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

Perched up high in the Leshiba Wilderness in South Africa’s Soutpansberg Mountains, you’ll find an eco-mountain lodge that is itself a unique work of art.

Surrounded by stunning rock art sites and nestled within an area of spectacular biodiversity – recently declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve – lies not only a low-energy lodge, but also an innovative farming enterprise. The farm comprises an organic farming and permaculture training facility, a composting unit and medicinal plant nursery.

The training programme it runs underscores Leshiba’s social responsibility strategy by encouraging impoverished local communities to embrace the concept of self-sustaining food gardens. On the environmental side, Leshiba is also heavily involved with wildlife breeding projects as part of their desire to safeguard the region’s indigenous fauna and flora.

Solar-powered Leshiba Wilderness is a proud member of the top 50 sustainable safari operations, as selected by David Bristow and Colin Bell for inclusion in their magnificent coffee table book: Africa’s Finest. This ecologically responsible book identifies a handful of truly sustainable safari operations from amidst the sea of green-washers and eco-pirates that pervade 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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