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

Damaraland Camp is single-handedly responsible for funding much of the great conservation and community work being done throughout the arid expanses of the 352,000ha Torra Conservancy in northwestern Namibia.

The jobs created by the lodge along with a risk-free 10% of turnover lease agreement with the surrounding community are pretty much exclusively to thank for the financial wellbeing of the local inhabitants. Money is reinvested in community projects, such as schools, a community centre and productive vegetable business.

Animal numbers have rebounded strongly in the face of real community commitment and the tireless work done by former poachers tuned wildlife guardians, making this is one of the few truly self-sustaining conservancies in Africa. The camp has won multiple Imvelo Responsible Tourism Awards and, aside from the cement used in the construction process, its environmental footprint is very light.

Wilderness Safari’s Damaraland Camp is proud to be included amongst the continent’s 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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