Built on the private Makalali Conservancy in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, Garonga Camp is one of the few genuinely environmentally aware lodges in the country.

Since 2009, owner Bernie Smith has endeavoured to make the lodge a little greener every year. Electrical geysers were replaced with heat pumps, cutting 70% off the lodge’s power bill. The lodge is continually striving to increase its solar usage. The archaic French-drain soak-away system of sewage treatment was replaced with a six-phase filtration system that cleans and recycles all waste water into the lodge’s waterhole for wildlife to drink.

A Vivreau Water System produces deliciously chilled still and sparkling water for guests, while Garonga also offers a carbon-offset programme to enable its visitors to enjoy a carbon-neutral and environmentally responsible safari holiday.

Garonga Camp

After careful consideration Garonga Camp has been included by David Bristow and Colin Bell as one of the top 48 sustainable safari operations in their magnificent coffee table book: Africa’s Finest. This important book is a leading resource in identifying the handful of truly sustainable safari operations from the host of green-washers that pervade the African safari lodge industry. If you’d like a copy of the book then you can order it here.

By 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.

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