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

Hamiltons Tented Camp occupies a scenically spectacular 10,000ha private concession within South Africa’s Kruger National Park and it is one of the few truly ‘green’ camps within the lodge-saturated greater Kruger region.

Semi-permanent timber-and-canvas structures ensure that it’s light on the environment without skimping on comfort. Hamiltons also recently underwent a complete conversion to solar with the camp now powered entirely by renewable energy. On top of this, all black- and grey-water is sent through purifying reed beds before being pumped into the waterhole in front of camp.

Generous donations to local anti-poaching initiatives for rhino conservation and a progressive social partnership with the Acornhoek Community – who reside on the park’s western boundary – complete the impressive array of sustainability initiatives currently underway.

Eco-conscious Hamiltons is one of very few genuinely ‘green’ eco-lodges in South Africa, making its inclusion in Africa’s Finest especially gratifying. Recognised by David Bristow and Colin Bell in their magnificent coffee table book, Africa’s Finest, Hamiltons is one of the top sustainable safari operations on the continent.

If you’d like to get your hands on a copy of a book that identifies the handful of truly sustainable safari operations from amidst the sea of green-washers that dominate the safari lodge industry, then you can order it here.

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