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

Located in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park above the thundering Victoria Falls on the Zambian bank of the mighty Zambezi, Toka Leya is situated in an area stripped of its former riverine forest.

As such, Wilderness Safaris set about erecting boardwalks around the new lodge to (quite literally) remove the human footprint from the denuded area, while simultaneously establishing a tree nursery for large-scale replanting of indigenous trees to rehabilitate the deforested area. With the vegetation bouncing back, wildlife has returned en masse.

Each tent also has its own ‘evacuated glass tube’ solar water-heating system, which is extremely efficient even on cloudy days and can store hot water for up to four days! Solar panel-powered inverters at each tent satisfy guest lighting and power needs.

Wilderness Safari’s Toka Leya features proudly amongst the top 48 sustainable safari operations, as selected by David Bristow and Colin Bell for inclusion in their magnificent coffee table book: Africa’s Finest. This important book is a leading resource in discerning the handful of truly sustainable safari operations from the host of green-washers and eco-pirates that pervade the African safari lodge industry. If you’d like to get hold of the book then you can order it here.

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