wire are used), thatching grass and reed mats on mud floors. The rustic construction is as green as it comes with solar power and cooking gas completing a truly eco-sensitive package. Mwaleshi also centres its guest activities on eco-friendly walking safaris, ensuring a barely discernable human footprint for its operations.

Mwaleshi Camp

Rustic Mwaleshi Camp is a leading light on David Bristow and Colin Bell’s shortlist of the top 48 sustainable safari operations. Further information available in their magnificent coffee table book: Africa’s Finest. This important book discerns the handful of truly sustainable safari operations from the host of green-washers that pervade the African safari lodge industry. If you’d like to get hold of the book then you can order it here.

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