Kisampa Camp adjoins the unknown Saadani National Park in a forgotten place on the central Tanzanian coast. The Kisampa Conservancy, which the lodge leases from local communities, creates a natural buffer around the national park.

Through revenues from quarterly lease fees, district levies, community levies, bed-night levies and sponsorship of the local secondary school, the villagers benefit tangibly from the rewards of eco-tourism and have a strong incentive to support the lodge and protect their natural resources. The lodge’s Earthshoots Project is a simple – but extremely effective – sustainability project that offsets the carbon footprints of guests by planting trees around the lodge and neighbouring villages to neutralise emissions.

The number of trees planted varies in accordance with the distance visitors have travelled, but the end result is the reforestation and regeneration of valuable natural habitat. Kisampa is no big game destination, but it is a place of relaxation, long walks and family-friendly exploration where you can discover the real spirit of Africa in an environmentally conscious way.

The community engagement, reforestation efforts and light carbon footprint of Kisampa Camp have ensured the lodge’s inclusion amongst the top sustainable safari operations in Africa, as recommended by David Bristow and Colin Bell in their exquisite coffee table book: Africa’s Finest. If you’d like to get your hands on a copy of this environmentally aware, safari tourism 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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