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

Situated amidst the stark beauty of the Palmwag Concession in northwest Namibia, the timber-and-canvas Desert Rhino Camp has the lightest possible environmental footprint of any semi-permanent, semi-luxurious lodge in Africa.

In addition to its negligible human-induced footprint, all proceeds from camp operations are ploughed back into supporting the invaluable work being done by the Save the Rhino Trust to secure this arid area: one of the last remaining strongholds of desert-adapted black rhinos in Africa. It’s gratifying to see that many of the Trust’s trackers and local community guides are former poachers turned committed rhino protectors.

Sustainability success story Desert Rhino Camp is a deserved member of the top 50 sustainable safari operations on the continent, as identified by David Bristow and Colin Bell in their magnificent coffee table book: Africa’s Finest. This ecologically responsible book identifies the handful of truly sustainable safari operations from amidst the sea of eco-pirates that dominate the African safari lodge industry. If you’d like to get your hands on a copy of the book, then you can order it here.

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